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Personality Types Of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Assessment?

Personality Types Of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Assessment?

By hutch blogger (649 words)
Posted in Myers-Briggs® on February 15, 2012

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument is a means through which any individual with an understanding of the system can help determine a personality type. It is based on the early works on personality by Carl Jung (1856-1939), who studied humans in depth then divided them into 8 personality types. His work, defined in Psychological Types, came out in 1921.

{#/pub/images/briggs.jpg}Two Americans, Katherine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) a psychoanalyst, and her daughter, psychological theorist Isabel Briggs Myers (1897-1980), reviewed, studied and expanded the theories expounded by Jung. The result was the creation of what’s now referred to as The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment tool. It differs from the original Jungian concept in 3 specific ways.

  1. It uses a basic personality preference scale of 4 instead of the original 3
  2. It consists of 16 personality types – twice the number theorized by Jung
  3. It can be practically applied (Jung’s work was purely theoretical) as the result of the development of an assessment instrument in the 1940s by Briggs and Myers

Of particular importance to application of the MBTI® tool is an understanding of the different personality types proposed within its framework.

What are the Different Personality Types of the MBTI® Assessment?

The MBTI® instrument bases its approach on the perception that every human personality consists of 4 different aspects. These are referred to as dimensions. Essentially, each person consists of 4 specific dimensions. These are described as:

  1. The way we interact with the world we live in and in what direction we focus our energy
  2. The type of information that comes to our attention naturally
  3. How we evaluate the information we receive and make decisions
  4. How we orient ourselves in life and what may be termed our lifestyle.{#/pub/images/H7.jpg}

When they are expressed as a single word, the personality preferences are called:

  • Extravert (E) – notice the use of the letter a and not o vs. Introvert (I)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuiting (N) – the letter N is the second letter of intuiting, chosen as the letter “I” has already been used for Introvert
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

Each of the 8 different personality types are paired off together to form opposites on what may be considered a line on a continuum. Like a see-saw, there is a midpoint dividing each pair. The pairs are as follows:

  1. Extravert – Introvert
  2. Sensing – Intuiting
  3. Thinking – Feeling
  4. Judging – Perceiving

{#/pub/images/myers.jpg}Every individual soon finds their personality can be labeled as either one or the other of the pairs. You may be an Extravert, Intuiting, Thinking, Perceiving type. You may, on the other hand, be described as an Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging personality type. In accordance to the terminology of the MBTI®, the former is written as an ENTP; the latter as an ISFJ.

The 8 different personality preferences, as a result, can combine to create a total of 16 different personality types. These combinations account for the variation of personalities. The combinations of the different dimensions will interact in different ways in changeable degrees.


The MBTI® tool is a device used to discover the personality types of any individual. The 8 different preferences combine into opposite pairs. The combinations create 16 different personality types. Everyone falls into one of these categories however the sum total of the parts is not greater than the combination resulting in interactions that vary greatly across the line continuum that runs from one side to the other of the pairings.



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