APTi Ethical Standards: Additional Guidelines for Type Practitioners

9. Use psychological type instruments and explorations only in a voluntary context. Maintain confidentiality of instrument results; sharing of type information must be up to the individual.

Individuals and organizations are poorly served when type assessments and interventions are not voluntary and confidential. Most people with a rudimentary knowledge of type can skew their questionnaire answers to produce a result they think will be more desirable than their natural responses. Requiring people to take a type assessment, and sharing type results without their consent, can generate mistrust about how results will be used. People may be motivated to “try to look as good as possible” rather than to identify their most natural responses and Best-Fit Type.

When you facilitate group type explorations, make it safe for people to say they are still sorting. When you put people into type-alike groups, tell them not to assume that joining a certain group means that is definitely someone’s Best-Fit.  These kinds of activities are in part for “trying on” the type pattern or preference.

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