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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.