Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ® )

The most widely used personality inventory in the world, the MBTI® instrument provides an accurate picture of a person’s personality type. The MBTI® instrument determines preferences on four dichotomies:

  • Extraversion–Introversion (describes where people prefer to focus their attention and get their energy—from the outer world of people and activity or their inner world of ideas and experiences)
  • Sensing–Intuition (describes how people prefer to take in information—focused on what is real and actual or on patterns and meanings in data)
  • Thinking–Feeling (describes how people prefer to make decisions—based on logical analysis or guided by concern for their impact on others)
  • Judging–Perceiving (describes how people prefer to deal with the outer world—in a planned orderly way, or in a flexible spontaneous way)

Combinations of these preferences result in 16 distinct personality types. Understanding characteristics unique to each personality type, provides insight on how they influence an individual’s way of communicating and interacting with others.  The   MBTI®  is used in many applications such as leadership development, career development,  and communication skills.

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