Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Crafting Characters #AtoZChallenge

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment explores preferences, decision-making and how subjects view the world.  Katherine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers formulated the test and based it on Jung's idea of 4 psychological functions (ways we interpret the world):  feeling, thinking, intuition and sensation.  Jung divided the 4 into cognitive function teams:  rational (thinking/feeling) and irrational (intuition /sensation).  Rational (thinking/feeling) is a judging function, while irrational (intuitions/sensation) is a perceiving function.

The functions are expressed by an individual in either an introverted or extroverted manner.

Therefore 16 possible combinations exist; each of us has one which is our preferred way of making decisions and perceiving the world.  The combinations are expressed by using letters to denote the functions and teams. (Intuition is represented by the letter N so as not to be confused with introverted (I).

Example:  Someone who is INFP primarily relies on introversion (I), intuition (N), feeling (F) and perception (P)
Some of the INFP characteristics include:
  •          devote more time and energy to the inner world 
  •          feel deeply 
  •          are loyal and ethical
  •          see things and actions from an idealistic perspective 
  •          may often withdraw and seem "lost in thought"
  •          creative, innovative and curious
This post is a very brief and simplistic overview.  For a much better explanation, check out this LINK

The Myers-Briggs is a lengthy questionnaire administered and interpreted by professionals.  If you want a feel for the assessment, there is a free online questionnaire which is supposed to be similar to (but definitely IS NOT) the Myers-Briggs.  I'll give you the link, but pay attention:  the test is free, and the personal results are free, but for a "business" it says "free trial" so don't get suckered into buying something you don't want...

Jung Typology Test

Adjectives for the day:  multipotent, morne, morigerous, mirific, mesquin


  1. I've heard it really breaks down the basic personalities.

    1. It's one of the more comprehensive assessments available.

  2. I took this test in high school but I can't remember what I was. I do, however, know I'm introverted. lol

    1. I did too, I was INFP which is why I used it as the example :-)

  3. I took this a while back, but I don't remember my results!

    1. So did I. I believe my assessment is still fairly "on point". :-)

  4. Just stopping by from the A-Z list to say "Hi" and good luck with the rest of the challenge.

    Great post! :) x