I generally miss late night television, craving sleep over laughs, but had the TV on mute last night while engrossed in a novel. I glanced up as The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert launched into the facilitation of his own MBTI with Master Practitioner, Julie Raynor Gross. It was hilarious with captioning, even more so watching it again with sound. If you enjoy psychometrics and personality type, this is a must-see.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. ~ Aristotle
I know a little about personality type and people frequently associate me with the MBTI® assessment and Myers-Briggs theory. My interest is not so much in type, but in people. People are fascinating; their background and differences. Processes, thoughts, and decision-making all intrigue me. Remember the 7 Habits? Seek first to understand.
When I facilitate a leadership training using the MBTI, participants make a list of twenty words describing themselves. I remind folks that no matter how good the list, it barely scratches the surface of who or what they are. The MBTI allows common description, but individuals are greater than the sum of their parts.
If it’s my daughter’s half-birthday, it must be another anniversary for the eighteen and life blog. It’s been a very busy year and I hope to share more about this in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, here’s some of the cool stuff I have been reading.
Bonus: I love these MBTI Type-Head Coffee Cups!
If you are familiar with psychological type and the MBTI®, you may recognize that type theory explains the random behavior of people’s lives as actually quite orderly and patterned. This is due to basic methods used by individuals to take in information and make decisions.
The last letter of the 4-letter MBTI code highlights the process one uses in dealing with the outer world. Do you prefer to plan ahead and get things decided (Judging) or do you prefer to remain flexible and open to new options (Perceiving)? Not to be confused with organization, as either preference can be organized, the J or P Preference indicates how we interact in our outer life, whether structured and decided (J) or curious and open-ended (P).
Which option would you choose?
Do you prefer to:
Arrange lunch plans, events, parties, etc., well in advance, or
Be free to spend your day doing whatever looks like fun?
In Building Momentum: The Unconventional Strengths of Perceiving College Students, Meri Beckham explores the successful practices of Perceiving college students including unconstrained time and working at the last minute. These methods are cited as the opposite of ideal strategies promoted in college success and study skills texts.
If you work in academic success, retention, first-year programming, or are interested in helping students make effective transitions to college, grab the article and join us Friday at 1PM EST for this week’s discussion on #SAreads.
If you enjoyed my post on the MBTI Type preference of student affairs practitioners, you may be interested in this expanded article recently published in the Bulletin of Psychological Type, a publication of the Association for Psychological Type, International.
Link to article: Making Meaning with Type in College Student Affairs
Articles that I have found myself returning to several times over the past few days. I hope that you find them interesting as well. Read on.
Love what Iowa boy Ashton “Chris” Kutcher had to say and think this will be good content for our first-year seminar.
This Ze Frank video will be good for goal setting and bucket list conversations with first year students.
One of my favorite videos for use in team building and MBTI presentations.
Another favorite, especially for peer mentor development.
Share your favorite video links in the comments. I am always looking for new content!