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Our Ethical Statement

BAPT offers the following principles for professional type practice:

Focus on the Person

  • The individual determines their best fit type

  • All instruments (such as MBTI®) are only indicators

  • The practitioner’s role is to help the client clarify best-fit type using multiple data-points such as instruments, frameworks, conversation, reading and reflection on lived experience 

All type preference combinations are equally valuable

  • Type descriptions must be balanced, non-judgmental and free of stereotypes

  • Recognise the upsides and downsides of each preference combination

The individual exists in a broad context

  • Culture (family, social, national) always influences type development

  • Unique personal history always influences type development

Preferences and whole type are dynamic, not static and definitional

  • Focus on the interplay of functions within a type, not the bare letters

  • Avoid labelling (e.g. ‘she is a sensor’) as labels always limit

Preferences are not skills or competencies

  • All individuals can and do use all the function-attitudes

  • Type should never be used for role selection

Preferences are not predictive of behavioural traits

  • Type will always influence behaviour but does not determine it

  • Other instruments exist for reliably testing behavioural traits

Use the Language of Preference

In your own behaviour, choice of language and use of examples

  • Do not use your own type preferences as an excuse for shortcomings

  • Model an ethical approach to intellectual property and copyright

In standing for ethical use of type

  • Refuse to facilitate type in ways and contexts which do not adhere to these principles

  • Engage in annual CPD to develop best practice in the use of type

  • Call out any tendency to use type to manipulate, stereotype or ‘other’ people

In modelling the use of type as a tool in the larger endeavour of human development

  • The journey begins with understanding type; it doesn’t end with understanding type

  • The practitioner’s primary calling is to facilitate the individual’s growth

Put Type into Practice

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