How do you make the best decisions when people’s lives are at stake?

I am qualified to use a well established psychometric tool called Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). One of its uses is to help people better understand communication between themselves and others because Type provides a framework for understanding individual differences. If you know and understand one another's Type, you can acknowledge that a person’s behaviour or views may be a consequence of their Type preference rather than a desire to be irritating to you. Instead of viewing a situation as “right" and "wrong” you may recognise it as more a symptom of Type difference.

 

Consider for example this question:

When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?

In MBTI this is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

 

Think of these preferences as a scale with extremes at either end. Each of us has a preferred way of being which is somewhere in this range, but not everyone is at either end of the scale.

 

It is also worth pointing out that your preference is about what comes naturally to you to do first. So, if you are a “Thinking” person you will first look at the objective facts of a situation before considering the impact on the people, and vice versa if your preference is “Feeling”.

 

I’ve become increasingly aware of these preference differences as we seek to understand and respond to major challenges facing society.   

 

When you are watching the news or talking with friends & colleagues do they have a “Thinking” or “Feeling” preference and how might that be influencing what they say?

 

How does your preference influence how you assess what another person has said?

 

If your preference is “Feeling” do you judge those who talk about a situation in terms of objective facts as uncaring?

 

If your preference is “Thinking” do you judge those who are most concerned for how a situation is affecting individuals as too caring & naive?

 

No Type preference is better than another, they are just different.

 

The best decisions usually occur when people of very different preferences have worked together to find the best outcome.

 

If you want to find out more about MBTI please go to:

http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/

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