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Some Guidelines

  • Type preferences are best used to understand oneself first and then to understand others.

  • Resist stereotyping or pigeonholing individuals based on their MBTI type. Keep in mind that within each MBTI type you will find a wide range of human behavior.

  • Remember that type indicates preferences, not behavior. People often use behaviors that are not based on their actual preferences to adapt to specific situations.

  • Avoid using the MBTI alone as the basis of selection for team membership or team task assignments. Remember that the MBTI sorts preferences; it doesn't measure abilities.

  • Use type as a starting point for discussion and understanding, not as an end in itself. The purpose of type is to help people recognize their own gifts and to value those of others. It can prompt valuable discussions among team members and lead to more effective working relationships.

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