MBTI® Test and Your Communication Style

Jonathan Bollag, Owner and FounderAssessments, MBTI, Personality Type

MBTI® Test

We have all heard the phrase “communication is key.” This manner-of-speaking has been around for centuries, but what is it about communication that makes it so important and vital in and out of the workplace? The answer lies in a simple truth: If you lack strong communication skills and are unaware of how communication styles differ from one person to another, you will most likely not get what you want at work or elsewhere.

Without strong communication skills, you can only guess and be unsure. You might know what you want, but unless you are able to appropriately communicate, you are sure to have a difficult time getting it. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) Communication Style Report is the most effective communication skills assessment available today. The MBTI Communication Style Report relates personality type with communication, leaving a test-taker with a communication style that fits.

The following are the corresponding communication styles and communication characteristics as related to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality type:

The Extroverted Type generally prefers to:

  • Share things openly
  • Seek large group interaction
  • Be enthusiastic and actively oriented

The Introverted Type generally prefers to:

  • Keep things to themselves
  • Seek small-group interaction
  • Be calm and reserved
  • Want autonomy

The Sensing Type generally prefers to:

  • Enjoy practical conversations
  • Move from point to point in a linear fashion
  • Use detailed descriptions
  • Enhance messages using real and tangible experiences

The Intuitive Type generally prefers to:

  • Enjoy clever conversations
  • Skip around as they make connections
  • Use metaphorical descriptions
  • Enhance messages using imagination and ingenuity

The Thinking Type generally prefers to:

  • Exhibit skepticism
  • Examine conflict to find truth
  • Be businesslike
  • Start with a critique

The Feeling Type generally prefers to:

  • Exhibit caring
  • Avoid conflict to maintain harmony
  • Be sociable
  • Start with praise

The Judging Type generally prefers to:

  • Use decisive words, e.g. concluded, decided, planned
  • Offer fixed positions
  • Orient discussions toward results
  • Dislike being sidetracked

The Perceiving Type generally prefers to:

  • Use hedging words, e.g. perhaps, maybe, tend to
  • Offer tentative possibilities
  • Orient discussions toward options
  • Find being sidetracked interesting

(Hirsch, E. et al. 2003)

Studying and learning your communication style is of great importance, and you can determine your communication type and preference by completing The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Communication Style Assessment by visiting The Assessments and Products Page of our website.

Once completed, you will receive a wealth of information above and beyond your communication characteristics. If you want to have an edge while working in a business team, relating to co-workers, and understanding managers as-well as executives, then this is the assessment for you.

I will explain and discuss precisely in great detail what The Communication Report entails using the two opposite MBTI personality types — The ISTJ and ENFP — next week. So stay tuned and re-visit The Career Assessment Site Blog to learn more about what you can expect by completing and purchasing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Communication Report.