Thursday August 4, 2016
Time to SOARI presented a two-hour workshop on Temperament and Communication for SOAR for Youth in July.
"SOAR for Youth offers an intensive and innovative program to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community: foster youth. In community partnership with UC Berkeley and with support from many volunteers, partners, and donors, SOAR fosters the inspiration, confidence, and independence that are often missing from the lives of these young people."
"Through a three-year summer residential pre-collegiate program and additional years of academic support, SOAR teaches, coaches, and counsels our young people (grades 6 -12) in academics, life skills, leadership, emotional intelligence, and career development."
These third-year students had attended a "True Colors" temperament workshop last year. The program director wanted a deeper look, this year, into how knowledge of temperament can be applied to communication.
I've been working with Mary Miscisin's Personality Lingo system (based on True Colors and enhanced in several ways). A fellow BAAPT member, who has worked with SOAR, contacted me about teaching this workshop.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to the students.
Saturday July 30, 2016
The MBTI Is a Test (and the Unreliable Part is the Test Taker)
I've been participating (once again) in a Facebook discussion among people who claim that the MBTI is not a "valid" assessment because some people get a different four-letter code the second time they take the inventory. Many people can't bear the idea that the reason for a different result is as simple as the fact that they answered the questions differently. They don't want to investigate why that happened, so they blame "the test".
Saturday July 9, 2016
Temperament is Clear Early in LifeI met a young NT today.
[Continued in commentary...]
Thursday April 21, 2016
MBTI: Debunking the Debunkers (again)I have been having a "discussion" in The Science Enthusiasts group in Facebook. Someone posted another "debunking the MBTI" article (from 2014). Surprisingly, this one doesn't cite "Wharton Scholar, Adam Grant".
The article includes this statement: "Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people's success in various jobs, and that about half of the people who take it twice get different results each time."
Well, yes. Both of those things are, at least partially, true. Neither, however, is an argument that "debunks" the MBTI.
Read more in commentary...
Tuesday September 15, 2015
The 8 Colors of Fitness
Our September BAAPT program featured Suzanne Brue with a new twist on Type. You'd probably guess that the different Types approach exercise in very different ways. But this meeting provided the opportunity to discover just how different we can be.
From one SJ/Blue's comment about exercising, "It never occurred to me that fun could enter into it", to an SP/Green's "I like the surprise around the corner and like to adapt to it", we spent three hours learning and talking about physical activity, fitness, and Type.
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Saturday July 4, 2015
My Labels, My Choice
I just ran across this question in a LinkedIn group:
Do Typology Instruments Box People Into a Category Using Labeling?
My understanding is that Jung did not mean for his theories to be used as "labels." He meant them to help people grow and develop beyond a way of being. I have often heard people say things like, "I'm an INFP" or something similar. It makes me think people take these letters as a personality label and I am uncomfortable with that rigid interpretation.
Wednesday May 27, 2015
Sour Grapes and the MBTI
The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is a self-assessment and self-discovery instrument for Psychological Type. It was developed in the late 1940s and has been in use since the 1960s. To date, millions of people have taken the MBTI.
Notwithstanding its popularity (or perhaps because of it), there are detractors. How much of this is due to the fact that the MBTI was not (gasp!) created by formally-educated psychologists?
Sunday April 26, 2015
StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type
I traveled up to Sacramento yesterday (a 2-hour trip by BART & car) to attend the April CCC-APT meeting. Erin Passons presented "Discover Your Strengths: Combining StrengthsFinder and Psychological Type".
Sunday April 19, 2015
There's No Such Thing as an Ambivert
The term "ambivert" was popularized by Dan Pink in 2013, in an article on leaders and sales. The word operates in the same colloquial universe of definitions in which introverts are shy and retiring and extroverts (usually spelled with an o) are loud and outgoing.
[Read my commentary...]
Monday March 16, 2015
EEG from the Other Side of the Table
As I previously described, I had my brain activity scanned and mapped last June as part of Dario Nardi's neuroscience and personality study. I had a wonderful time, but I had to wonder what the experience was like on the other side of the desk.
Although Dario had taken a few pictures of the computer screen while my scan was in progress, that wasn't quite the same as seeing the process in action. I really wanted a chance to observe a scanning session.
So, when Dario brought his equipment to the Bay Area this past weekend and offered brain scanning sessions to members of BAAPT, I asked if it would be all right for me to attend and watch as long as the person wearing the EEG cap agreed. Dario said yes, I asked a fellow BAAPT member (Ellen), who said "Sure!" and we were set.
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My Brain on a T-shirt
When I heard that Dario would be returning to speak at our March 2015 BAAPT meeting, I knew what I wanted to do. Each month, I try to choose a t-shirt from my collection that best reflects the topic of that month's program. For March, I wanted a shirt that featured my brain map!
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Saturday July 19, 2014
My Brain on EEG
I'm a Science Geek. I've loved Science, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember. I majored in Science from High School on and got my University degree in Microbiology (although I work with computers). In College, I also discovered Psychology and participated in as many Psych labs as I could, whether for extra credit or not.
I love learning about how the brain works. When Rich and I discovered Jeff Hawkins' book, On Intelligence, we purchased additional copies to give or lend to friends and family.
in 1994, I discovered the MBTI and I've been fascinated by it ever since. So, you might guess that I want to learn everything I can when science, brain studies, and the MBTI intersect! Or, as Dario Nardi put it:
Ah, the magic of Type + neuroscience... :-)...
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Thursday August 29, 2013
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is certainly not the only book about introversion, nor was it the first. Nevertheless, Quiet sparked a discussion that was bigger than anything we'd seen before.
Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.Continue reading in commentary...
The book that started the Quiet Revolution.
Wednesday August 21, 2013
23 (+3) Signs You Could Be An Introvert
Introverts have been getting a lot of press lately. Given that approximately half of the population "prefers"** introversion, but US society tends to "prefer" extroversion, it's nice to see Innies getting more press.
** Psychologists, and the MBTI, prefer to use the word "prefer" rather than the words "is" or "are". I can say I am an Introvert, but I'm not supposed to say you "are" an Introvert (or an Extrovert, or whatever).
Semantics aside, on to the topic of this post. Various people and groups have been sharing a recent Huffington Post "Lifestyle" article called "23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert". Anyone who knows me knows I'm not secretly an Introvert. That secret was out years ago. But the article is interesting and I'm clipping it along with many others.
I thought I'd go through it here, bullet point by bullet point, to see how it applies to me...
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Tuesday March 26, 2013
Synergy: MBTI, the WWW, and Me
A Long Time Ago, in a World Now Far Far Away...
In 1993 I was introduced to two tools that had a profound effect on the direction my work and interests would take. The first of these was the World Wide Web (WWW). I wasn't certain, at first, how useful it would be. (:-) But within a few months, I was hooked. Still, I didn't realize how important the WWW would be to me in the years ahead.
The second tool was the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
I was hooked on that from the first encounter.
But again, I had no idea of the scope of knowledge
and sheer enjoyment this would bring with time.
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Sunday March 10, 2013
I am an Introvert: Thank you
From many of the things I read online, I realize that I really need to say "Thank you" to my parents for the way they raised my sister and me.
Far too many people, growing up, were apparently told, pushed, or nudged in directions they didn't want to go, or directions that were just wrong for them, psychologically. They were told what to study (or what not to study). "You have to be a doctor." "You can't be a writer." "You'll never make money in that field."
I was the girl who wanted to take every possible science class. When that meant I wouldn't have a lunch period in 10th grade, and the Guidance Counselor objected, my Mom said "She wants to take that class. Let her take the class. The class is more important than lunch period."
(I never ate in the HS cafeteria anyway.)
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Wednesday February 13, 2013
Social Styles vs MBTI: A Type Epiphany
Many years ago, at least 5 years before I discovered the MBTI, I took a one-day workshop called "Managing Interpersonal Relationships", offered through my day job.
The workshop used one of the "4-Quadrant Personality Models" as a way to explain and improve team communications (aka "interpersonal relationships") in the workplace. In particular, it focused on the Social Styles model developed by David Merrill & Roger Reid. The Social Styles model theorizes that people operate with four distinct ways of interaction, or social styles: Analytical, Amiable, Driving and Expressive.
Continue reading in commentary...
Wednesday December 26, 2012
The MBTI is Nothing Like Astrology
I've been meaning to write this post for a while, but I haven't had the right nudge until now. But today, someone gave me that nudge.
Every now and then, someone blathers about the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) being no better or worse than Astrology. The articles make for amusing punditry, but they miss an important point.
Continue reading in commentary.
Sunday June 10, 2012
I recently shared this image with friends on Facebook. The image comes via Beth Beulow's Team Introvert Pinterest board.
One friend commented, "Wouldn't 'Team Introvert' be an oxymoron?"
Would it? Read more in commentary...
Saturday November 13, 2010
Highly Sensitive People and the Interruptive Workplace
Good News: I have a new manager and increased scope at Dayjob. My job title and description will be adjusted to formally recognize what I've actually been doing for the past three years.
Bad news: New manager wants me in the office "more often". It's the only point on which we disagree. But it's a big point. For some time now, I've been telecommuting three days a week.
Within a month of my starting work at this company (on a temporary "contract"), I asked to telecommute one day a week. When they offered to make the position permanent, I requested permission to telecommute two days a week. That (and a Mac on my desk :-) were my most important negotiating points before saying Yes.
About a year and a half ago, I increased my telecommuting to three days a week. As my commute time and exposure to noise and disruption have gone down, my stress levels have also gone down. The ability to telecommute is one of my top reasons for staying with this company.
Asking me to "be the office more" feels like a punishment for a job well done.