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How can I use the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator to understand myself and relate with others better?


Carl Gustav Jung, the man behind a famous theory on personality types, said that it is important to realize one’s personality type so that it becomes easier to predict one’s behavior

Our personality, which contains 4 psychological functions that interact with one another, includes sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking. And it also grows and develops as it interacts with the environment.

Out of Carl Jung’s theory on psychological types, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers were able to develop a method in creating an assessment of one’s personality called  the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment and they published it in 1962.  

Since its creation, the MBTI Assessment has taken the world by storm as one of the most widely used personality assessment tools in the workplace, by organizations, and by people who want to increase their self-knowledge. 

The uses of MBTI

Since human personality is complex and is multifaceted, MBTI assessment only focuses on 4 areas. 

  • Extraversion–Introversion (E–I) describes where one’s energy comes from,
  • Sensing–Intuition (S–N) describes what information one prefers to get and trust,
  • Thinking–Feeling (T–F) describes one’s decision-making process, 
  • Judging–Perceiving (J–P) describes how one interacts with the environment. 

Using these as a guide, we can see our tendencies, and how alike or different we are with others. After taking the assessment, you get the results to reflect on the resulting personality type, and still decide which type fits your personality best. The description given to you by the MBTI practitioner can be used to guide you in making decisions about your choices in career, fitting communication style, and relating with others

There are 16 Briggs personality types and based on studies in the United states, this is the frequency of each personality type: extroverted at 49.3% and introverted at 50.7%, sending at 73.3% and intuition at 26.7%, thinking at 40.2% and feeling at 59.8%, judging at 54.1% and perceiving at 45.9%.

Getting to know yourself and others

One test alone cannot help us tell us of all we are or give us all the information about other people’s personality, but we can use MBTI Assessment to get a good idea of how you and the other person likes to interact, how you and others deal with conflict, and how each of you view the world.

  • The more you have in common, the more you get along with them. It is fun to know yours and your friend’s MBTI type. Maybe you will discover that the reason you are so in sync is that you are both inclined for social engagement! 

  • Use the MBTI assessment to know how compatible you are with someone! In fact, this assessment has been used in counseling before couples get married. It is crucial for couples to know each others’ preferences, so that they can interact with one another considering their personality styles. For example, it helps couples agree on how they spend time and manage their stress. 

In a book about compatibility using MBTI, authors Barbara Barron and Paul D. Tieger found that pairs who are sensing and judging and intuiting and feeling have a satisfaction rate of 70%! 

  • MBTI assessment can also help companies develop their company culture. With the data you have on your teams’ MBTI personality types, you can create a work environment that is welcoming and honors people’s uniqueness. It can also create a more engaging and stimulating company culture. 

Looking for a way to develop your team? Engage them in an activity that lets them know more about themselves and each other through MBTI. Teams around the world have positive reviews on MBTI and building workplace camaraderie!

Taking the MBTI assessment may provide you with important insights about yourself and others. Discover your uniqueness and that of others, so you can build self awareness and harmonious relationships! 

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How can I use the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator to understand myself and relate with others better?
Brandon Resasco