A debatable personality assessment that illicits one’s personality traits or psychological preferences when relating to the world and how they make decisions. Some critics argue that the test “lacks falsifiability, which can cause confirmation bias in the interpretation of results.” (Wikipedia). Nonetheless, the test is widely used, particularly by marriage counselors, in career counseling, personal development, group dynamics, etc.
The test is devised in a way that gives 16 various combined results based upon 4 dichotomies:
|Extraversion (E) –||(I) Introversion|
|Sensing (S) –||(N) Intuition|
|Thinking (T) –||(F) Feeling|
|Judgment (J) –||(P) Perception|
The greatest majority of people will possess a characteristic from each dichotomy, with the 4 most prevalent being the outcome, or the assessment of the person’s Type Indicator (temperaments).
It is stated that “some researchers have interpreted the reliability of the test as being low. Studies have found that between 39% and 76% of those tested fall into different types upon retesting some weeks or years later.” [emphasis added] (Wikipedia). That is a rather large variance for the percentage of re-takers falling into a different type, so the overall validity of the test’s outcome should be considered by the individual taking the assessment, how many times they have taken it, at what intervals throughout their life they have taken it, who administered each assessment, and if they find the outcome to be reliable at all.
For me, I have taken the test multiple times over the years, both via therapists (upon my request) and online. While I find that we all do tend to have our good days and our bad days, and I do not rely on an assessment test to determine my overall makeup, the assessments have been the same result for myself each and every time. (INTP)
If you would like to learn more or take the assessment for yourself:
- Association for Psychological Type International
- Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)
- CPP, Publisher of the MBTI
- The Myers & Briggs Foundation
- Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC) at CAPT website
- Psychometrics Canada, Canadian publisher of French and English MBTI
all links were taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator
As an example: