What is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katherine Cook Briggs. Their aim was to create a tool to indicate, validate, and put to practical use Jung’s theories; it is a self-report inventory that identifies differences between normal, healthy people. The MBTI® does not tell you who you are, but is a tool to indicate your innate preferences. Each person self-determines their own best-fit type. The MBTI® does not measure or indicate quantity. Rather, it shows how different types are qualitatively different from each other; they are different and opposite in kind. Each type is equally valuable and necessary.
- MBTI® Step I – results indicate preferences for one of the 16 types http://www.capt.org/mbti-assessment/mbti-overview.htm
- MBTI® Step II – results fulfill Isabel Myers’ plan to provide people with individualized type reports that reflect the distinctive ways they express their type preferences. Step II reports a person’s preferences for five facets or subscales for each of the four MBTI® dichotomies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBTI_Step_II
- MBTI® Step III – analysis actualizes Myers’ goal of helping people use their natural types as effectively as possible. http://www.capt.org/assessment-mbti-step3/step3-about.htm
How Does Type Improve and Enrich Our Lives?
Type provides self-awareness and insights into our own and others’ ways of being; it makes constructive use of the differences among us, and helps us understand how and why others are different. Understanding type helps us appreciate our own strengths, gifts and potential developmental needs. And, type promotes better understanding and communication in interpersonal, professional and organizational settings.