The Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Following our discussion last day on psychometric tests and their reliability, today I would like to share with you some information on a test called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, best known as MBTI. As you may recall from our last class, this test was based on the assumption that character is largely decided from birth. It was Jung who laid the foundation of this theory. He claimed that there are different psychological types that can be classified according to functions: two perceiving functions (sensation and intuition) and two judging functions (thinking and feeling) which are in turn modified by two attitudes types (extraversion and introversion).

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the actual questionnaire and it basically measures the way in which people perceive and judge the world and, therefore, the way in which they make decisions. The different types in the Myers-Briggs test are summarised below (you can click on the picture to enlarge it).

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(image taken from Wikipedia)

Imagine you could categorise your favourite actor, actress or writer into one of these categories, wouldn’t that be fun? Well, there’s actually a website that has done exactly that. I am talking about the celebrity Myers Briggs infographic by Boris Benko, so, if you are curious about it, just take a few minutes and check it out! You can even try taking the test and find out what kind of type you are. By the way, I got INFP (introversion, intuition, feeling, perception), which really made my day because Virginia Wolf is considered to be an INFP and she is actually one of my favourite writers. And this is how I’m supposed to be like: idealistic, imaginative, and passionate, you have a strong sense of your personal values and ideals and you tend to feel ill at ease in situations where you have to compromise these ideals due to external demands. You are very sensitive to the dictates of your own imagination and conscience and by default, you dearly want to give others space to be who they are. Thoughtful and considerate, you most likely find it easy to accept society’s eccentrics and misfits without rendering judgment. Open and tolerant, you dislike prejudice and stereotypes and you are sometimes liable to give people the benefit of the doubt in situations where others think that “you should know better.” Because of your idealism, you may sometimes neglect to give yourself enough credit for the things you accomplish or to speak up for yourself in relationships and groups. Your challenge in life is to balance authenticity with practicality and find a way to be true to yourself and yet live in harmony with the world around you.

Below you will find a different picture with the different Myers Briggs Types and some famous people that fit into each of the categories (http://lighthouse8.com/the-myer-briggs-personality-test/)

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Do you want to learn your type? Then go online and take one of the many tests available. I don’t expect you to find the results a hundred per cent accurate, but you’ll probably enjoy the experience. Have fun!

Creado por Rocío @ http://www.rybacademia.com

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