“CHOOSE a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

These are the words of the Chinese philosopher Confucius but they form the mantra of MBTI-Coaching.

Centred on the idea that we are all born with different preferences, Carmen Fernandez, a freelance MBTI coach, uses theories of the psychological type to highlight what motivates children in the classroom.

Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – which stems from the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung – she aims to help children, parents and teachers improve their mutual understanding.

By teaching children about the different personality types through games, pictures and a questionnaire, the mother of two from Madrid, thinks it will help their development.

She said: “I think if you know your personality type it really helps. No matter what stage of life you are in, you are going to have more information to make those crucial decisions. My two children both know their types and understand the model, and they will often come home and say their teacher is this or that type and they know they will get along well with them.

“I really think it has helped them believe in themselves and to recognise their strengths.”

And she added: “It is a good tool for a teacher too, it helps them recognise that all children are energised in different ways so that if a child is ‘naughty’ it may be because they learn in a different way and they simply need more active participation.

“It helps teachers structure their lessons to accommodate the differences.”

Now Fernandez is on a ‘personal crusade’ to spread the ideas through Spain.

She continued: “It is like if you throw a stone into a lake, it has a ripple effect. One person’s change can change those around them.”

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