Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a popular test wherein one has to answer questions to determine his personality type. Katharine Cook Briggs and daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers developed it basing on the typological theories of Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. The mother and daughter tandem aimed to breakdown and evaluate how a person view the world with a series of questions and to identify people based on four contrasting dichotomies relating to work and in relationships. The four dichotomies include Extroversion and Introversion, Sensing and Intuition, Thinking and Feeling and Judging and Perceiving.

Extroversion and Introversion are the two key personality traits that are often considered major dimensions of someone’s character. Extroverts and Introverts are highly energized by social interactions but the difference with them is Introverts need time alone to rest and recharge after the party. Extroverts are typically the people who are outspoken and outgoing while Introverts, by contrast, are quiet and reflective. Extrovert characteristics include assertiveness, expressive, enthusiastic, talkative and sociable while Introvert characteristics include private, deliberate and independent, enjoys solitude, thinks before speaking and prefers smaller groups.

Sensing and Intuition refers on how people process data. Sensing people focus on the present while Intuition people focuses more on the future and other possibilities. Sensing characteristics include practicality, always aware of his surroundings, realistic and factual, in contrast, Intuition characteristics include inventive, imaginative, idealistic, abstract, theoretical and complicated.

Thinking and Feeling meanwhile is complete opposite on their preferences. It refers to how people make decisions depending on thinking with the brain and feeling by heart and conscience. Thinking people judge situations and others based on sense and rationale and in contrast, Feeling people judge situations and others based on perception, sensitivity and justifying reasons.Thinking characteristics include logical, objective, critical, rational, driven, firm and impersonal while Feeling characteristics include passionate, warm, caring, gentle, easily hurt and empathetic.

Judging and Perceiving is the inclination and desire that is seemingly visible to the naked eye. Judging people likes methodology, frameworks and always think in sequence. They like to have things outline, determined and settled while Perceiving people are flexible, they always like to keep their options open and thinks at random. They also like to act without thinking it all through; they are always ready, open and embraces change. Judging characteristics include decisive, controlled, structured, organized, and good in finishing while Perceiving characteristics include procrastination, care-free, relaxed, adaptable, and always flexible.

In hindsight, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator maybe popular the billions of people take the personality test every year but psychologists don’t bother using it. I find it odd that peers have so much negative things to say about the test. On the contrary, most businessmen listed in Forbes Magazine are fond of using them. My friend and I answered the questionnaires; we got the results of infj relationships and infp relationships respectively. I personally don’t believe on such personality tests as I find it unstable, insufficient and rarely usefulTaking the exam was like talking with a fortune teller. I find the nomenclatures of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicatorvery hazy, dubious and generic.