May 6, 2015

MBTI: Understanding Our Actions


Photo by Craig Faris
A few weeks ago, I presented a workshop on character development using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a guideline. I've offered this workshop several times now and received positive feedback from the participants.
 
CPP (the organization that develops the MBTI assessment and related materials) provides their certified instructors with great resources. One of these is called Type Heads.  Each of the sixteen types has words associated with behaviors of that type. This can be a valuable tool if you have some basic MBTI knowledge.

In my workshop, I explained to writers the importance of understanding how people behave normally, so readers will not toss your book due to inconsistency in a character's actions and behaviors (I have put books down for this very reason).  Yes, a person can act out of their normal behavior, but there needs to be a very good reason for them to do so.

Below are the sixteen Type Heads:

MBTI Type Heads IntrovertsMBTI Type Heads Extraverts
Type Head images provided under a non-sublicensable license. All Print & Share Rights Reserved by CPP

If you want access to a quick overview of the MBTI, check out these earlier posts:

Myers Briggs: Exploring Your Organizational Style

Interested in more information? Your organization, writing group, or church group will gain valuable benefits by taking the assessment and participating in a workshop.  An understanding of the natural differences between people through an MBTI workshop can improve communications, teamwork, leadership, and many other interpersonal skills.  For writers,  it provides a blueprint for creatiing believable characters.  For church groups, the assessment can help you discover more about your spiritual gifts. Contact Barbara for more details.

Have you taken the MBTI?  How has it helped you?
 

3 comments:

Irena Tervo said...

I wish I'd read this before Rock Hill, because now I am really intrigued in the different types of profiles. I would love to know more about this.

Barbara V. Evers said...

Irena, you can always do the one-on-one. Or sign up to take the class at Greenville Tech when we offer it in the fall.

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