What Is Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?

If you have followed me for a while you know that my interest fro MBTI really started when I did a video about career tests. That wasn’t the first time I heard about MBTI, but this time I got more curious and decided to learn as much as I could. So that is how this series and my YouTube series with the same name came about. I will learn, and if you are curious like me you can follow along as we learn together.

What is the background?

I am always wondering, especially when I learn about something that is very popular, what is behind this? Who and why did they create this? So I tried to learn something about Myer and Briggs, and the background of Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
So who were Myer and Briggs?

Katherine Cook Briggs
Isabel Myers

Katherine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) and her daughter Isabel Myers (1897-1980) are the original developers of the MBTI. It all started in 1917 when Katherine Briggs started her research into personality types. She read a lot of biographies, and from those, she extracted four personality types; meditative, spontaneous, executive, and social. When she later read Carl Jung’s theories she saw a lot of similarities between the two.
At this point, she was joined by her daughter Isabel Briggs, and together they started the work on what would become the MBTI instrument. Neither of them had any formal education in psychology, and they were self-taught in psychometric testing.
They started to develop the indicator during WWII, and the book Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook was published in 1944. The name was later (1956) changed to Myer Briggs Type Indicator. The first MBTI Manual was published in 1962 and has since then been revised a couple of times.

What Is MBTI?

The Instrument is a self-assessment test where you respond to different statements by choosing one of two answers. These answers then correlate to four different scales where you lean more to one or the other side. The four scales are;

Extraversion (E) —– (I) Intraversion
Sensing (S) —– (N) Intuition
Thinking (T) —– (F) Feeling
Judging (J) —– (P) Persuing

These scales then give you a four-letter combination that represent your personality type, one letter from each of the scales, and there are a total of 16 different personality types. The scales can be misinterpreted if you just read the words as they are, and in my next article and video, I will take a closer look at what the meaning of the scales are.

Is MBTI Reliable?

I can’t really answer that question, yet, but it is the most popular theory for personality testing out there. But it has also gotten a lot of critiques, and I will look closer at that as well.
As I said, it is the most popular theory behind different types of personality testing, but online there is only one official MBTI test. That cost $49.95 and I will take that test, and in my last video and article in this series I will share my personal impression of the test itself, so I think it is worth almost $50? I will of course also share my results and let you know if I agree with it.

My Final Thoughts

I am very intrigued by this theory, even though I am skeptical. I hope you are as I am learning more about MBTI, and that you will follow me on this journey.
As always, here is the link to my video if you are interested;