Get to Know Yourself with the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

Do you know your Myers-Briggs personality type? The Myers-Briggs personality indicator can be a great tool for gaining insight into your inherent abilities, motivations, and desires. Knowing your Myers-Briggs personality type can be especially helpful to college students, because your type can indicate a lot about your learning style and career fit.

The Myers-Briggs personality indicator was developed between the late 1910s and mid-1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, with the intention of making analytical psychologist C. G. Jung’s theory of psychological types understandable and useful in people’s lives. The Myers-Briggs indicator works by measuring your personal preferences in four different areas:

  1. Your favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), respectively.
  1. Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
  1. Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
  1. Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

Your Myers-Briggs personality type is one of the 16 possible combinations of preferences. For example, an extraverted (E), sensing (S), thinking (T), perceiving (P) individual would be type ESTP.

See all 16 personality types with brief descriptions below:


Ready to learn your type? Take a simple inventory here!

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