WHAT IS MBTI?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is designed to make Jung’s theory of psychological types understandable and useful in everyday life. MBTI results identify valuable differences between normal healthy people – differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding and miscommunication.

The MBTI knowledge will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding your MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

The authors of the MBTI, Katharine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers (1897-1980), were keen and disciplined observers of human personality differences. They studied and elaborated the ideas of Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) and applied them to understanding people around them. Myers began developing the Indicator to give a wide range of individuals access to the benefits she found in knowing psychological type and appreciating differences.

After more than 50 years of research and development, the current MBTI is the most widely used instrument for understanding normal personality differences. Because it explains basic patterns in human functioning, the MBTI is used for a wide variety of purposes including the following:

  • Self-understanding and development
  • Career development and exploration
  • Organisation development
  • Team building
  • Management and leadership training
  • Training in diversity and multicultural awareness