III. A Super Basic Overview of the MBTI

Oh, hey, dearest reader! Great to see you.

Tonight I’m planning on doing a really informal post about the MBTI. Links to more detailed information will be at the bottom. Enjoy!

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): So there was this really smart guy named Carl Jung. He did a lot of work on psychology, and his ideas pretty much said that seemingly random behavior among individuals can actually be categorized in an orderly manner, based on the way people prefer to think and act. Then these two gals, a woman named Isabel Briggs Myers and her mom Katharine Briggs, came along to try to make these ideas more accessible to a wider audience. Their work became what is now the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or the MBTI.

Essentially, there’s four letters, and two possibilities for each letter. This adds up to sixteen possible combinations of personalities in the MBTI. To figure out which letters make up your personality type, you must ask yourself four questions:

1.) The first letter relates to how you take in the world. Do you like to focus on the outer world or your own inner world? This is the difference between Extroversion (E) and Introversion (I).

2.) The second letter relates to how you process information. Do you like to completely focus on the information you take in or do you like to interpret and add meaning? This is the difference between Sensing (S) and iNtuition (N). (Note: iNtuition is written this way because introversion and intuition both start with I, so intuition gets assigned the letter N to avoid confusion.)

3.) The third letter relates to how you make decisions. Do you like to make decisions based on facts and logic or based on special circumstances and the people it affects? This is the difference between Thinking (T) and Feeling (F).

4.) The fourth letter relates to the way you structure your life. Do you like to keep your options open, or do you like having a set routine? This is the difference between being Prospective (P) and Judging (J). (Another note: do not confuse the Judging trait for being judgmental in the negative sense. It just means that a person generally likes to have things decided and can be task-oriented.)

The four letters are always written in the order listed above. For instance, a person with Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking and Prospective traits is called an ESTP, but it is never written as TSEP or any other variation aside from ESTP.

I think that’s about it for this one! My next post will be about me answering the four questions above, to begin to reveal who I am and how I think! As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing your input! Talk to you all soon.

Seize the day!
11 October 2016 10:33 PM

External links for reference:

Carl Jung:

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator:

Take a free MBTI test here:


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