If You’ve Taken the MBTI Before
Q. I’ve taken the Myers Briggs Type before – should I take it again?
A: It depends on your situation:
1. “I can’t remember (and can’t get access to) my results”
► Yes, take the MBTI again. Be sure to review the questions and answers on this page before you start, and really engage during the type interpretation/confirmation process.
2. “I know what my assessed type is but I think it’s wrong (but I did not go through a type interpretation/ confirmation process with an MBTI facilitator.)”
► Rather than take the assessment again, work individually with an MBTI facilitator to identify and confirm your best fit type.
3. “I went through a type interpretation/confirmation process with an MBTI facilitator and I know what type we concluded I was, but I still don’t think it’s right.”
► No, we don’t recommend taking the assessment again. You might try again to identify your best fit type, but know that the lack of clarity about your type may not get resolved.
4. “I’ve taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) before and I remember my type & it seemed accurate, but I want to see if it’s changed.”
► If you already have taken the assessment and discovered your best-fit Myers Briggs type, it doesn’t make sense to retake the assessment again. The preferences that the MBTI assesses are inborn and do not change. The best way to understand this concept is to think of MBTI preferences as like “handedness”. Left-handed people can function right-handedly, and over time can become more and more comfortable using their right hand, but their natural preference towards their left hand is inborn and will never go away. Your time is probably better spent learning how to use knowledge of your type to reach your goals.
Q: “Why do people’s MBTI assessment results sometimes “come out wrong””?
A: Because we’re all different, some of us will interpret the items on the MBTI differently than the authors intended, and this different interpretation will lead us to answer in a way that will skew our results and our initial MBTI type may not be quite right for us. Everyone who takes the Myers Briggs with a trained facilitator should go through a careful MBTI results interpretation and confirmation process, but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. If your “assessed type” doesn’t seem like a very close fit, we recommend a through MBTI results interpretation and confirmation process with a trained facilitator, as it’s only after you’re sure of your correct type that Myers Briggs theory and information will be helpful in better understanding yourself and better understanding and working with others.