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MBTI Step II is a Myers-Briggs questionnaire that hits at the heart of who someone is by tapping into the facets within each Step I Type preference.

It can help you to understand the DNA of an individual’s personality, revealing what makes them different to others of the same Step I Type, and similar to those with a different MBTI Type.

The result is a highly personalized profile and development plan that is perfect for coaching, action planning and building cohesive teams.

Does our personality change over time?

People can and do change. The fact that you see people change in your professional and personal life has prompted some to question the entire premise of personality type.

If people evolve over time, is there such a thing as a consistent personality type over a person’s lifespan?

The answer may be a little confusing.

Yes, people’s personalities do change, but personality type doesn’t.

This may sound like a contradiction but let me explain.

The definitions of “personality” are broad, ranging from “the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics” to “the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual.”

These expansive definitions clearly contain aspects of people who do change with time. “Personality type,” on the other hand, has a more specific definition, and according to the Myers-Briggs framework, it’s based on whether a person naturally prefers:

  • Introversion/Extraversion (I/E)
  • Sensing/Intuition (S/N)
  • Thinking/Feeling (T/F)
  • Judging/Perceiving (J/P)
One’s MBTI personality type is a combination of these four preferences, which, according to the theory, remain stable over time.

Through a series of questions, the MBTI assessment helps you identify your natural preferences in four areas of personality:
  • How do you direct and receive energy — by focusing on the outside world, interacting with people and taking action, or by focusing on your inner world and reflecting on ideas, memories, and experiences?
  • How do you take in information — by focusing on what you perceive using your five senses or by seeing the big picture and looking for relationships and patterns?
  • How do you decide and come to conclusions — by logically analyzing the situation or by considering what’s important to the people involved?
  • How do you approach the outside world — in a planned, orderly way or a more flexible, spontaneous way?
Your natural preferences in these four areas sort you into one of 16 distinct MBTI personality types. Understanding these types gives you objective insight that you can use to enhance your professional and personal relationships, as well as your direction, focus, and choices.


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Mike R. Jay

Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring, and trusted advice emergent from dynamic inquiry as a means to cue, scaffold, support, lift, and protect; offering inspiration to aspiring leaders who are interested in humaning where being, doing, having, becoming, contributing, protecting, and letting go help people have generative lives.

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