Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator may be the most popular and widespread, having been in use for more than 40 years. With millions of people assessed all over the world, its validity is continually updated and debated. It is usually administered and interpreted by professionals formally trained in its use. MBTI identifies four bipolar dimensions of behavior, measuring self-reported preferences on each one, which allows for 16 different personality descriptions, identified by 4-letter codes. The type dimensions are illustrated in Table 6-1.

Much can be found on the Web about MBTI, including an abbreviated version of the test instrument and a discussion that relates the model to leadership. For the technical disciplines, many personality types (about 60%) fall into the ISTJ type. Regional or national culture can provide a modifying context for expressing type, as discussed in a later section.


e 6-1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

MBTI Type Dimension



(1, E) Extrovert

Source and Direction of Energy:

I: From internal concentration (is drained of energy by being around others) E: From external contact ("plugs into" the energy of others)



Preferred Method of Information Reception:

S: Prefers empirical, sensory data

N: Prefers meaningful patterns and abstractions


(T, F) Feeling

Way of Information Processing:

T: Makes decisions according to their impersonal logic

F: Makes a decision according to their personal values



Way of Living Out Processed Information:

J: Organizes all life events and acts strictly according to their plans P: Inclined to improvisation and seeking different alternatives

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