An investigation into Myers-Briggs personality types of dental technology students
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Objective: An investigation of the Myers-Briggs personality types of dental technology BSc (Hons) students. If a trend in personality type is found then it may help identify if an individual has the ideal personality for a career in dental technology. Method: Volunteers took part in a questionnaire which instructed them to find their personality type using the Neris type explorer (an alternative to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - MBTI). The opportunity to take part in the research was given to all the students studying full time for a degree in dental technology (n=63). A total of 44 students took part making the response rate 70%. Results: The feedback from the questionnaires revealed that the highest frequency of dental technology BSc (Hons) student participants had a ESFJ (25%) personality with ISFJ (14%), INFJ (14%), ENFJ (11%) and INFP (11%) also having high frequencies. A Chi Squared (χ²) statistical test indicated that P=0. The most expressed personality characteristics were Feeling (89%), Judging (73%), Extravert (55%) and Sensing (52%). 70% of participants agreed that they had chosen their career in dental technology because they thought the work suited their personality. Conclusion: The study successfully used the MBTI to find trends in personality types of dental technology students. It is recommended that research needs to be done to find if there is correlation between personality types and ability to pass modules on the programme, before this study can be used to advise potential students on applying.
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