The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an assessment that follows a psychological assessment method proposed in 1962 by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katherine Cook Briggs.
Their model is based on forty years of study and research. This mother and daughter relied on the publication Psychological Types (1921) by the father of analytical psychology Carl Jung, who had identified four psychic functions that everyone possesses to different degrees: thinking, intuition, feeling, and sensation.
The assessment determines the preferences of each individual, according to 4 axes:
- Where I draw my energy: between Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I)
- How I gather information: between Sensing (S) and Intuition (N)
- How I make decisions: between Thinking (T) and Feeling (F)
- My mode of action: between Judgement (J) and Perception (P )
This gives us 16 possible letter combinations and therefore 16 major personality types. The given answers make it possible to create a typical profile of the person taking the test.
You can take the MBTI on the 16personalities website
Allow about thirty minutes of quiet time for this test, which requires a bit of time and availability. Be honest and keep in mind that there are no good or bad profiles.
The website offers you a complete debrief for each personality, but here is how we can summarize each value:
Where do you draw your energy?
Extraversion (E) - You are outward looking and interact well with others.
- You put action before reflection.
- You need to think in groups.
- You prefer to express yourself through words.
- You need to see people to recharge your batteries. However, you are not necessarily an exuberant person!
Introversion (I) - You are more focused on your thoughts and your inner world.
- You need to reflect before acting.
- You like to be alone to reflect.
- You don't mind being alone.
- You prefer to listen.
- You need some quiet time to recharge your batteries. However, you are not necessarily a shy person!
How do you gather information?
Sensing (S) - You trust your 5 senses.
- You rely on facts, practice, and details.
- You are realistic, and you focus on the present.
Intuition (N) - You need a big picture.
- You rely on ideas, theories.
- You have a great imagination, and you can project yourself into the future.
- How do you make decisions?
Thinking (T) - Logic first!
- You are direct and honest.
- You seek the truth.
- You are motivated by your projects.
Feeling (F) - All about feelings and the subjective.
- You are diplomatic and sensitive.
- You seek harmony above all.
- Other people's esteem is very important to you.
- How do you take action?
Judgement (J) - You are the specialist of plans A, B, and C!*
- You are often punctual.
- You like to make decisions.
- You need to plan and prepare your actions.
Perception (P ) - You know how to adapt to circumstances.
- You are often late.
- You don't like to decide, and you often push back deadlines.
- You are flexible and adaptable.
At Extia, we also use other tests such as the Predictive Index and Process Communication. If you already had the opportunity to take them, are the results similar?