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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If it were a perfect world…

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Written by Catherine Rains

How do you establish an effective mindset with a student to reduce their chances of getting a slight result? Let me share what I do. Before each student is given the MBTI® assessment, I take 3 minutes to tell them how to look at the MBTI items they are about to choose from. I say something like this: “You are going to be presented with pairs of opposites, and you’re going to be asked to choose which one you prefer. Whenever you look at the two and you can’t decide because you do both depending on the situation, say to yourself - If this were a perfect world and it didn’t matter how much money you made, who your partner was, what you wish you were like, what your parents expect of you, what you are required to do at work or school, where you go to church, what your hobbies are, etc. - If you had your druthers, which one just sounds the best, sounds easiest? Almost gives you a feeling of relief. Which one would you do first in most situations, even though it might not be the one you do most often or in certain situations?” By establishing this kind of mindset you help students to see that they can like both items, and still have one that they prefer over the other. Or have one that is easier, takes less energy, even though they might be required by the roles they play as student/ daughter/son/employee to do the opposite, similar to the concept of having a preference for right or left handedness, even though they can DO both.

Next week's blog – So I’ve established mindset, and my student still has a slight result. Now what?!?

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