The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.
Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas.
Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills."
In developing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator [instrument], the aim of Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, was to make the insights of type theory accessible to individuals and groups. They addressed the two related goals in the developments and application of the MBTI instrument:
- The identification of basic preferences of each of the four dichotomies specified or implicit in Jung's theory.
- The identification and description of the 16 distinctive personality types that result from the interactions among the preferences."
Excerpted from the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
Take a few moments to try this exercise
Step 1: Take 2 minutes and write down as much as you can about this picture.
Step 2: Look over your description: Did you use more descriptive words related to the 5 senses? Colors? surroundings?, etc OR Did you use more words that describe what might be happening or what might happen next? This is a great way to explore whether you have a more S or more N preference for gathering information and can explain why you prefer more detail or more relatedness when assimilating information from your surroundings.
MBTI is an online self-assessment that helps you sort and understand your preferences to learn more about you and your interactions with others. Go to the "Take an Assessment" tab for more information and instructions. This is an online assessment and it must be paid for in advance. The price incudes coaching sessions to debrief and help you put together a personal development plan.