The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The Myers & Briggs mother-daughter team started their own research institute following the World War II, with a mission to create world peace. They believed in the power of interpersonal Understanding through a discussion on type.
The MBTI proposes four dichotomous elements along a continuum that the individual is placed along based on evidence-based test results. There is a resulting sixteen (16) personality types, each with a unique approach to how they view the world and themselves. The test also reveals that each of us concurrently possesses a, “shadow self,” that part of us we battle against in order to keep balance.
Understanding MBTI Preferences
After taking the MBTI, your results will indicate your preference on each continuum (x4). You will either be noted as preferring, “Extraversion, ” or “Introversion,” etc. In order to create the letters of your time, you would take the first letter of your preference for each of the four continuums, with the exception of “Intuition“. The “I” is replaced with an “N” since it is already used for “Introversion.”
The MBTI Type Breakdown
The MBTI test classifies your preferences based on the dichotomous elements revealed in the results. In the end, you are classified as one or the other for each (I vs. E; S vs. N; T vs. F; J vs. P). Thus, there are a total of sixteen possible outcomes. Test results also indicate the strength of each continuum element.
However, what if your test shows no clear preference? It is possible to sit directly in the middle (e.g.; You show no preference for introversion or extroversion). However, this is considered quite rare. In that case, you would read the descriptions of the opposing versions and choose the best match.
The following matrix shows all possible combinations of each dichotomous preference:
**For a more in-depth review of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, please refer to our article, "MBTI - The Personality Test That Changed Everything!"