Week 1: Introduction to MBTI theory
We will discuss Jung’s theory of personality and how it was adapted by Myers and Briggs to produce MBTI theory and the MBTI instrument. MBTI theory dominates applied personality theory. The MBTI instrument is the most popular personality instrument in the world. Millions take versions of it every year. We will consider its reliability and validity as demonstrated by Dario Nardi’s EEG brain studies that demonstrate brain function differences for the cognitive functions
Week 2: What is your type?
Participants will work with the results of the MBTI taken in the first class, knowing their 4-letter Type (E or I; S or N; T or F; J or P). MBTI instruments are, however, only 75% accurate on average. We will use small group exercises to help participants verify the results they received on the MBTI, and what these results mean.
Week 3: Decision-making attitude-functions
People value different kinds of information, and think about problems differently, but assume everyone is much the same. Frustration and conflict arise when people seem to come to unexpected results. Jungian theory says there are four decision-making attitude-functions with different strengths and weaknesses. With mutual understanding, better decisions can result.
Week 4: Communications attitude-functions
People also communicate habitually using four very different styles but assume everyone problem-solves in much the same way. Thinkers, for example, are often impersonal and objective. Feelers may be very personal and seek not to hurt others. Sensors may prefer the “tried and true” while iNtuitors strive for creative new approaches. There is much room for disagreement but also the possibility of integrating the strengths of different perspectives into better decisions.
Week 5: Interactions between people with different preferences
Jungian theory emphasizes what individuals are like. Personally, I think its biggest value is in helping us understand and interact successfully with each other. There are predictable problems people often encounter. If I can see what another person values, and adapt myself to their decision-making and style of communicating, then agreement is more likely with greater satisfaction.
Week 6: Personality, ethics, and the belief that you are “right”
When I believe I am right and you are wrong, I am less willing to see your side. People have different takes on what is “right” or “wrong” and what to do about it. I could see ethics as rules and want to punish transgressors. I could prefer mercy depending on individual circumstances. I could try to right the past, or focus on improving future outcomes.