I have used The Personality Puzzle card set as an integral part of my practice since first discovering it about 8 years ago. I like the cards in the set as a resource for their clarity, ease of use and the ability to be moved around and arranged as the conversation progresses with a client. In 2015 I had the good fortune to attend a training by Sue on a second resource The Type Trilogy card set and immediately saw how they would be a valued resource in workshops I run. Communication is a key competency and the cards are used as part of interactive small group work looking at Interaction Styles. They are the basis of the workshop. The cards have been so valuable to me as a resource that I have invested in multiple packs. Sue supports her resource with a generosity of spirit that is uncommon and highly appreciated. Her support has included creative ideas around card use and encouragement. I value Sue as a trainer and resource developer.
Jude Ebbett INFJ (Carreer and Development Adviser - BOP Clinical School NZ)
Career and Development Adviser
In my 20 years of working with personality type I've tried lots of different ways of doing type interpretations. I have to say that The Personality Puzzle is my absolute favourite way to interact one-on-one with clients to help them discover who they are.
Dr Jane Kise INFJ (Former President APTi)
As an MBTI Master Practitioner I wouldn't leave without these cards in my brief case because they are very, very useful.
Ann Holm ENFP
MBTI Master Practitioner
I love many things about The Personality Puzzle, but here are my top two reasons why savvy type practitioners need a set (or 10) of these cards in their tool kit. One reason is the card format. This makes them interesting and people are instantly drawn to them. They are well laid out, easy to read, enough colour to make them interesting without being busy.
When I run type workshops, on my resource table, I have a pile of books, and The Personality Puzzle cards – they really stand out. The second reason is the info on them. It’s easy to engage with and I love the “parents” piece (your style of parenting, if that four-letter type is right for you) – no other resource has this information so succinctly available. These are one of the most used and referenced resources I own in my extensive toolkit of type products and resources. Thank you Sue, for creating and making available such a gorgeous, useful and affordable resource!
Jill Chivers ESFJ
I've administered the MBTI® online for the past 15 years because I love the ease of administration. When it comes time to debrief, however, clients get distracted and will often defer to whatever they see in their report instead of what they know about themselves. That's why I've always used a dog-eared set of index cards to help clients sort phrases and words as I introduce them to MBTI® preferences before reviewing their Interpretive Report with them. I discovered long ago that by encouraging them to touch and move things around, they better internalize what they were learning about themselves.
With Personality Puzzle, Sue Blair elevated the professionalism of my delivery and upped my game. The colorful design, clean layout, and behavioral cues, as well as compact delivery allow you to debrief quickly and accurately anywhere. You could do this on a fold-out tray on an airplane! I'm addicted to this tool! I can't imagine how I ever debriefed a client before. When paired with The Type Trilogy, The Personality Puzzle elevates the conversation about MBTI® preferences to the deepest levels of Personality Type and creates a truly transformative learning experience for clients of any age.
I find the cards particularly useful with high level executives....It's a very natural way for them to learn again all the richness that goes behind the four-letter code before we delve into what we are going to do about it. We have a rich conversation without them being influenced by the scores on an instrument. That's just part of the ethics of using the instrument, to give people a chance to think about it before they see their reported type.
Dr. Jane Kise (Former President APTi)
I use the Personality Puzzle cards everyday in my work as a career consultant. I have found them to be an excellent tool of self discovery, particularly when working with young people and teenagers. They are easy to use, bright and non threatening, they feel good to touch, are clear to read and have aspects that appeal to all Types. If it is symbols and visuals or words and lists the cards cater for all. I find they allow the client to take ownership and create their profile easily giving the opportunity for discussion along the way. I have used them in workshop situations, in one to one and family settings each a different and successful experience. I do not know what I would do without them!
Alison Laurie, Careers Practitioner ENFP
AUT, Auckland, New Zealand
I used The Type Trilogy Three Type lens materials with a group last week and it worked better than imagined. I was able to verify their best-fit types in less time than planned and it seems like they had a better understanding of their whole types than when I’ve used either Temperament or Interaction Styles individually and especially when I’ve used the “4 dichotomies/8 preferences” approach.
LOVE USING THIS APPROACH!!! This has really shifted my focus as a trainer and type user from bringing people through the traditional E-I, S-N, etc exercises toward a whole type approach. Thank you Susan and Sue!
The Personality Puzzle Type for Teens cards are my most valued resource as a MBTI practitioner. The everyday understandable language and symbols on the preference cards and the whole type descriptions would undoubtably be the best way to introduce Type to a teenage client.
The last teenager I worked with arrived at my door looking sheepish and with little to contribute to a conversation. After taking him through the concept of personality preferences using the cards, he started to thaw and talk openly and honestly. For him to see his preferences were OK, and to hear me talking about them like they were, brought a smile to his face. When we clarified his whole type and he read the full description, he couldn’t find anything in it that didn’t describe him well. He was amazed that someone could have written something so accurately about him! The general career pathways that were suggested for his type, INFP, were quite surprising to him but made sense of his failure to impress the Army (they told him he didn’t have enough drive). It also made sense why some of his best marks at school and his biggest passion in life was for art and design. This teenager who had arrived with great despondency left our session with hope and direction that mobilised his journey towards a career pathway more in line with his passion.
It’s seeing the light going on for teenagers like this that makes the Personality Puzzle – Type for Teens worth its weight in gold!
Nicky Gumbrell ESFJ
Using personality type with teenagers is a wonderful way to help them learn how they function best, how they learn best; but also to learn how to advocate for themselves and adjust when things can't be the way they want them to be. The Personality Puzzle lets them explore who they are without being told who they are.
Dr. Jane Kise INFJ (Former President APTi)
The MBTI® practitioners toolbox expanded exponentially with the introduction of "The Type Trilogy" by Susan Nash and Sue Blair (or S2 as I like to think of them now). They put the power of verifying Type quite literally into the hands of the client by creating a tool that honors all learning styles: they read, they touch, we talk. With thoughtfully designed symbols, clear and concise descriptions, and coated, durable cards, "The Type Trilogy" stimulates robust dialog around why we do what we do, how we do what we do, and what thought processes are being used to get it all done.
"The Type Trilogy" elevates the conversation about MBTI® preferences (which is navigated quite simply with Sue Blair's companion tool, "Personality Puzzle") to the deepest levels of Personality Type. Armed with a dry-erase marker, clients can circle, underline, and connect words, pictures, and phrases in a way that helps them truly own the outcome. As a practitioner, you already know that when a client can clearly see the intersection of their own Temperament, Cognitive Functions, and Interaction Style, they can show up even more effectively in relationships at work and at home. This tool will help you get clients there faster.
I've used the tool with executives, as well as with older teens, and the outcome is the same: deeper understanding about one's self and how a commitment to "being that way" can help us or hinder us. It's really quite exciting to have a client read a card and hold it up saying: "This is me! This is really me! Now, show me how to use this better!" The simple elegance of the tool helps the client to come up with their own best answer about best-fit Type and read their MBTI® Interpretive Report with deeper understanding.
And don't think that senior executives are immune to "playing with cards"! I've had a CEO and HR VP spread the cards out across the Board room table and compare their preferred cognitive functions and interaction style side-by-side. They numbered the order of their functions with a dry-erase marker and predicted how much time they spent using each function. How fascinating to watch them figure out on their own that certain functions were getting very little "brain time" and as a result, they were triggering the other person! The subtle differences between one's introverted use and the other's extraverted use of a function helped them walk away with a shift from aggravation to appreciation. They now recognize each other as role models for the best use of certain functions and are extending that honor to others on their leadership team who are different than they are. They are learning to let go of their own discomfort with less developed functions and are trusting and leaning on each other to cover their blind spots.
I can accomplish so much more in the limited time that I have with busy executives by using these cards. The Type Trilogy helps me get clients to a place where Type "sticks" and gets used after I walk out the door.
Bottom line: S2 + T3 = win win. Buy it now.
Natalie Shelpuk INFP
The Personality Puzzle creates a very rich dialogue that helps an individual realise who they really are. The type verification process is very important and this tool really helps with that.
Ann Holm ENFP
MBTI Master Practitioner
"Sue's Personality Puzzle cards are easy to use and understand for both practitioner and client. The cards keep the process of discovering one's Type fun, interactive and open for exploration. Unlike online or paper based Type assessments, the cards dismantle the misconception that Myers- Briggs is all about fitting people into Type boxes. Rather they encourage the client to see Type from the bigger perspective of how it can help them in the workplace, in their communication and in their career decision making. The conversations I've had with clients using the Type cards would never have come about using a paper or online assessment tool. I've found the cards particularly well received by young adults and teenagers as they are colourful and engaging to read and hold."
I have found the Personality Puzzle to be especially useful in the case of a one to one feedback with a client who needed to discuss the questions and the items that make up the dichotomies of Personality Type. We were able to discuss what each of the descriptors meant and how they might be seen in different behaviours.
Laying the cards out on the floor, we walked around the cards and we were able to work together to isolate her preferences yet leave some options visable for her to ‘re-visit’ when she had a better feel for the options. Because the cards are so portable, and can be used in many ways, they suit a flexible delivery method and provide visible cues to those who are new to Type.
Paula Herring ENTP
The Personality Puzzle is an excellent resource for use in feedback sessions or as tool to aid in self-discovery of Personality Type. The symbols on each preference card, descriptor words and detailed descriptions of preferences at work and in communication, together with whole type descriptions, provide practitioners with flexibility of use and clients with the ability to see and select their preferences and compare types as they discover their best-fit Type.
Andy O’Malley ISFJ
The Personality Puzzle cards present a lot of information in a visually appealing manner.
They provide an introduction to type, summaries of the dichotomies and focused summaries of each type.
I use them regularly in both my coaching and career counselling work to assist individuals understand about their type.
In my career counselling work they help with clarifying:
how they see themselves
how others see them
the “ fit” between their “type” and job interests
In coaching I have used them to aid self understanding and unpicking other people’s behaviour, e.g. understanding individuals in a team and in preparation for performance review sessions. “
Wendy Rowe INTP
Wendy Rowe Associates