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The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types, described by the psychologist Carl Jung, understandable and useful in people's lives.
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The MBTI is a widely used personality framework that will help you explore your preferences for taking in information and making decisions.

It also looks at where you prefer to focus your attention and how you perceive to live your life. The results are called your preference type and are represented by a combination of 4 letters.

How can I make use of the MBTI?

Your MBTI Type will give you information about your preferred way of working and interacting with people. It is a constructive framework for understanding differences between people and using them in a positive way.

It is a useful tool for building self-awareness and can also be used to enable people to work together in a complementary way.

Working with an MBTI practitioner can help to apply this knowledge to:

  • valuing diversity
  • improving working relationships and teamwork
  • developing leadership styles
  • enhancing communication
  • managing change
  • solving problems
  • dealing with stress
Which type is best?

All types are equal. The goal of knowing about personality type is to understand and appreciate differences between people. As all types are equal, there is no best type.

The MBTI instrument sorts for preferences and does not measure trait, ability, or character so it is not used for recruitment purposes.

Taking the MBTI Instrument

People who are certified to administer the MBTI instrument are committed to using it in an ethical way which includes protecting your confidentiality, showing you how to verify your type, giving feedback interactively, and presenting all types as valuable.

The MBTI assessment is administered either online or in paper format.

There are no right or wrong answers in the MBTI assessment, just the response that fits you best. There may be some questions where both responses fit you, or neither, in which case please choose the response that fits closest.

If you really cannot choose on a question you can leave it out ( up to a maximum of 5 questions).

The best approach is to read each item carefully and then answer without thinking too long about any question.

It typically takes around 25 minutes to complete the assessment but there is no time limit and you can take as long as you need. However we would encourage you to work through quickly and not ponder too long.

Next Step

Your MBTI practitioner will help you verify your MBTI type and discuss your results either individually or in a group setting.

Your MBTI report will tell you your preference for each of four pairs:

  • Extraversion or Introversion (E or I)
  • Sensing or Intuition (S or N)
  • Thinking or Feeling (T or F)
  • Judging or Perceiving (J or P)


The four preferences together make up your whole type. There are 16 possible personality types.

How is the MBTI used in SaSH?

• within some of our development programmes e.g. the Essentials of Management, Human Factors
• at an individual level in coaching and mentoring relationships.
• at a team level to support team development

How can I find out more about using the MBTI in SaSH?
There are a small number of MBTI practitioners in SaSH in addition to a larger number across the MBTI community of practice in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

If you require more information in the first instance please contact

Jill Dyer
Workforce Development Advisor
email     [email protected]
phone   01737 768511 x 2058

Education Campus Reception

01737 231722

SASH Education Campus
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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