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Friday, March 12, 2004

More about MBTI

(First portion adapted from http://www.cpp.com/products/mbti/)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used personality inventory in the world. It was created by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine C. Briggs based on Carl Jung's psychological types. The MBTI "instrument" (not really a "test", since there's no right or wrong answers) provides an accurate picture of a person's personality type by determining one's preferences on four dichotomies:

Extraversion vs. Introversion: describes where people prefer to focus their attention and get their energy - from the outer world of people and activity or their inner world of ideas and experiences

Sensing vs. iNtuition: describes how people prefer to take in information - focused on what is real and actual or on patterns and meanings in data

Thinking vs. Feeling: describes how people prefer to make decisions - based on logical analysis or guided by concern for their impact on others

Judging vs. Perceiving: describes how people prefer to deal with the outer world - in a planned orderly way, or in a flexible spontaneous way

Combinations of these preferences result in 16 personality types. However, there can actually be more. Some people, for example, may not have a strong inclination towards being either Thinking or Feeling, so they might be something like IS*J. This may be the reason some people get different results each time. Another reason is of course that a lot of these type inventories online are only approximations of the real thing, thus may not have the accuracy of the genuine MBTI instrument.

Nevertheless, if you cannot take the official MBTI from a qualified practitioner, here are some online versions that you can try to have a feel of things. If you get very similar results on all your tries (like me, I had the same result every single time, including the official one), there's a good chance that's your type.

Humanmetrics: Jung Typology Test
Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
DDLI (a downloadable program)
Tickle.com: Career Personality Test
Similar Minds (Myers-Briggs and other tools)
More can be found here

But, as Carl Jung has said, "It is not the purpose of a psychological typology to classify human beings into categories -- this in itself would be pretty pointless." Thus knowing what type you are is not an end in itself, but rather a powerful tool to help you understand yourself as well as people around you better, appreciate the differences between people, and possibly help us to work and live together more harmoniously and tap more into our inner potentials. There are lots of information online about the personality types, as well as how they can influence career choices and relationships etc. Anyway, I've put together a list here for easy reference:

Keirsey Temperament and Character
The DDLI Page
The Personality Page
Type Logic
Personality Pathways
Human Metrics
Personality Type
Bloginality: Weblogger Personality
Socionics: The New Psychology
Career Types
PTypes (another kind of personality types)

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