is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®?
The MBTI® is a self-report
questionnaire designed to help people determine
their personality type and is the most widely
used psychological inventory in the world. The
MBTI® is not a test - there are no right or
wrong answers. It does not measure skill, intelligence,
or mental health. The emphasis is on your preferences!
Why take the MBTI®?
Knowing about your personality type can help
you understand your motivations, natural strengths,
and potential areas for growth, and enhance
your appreciation of people who are different
from yourself. Understanding your personality
type makes it easier to determine why you do
things the way you do, and to look at ways you
can become more effective and less overwhelmed
by life's challenges. Increased self-awareness
can bring many benefits to your personal life
as well as your professional life.
Although there are many online questionnaires
designed to tell you your personality type,
the most reliable way to learn about your personality
type is to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
under the guidance of a qualified professional.
MBTI® practitioners work in many areas, including
time management, career development, communication,
and team building.
How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
Your responses to the questions indicate your
preferences in the following four areas:
1. Where do you prefer to focus your attention?
Where do you get your energy?
People who prefer Extraversion direct their
energy and attention outward. They receive energy
from interacting with people and from taking
action. People who prefer Introversion like
to focus on their own inner world of ideas and
experiences. They receive energy from reflecting
on their thoughts.
2. How do you prefer to take in information?
People who prefer Sensing like to take in information
that is real and tangible – what is actually
happening. They are observant about the specifics
of what is going on around them and are especially
tuned into practical realities. People who prefer
Intuition like to take in information by seeing
the big picture, focusing on the relationships
and connections between facts. They want to
grasp patterns and are especially tuned into
seeing new possibilities.
3. How do you prefer to make decisions?
People who prefer Thinking like to look at the
pros and cons of a situation and base their
decisions on logical reasons and consequences.
Their goal is to find a standard or principle
that will apply in all similar situations. People
who prefer Feeling like to base their decisions
on personal values. Their goal is to create
harmony and to treat each person as unique.
4. How do you deal with the outer world?
People who prefer Judging like to live in a
planned, orderly way, seeking to regulate and
manage their lives. Sticking to a plan and schedule
is important to them, and they are energized
by getting things done. People who prefer Perceiving
like to live in a flexible, spontaneous way,
seeking to experience life rather than control
it. Detailed plans and final decisions feel
confining to them - they prefer to stay open
to new information and last-minute options.
Your preferences in these four areas combine
to form YOUR personality type!