MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Some Clinical Psychology Criticism

29 Nov 2016

Patrick Kerwin then addressed a criticism about the MBTI® assessment he’s heard that “clinical psychologists don’t believe in the MBTI® tool.” I didn’t get training on the MBTI tool in my clinical program. Clinical psychologists are typically trained to administer “tests” that address psychological problems. As Patrick stated, the argument that clinicians don’t use the MBTI tool is like saying “it’s hard to find an engineer who uses a plunger.”

The MBTI tool is not a test, and it doesn’t identify right or wrong about an individual. Instead, it is meant (using Isabel Briggs Myers’ words) to help us make “clearer perceptions and sounder judgments.” Unlike tests that many clinicians use and the tests I was trained on in graduate school, with the MBTI tool there are no better or worse personality types. When it comes to the MBTI tool, all of us bring something to every situation we are in and all of us have potential blind spots.

I’ve been trained on and think very highly of many clinical tests. However, when it comes to exploring communication, team building, leadership, innovation, influencing and so much more, I think the MBTI tool tops the list.

Want to read more about the Users Conference? Check out my previous blogs in this series:

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