The original ideas of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) were created by Carl Gustav Jung in 1921. However, the actual test was officially published in 1962. The test was originally created to help determine which careers would be best for women as they entered the workforce for the first time during WWII. It is a psychological analysis examination that determines a person’s psychological makeup and how they perceive and make decisions.
The test is made up of four different dichotomies or personality descriptions. One can either be:
1. Introverted or Extroverted
2. Sensing or Intuitive
3. Thinking or Feeling
4. Judging or Perceptive
These different dichotomies ultimately determine how each individual person is motivated and how they will react in certain situations. A description of each of the different dichotomies is listed below.
Introverted: Introverts tend to draw their energy from being alone. They also typically think before they act. If they are around action for too long, they become drained and must take time alone in order to recharge.
Extroverted: Extroverts draw their energy from action and the people around them and tend to act before they think. If they are inactive they begin to lose their energy and motivation.
Sensing: People who are sensing tend to trust information that can be accessed by their five senses. They do not seem to trust their “gut feeling” that comes out of no where.
Intuitive: Intuitive people however trust information that is more abstract, such as thoughts or “gut feelings”
Thinking: Those who are thinking measure tasks or theories in a logical sense, analyzing the facts of the situation.
Feeling: People who associate more with feeling tend to base their decisions off of empathy.
Judging: Those who fall into the judging category are typically more logical and like to follow rules. They are typically a combination of those who are thinking and feeling. These people typically like to have matters settled right away.
Perceptive: People who like to perceive things more typically like to keep their options open.
It is very important when taking this test to be honest with your answer in order to get accurate results. Many human resource departments use this test in order to determine where future employees will fit in best at their company, even though it is not technically supposed to be used for this purpose.
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Myers-Briggs Personality Test
Carl Jung's personality typology test including the criteria added by Myers-Briggs. Includes
a description of your personality type and list of occupations compatible.
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