Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator
What is the MBTI?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an instrument used in understanding valuable differences between people. Knowing type not only helps you appreciate your own strengths, gifts, motivations, and potential growth areas, but also helps you understand and appreciate how and why others may differ from you. The information can truly lead to more constructive communication and relationships.
Everyone has a natural preference for one of the two opposites on each of the four MBTI dichotomies.
- Where they prefer to focus their attention and get energy (Extroversion or Introversion) E or I
- The way they prefer to take in information (Sensing or Intuition) S or I
- The way they prefer to make decisions (Thinking or Feeling) T or F
- How they orient themselves to the external world (Judging or Perceiving) J or P
There are no right or wrong answers to the questions on the MBTI assessment, just as there no right or wrong types. In fact, all types are good types! In relationship counseling, having each partner take the MBTI can be quite revealing and lead to better resolution of issues. This helps to soften animosities and criticisms that arise when a couple do not see things eye-to-eye. Understanding each person's temperament reduces blame, criticism, defensiveness, and withholding, which are the major trip-ups in relationships.
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - C.G. Jung