Developed in the 1960s by mother daughter pair, Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myer, the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on theories by prominent psychologist, Dr Carl Gustav Jung. Each year, more than 1.5 million MBTI personality tests are conducted across different individuals to help them explore various goals.
It’s usually employed by 89 of the fortune 100 companies to assess the job-fit of a potential candidate, improve their communications with their colleagues and to enhance team unity in an organization. This is achieved by increasing one’s self-awareness of his or her strengths and weaknesses through personality type identification.
What does MBTI Access?
The MBTI is based on the idea that our personality is made up of 4 dimensions which have 2 opposites (dichotomies). We can be:
• extraverted (E) or introverted (I)
• sensitive (S) or intuitive (N)
• thinking (T) or feeling (F)
• a judgmental (J) or perceptive (P)
Let us take a look at what this aspect mean:
Extraversion (E) – Introversion (I):
“Outward-turning” (extraversion) refers to the tendency to be sociable and energized by action and people, while “inward-turning” (introversion) refers to the tendency to be more thoughtful and preferring to have deep conversations with fewer people.
It is a case of either focusing on the internal world of ideas and reflections or to experience life through the external world of behaviour, action, people and things.
Sensing (S) – Intuition (N):
How do we perceive and make sense of the world around us? Sensing people prefer precedents, facts and details. On the other hand, intuitive people love to explore relationships, patterns and imagination.
Being dominant in one area significantly affects how we habitually see things.
Thinking (T) – Feeling (F):
This part of the personality predisposes us to how we make decisions on a regular basis. Scoring high for thinking (T) means that one is able to stay consistent, logical and objective during the decision-making process while people who prefer feeling (F) will consider the emotions and the needs of other people.
Put simply, thinking people emphasize tasks while feeling people are more into social relationships.
Judging (J) – Perceiving (P):
The last dimension of personality involves our preference for either Judging (Thinking – Feeling) or Perceiving (Sensing – Intuition) when it comes to dealing with the outside world (i.e. behaviour, action, people and things).
A judging individual will want things to be settled quickly and will exhibit either thinking or feeling styles in their decision-making process, whereas a perceptive individual will be more open and flexible to views and less interested in coming up with conclusions. He or she is more interested in perceiving the world through either sensing or intuition.
Henry Ford famously quoted “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”.
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