Do You Feel It? Think It? Sense It? Judge It?

The MBTI is perhaps the most recognized of the personality tests.  It also has more breadth of use.  It can be applied personally, in the education space, and in the professional world.  Based on the theory of four psychological types (see below) described by C.G. Jung, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator classifies a person as one of the sixteen possible combinations of the original four types.  Isabel and Katherine Briggs described the basic characteristics of each of the four psychological types and then described the 16 different personality types (see chart below) that resulted from the interaction between the four original types outlined by Jung.  The result is an instrument that can be applied to determine how an individual best learns, communicates, grows, works, and forms relationships with others.


Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I)            Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)


Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)                                    Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)


See the following link for a descriptive chart of these personality charts and how they are related.

You can also read a narrative of each type at the following link:  Descriptions of the 16 types.

There are ethical concerns when using the MBTI.  Unlike other tools, the MBTI is not to be used as a method of selection.  It identifies personality type and preferences and not ability, competency, intelligence, or anything else that is used when choosing a potential employee.  Every type has its strengths and weaknesses and very successful professionals can be found in each and every type.

Taking the MBTI should always be voluntary and it is considered unethical, and in many cases illegal, to be required of any job applicant.  Results are confidential and cannot be viewed by anyone other than the individual and the administrator without the permission of the individual.

We will explore further benefits of the MBTI in our next blog.  Have you taken the MBTI?  How did the results influence your professional development?


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