The 3Rs of type development: recognize, reflect + respond

I’ve started thinking about facilitating the “3 R’s” in my consultations and workshops using Jungian psychological type.

Any usefulness of the MBTI© results starts by recognizing familiar patterns in the profile report. But effectiveness of type, goes beyond this. A client who recently did Step II with me commented that in the past, he’d found MBTI results more of a test of the instrument rather than of much value to him personally.  “Isn’t it clever? It describes all of us to a T!”  While it doesn’t or shouldn’t stop there, the first step is recognize ourselves in the descriptions and verify that it’s the best fit of the possibilities.


2. Reflect

The second R might be to reflect both on where that’s working for you – and where it’s not.  Overusing our preferences or not recognizing the gifts that those of an opposite preference bring is a challenge if we are “stuck” or one-sided in our typological development.

If you are attending a workshop or doing consultations with a partner, this is a great place to open up discussions with others about what they see.  Their version of, “Oh, yes, that’s you,” might be said with a different tone and have more clues for personal development than your own.


3. Respond

Although I’ve been talking about new year’s resolutions, I chose the word “respond” rather than “resolve” because resolutions have such a bad “rep” for failing.  Responding on the other hand, leaves a fair room for choice as to how to respond.

A response can be to catch yourself working from your preferred side and noticing how that feels. A response could be complimenting someone of an opposite preference and expressing your gratitude for their contributions.

A response might, of course, be to resolve to develop – either your preferred side or less preferred side.


Words: I enjoy words – and alliterative words are quite wonderful. I’m struck by how many R-words are out there and various meanings for the 3 R’s and R&R!


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