The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test to help you learn about yourself and others.
You can use the Myers-Briggs to help you understand:
- How you get energized
- How you gather and process information
- How you make decisions, and
- How you communicate.
Generally, it help explains how you do life and how that is often different from others.
There are several personality profiles out there. What makes the Myers-Briggs unique is that it is the most researched and written about. It has been tested extensively; there are many, many websites and books about it.
The Myers-Briggs is based on physiological types theory described by Carl Jung. It has been used extensively in business, counseling and team building since the 1940s.
The MBTI is owned by The Myers-Briggs Foundation and is generally administered by MBTI-certified consultants.
However, there are some tests online you can take for free. I recommend the 72-question test provided by Human Metrics. Although the questions are “yes” and “no,” the results rate the degree of your preferences, unlike some other sites.
I recommend you take the test. Even if you’ve taken the test before, try it again as your score can change. (In theory your score is not supposed to change. However, I have found that as people mature and find themselves in situations where they have to do less adapting to others, their true self emerges. My score has changed on two of the four dimensions.)
If you are married or in a significant relationship, ask your partner to take it too. Learning about and discussing your preferences can be an eye opener into your relationship and help explain many of your thoughts and behaviors.
NOTE: Personality test should never be used to pigeon hole a person, put someone in a box, or be used as a weapon. Used wisely, they help reveal how we are all unique and are a tool to help us build successful relationships.
Click here to take the test, then read my next post where I’ll explain the four dimensions and what they potentially mean for you.