A beginner's guide to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator This absorbing and revealing book offers a beginner's guide to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, showing how your personality type and temperament affect all aspects of your life and relationships with others. The MBTI can help you discover why you think and behave in certain ways, and why other people respond to you as they do. It can assist you in identifying your major strengths - what makes you do some things better than others - and in making more of those aspects of your personality that may be lying dormant and under-developed. It can also be helpful in improving all kinds of relationships - whether you're at home with your family, at work with your colleagues, or perhaps on a course studying for an exam. It can also be a useful aid to understanding the life of the Church; why people have different ways of responding to God, both emotionally and intellectually; why some are attracted to a particular kind of church; and why some prefer to pray in one way and not in others. In all areas of life, the MBTI has proved itself an invaluable means of achieving a deeper self-understanding.
It can also lead to a greater sense of self-worth and a richer and more realistic appreciation of other people.
Malcolm Goldsmith was Rector of St Cuthbert's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh until his retirement in 2002, and is a qualified Myers-Briggs consultant. Martin Wharton, also a qualified Myers-Briggs consultant, is Bishop of Newcastle.