MBTI Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences are extrapolated from the theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensing, intuition, feeling, and thinking.

Psychological Types

The 16 types are typically referred to by an abbreviation of four letters—the initial letters of each of their four type preferences.

Favourite 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 your own 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).

Your personality type doesn’t change over time, but each preference moulds you in different ways, and to different degrees, as you move through your life. Type development is a lifelong process and understanding type can help you overcome challenges at various stages of life including youth, midlife, retirement, and aging.