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RA Types Understanding Resident Assistants by Using the Myers-Briggs Type…

by Jon K. Coleman

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Welcome to RA Types. This book is designed to give the reader a brief understanding of the theory behind the Myers-Briggs Type IndicatorĀ®. It is to be used primarily with Resident Assistants, Hall Directors, Area Directors, and anyone who works with the live-in staff of the residence halls.

The first chapter discusses the basics of type theory starting with a definition and the history of how it developed. Chapter 2 defines what is a preference and how does it manifest in the people that you interact with as well as what each of the preference pairs mean. After discussing each pair, Chapter 3 wraps up the basic concepts of type theory with a few thoughts about how the information discussed can be used in interactions with RAs.

The detailed descriptions of each of the 16 personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, as applied to the Resident Assistant position, begin in Chapter 4. Each section starts with a general description of that particular type, then goes on to how the type learns and the kinds of Training methods that they are most responsive to. A description of the preferred Work Environment and a discussion of the kinds of attitudes and people that they prefer to work with, as well as some thoughts on the kind of supervision that they need follows.

Following work style, the book describes the kind of Leader they are in a group or organization. How they get others to work, how they may take on a leadership role, and how they may prioritize issues or concerns are covered. Programming addresses the kinds of programs that they will prefer as well as how they respond to the expectations of the department.

How each type deals with Organizational issues is discussed in limited detail as some types have specific issues that affect their organizational skills. A discussion of the kinds of Relationships with their Residents, how they interact with the residents and establish friendships and connections, and the approach that they use towards building community for their floor follows.

Finally, each section describes any Issues or concerns that each type has to deal with in their life; addressing how some of their strengths can become weaknesses, as well as suggestions for development and warning signs that a supervisor should be aware and watch out for in their behavior.

Chapter 5 provides you with some sample exercises and activities that can be used with your staff, both individually and as a group.

A list of Internet and other resources that readers can use to further develop their own understanding of type theory and the MBTI is provided. In addition, the two main sources of information, resources, and support information about the MBTI are -provided.

Finally, Chapter 6 closes with some final thoughts about this material and how to use it in the residence halls. I hope that the reader enjoys RA Types and hopefully find this book a useful resource.

Jon K. Coleman
University of Georgia September 2003

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:44 -0400)

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