Friday, April 30, 2010


Welcome to MBTI Types.

This blog is based on the Myer Briggs/Jung Personality Types test, a popular psychometric assessment used worldwide in a number of fields and for a variety of purposes.

Myers-Briggs Personality theory (MBTI) was formed from Carl Jung's "Psychological Types" which suggested their were 8 possible basic personality types defined by which one of the 8 cognitive functions (Si, Se, Ni, Ne, Fi, Fe, Ti, Te) was dominant in the personality.

Myers and Briggs extended this theory with personality types being defined by dominant and auxiliary (supporting) cognitive functions, as well as tertiary and inferior cognitive functions that reflected the dominant and auxiliary - this gave 16 possible basic personality types.

A Myers Briggs personality type is defined by the hierarcy of the conscious set of 4 cognitive functions -this includes a dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior cognitive function - in order of highest to lowest in the psyche's priority.

The dominant and auxiliary cognitive functions provide energy gain (dominant provides the greatest), whilst the tertiary and inferior cognitive functions result in energy drain (inferior provides the greatest).
Myers and Briggs also developed a test that could predict what a person's dominant and auxiliary cognitive functions were by asking 4 basic questions in a variety of different ways that would give a four letter code personality type i.e. ENTP:

- Where you draw your energy from (Extroverts are most stimulated by the external world, whilst Introverts are most stimulated by their internal world)

- How you process information (Sensors prefer processing information via their 5 senses, whilst Intuitives prefer processing information via impressions and patterns)

- How you make decisions (Thinkers prefer to make logic based decisions, Feelers tend to prefer values based decisions)

- How you structure your life (Judgers prefer to lead a directive lifestyle, whilst Perceivers prefer to lead an adaptive lifestyle)

So ENTP would stand for Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving preferences or more specifically Extroverted Intuition (Ne) dominant cognitive function with Introverted Thinking (Ti) auxiliary cognitive function.

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