Psychological Type as a Dimension of Diversity: A Different Approach to Diversity

By Kathy S. Quinn.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Whereas diversity is usually based on observable characteristics such as race, ethnicity, language, culture, gender, etc., the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), recognizes sixteen different types of personality among normal people. While psychological type may not be as easily visible as other kinds of diversity, there are significant differences among people who share the observable characteristics that are usually referenced when diversity is discussed. This paper takes into consideration psychological type, as based on the MBTI, as a form of diversity that is generally overlooked or ignored in discussions of diversity, yet should be regard as an important component of diversity.

Keywords: Psychological Type as a Dimension of Diversity, Personality Differences Among Normal People, Another View of Diversity, Differences Among Team Members, Differences Among Individuals in Society, Differences Among Individuals in Organizations, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.149-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.085KB).

Dr. Kathy S. Quinn

Associate Professor, College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, Department of Business Administration, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, USA

Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina; M.S. E-Commerce, University of Maryland University College; M.Ed. Secondary Education Social Studies, University of South Carolina. Research interests: MIS, E-Commerce, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, psychological type, diversity issues, learning styles, and technology.

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