Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MBTI: Five Ws and How



MBTI.  The abbreviation gets tossed around a lot, as do the sixteen personality designations resulting from it.  But what IS it, really?  Where did it come from and when? And WHY do people find it so fascinating?

Let's take a look at a few facts and see if we can answer those questions.


WHO

Contrary to some popular misconceptions, it was not two men but two women who developed it:
Katharine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) teacher, author
and her daughter
Isabel Briggs Myers (1897-1980) author, psychoanalyst

Honorary Mention: Carl Jung (1875-1961) psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, psychologist, author


WHAT

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test
A series of questions designed to sort a person into one of sixteen personality types.  Initially based on Carl Jung’s book Psychological Types, and then on extensive experience and practice by Isabel Briggs Myers.


WHEN

Longer ago than you think.  Katharine began her studies in 1917, but the test itself was based on extensive research and testing by Isabel, particularly between the years of 1944 and 1962.


WHERE



WHY

As one piece of a framework for better understanding people and relationships, as well as oneself and our strengths and weaknesses.  This in turn allows us to interact better with people, by learning how they're likely to react or behave.  It also teaches us how to capitalize on our strengths and cope with our weaknesses, learning when we need to push ourselves and when we need to give ourselves a break.


HOW

By answering a series of questions, reading the results, and sometimes retaking the test until you’ve confirmed your type is accurate.

An internet test cannot test and sort you the way a human can.  It’s a fact.  Which is why a person sometimes has to retake the test and choose other 'applicable answers’ for some of the questions until the result comes true.


Still have questions?  Ask away and if I can't answer them, I can hopefully direct you to someone/something that can.

4 comments:

  1. I love the MBTI test! When I discovered I'm an INFJ, things about myself started making so much sense.

    I'm glad you emphasized that this is just ONE piece of the puzzle. Loving personality tests/profiles as much as I do, I have to be careful not to use it as an excuse not to grow in my weak areas.

    Looking forward to more posts on this topic, if that's what you're planning! :)

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    1. Right? I love the test and designations.

      Thank you so much!

      And yes, I am planning a whole looooong series.

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  2. This is such a great overview of the MBTI! And something I think everyone needs to know.

    Thank you so much for doing this, Lody!

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    1. Thank you tons, dear Lauri! I'm enjoying writing it so much.

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