Know Thyself
-- inscription on the temple of the Oracle at Delphi

This above all: to thine own self be true
-- William Shakespeare, Hamlet


Psychological Type and Temperament

Workshops & Consulting
for Individuals and Technical Teams



"Many destructive conflicts arise simply because two people are using opposite kinds of perception and judgment. When the origin of such a conflict is recognized, it becomes less annoying and easier to handle." - Isabel Briggs Myers

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung

Who Are You?

Do you ever wonder what makes you uniquely you? Do you look at some people and think, "Why are they so different from me, while other people are so similar in how they view the world?" Do differences in personality cause clashes between your colleagues at work or family members at home? Do you sometimes ask yourself "If we understood each other better, would we be able to communicate better?"

(More: Why might you want to learn about this?)

Who Am I?

I have always been interested in personality assessments and questionnaires. I was first introduced to Psychological Type and the MBTI in 1993 and have been reading and learning more about it ever since.

My study of Type and Temperament has taught me that there are clear patterns to how different people think and act. When we add knowledge of Psychological Type to our internal toolboxes, we can improve our ability to communicate and bring better understanding and control to our roles in projects and conversations.

In 2012, I discovered and joined BAAPT, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association for Psychological Type International(APTi).

In 2014, I was certified to administer and debrief the MBTI tool for individuals and teams.


What is Psychological Type?

Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung developed his theory of psychological type in the early part of the 20th century. Jung theorized that what appears to be random behavior among people is actually the result of differences in the way they prefer to use their mental capacities. He observed that people generally engage in (and alternate between) one of two mental functions: taking in information, which Jung called perceiving, and organizing that information and making decisions, which he called judging. Jung published this work in 1921.

Two decades later, a mother-daughter team in the US, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers discovered Jung's work. Determined to make the theory of psychological type easier for people to understand and use, they developed what has become the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment.

Millions of people take the indicator every year. Data on those assessments has been used to revise and improve the questions and scoring many times since its first publication. Applications and research on type have expanded nationally and internationally, with the MBTI® instrument translated into thirty languages.

I Speak "Tech"

My experience includes nearly 30 years as a software and content developer in SF Bay Area Internet and Biotech companies. Unlike many coaches and workshop facilitators, I can bring a familiar perspective to Type training for technical teams. I understand the particular mindset of software engineers, service engineers, sys admins, project managers, and technical writers.

If you think you would be interested in discovering how knowledge of Psychological Type can help you in your work and personal life, please contact me to discuss options and rates.

Typedia

I have been putting together a web site that collects information on Type and Temperament. Typedia started as my personal Type wiki, but I'm hoping to build it into a general resource and link aggregator. If I'm missing links to Type or Temperament sites that you find useful, please let me know. -- mbtips.info


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