Why Good Risk Analysts have Trouble with Public Communications-A Quantitative Analysis

  • Raymond Johnson
  • W. Larry Petcovic
Part of the Advances in Risk Analysis book series (AIRA, volume 5)


Effective risk management requires effective communications. the communication strengths and limitatiols of over 300 health risk analysts, in the radiation protection profession, have been analyzed by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This indicator measures the magnitude of our preferences for gathering data by SENSING(S) or INTUITION(N), for making decisions by THINKING(T) or FEELING(F), for how we relate to others by JUDGING(J) or PERCEIVING(P), and for how we get our energy by EXTRAVERSION(E) or INTROVERSION(I). Profiles for these risk analysts show a strong preference to INTJ. They tend to be self confident, decision makers, practical, orderly, logical, outstanding in research and as executives, hard workers, high achievers, organizers, and pragmatic strategists. On the other hand, they can also be very independent and single minded. They may ignore the views of others and may appear unemotional, cold, demanding, critical, reserved, and determined. They may neglect social rituals and may not like to waste time in idle dialogue or play. This paper will analyze how an awareness of Myers-Briggs Type can be used to develop effective approachs to communication and risk management.

Key Words

public communications communication style Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) radiation radiation protection risk management and risk analysts. 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Johnson
    • 1
  • W. Larry Petcovic
    • 2
  1. 1.Communication Sciences InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Advanced Communication TechniquesUSA

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