FAQ’s on Myers Briggs and True Colors
Personality Typing dates as far back as 400 B.C. which is to say we have been lumping and sorting people into like groups for longer than any of us can remember. These days, Personality Typing tools are used regularly by Corporations across Norther America to support the development of leadership skills, team composition and management, conflict resolution and rewards and recognition programs among other things.
One of the tools I use is True Colors and I’m asked all kinds of questions when someone is thinking about hosting or participating in a workshop.
True Colors vs. Myers Briggs
1. What’s the difference between True Colors and Myers Briggs?
True Colors is a personality assessment tool and is based on the work of Myers-Briggs and David Keirsey. It was created by Don Lowry in the 1970’s to translate the somewhat complicated personality and learning theory into a simpler format.
Myers Briggs measures psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions and uses 16 personality types to describe those preferences. David Kiersey distilled the Myers Briggs categories down to four.
2. Will my Myers Briggs Personality Profile be the same as a True Colors profile?
While True Colors isn’t categorized in the same way as Myers-Briggs, it can be compared to the four temperaments that the 16 types are divided into.
Here’s how True Colors corresponds to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator:
|Myers-Briggs Type Indicator||INFP, ENFP, INFJ, ENFJ||ESFJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ||INTJ, ENTJ, INTP, ENTP||ESFP, ISFP, ESTP, ISTP|