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TESTING & EVALUATION
Myers-Briggs Personality Test FAQ
What is the Myers-Briggs personality test?The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that evaluates your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and how you interact with the world. Rather than being a "test" with right or wrong answers, the MBTI is a personality inventory that uses dichotomies (forced choices between two extremes) to place people into one of sixteen different personality types.
What does my MBTI type mean?The MBTI has four different scales on which it evaluates your personality: Favorite World: Is your focus on the outer world or inner world? This is called Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I). Information: Do you tend to take in objective information, or do you prefer to interpret it and add me meaning? This is Sensing (S) or Intuition (N). Decisions: Is your decision-making driven by logic and consistency, or do you focus on people and special circumstances? This is Thinking (T) or Feeling (F). Structure: When dealing with the outside world, do you prefer structure and firm decisions, or do you like to stay open, flexible, and adaptable? This is Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) Taking the MBTI will give you a type that's known by its four-letter code, such as INFJ or ESFP. None of the MBTI types are better or worse than any other. Their purpose is simply to help you understand yourself better.
Is there a right or wrong way to answer on the MBTI?No, you can't answer any MBTI questions incorrectly, and you can't "pass" or "fail" the MBTI. The value of the MBTI's results come from answering honestly so you can learn more about yourself and how you interact with the world.
How was the Myers-Briggs personality test invented?Influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) proposed a theory of psychological types. A mother and daughter team, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, studied his work in great depth and extended his ideas to develop the personality test we now know as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
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