Before you take the actual MBTI® instrument online we recommend that you self-select your type. What do we mean?
We want you to read as much as you can on our web site and in the client only area to first attempt to determine your type before you take the instrument. Then when you take the instrument you can compare with how you self-selected and how you fared by taking the instrument.
When you take the MBTI instrument, you make choices on four scales. Each scale has two preferences. The letters for these preferences are E or I, S or N, T or F, and J or P. The instrument assumes that every person uses all eight of the qualities described by these letters, but that people find one letter of each pair more interesting or comfortable than its opposite. Think of your choices as somewhat like being right- or left-handed. Both hands are valuable, but most people reach first with the hand they prefer. They usually use that hand more and become more skillful with that hand. In the same way, your type preferences are choices between equally valuable and useful qualities.
CHOICE 1: EXTROVERSION (E) OR INTROVERSION (I)
These are two different orientations or attitudes toward the world around us.
When you are in the Extroverted attitude, you relate more easily to people and things outside of you.
When you are in the Introverted attitude, you relate more easily to the ideas and thoughts in your mind.
CHOICE 2: SENSING (S) OR INTUITION (N)
These are two different ways of perceiving or gathering information.
When you are perceiving with your Sensing process, you are interested in what your five senses show you — what exists in the present.
When you are perceiving with your Intuition, you are using your imagination to see new possibilities and insights hidden from the eye.
CHOICE 3: THINKING (T) OR FEELING (F)
These are two kinds of judgment or decision making.
When you make judgments with your Thinking preference, you base your decisions on impersonal analysis and logic.
When you make your judgments with your Feeling preference, you base your decision on your values.
CHOICE 4: JUDGING (J) OR PERCEIVING (P)
These are two ways of living in the world around us.
When you are living by your Judging preference, you like to have things decided; your life is likely to be planned and orderly.
When you are living by your Perceiving preference, you do not want to miss anything; your way of life is likely to be spontaneous and flexible.