What is Myers Briggs Test Indicator?
People are always seeking ways to understand themselves better, to have that one sentence sum up everything they have thought about themselves and how they relate to others. Most of us have taken a personality test at some point in our lives - whether it’s a Disney character personality quiz you took a few months ago or the ones you repeatedly see your relatives posting on Facebook. But when it comes to personality tests, The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), is the stand-out amongst a large crowd.
It’s a personality test that has stood the test of time, having been invented in the 1940s by Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. The two worked over the questionnaire for many years, with the fundamentals of the test based on psychologist, Carl Jung’s theory about judging and perceiving. The mother and daughter partnership expanded on Jung’s theory greatly.
The questionnaire has four sections of questions that identity different ways people interact with the world. In each section, there are two different functions. Firstly, a series of questions works out whether you are; “Extrovert or Introvert”, “Sensing or Intuitive”, “ Feeling or Thinking” and “Judging or Perceiving”. From this result comes a four-letter word, revealing your preference in each of the four sections, thereby giving you your personality type. For example, you could be an INTJ (Introvert-Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) or an ESFP (Extrovert-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving).