FAQ

What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument is a self-reporting questionnaire designed to make the theory of psychological types understandable and useful to everyday life. The MBTI instrument helps an individual understand and clarify their preferences which in turn can increase their self-understanding and lead to greater personal, professional and relational effectiveness.
What is the significance of the MBTI being a "self-reporting instrument"?
It is significant because it means you are the expert. There are no hidden sub-scales, no deep psychological profiling...This instrument simply measures your preferences. You decide if the results fit you. It is also another reason why your report should be interpreted by a qualified or certified Myers-Briggs consultant. They will help you determine if your reported type is your "true type".
What is the difference between "reported type" and "true type"?
After you complete an MBTI instrument you will receive a 4-letter type based on your results. This may or may not be your "true type". The MBTI is based on preferences. For example, we all have a preferred way of signing our name - with our dominant hand. We can also sign it with our non-dominant hand, but it doesn`t come as natural, it feels awkward, takes three times as long, and in the end, the signature isn`t of the same quality despite all of the focus. However, if we spent the next month writing with our non-dominant hand we would get much better at it. There are parallels to other preferences in our lives. We may be in a situation where we have learned to do something out of preference long enough, that it is now difficult to determine what our original preference was. So, it is possible, when an individual takes the MBTI they may end up with a type that is based more on circumstances than true preferences. A qualified or certified MBTI consultant is invaluable in helping you understand and interpret your results, and ultimately can aid you in determining your "true type".
Who were Myers and Briggs?
Myers and Briggs are a mother and daughter team who created the Type Indicator. Katharine Briggs worked in conjunction with her daughter Isabelle Myers to develop concepts about personality similarities and differences. They incorporated Carl Jung`s work and eventually developed an instrument that has been useful and applicable to millions of individuals in their personal and professional lives.
What is the definition of "type"?
Your "type" is an underlying personality pattern resulting from the dynamic interaction of our four preferences, environmental influences, and our own choices. Through exhaustive research it has been found that people tend to develop behaviors, skills, and attitudes associated with their type, and those with types different from yours will likely be opposite to you in many ways.
Does the MBTI instrument measure skills, abilities, and maturity?
No. The MBTI instrument measures preferences and based on their exhaustive research can report out certain behaviors and characteristics that are common which each type, but it cannot determine the level of skills and abilities you have developed with your preferences.
How many types are there?
There are sixteen types based on the four dichotomies of the MBTI instrument: 1. Extraversion-Introversion 2. Sensing-iNtuition 3. Thinking-Feeling 4. Judging-Perceiving However, in the Step II (Form Q) MBTI instrument there are five subscales that correlate with the four dichotomies resulting in over a million possible combinations. Thus, it is possible to be a "Gregarious Introvert" or a "Logical Feeler".
Is one type better than another?
No. There are no good or bad types. Each type brings its own unique gifts and strengths as well as it potential flaws. And, the MBTI instrument helps individuals understand situations in which their greatest strength can become their greatest weakness. That`s why it is important to understand your type and how your type works with other types.
Why the MBTI instrument? There are many personality tests out there.
Quite simply, the MBTI has over 60 years of research with strong reliability and scientific validity. Reliability measures the ability of the instrument to reproduce similar results on subsequent applications. 70% reproducibility is considered excellent. The MBTI`s reliability is above 80%. Validity refers to the degree with which the instrument measures what it is supposed to measure. It is estimated that over 75% of those taking the MBTI find that it accurately describes their preferences.
Can my type change?
Yes and no. Your "reported type" may change, but the theory dictates that our "true type" does not change it just may take some time before we truly understand, know, and appreciate our "true type" based on a number of factors.
What determines my type?
The theory states that much like the fact that we are born right-handed or left-handed, our preferences have the same genetic source. There may be some early childhood influences, but for the most part our type is much more nature than nurture. During your developmental years, if you were in an environment that did not support and/or value your preferences, it may take you longer to discover your true type. For example, if an individual with a Feeling preference was raised in an environment that viewed feeling as being weak and did not value the empathy and compassion that often accompanies a Feeling preference, that individual may become sarcastic and jaded because they were not in an environment that supported their preference.
What is the purpose for a team or group in taking the MBTI instrument?
Using the MBTI instrument with any group or team can increase teamwork, communication and understanding. There are four purposes for using the MBTI instrument with a group or team: 1. Increase your own self-awareness 2. Understand that others are different from you 3. Learning to respect those differences in others 4. Learning to utilize those difference in others.
What is the FIRO-B instrument and what does it stand for?
The FIRO-B stands for Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation Behavior. The FIRO-B Interpretive Report for Organizations is ideal for use in career development, explaining team roles, improving team effectiveness and identifying leadership operating styles. The results include how you relate to the world of work and identify patterns of need fulfillment in the areas of inclusion, control, and affection. Each of the three scales has two parts: the expressed behavior, which is what you do, and the wanted behavior, which is what you want others to do. It is particularly effective for leadership development in combination with the MBTI.
What is the Strong Interest Inventory instrument?
The Strong Interest Inventory instrument is a key tool for exploring how self-assurance may be influencing your occupational, educational, and leisure choices. Linked to the six General Occupational Themes, this report graphically illustrates how your interests compare to your level of confidence in performing certain activities. The theory behind the Strong Interest Inventory is that you will likely enjoy work where you have an interest. The instrument matches your interests up with those who have been surveyed in their given field.
How does the Strong Interest Inventory instrument differ from the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory instrument?
The Strong Interest Inventory is career focused where the MBTI is focused on personal development. The MBTI can be very helpful in understanding your preferences for a career and, in general, is the best place to start. The Strong Interest Inventory is much more focused on career application. The other differences is that the MBTI theorizes that your true type does not change over time, where as the Strong Interest Inventory shows that your career interest may vary over time depending on your life, career, confidence, and personal circumstances.
How is my payment processed?
We use PayPal to process all of our payments securely. Your payment information is not viewed or retained by Type IQ.
Do I need a PayPal account to purchase an instrument?
No. You will receive an option of "I do not have a PayPal account". Click on that option during checkout and you will be able to enter your credit card information with no registration process required.
How do I take an instrument?
After your payment is processed securely by PayPal, you will be redirected to a page that contains instructions, login, and password that will enable you to complete your instrument online.
How do I get my results?
After you have completed your instrument, we will receive an email reporting your completion status. After that, we will be in contact with you to set up a time to review your results via phone or videoconference. You will receive your results at that time. It is strongly recommended that a consultant has a chance to review the theory and obtain your initial hypothesis on your results prior to delving into the report.
Can I purchase an instrument for someone else?
Yes. During the purchase process, please enter the name of the person that is taking the test (please enter this in the Message to Seller section for PayPal). If they are not there with you, simply forward the url that contains the instructions, and they can take the assessment whenever they are ready.