Have you ever wondered, “What Is my Personality Type?” KnowYourType offers a personality indicator that gives insight into how and why people understand and approach the world in such different ways. It’s called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument, and it answers the question – What Is My Personality Type?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument, also referred to as the MBTI Instrument or the Indicator provides a useful way of describing people’s personalities by looking at their preferences (Eight Preferences) on four scales (extroversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judging vs. perceiving). These preferences combine to yield one particular type. There are 16 Myers Briggs Types.
To use type effectively, keep in mind the following truths about type:
- Type describes 16 dynamic energy systems, rather than defining static boxes. The 4-letter type is much more than simple addition of the four preferences: It is the interaction of the preferences with one another.
- There is no right or wrong type, and there are no better or worse combinations of types in work or relationships. Each type and each individual bring special gifts.
- The purpose of learning about type is to help you understand yourself better and to enhance your relationships with others.
- Each person is unique. “Every man is like every other man, like some other men, like no other man.”
- You are the final judge of your best-fit type. Your results on the MBTI Instrument suggest your probable type based on the choices you made when you answered the questions; however, only you know your true preference.
- Type does not explain everything. Human personality is much more complex.
- Number scores on the MBTI®; Instrument indicate clarity of reporting a particular preference. They do not measure skills or ability or degree of use.
- You may use type to understand and forgive yourself, but not as an excuse for doing or not doing anything. Type should not keep you from considering any career, activity, or relationship.
- Become aware of your type biases (we all have them!) to avoid negative stereotyping.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument is a self-report questionnaire designed to make theory of psychological types understandable and useful to everyday life. MBTI Instrument results identify valuable differences between normal healthy people, differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding and mis-communication.
More than 2 million Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instruments are administered annually in the United States. Do you know your type?