Type in Everyday Life

"Good type development can be achieved at any age by anyone who cares to understand his or her own gifts and the appropriate use of those gifts."
Isabel Briggs Myers
Type in Personal Growth

Knowledge and understanding of the personality type as assessed by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument can be a tool for personal growth, achieving balance, understanding self, and creating possibilities. There are many areas where type can be of assistance and some are related here with links to offer you more details about applying psychological type to your personal growth.

Your personality type doesn't change over time, but each preference helps you in different ways, and to different degrees, as you move through your life. Type development is a lifelong process and understanding type can help you overcome challenges at various stages of life including youth, midlife, retirement, and aging.

Balancing Work and Play is another important part of our daily lives and an awareness of personality type can assist in creating the harmony between work life and leisure activities.

Knowledge of type can help people express their spirituality in ways that are comfortable and rewarding. For people who are already active spiritually, an understanding of type can direct them toward new more satisfying practices.

There have been many books written about personality type and grief, and it is perhaps one of the most profound uses of type. Understanding one's personality type helps a person recognize why certain expressions of grief are better suited to his or her personal journey through this difficult process.

Clearly, MBTI® theory and use is widespread in the fields of counseling and psychology. Whether you come to counseling knowing your type or not, your therapist or counselor can introduce you to type or help you discover practical ways for applying type theory to your unique situation.

And finally, taking care of your own health or the health of others can be greatly influenced by the knowledge of personality type.

It is always important that personality type is not the answer to everything, just one more tool to help you grow, achieve, and prosper in your life.


Applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in Counseling by Judith A. Provost (CAPT 1993)

Embracing Midlife by Lynne M. Baab (Alban Inst. 1999)

Introduction to Type® and Emotional Intelligence by Roger R. Pearman (The Myers-Briggs Company 2002)

Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development by Katharine D. Myers and Linda Kirby (The Myers-Briggs Company 1994)

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney (Workman Publishing Company 2002)

In the Grip by Naomi Quenk (The Myers-Briggs Company 2000)

LifeKeys by Jane A. G. Kise, David Stark, and Sandra Krebs Hirsh (Bethany House Publishers 1998)

LifeTypes by Sandra Krebs Hirsh and jean M. Kummerow (Warner Books 1989)

Looking at Type® and Spirituality by Sandra Krebs Hirsh and Jane A. G. Kise (CAPT 1997)

Navigating Midlife by Eleanor S. Corlett and Nancy B. Millner (Davies-Black1993)

Pathways to Integrity by Blake W. Burleson (CAPT 2001)

Personality Types in Congregations by Lynne M. Baab (Alban Inst. 1998)

Recovery from Loss by Lewis Tagliafere and Gary L. Harbaugh (CAPT 2002)

Reinventing Yourself by Sandra Davis and Bill Handschin (1998)

Self-Promotion for Introverts® by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw-Hill 2009)

Three Keys to Self-Understanding by Pat Wyman (CAPT 2002)

Was That Really Me? by Naomi L. Quenk (Davies-Black 2001)

Work, Play, and Type by Judith A. Provost (CAPT 2001)

Your Personality and the Spiritual Life by Reginald Johnson (CAPT 1999)

Your Personality Prescription by Roberta Schwartz Wennik (Kensington Publishing 1999)

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