Square Pegs in Round Holes

Posted 25 March 2016 by
Global Marketing

By Patrick Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner

So you’re doing an MBTI® preference pair activity where you have people form two groups—one for each preference—and there’s someone in one of those groups who just doesn’t seem to belong there but who swears that the group is in fact the right one. Here are a few ways to handle this kind of situation:

 When people exhibit behaviors that are far different from the preference they are owning, it can be a challenge to resist saying something like, “But you’re such an N!” But our role as practitioners is to be type interpreters—that is, to guide people in discovering their preferences, not to tell them what we think their preferences are. And while you’re interpreting, you can learn a lot about the nuances of type along the way!