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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

In You Gotta Get Some on June 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

While reading some article or another, I came across a reference to a personality test created by Jung and the evolution of similar test by other professionals in the same field. What?! Someone has created a test… just for me? And the answers are… all. about. ME? Of course, I had to give it a whirl…

For more information on what it is read the following excerpt from wikipedia:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to identify certain psychological differences according to the typological theories of Carl Gustav Jung as published in his 1921 book Psychological Types (English edition, 1923).[1] The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. They initially created the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be “most comfortable and effective”.[2]

While some academic psychologists have criticized the MBTI instrument in research literature, claiming that it “lacks convincing validity data”,[3][4][5] proponents and sellers of the test cite unblinded anecdotal predictions of individual behavior.[6] Moreover, the indicator has been found to meet or exceed the reliability of other psychological instruments.[7][8] Studies have found strong support for construct validity, internal consistency, and test-retest reliability, although variation was observed. [9][10]

The registered trademark rights to the terms Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI have been assigned from the publisher of the test, CPP, Inc., to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust.[11]

The definitive published source of reference on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is The Manual produced by CPP,[12] from which much of the information in this article is drawn, along with training materials from CPP and their European training partners, Oxford Psychologists Press. However, a popularized source of the model, with an original test, is published in David Keirsey’s book Please Understand Me.

Want to take the test yourself? If you do, I’m interested in your results, if you care to share them. I’ve posted mine below; I’m an ENFP; follow the link for the short profile of my personality type. It is interesting, I have to admit.

ENFP – “Journalist”. Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.

Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)


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