I just took the MBTI Step III. Here is a link to the CAPT site that has a high level description in it.
Basically, this combines what was in several other assessments - e.g., Form M, Step II, the Counselor's report. You get a specific report with a number of different statements and associated questions relative to your type. Based on your answers, there are something like 270 potential statements that can get generated. It's quite a bit different than the other assessments in that that the value is really about the dialogue with the MBTI practitioner as you go through the results. If you didn't do that, I don't think it would be of much use. There are no graphs or pictures. It's all just words in a report. The key sections for the customized feedback were:
- Your Approach to People and Relationships
- Your Approach to Responsibility and Work
- Your Approach to Problem Solving and Decision Making
It looks at your top four function attitudes and how comfortable you are using them - the preferred and non preferred - how well developed they are. The theory is that if you are able to do this with the top 4 then you would have a level of resilience, stamina and happiness in your life. It is looking at life satisfaction and not just type.
My report was pretty much dead on. It was effective in highlighting challenges that I have. I was well aware of most all of the weaknesses/challenges and for almost all of them, I actively try to compensate, which is a good thing. On some, the practitioner gave me some ideas on things I could do or perspectives I could take that I hadn't thought of. One weakness is a tendency towards perfectionism and fear of making a mistake, which causes other problems. I was not quite aware of this. Also, I spend too much time thinking about the future and not enough time in the now. It pointed out how sometimes the dominant function can take over for me. The key thing is it being used for a productive purpose or not and I learned that sometimes it is not. She suggested I watch for cases where I'm taking in too much data, am too much in my head and that when this happens, I need to verbalize and critique what I’m thinking with others that I trust (use Te). Generally, the results pointed to the fact that I am pretty balanced and use the top four with relative ease. My dominant function is well developed as is the auxiliary. Fi seems to be pretty well developed. It was a recurring theme that I can do more to develop Se and exercise it in my life. I'm apparently more verbal and enthusiastic than other INTJs. One interesting point of feedback was that my leadership and interaction style is somewhat consensus based - or at least I pull in a lot of viewpoints to collaborate on answers to problems. It was funny because I just had my annual evaluation at work and that word "collaborate" came up a lot in the discussion as a strength or was something that people commented on. I wasn't always like that. She said most INTJs don't develop this kind of capability and can view other's feedback as an annoyance because they have already spent so much time figuring things out. She said it was a good example of type development.
One of the references in the report was to Myers, K. D. and Kirby, L. K. (1994) Introduction to Type Dynamics and Development. Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.
which I found to be a pretty good book.
Overall, I thought it was a worthwhile exercise.
There is no question really here. I just thought it might be worthwhile to share this.