Myers-Briggs Type Indicators

16th November 2007 at 02:25:54 am 5 comments

Carl Jung was a great psychologist who was good buddies with Freud.

He’s the guy who is credited with the idea of Introversion vs. Extroversion, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was based off his ideas.

It was only recently that I discovered Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and I find it extremely fascinating. (At least as much as the Color Code for personality types, if not more so!)

From Wikipedia:

Fundamental to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the concept of Psychological Type.

In a similar way to left- or right- handedness, the principle is that individuals also find certain ways of thinking and acting easier than others. The MBTI endeavours to sort some of these psychological opposites into four opposite pairs, or dichotomies, with a resulting sixteen possible combinations. None of these combinations is ‘better’ or ‘worse’, however Briggs and Myers recognised that everyone has an overall combination which is most comfortable for them: in the same way as writing with the left hand is hard work for a right-hander, so people tend to find using their opposite psychological preference more difficult, even if they can become more proficient (and therefore behaviourally flexible) with practice and development.

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