The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI) personality inventory seeks to make Carl Jung's theory of psychological types understandable, relevant and useful to people in their daily lives. The basis of his theory is that seemingly random variation in one's behavior is quite orderly and consistent as a result of some basic ways individuals prefer to perceive the world and their process of making judgments based on their observations.
Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs created the first MBTI instrument in 1942. The MBTI was first published in format similar to today's forms in 1962. Since that time, it has become arguably the most prolific psychometric tool in use in the world today.
The MBTI instruments identify our preferences in FOUR key domains:
- Extraversion (E) - Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) - Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) - Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) - Perceiving (P)
How we prefer to direct our attention and energy
How we prefer to observe the world
How we prefer to make decisions
How we prefer to orient ourselves on life
You can see more information on the preferences in table on the right of this page.
The result of the profile is a FOUR letter acronym, such as ENTP or ISFJ, which speaks to the person MBTI type and their preferences. The outcome are the SIXTEEN types you can see in the table to the right. People with a specific type (set of preferences) will tend to share some similar approaches to life. As a result, knowing one's preferences and the preferences of others can lead us to a better appreciation of each other and help us make sense of why we do what we do.
Our coaches are lifetime accredited in the following instruments:
- Standard MBTI (Form M)
- MBTI Step 2 (Form Q)
The Standard MBTI involves the completion of a paper or online questionnaire and a debriefing conversation. The debriefing conversation allows for the participant to understand what is behind the MBTI and also validate their preferences.
It is possible to do the MBTI online, receive the report and do no more. However, doing so is not recommended as the debriefing process is vital in establishing validation of how the participant sees themselves in the context of the MBTI and also allows for him or her to ensure their preferences are reflected in their profile. It also provides the opportunity to more fully explore how their preferences impact their way of being in the world.
The MBTI Step 2 involves responding to more questions than the Standard MBTI. As a result, it is able to reveal more detail about a person's preferences in life. The MBTI Step 2 provides five subsets for each of the preference pairs giving a rich assessment of preferences in life. As with the Standard MBTI, MBTI Step 2 can be done online.
As with the Standard MBTI, it is possible to do the MBTI Step 2 online, receive the report and do no more. However, for the same reasons as with the Standard MBTI, we strongly recommended against this and suggest you take the profile in conjunction with a debriefing session.
For More Information
For more information about how Talking About can support your profiling needs, please contact a Talking About Coach on +61 412 741 537 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.