It’s become a fad in recent years to perceive and understand oneself through a series of personality tests. While some personality tests can be useful in comprehending your own behavioral patterns and tendencies, others stand the chance of being poorly made and utterly hopeless. The latter is not the case with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which identifies personality types through four letters, such as INTJ or ESFP, and which can serve as an outstanding way to look into your inner self a bit more closely.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed in the 1940s by mother-daughter duo Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs. Their goal was to make the theory of psychological types as prescribed by Carl Gustav Jung accessible and useful to average people’s everyday lives. Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded the field of analytical psychology. He died in 1961 but the ramifications of his work have rippled throughout the decades on into the present day.
Personality types, as dictated by the MBTI, are indicated by four individual letters as a code. Each letter stands for your preference in a given area, and there are 16 total possible types. The letters and their areas are:
- Do you focus on your outer world or your inner world? (E)xtraversion versus (I)ntroversion.
- Do you focus on basic information or do you interpret and add meaning to it? (S)ensing versus I(N)tuition.
- Do you make decisions through logic or through circumstances? (T)hinking versus (F)eeling.
- Do you prefer decided things or things that are new? (J)udging versus (P)erceiving.
Therefore if you are someone who is more outgoing, you’re likely to end up with Extraversion and an E as the first part of your four-letter code. Conversely, if you’re more withdrawn, you’ll end up with Introversion and an I.
The Myers-Briggs personality test consists of a multiple-choice questionnaire that is designed to tease out the minute details of your personality so as to best assign you to your type. Many online websites had developed their own tests based on the original which you can take for free. You may find that your type is strikingly accurate and reveals certain facets of yourself to you which you yourself only subconsciously knew. Based on powerful analytical psychology developed by C.G. Jung, the MBTI is a useful tool in coming to know yourself in a healthy and fulfilling way.
Take a free online version of the test here.