The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the (MBTI) is a personality test that utilizes an introspective self-report questionnaire to show how one perceives the world around them and make decisions. MBTI was first constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers based on the works of Carl Jung. Carl Jung first proposed that there were four principal psychological functions that humans felt: sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking. Out of the four, everyone will have one main dominant function that they often experience. The main purpose of the MBTI was to highlight the underlying difference between the regular human population and from there, allow humans to better coexist with each other. The subsequent 4 categories, with 2 letters each will highlight the differences which you may view the world with and finally assign you to a particular personality type.


Outwardly VS Inwardly Focused


If you find yourself being described as talkative and outgoing by others or tend to think out loud and work with ideas, then you prefer extraversion. Other traits of extraversion include being the centre of attention and loving a fast-paced environment during work.



On the other hand, people that see themselves as reserved or preferring to be more private could prefer introversion. They tend to think about things in their head and would rather observe others than be the centre of attention.


Reception to Information


When taking in information, if you choose to focus on the facts and how things are being presented, then you prefer sensing. Practicality is your middle name and you describe things in detailed accurate presentations.



Intuitive people love to imagine the possibilities of how things could turn out to be and sees the big picture when others cannot. They are often Artsy and enjoy making ideas and concepts up in their own head.

Decision Making


If you love making decisions in an impersonal way, choosing to use logical reasoning and finding flaws in an argument, then you love to think. People find you being the most “reasonable’ and level-headed person in the room and you may be seen as a judge and mediator in social situations.



If, however, you enjoy using your gut feeling to decide things, then you’re a feeler. Your decisions are made based on how other feels and you enjoy making peace with others. People that prefer feeling are often described as warm and empathetic.

How Do You Live Your Life?


Should you value rules and deadlines, and make plans before going ahead with something, then you’re a judge. Things are always systematic and step by step with you and matters are often not left unsettled.



However, if you prefer to leave your options open, and see deadlines as flexible periods of time, then perceptiveness is what you embody. People that perceive are spontaneous and “fun”, often open to new situations.


To find your four-letter personality type according to the Myers-Briggs personality test, simply choose one letter from each category and you’ll be left with your personality type.

You can click on the link to have your free personality test done!