In addition to its stated mission and goals, the Myers and Briggs
Foundation strives to ensure the ethical use of the MBTI® instrument.
Ethical guidelines ensure that respondents receive accurate, clear,
and supportive information about type and the meaning of their
MBTI results. Such information helps individuals feel comfortable
about type and teaches them how to use type knowledge to improve
There are guidelines for the following areas: ethical
guidelines for using the instrument, ethics for administering
the instrument, guidelines for ethical
feedback of the MBTI results, ethics for professional
qualifications, and trademark guidelines
for using the instrument.
Ethical use also means an honest presentation of the MBTI practitioner’s
training and expertise, of research results, and of authorship
and ownership of the MBTI assessment tool and other materials.
Ethical guidelines are also meant to prevent the abuse of type.
Abuse includes using type to assess people’s abilities and using
type to pressure people toward certain behaviors.