Meyers Briggs Personality Types: An Introduction

So I’ve decided to do a series on the sixteen Meyers Briggs personality types. They will include profiles for each type with my personal thoughts at the end. Click here for all the completed profiles. I have always found personality tests fascinating from a young age, sorting my self into high school cliques, fictional characters, etc. I was also slightly disappointed with the results because they made generalizations and stereotyped my personality heavily (I don’t know what I was expecting). I like Meyers Briggs because it offers guidelines without going to heavily into individual trait. As I read through the websites for each type I will try to further erase generalizations from each personality profile. Below is information that you need to know taken directly from the Meyers Briggs website which I have linked at the end.

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The theory of psychological type was introduced in the 1920s by Carl G. Jung. The MBTI tool was developed in the 1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

The Types

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What Each Letter Means

Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

The MBTI instrument sorts for preferences and does not measure trait, ability, or character.

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Sources

The Test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

The Information: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

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