FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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How do I save my personality questionnaire results?
If you are logged in when you complete any questionnaire (or 'choose your results', or 'recover lost report'), your results are saved automatically.
How do I view saved MMDI results?
There is a list of your MMDI results at the bottom of the home screen.
- Click on the Home link at the top of the screen.
- Scroll to the bottom of the home screen and click on the bar chart for the results you want to view.
- This will take you to the report page. If you have purchased optional reports for those results, they will appear at the bottom of the screen.
How do I view saved results from the JDQ or THC questionnaires?
You can view the results of the MMDI and other questionnaires via the Admin panel:
- Click on the Admin link at the top of the screen. This lists all your 'projects'.
- Click on the Responses button under one of the projects for "your own records".
- Click on your name or the label of the response.
Can my personality type change?
Yes it can. Isabel Briggs Myers noted, in her book Gifts Differing (p. 168), that it is possible to transcend one's type . The originator of the theory, C.G. Jung, when a little further and said it could undergo change before it is transcended, e.g.:
- "Type is nothing static. It changes in the course of life"
(p435, C.G.Jung Speaking, taken from the 1959 BBC Interview Face to Face)
- "Even though assignment to a particular type may in certain cases have lifelong validity, in other
very frequent cases it is so dependent on so many external and internal factors that the diagnosis is
valid only for certain periods of time."
(p. 347, Letters II)
In other words, yes your type can change. There can be many reasons, such as changing life circumstances or the natural process of maturity (which Jung called "individuation").
Bear in mind that it can sometimes be the results of a questionnaire that can change, and not your personality. (See the FAQ on "I disagree with the result").
Why isn't the report pack free?
As stated at the top of the questionnaire, this online report is free but there is optional additional information that has a cost.
With most competitor commercial questionnaires, such as the MBTI® instrument, nothing is available free - you have to pay even for completing the questionnaire. However, with the MMDI the following facilities are available without cost:
- Completion and scoring of the questionnaire
- Online report
- One page printable summary
There are 300 pages of optional materials, available at a substantially lower price than competitors. For example, most career reports cost between £20 and £50 ($30-$75], even though they don't include the sophistication of our unique stretch diagrams. The MMDI report is available for a fraction of that price.
I disagree with the result
If you think the results of the MMDI are incorrect, or you disagree with its conclusions, there can be several reasons. Some of the major ones are:
- The accuracy of the questionnaire
Our research suggests the MMDI™ produces a correct personality type in 81% of cases. This compares favourably with the MBTI® instrument, which is correct in 75% of cases. However, you may be one of the 19% for whom the MMDI result is incorrect.
- Preference vs. Role
Context can affect the results. E.g., if you were thinking primarily about your work self whilst you completed the questionnaire, the result can reflect the role you perform rather than the real you.
- Training/Upbringing/Social expectations
If you have had an upbringing or training that conflicts with your natural personality, this can result in "type falsification" - i.e., your personality is more focused on being what other people expect you to be, rather than reflecting who you really are.
- Life changes
Your personality type can change, for various reasons. For example, your personality changes significantly during midlife.
I (dis)agreed with both statements in some of the questions
This is taken into account in the design of the MMDI's scoring algorithm. The instructions at the top of the questionnaire say, if you agree or disagree with both, you should choose a button near the middle.
The questionnaire measures "differentiation" of functions, i.e., the difference between the two sides. The reason for the difference - i.e., whether you agree or disagree - does not affect the result. The concept of differentiation is discussed in detail by C.G. Jung in his book Psychological Types and it forms a fundamental part of his theory.
There are spelling errors in the questionnaire or report
We use U.K. spelling and punctuation. For example, it is correct to use an "s" and put the full stop after the quotes when ending a sentence with "organisation".
If there are any errors under the rules of U.K. English, we would appreciate you telling us which word is spelt incorrectly, and which page the error is on. Please use the contact page to let us know.
The report is difficult to understand
When measured by the Flesch-Kincaid system, most of our pages are suitable to be read by those in 10th grade and above.
Some of the concepts discussed in the report are complex because your personality is complex. The degree of sophistication we have included in the report is suitable for most adults.
Why are there so few questions in the MMDI questionnaire?
The questionnaire has been designed using one of the most robust statistical techniques available - factor analysis. We only need this many questions to produce the four factors that are predicted by the theory.
Why doesn't it just tell me my personality type?
The practice of telling someone their type based on the result of the questionnaire is referred to in the industry as "test and tell". It is frowned upon by leading consultants because:
- it gives the misleading impression that your personality is simple,
- the results of a questionnaire are not always correct,
- you might be between two or more types,
- you build self-awareness by exploring what the scores mean, not by being told the result.
Exploring the complexity of the results helps you to build greater self-awareness and make better-informed decisions about your future.
What career is best for me?
Your choice of career is probably the most important decision you will ever make. If you choose an inappropriate career, by the time you realise that it doesn't suit you, it may be too late to change. To make a better-informed decision, you need to learn as much about yourself as possible, and about potential careers.
The best way to choose a career is to identify your needs and aspirations in a career, and see how well different careers meet them. The Career Analysis Tool (available as an optional report) helps you do that by matching your personality to the demands of each career.