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Saturday Subjects: Meyers-Briggs

So I was just clicking around on Pinterest and I came across a reference to the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Test. Its been awhile since I really looked into this but I've come across two to three references to it in the past couple of weeks so I figured I should refresh my memory as the universe might be trying to tell me something. I meant to wait until Tuesday but it keeps popping up so ... time to refresh my memory.

For those who are not sure what I'm talking about here is a bit of history from Wikipedia.

Briggs and Myers began creating the indicator during World War II[2] in the belief that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women entering the industrial workforce for the first time to identify the sort of war-time jobs that would be the "most comfortable and effective" for them.[1]:xiii The Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook was published in 1944. The indicator changed its name to "Myers–Briggs Type Indicator" in 1956.[18] Myers' work attracted the attention of Henry Chauncey, head of the Educational Testing Service. Under these auspices, the first MBTI Manual was published in 1962. The MBTI received further support from Donald W. MacKinnon, head of the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley; W. Harold Grant, a professor at Michigan State University and Auburn University; and Mary H. McCaulley of the University of Florida. The publication of the MBTI was transferred to Consulting Psychologists Press in 1975, and the Center for Applications of Psychological Type was founded as a research laboratory.[1]:xxi

After Myers' death in May 1980, Mary McCaulley updated the MBTI Manual and the second edition was published in 1985.[19] The third edition appeared in 1998.

I ran into it in my late 20's and found it interesting and in some parts quite accurate though I am not sure what my letters are. Personalities according to Meyers-Brigg comes in four of eight opposites:

Extraversion/Introversion(E-I) - literally motivated by outside(extra) or internal (intro) influence
Sensing/Intuition(S-N) - focuses on concrete & tangible things(sensing) or abstract ideas and things(intuition)
Thinking/Feeling(T-F) - decisions are made by thinking through all the related information(think) or by just going with what feels right to you(feel)
Judging/Perceiving(J-P) - a structured way or theory to approach the world(judge) or go with the flow(perceive)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Image from Very Well Mind

Just judging from the personality types I am an INFP while the Professor is more of an ISTJ it's the reason we get on so well we balance each other out. Of course, that is just a guess from what I know of my personality and his to find out for sure I would have to retake the test.

If you are interested in learning more of this check out the Wikipedia link above it will take you to the article I got my information from. Also, this post will give you a more in-depth look at each of the personality types. And if you want to take it yourself mbti has an online version of it.


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