Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Trainers' Edge SIG

  • March 28, 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Montgomery County Community College, Parkhouse (PH) Room 124, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422


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Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Preferences and Learning

Program Description:

Psychological type is a theory first developed by Carl Jung. The premise of the theory is that differences between people are not random. Rather there are patterns in how people gather information and make decisions. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an instrument developed from Jung’s work that measures these preference differences.


The presentation will introduce the MBTI instrument, the meaning of preferences, explain the characteristics of the dichotomies that create the 16 unique patterns of type, and discuss common misperceptions of type.  Armed with these basics, we will look at type as a dynamic system of energy and explore specific patterns of perception and judgment. 

Perception refers to how people gather information and the type of information they like and trust. Judgment refers to how people act upon the information they have gathered and make decisions. Judgment and Perception are cognitive functions that each person uses in a preferred order (or hierarchy) and these functions also have specific characteristics or patterns and implications for preferred learning environments.

This will an experiential session with participants contributing their own thoughts and ideas on how type patterns and functions affect learning strategies such as motivation, time and space management, concentration, memory, involvement with others, and application of knowledge through demonstration or performance. This session will NOT include the MBTI assessment of preferences for each participant.

About the Speaker:

Janet Hoffman is an independent project management professional who works with small software development and e-learning companies to achieve project goals and manage the client experience.


Janet has always been interested in individual preferences and differences and in learning and how adults learn. In 2009 she discovered a local group of professionals who use and explore psychological type. The group’s vision is “to promote the constructive use of differences in normal personality by explaining and exploring basic patterns in human functioning.


Janet soon joined the board and got more involved. As Program Chair of the Delaware Valley Association of Pychological Type (DVAPT) for the past five years, she identified and brought local, national, and international type experts to share their experiences and knowledge with the Philadelphia area  practitioners. Along the way she learned a great deal about type and she completed her Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certification training in January 2013.


Since then Janet has found opportunities to deepen her understanding through the discussion and interpretation of individual preferences in group and one-on-one sessions. Committed to the ethical use of type, she volunteers at the Women’s Resources Center in Wayne and has partnered with career counselors to interpret their client’s MBTI preferences as part of their career exploration. Janet continued her study of type in 2014 through the Journey through the Functions of Type, an eight-month online course. Janet’s type preferences are ENFJ.


To get to Parkhouse, enter the campus from DeKalb Pike/Rt. 202. Park anywhere in the lot except the Faculty/Staff gated lot.  Here is a link to the campus map

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