Yes, We CAN All Get Along!
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Yes, We CAN All Get Along!

Yes, We CAN All Get Along!

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12761 Euclid Street

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Yes, We Can All Get Along!

How Understanding Personality Theory and Type Diversity Can Help


January 18, 2017 Part I of II: Living Our Talents

1 Corinthians 12:4-6
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” (ESV)

January 25, 2017 Part II of II: Leveraging Our Tensions

2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.(ESV)

This workshop focuses on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is one of the most widely used personality inventories in the world, with more than 3.5 million assessments administered each year (Bajic, 2016). Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers developed the MBTI to help make Carl Jung’s Theory of Psychological Types useful to us in our everyday lives (Myers-Briggs Foundation, 2016). Type provides a framework for self-understanding based on the identification of four dichotomies or contrasting preferences, which was implicit in Jung's research. The four dichotomies include where we typically draw energy and how we generally process information, make decisions and deal with the outside world.
Individuals benefit from understanding their personal preferences, which can lead to improving the way they interact with others. Organizations can benefit by using MBTI results to build stronger and more effective work teams, through an increased understanding of how employees perceive and process information. Educators, and their students, can benefit by creating a “climate of understanding” and adapting “their techniques to more easily meet the needs of students who are different from them” (Kise, 2011).
If you would like to take the MBTI prior to the meeting, contact the presenter prior to November 15, 2016: drcarolmattson@yahoo.com.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine Type theory and compare and contrast Type differences
  • Identify and discuss personal strengths and weaknesses of various Types
  • Describe how Type differences can be viewed as opportunities rather than obstacles
  • Explain how relationships can be enhanced when Type differences are understood and valued
  • Construct a personalized commitment to action
Commitment to Action:

  • Gain an awareness of what you and others need to communicate most effectively
  • When conflicts arise, step back and ask whether type differences may be playing a role
  • Ensure that different perspectives from other significant people in your life are integrated
  • When certain preferences dominate any given situation, ask which ones are missing and suggest that other preferences be considered
  • Think and act instinctively AND deliberately

Your Presenter:

Dr. Carol Mattson holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She is a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory and the Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) assessment that measures career and leisure interests.
After serving as an instructional dean for more than 7 years in the North Orange County Community College District she returned to a faculty position, where she proudly serves students. Her professional days involve counseling students and teaching courses such as Career and Life Planning and Personal Growth and Life Transitions at Fullerton College. Her research includes a dissertation focused on positive and negative aspects of Leadership Stress in California Community Colleges and a sabbatical report investigating Personal Qualities that Contribute to Career Success. Dr. Mattson is author of Women in Bloom: Personal Stories of Women Who Returned to College and Other Words of Inspiration.


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