What is the Myers-Briggs Type
The MBTI® is a self-report questionnaire designed to
help people determine their personality type and is the
most widely used psychological inventory in the world.
The MBTI® is not a test - there are no right or wrong
answers. It does not measure skill, intelligence, or
mental health. The emphasis is on your preferences!
Why take the MBTI®?
Knowing about your personality type can help you
understand your motivations, natural strengths, and
potential areas for growth, and enhance your
appreciation of people who are different from yourself.
Understanding your personality type makes it easier to
determine why you do things the way you do, and to look
at ways you can become more effective and less
overwhelmed by life's challenges. Increased
self-awareness can bring many benefits to your personal
life as well as your professional life.
Although there are many online questionnaires designed
to tell you your personality type, the most reliable way
to learn about your personality type is to complete the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® under the guidance of a
qualified professional. MBTI® practitioners work in many
areas, including time management, career development,
communication, and team building.
How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® work?
Your responses to the questions indicate your
preferences in the following four areas:
1. Where do you prefer to focus your attention? Where do
you get your energy?
People who prefer Extraversion direct their energy and
attention outward. They receive energy from interacting
with people and from taking action. People who prefer
Introversion like to focus on their own inner world of
ideas and experiences. They receive energy from
reflecting on their thoughts.
2. How do you prefer to take in information?
People who prefer Sensing like to take in information
that is real and tangible – what is actually happening.
They are observant about the specifics of what is going
on around them and are especially tuned into practical
realities. People who prefer Intuition like to take in
information by seeing the big picture, focusing on the
relationships and connections between facts. They want
to grasp patterns and are especially tuned into seeing
3. How do you prefer to make decisions?
People who prefer Thinking like to look at the pros and
cons of a situation and base their decisions on logical
reasons and consequences. Their goal is to find a
standard or principle that will apply in all similar
situations. People who prefer Feeling like to base their
decisions on personal values. Their goal is to create
harmony and to treat each person as unique.
4. How do you deal with the outer world?
People who prefer Judging like to live in a planned,
orderly way, seeking to regulate and manage their lives.
Sticking to a plan and schedule is important to them,
and they are energized by getting things done. People
who prefer Perceiving like to live in a flexible,
spontaneous way, seeking to experience life rather than
control it. Detailed plans and final decisions feel
confining to them - they prefer to stay open to new
information and last-minute options.
Your preferences in these four areas combine to form
YOUR personality type!
Janet Barclay is a qualified MBTI® practitioner
and the owner of Organized Assistant. Visit
www.organizedassistant.com for further
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