Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was created by a pair of women - Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers. They did their research during the 1940s, based on the research of Carl Jung. Most specifically, they worked from his book "Psychological Types" of 1921.

In essence, they split a given person up into four pairs of constrasting traits. These are:

Extrovert vs Introvert
Sensing vs Intuitive
Thinking vs Feeling
Judging vs Perceiving

Each person can be slightly or strongly tending in a direction. For example, one person might be slightly extroverted, while another person can be wildly extroverted. So while a person who falls into the "extrovert" category is generally not introverted, they can still be a range of levels within the Extrovert category. Still, you have to start somewhere :)

There are 16 combinations of traits - but they do not fall equally amongst all people. Some combinations are more common than others. So sorting by population in the US, they go:

ISFJ - 13.8%
ESFJ - 12.3%
ISTJ - 11.6%
ISFP - 8.8%
ESTJ - 8.7%
ESFP - 8.5%
ENFP - 8.1%
ISTP - 5.4%
ESTP - 4.3%
INFP - 4.3%
INTP - 3.3%
ENTP - 3.2%
ENFJ - 2.4%
INTJ - 2.1%
ENTJ - 1.8%
INFJ - 1.5%

INTJ - Rationalist / Mastermind / Builder
I personally come up as an INTJ, which is labelled as a "mastermind". This is a fairly rare category. One online test lists me as:

Strength of the preferences %
Introverted  Intuitive  Thinking  Judging
67           38         12        33


According to the research, this combination is about organizing, planning for contingencies, directing others how to progress as they lay out a plan of attack. They develop goals and are natural leaders in helping others to reach those goals. They are very based on reality, ensuring that the steps they take are valid ones. They love to brainstorm and to look at all ideas - no matter how wild - to figure out which will be the best.

They claim the INTJ is the most independent type and rarely bow to the arbitrary rules created by others if they do not seem to make sense. I found this one quote intriguing - "Your own preference for 'truth', however painful, can put others around you on a permanent but unnoticed defensive." I definitely find the truth to be extremely important to me!

Free Online Myers-Briggs Test

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