I used to facilitate the MBTI ® Certification Program, and over the years started hundreds of consultants and counselors and OD specialists and educators—and more—on the path to effective use of psychological type theory.
Note that I said started them on the path, as did my dear colleagues all over the world. Whether you sat in my course, or in one taught by a type world giant such as Otto Kroeger or Hile Rutledge or Sandra Hirsh or Naomi Quenk or Gordon Lawrence or Roger Pearman (and look them up if you don’t recognize the names of these pillars of knowledge that form the foundation of type as we know it), I would like you to ask yourself,
Are you a type expert?
I’m not asking how many people you’ve trained. Or how many additional courses you’ve taken. Or what research you’ve published. Or who calls you a type guru.
Instead, because I too often hear horror stories of trainers who stereotype or who infer that some types are better than others, my measure of expertise is this:
Can you describe each type—all 16 types—as a phenomenally valuable way of being?
And, after you finish describing each type, not some but every single one, does your audience say, Oh, I wish I could work with someone like that. Add their approach to mine and we could change the world!
Or, What a delight it would be to parent a child of that type. To be witness to their perceptions of the world, to hear their ideas, to watch them blossom into maturity
Or, How I need a friend of that type—to help me think differently, to challenge my ideas in enriching ways, to teach me new ways to embrace life and ponder what I don’t understand and…
Think through the 16 types. ISTJ, ISTP, ESTP, ESTJ, ISFJ, ISFP, ESFP, ESFJ, INFJ, INFP, ENFP, ENFJ, INTJ, INTP, ENTP, ENTJ.
Can you do it? Can you describe each in a way that makes YOU want them in your lives? If not, start practicing. Follow the links to what the giants mentioned above said about them. You too can be a type expert and help the world embrace these normal ways of being human.