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Resorting to type under pressure


I am a trainee coach and putting together a thesis for my coaching qualification.
One of my arguments for business managers having ongoing coaching is that when we are under pressure
we can 'forget' some of the soft skills training we have had and resort to our natural types.
I am looking for some published articles/books around this subject. Can anyone help?
Thank You
Allison Sutton

3 Responses

  1. SDI assessment tool
    Hi Alison,

    Have you had a look at the SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory)? It is an assessment instrument which looks at how people’s behaviour changes from when they are in control of a situation to when they are under pressure. There’s quite a good explanation of the tool available here:

    And the guy who came up with it, Elias Porter, has written quite a bit about the subjeects you mention:

    Hope this helps!

  2. In the Grip
    In the Grip (available from is great for understanding what happens from an MBTI perspective when we are under pressure – that we default to type. There’s also a book called ‘Was the really me?’ which also looks at Type and stress.

  3. Thanks
    Many thanks for your comments – really helpful. Just what I was looking for


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