Using Type As A Professional

"If you don't know what an extravert thinks, you haven't been listening. If you don't know what an introvert thinks, you haven't asked them!"
Isabel Briggs Myers
MBTI® Step III Instrument

When Isabel Myers conceptualized the different applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, she had a vision that went far beyond the identification of basic individual type preferences. The body of work she envisioned has now been finalized with the recent publication of the MBTI® Step III™ assessment and Interpretive Report, which completes the three "steps" of the MBTI assessment and reports.

Designed only for use in one-to-one counseling or coaching settings, the highly individualized interpretive report serves as a unique catalyst for meaningful conversation between the client and practitioner.

Co-author Naomi Quenk says, "Dialogue is the centerpiece of the Step III process. It provides a rich and unique experience for individuals who are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with a trained Step III professional."

The Step III assessment is scored in a way that shows the respondent's current ways of using perception and judgment, and the likely effectiveness of those uses, which is assumed to be evidence of type development.

In-depth sessions with the trained Step III professional helps the client explore identified issues and gain the necessary insight for becoming more effective in the natural use and development of their type. As with all aspects of the MBTI instrument, Step III scoring is interpreted within the context of healthy personality and requires the respondent's verification of their results.

It is important for those who use the Step III™ assessment with clients in one-to-one counseling settings to have an advanced degree in psychology, psychotherapy, or some other area that provides training and experience in "interviewing" or talking with individuals about sensitive areas in their personal lives.

Before being able to use the Step III assessment with clients, professionals must first successfully complete an MBTI® Step III™ Certification Program. Here professionals learn about the underpinnings of type development and how to help clients use new insights as a springboard for personal growth.

Go to for information on the MBTI®Step III™ Certification Program.

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