Myers Briggs theory
The Myers Briggs personality model was developed by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the mid-20th century. It is based on four inclinations:
• E or I (Extraversion or Introversion)
• S or N (Sensing or iNtuition)
• T or F (Thinking or Feeling)
• J or P (Judgment or Perception)
In this model you syndicate your inclinations or preferences to arrive at your Myers Briggs personality type. For instance a E and S and T and J inclination gives you the personality type of ESTJ. In all there are sixteen different Myers Briggs personality types.
We all have eight facets in our Myers Briggs personality profile. Even as our personality type indicates that we have a preference for or are inclined towards some of them, we still use all of them.
The Four Myers-Briggs preferences/inclinations
The four Myers-Briggs Personality Traits are as follows:
The preference of Extraversion refers to your preference to direct your energy to deal with situations, things, people or “the outer world”. It is symbolized by the letter “E”.
The preference of Introversion refers to your preference to direct your energy to deal with information, ideas, beliefs, explanations or “the inner world”. It is symbolized by the letter “I”.
The preference of Sensing refers to your preference to deal with facts, to have clarity, what you know, or to describe what you see. It is symbolized by the letter “S”.
The preference of Intuition refers to your preference to deal with ideas, look into the unknown, to anticipate what isn’t obvious and to generate new possibilities. It is symbolized by the letter “N”.
The preference of Thinking refers to your preference to deal with decisions on the basis of objective logic, using an analytical as well as detached approach. It is symbolized by the letter “T”.
The preference of Feeling refers to your preference to deal with decisions using personal beliefs, values, what you believe is important. it is symbolized by the letter “F”.
The preference of Judging refers to your preference to deal with your life in a planned, organized and stable way. it is symbolized by the letter “J”.
If you however, prefer flexibility or like to go with the flow and tackle things as they arise, then your inclination or preference is for Perception. This is symbolized by the letter “P”.
The 16 Myers Briggs – MBTI® Types or Myers-Briggs Types
Serious, Quiet, earn success by dependability and thoroughness. Realistic, Practical, Responsible and matter-of-fact. Choose logically what needs to be done and work towards it, regardless of any distractions. Organized and orderly with their home, work and their life. Value loyalty and traditions.
Responsible, Quiet, conscientious and friendly. Steady and committed in meeting obligations. Accurate, thorough, and painstaking. Considerate, loyal, an eye for detail about people who are important to them. Endeavor to create a harmonious and orderly environment at home and at work.
Try to find connection and meaning in relationships, ideas, and material possessions. Insightful about others and strive to understand what motivates people. Committed and conscientious towards their values and how best to serve the common good. Decisive and organized in executing their vision.
Have a great drive and original mind for implementing their ideas and attaining their goals. Quickly observe patterns in outer events and develop long-term explanatory perspectives. Once committed, they bring together a job and carry it through. Independent and skeptical, have high standards of performance and competence for others and themselves.
Flexible and Tolerant, quiet observers till a problem emerges, then act promptly to find workable solutions. Unhesitatingly get through large amounts of data to segregate the core of practical problems and also analyze what makes things work., Organize facts using logical principles, interested in cause and effect and value efficacy.
Kind, friendly, quiet, sensitive. Enjoy what’s happening in the present moment. Prefer to work in their own time frame and have their own space. Committed and loyal to their values. Don’t like conflicts and disagreements, don’t like to force their values and opinions on others.
Idealistic, loyal to people, who are important to them and also to their values. Want a life that is corresponding to their values. Quick to see possibilities, curious and can be catalysts for executing ideas. Flexible, adaptable and accepting. Don’t like their values to be threatened.
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.
Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.
Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.