Individual, personal growth is a lifelong process to become healthy and effective contributors to society, supported though MBTI growth opportunities. Isabel Myers called this “the sixteen paths to excellence” (Myers & Kirby, 1994, p21).
The first stage of development occurs when children are young, focusing on their preferred and dominant functions. The most common influences during this stage of growth include:
- cultural values and expectations
- family values and expectations
- additional individual preferences
The second stage of development is associated with developing trust and abilities related to the auxiliary function. A lack of development during this phase occurs when the dominant function was not accurately developed during the first stage. This second stage focuses on developing a balance between the dominant and auxiliary functions.
The third and finally stage emcompasses a time later in life to develop the less preferred functions. This stage entails the full development of the individual – focusing on the preferences which may have been previously neglected or pushed aside as non-essential.
“Good type development includes:
- trust and excellence in the use of the dominant function to provide purpose and consistency
- a well-developed auxiliary function to provide balance and support
- the ability to use the tertiary and inferior functions when appropriate” (Myers & Kirby, 1994, p23).
Myers, K. & Kirby, L.K. (1994). Introduction to Type Dynamics and Development. CPP, Inc.