The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world.
About 2 million people take it annually, at the behest of corporate HR departments, colleges, and even government agencies. The company that produces and markets the test makes around $20 million off it each year.
This personality-related test was developed in the 1940’s, yet continues to be discussed and applied in modern instances. Why has it become so popular over the years, and how can you take the test yourself? Answers below!
What is the Myers-Briggs Test?
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test, typically based on psychological attributes and is used to determine differing strengths and types of personalities in a workplace or other setting. The questionnaire’s battery of tests can provide insight into the subject’s perception, decision making, leadership skills, and other attributes may contribute to personal or professional success.
Myers-Briggs tests borrow from psychologist Carl Jung’s theory of dominant psychological functions: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. The theory suggests that these functions color how we approach solving problems and interacting with others. Despite its origin in psychological theory, MBTI is traditionally used in business settings, but has been questioned due to its lack of scientific validity and rigor.
That said, Myers-Briggs continues to be used by organizations across the globe to help individuals understand and apply their personal strengths.
What it can do:
- Measure your personality preferences in the MBTI framework
- Help you understand your behavior
- Give you insight into communication habits
- Help you better understand other people
- (and so, so much more…)
What it can’t do:
- Measure or predict performance
- Tell you what job you’ll be best at
- Reveal your perfect companion
- Predict the future
- Match you with celebrity personality types
- Tell companies who they should hire
What’s being measured?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator helps you understand your personality preferences in four key areas:
- How you get your energy (Extraversion vs. Introversion)
- How you take in information and learn (Sensing vs. Intuition)
- How you make decisions (Thinking vs. Feeling)
- How you like to organize your time and environment (Judging vs. Perceiving)
What are the test result abbreviations?
Four letters will appear for you, each letter denotes the abbreviation of an adjective in your character
So these are the test result abbreviations
- Social: (Extroverted – (E .)
- Introverted – (I .)
- Sensory (s .)
- Intuition – (I .)
- Feeler : (F .)
- Rational Thinker: (T . )
- Perceiver: (P .)
- Judgmental (Judge: (J .)
How the Myers-Briggs Test Works
The Myers-Briggs test consists of 90-plus “forced choice” questions, meaning there is only one choice when selecting between two options. The MBTI then segments subjects into 16 distinct personality types, using combinations of the following personality designations.
Introvert (I) vs. Extrovert (E)
Introverts tend to consider the world from an internal perspective, allowing their ideas and creativity to flow from within themselves. Introverts tends to attach more emotional value to their thoughts and decisions.
Extroverts gain their inspiration through interactions and ideation with others. This external view tends to make extroverts more collaborative.
Intuitive (N) vs. Sensory (S)
Intuitive types focus more on the future by recognizing patterns and processes in order to have a greater understanding of potential results.
Sensory types tend to live more in the moment and rely on holistic views through their use of immediate senses.
Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
Thinking types take an objective approach to situations, and rely more on causal analysis and data to help form their opinions or decisions.
Feeling types place considerable weight to external values as part of their decision making, giving more emphasis to the subjective aspects of a situation, and considering personal differences.
Perceiving (P) vs. Judging (J)
Perceiving types go with the flow, and enjoy flexibility and spontaneity when it comes to agendas or decisions.
Judging types take an organized approach to life, and prefer that events be planned out or scheduled in order to go as smoothly as possible.
Example Test Outcomes
After the questionnaire is completed, the testee is assigned a four-letter code to help explain their personality type.
For example, if you’re an “INFJ” type, this means you’re highest on the scales for introversion, intuition, feeling, and judging. In combination these qualities mean you’re likely a private, organized, and process-driven person who considers the emotions of others as part of your decision making.
Should I Trust Myers-Briggs as a Personality Test?
There are many in both camps who can speak to the positive and negative attributes of the Myers-Briggs test. Quite simply, it’s an assessment to help us understand our personalities at a high level. Its results, however, have no scientific basis and are entirely open to personal interpretation.
If anything, the Myers-Briggs test gives us a surface-level understanding of our strengths and weaknesses. When compared to other’s results, it can reveal potential conflicts, or explain personality clashes. Again this isn’t based on rigorous scientific understanding and methods, but rather a theory of personality differences.
The Myers-Briggs test shouldn’t necessarily be taken to gain insight into the state of our mental health. Nor is it meant to serve as proof of our flaws. For this reason, therapists don’t administer the test as part of psychotherapy, nor does the therapist community give much credence to its results.
- You must answer honestly in the test because it is a test to determine your personality
Therefore, you must answer with all transparency so that you can know your personality type .
- Take your time to answer the questions, because it is not an ordinary test, but rather it is based on accurate questions to discover who you are, so think carefully before answering .
- Whatever the result, they are expectations of your character, but it does not mean that this character represents you 100%.
Link to the test in Arabic from here