MBTI Growth Opportunities

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).

MBTI Growth Opportunities
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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
  • education
  • 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).
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Myers, K. & Kirby, L.K. (1994). Introduction to Type Dynamics and Development. CPP, Inc.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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