Posted by: marisadedios | 22 December, 2009

THE MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR (MBTI)

Have you ever heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment? It is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. This personality inventory was originally developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. Acccording to wikipedia, they began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be “most comfortable and effective.

The indicator is frequently used in the areas of pedagogy, career counseling, team building, group dynamics, professional development, marketing, leadership training, executive coaching, life coaching, personal development, marriage counseling, and workers’ compensation claims.

The Myers-Briggs typology model regards personality type as similar to left or right handedness: individuals are either born with, or develop, certain preferred ways of thinking and acting. The MBTI sorts some of these psychological differences into four opposite pairs, or dichotomies, with a resulting 16 possible psychological types.

Dichotomies
Extraversion Introversion
Sensing iNtuition
Thinking Feeling
Judging Perceiving

The 16 different types are often referred to by an abbreviation of four letters, the initial letters of each of their four type preferences (except in the case of iNtuition, which uses N to distinguish it from Introversion). For instance:

  • ESTJ – Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging
  • INFP – Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perceiving

And so on for all 16 possible type combinations.

Would you like to find out about your indicator?

click here

Read about your personality type:

knowyourtype

personalitypathways

wikipedia

What is your opinion about this kind of test? Can we rely on them when choosing the right person for a particular post?

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