Chances are you’ve come across the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment at some point in your life. Some companies require you take the assessment as part of the interview process, others offers them as part of personal development. You may have even encountered it during study or just stumbled across it at some point.
For those who have never heard of it, it is an assessment that is designed to “measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.”  Created by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the 1920’s by developing on Carl Jung’s theory on Psychological types and the four main functions – sensing, intuition, feeling and thinking. There are 16 types, consisting of variables of Extroversion and Introversion, Intuition and Sensing, Thinking and Feeling and Judging and Perceiving. Generally you are never truly one or the other. You simply have a preference and can imagine it as if on a sliding scale between the two.
There are many critics of MBTI, and you’ll find phrases like “psycho-babble” and “no different than a horoscope” being tossed around, however I find it a really valuable tool for introspection and personal development.
I was introduced to it early last year by my boyfriend. Initially getting an INTJ result, I have since consistently been assessed as an INTP. I didn’t even know I was introverted until I took the test. This was in part because I didn’t know the true meanings behind extroversion and introversion. Now that I know that as an introvert, I recharge by spending time by myself in my own head and allow for it a lot more than I previously did.
As an INTP, my dominant function is Introverted thinking. I spend a lot of time in my own head, and my goodness. I can’t begin to tell you how many blog posts I have written in my head, but never made it any further than that. This is also a typical INTP trait. I will spend a very long time coming up with ideas and then start improving on those ideas but they will never make it any further than that. So often it’s the development process that is most rewarding for me.
However, that isn’t very rewarding when it comes to getting by in life. So, armed with this knowledge, I can actively work on making sure things get further than the idea step. Woo, personal development 101!
This is partially how my new blog project, a series called the MBTI Files has come about. I had the idea that it would be interesting to create a series of blog posts all about it and interview some bloggers. Not expecting very much response, I posted it to a blogging facebook group (Oh hey #brunchclub) to see if anyone would let me interview them. I thought by putting it out in public I would have to commit to it and develop it further than an elaborate plan that stayed locked up tightly in my own mind.
I’ve ended up with nearly 40 responses which is amazing! I’ve almost got one of every type which is really exciting. You’ll see these interviews over the next few months – I’ll be posting them weekly so it’s going to take some time to get through them all, but what an interesting journey it shall be!