Type Theory & Typewatching

Type theory is built around the idea that there are four dichotomies or opposites (extraversion versus introversion, intuition versus sensing, thinking versus feeling, and judging versus perceiving).  Under the theory, while people have a preference for one side of the dichotomy or the other, they often exhibit behaviors of both.  For example, someone who has a preference for Thinking in most situations may also act like a Feeling type in other situations.
The term typewatching refers to applying your knowledge of Type Theory to observing peoples behavior to understand more about others and to discover ways in which you can better work with those individuals.

Considering the four dichotomies, which do you feel tells you the most about a person?  Why?
When taking the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the Jung Typology Test next week, you will also get information on the strength of your preferences.  A strong preference means that you will usually act consistently with your type, while a weak preference means that you may often exhibit behaviors typical of the opposite type.  What impact do you think the strength of someones type preferences could have on your ability to form accurate conclusions when typewatching?
In Chapter 4 of Type Talk at Work, Kroeger, Thuesen & Rutledge discuss what is called the The Ten Commandments of Typewatching.  Select one of those commandments and discuss why you think it is relevant when typewatching others at work.
Many people believe in false stereotypes about particular personality types.  How can applying incorrect stereotypes be detrimental?  How can organizations avoid these problems when using assessments for team building or employee development?

Be sure to use the readings and Lecture Notes to support your response.

Watch: MBTI Assessment Applications & Concepts (first 15 minutes)

 

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