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What does 'Myers Briggs Type Indicator' mean?

Find out what Myers Briggs Type Indicator means. Myers Briggs Type Indicator is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

A personality assessment instrument that measures preferences on how people make decisions and perceive the world. Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, studied individual differences in his own practice and came to the conclusion that people have preferences for how they process information. He called these ‘mental functions’ and introduced the concept of “function types” or “psychological types.”

Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, further developed Jung’s ideas and began to write questions on index cards to help identify people’s preferences. Their focus was on women who were entering the workforce to make up for the departure of men to the front during World War II. They believed that knowledge of personality preferences would help these women identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would me “most comfortable and effective.” (Briggs Myers, 1980: xiii).

Their initial questionnaire eventually became the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. Since then decades of research by Educational Testing Services has amassed a large body of data that have validated the instrument which is now one of the most used personality assessment instruments in the world.

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"...to the reader: I have asked Sylvia Vriesendorp, a psychologist, to write a chapter on personality differences and how understanding them can help students get along better with their roommates, fellow students, professors and others they will live and work closely with throughout their university years. After undergoing a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with my husband, I was sold on how helpful it is in understanding personality differences. There are many different personality assessment instruments available, but I asked Sylvia to share her favorite with you. ..."
"...Their initial questionnaire eventually became the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. Since then decades of research by Educational Testing Services has amassed a large body of data that have validated the instrument which is now one of the most used personality assessment instruments in the world. ..."
"...A concerned and insightful colleague suggested that the tensions in our relationship that produced the irritations did not come from disliking each other but from profound differences in the way we mentally engaged with the demands of the task at hand. He administered the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to each of us and helped us interpret our vastly different scores. ..."

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