The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung.
The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. They began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time to identify the sort of war-time jobs where they would be “most comfortable and effective”. The initial questionnaire grew into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences.
I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment again in October 2010, and the results, shown below, indicate that my MBTI type is ESTJ, which stands for Extroverted, Thinking, Sensing, and Judging.
Where I focus my attention: Extroversion
People who prefer Extroversion tend to focus their attention on the outer world of people and things.
The way I take in information: Sensing
People who prefer Sensing tend to take in information through the five senses and focus on the here and now.
The way I make decisions: Thinking
People who prefer Thinking tend to make decisions based primarily on logic and on objective analysis of cause and effect.
How I deal with the outer world: Judging
People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned and organized approach to life and prefer to have things settled.
- Decisive, clear, and assertive
- Logical, analytical, and objectively critical
- Adept at organizing projects, procedures, and people
- Likely to value competence, efficiency, and results
- Likely to prefer proven systems and procedures
- Focused on the present, applying relevant past experience to deal with problems
- Usually seen by others as conscientious, dependable, decisive, outspoken, and self-confident
I’d say that pretty well describes me, would you agree?