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"When people differ, a knowledge of type lessens friction and eases strain. In addition it reveals the value of differences. No one has to be good at everything."
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Ethical Use of the MBTI® Instrument

In addition to its stated mission and goals, the Myers and Briggs Foundation strives to ensure the ethical use of the MBTI® instrument. Ethical guidelines ensure that respondents receive accurate, clear, and supportive information about type and the meaning of their MBTI results. Such information helps individuals feel comfortable about type and teaches them how to use type knowledge to improve their lives.

There are guidelines for the following areas: ethical guidelines for using the instrument, ethics for administering the instrument, guidelines for ethical feedback of the MBTI results, ethics for professional qualifications, and trademark guidelines for using the instrument.

Although there are many useful applications of the MBTI assessment in the workplace, there are ethical concerns in using it for hiring purposes. Please carefully consider this as you develop your program for employees. You can read more about these concerns and other ethical considerations here.

Ethical use also means an honest presentation of the MBTI practitioner's training and expertise, of research results, and of authorship and ownership of the MBTI assessment tool and other materials.

Ethical guidelines are also meant to prevent the abuse of type. Abuse includes using type to assess people's abilities and using type to pressure people toward certain behaviors.

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