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1. My company has decided to send us all for training. In this training, we are required to take a Myers-Brigg personality test. What is this?
The Myers-Brigg Type Indicator is also called the MBTI assessment. It is one of the more famous personality type tests in the world.
The MBTI assessment is actually a psychometric questionnaire that you can fill in to measure your psychological preference and how you perceive the world.
These preferences were derived from the theories of Carl Gustav Jung and his book, Psychological Types (published in 1921).
In this book, Jung said that there were four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world:
The Myers-Brigg personality test was developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers.
They were students of Jung's work, and they created the test during World War II because they believed that women who had to enter the workforce for the first time could use it to identify the type of wartime jobs they would be most comfortable and effective in.
The small questionnaire subsequently grew into the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator, which was published in 1962.
3. So what are the personality types in the Myers-Brigg Type indicator?
There are four pairs of preferences.
- Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) and Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) and Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) and Perception (P)
4. What's the difference between 'extraverts' and 'introverts' then?
An extravert's energy is directed mostly outwards, meaning it is directed towards people and things which are outside themselves.
An introvert's energy is directed mostly inwards, towards their own thoughts, perceptions and reactions.
5. What's the difference between 'Sensing' and 'Intuition'?
Sensors are mostly practical and pragmatic people, while Intuitive are imaginative and theoretical.
6. What about Thinkers and Feelers?
Thinkers make decisions based on objective fact that makes the most logical sense. They are usually cool, reserved and rational. They are honest and direct. They like to argue and debate for fun, and don't take things personally.
Feelers are sensitive and make decisions based on their feelings. They are warm, friendly and compassionate. They take things personally, and they don't like conflict.
7. What about Judgers and Perceivers?
Judgers like structure and order. They take their responsibilities very seriously. They are prompt and timely, and believe in work before play. They like to plan and stick to schedules.
Perceivers, on the other hand, are casual and less aware of time. They like to enjoy first, keep their options open, and work later. They like flexibility and not too many rules.