The Myers Briggs model of personality is based on 4 preferences.
- Where is your primary source of energy?
- How do you prefer to take in information?
- How do you prefer to make decisions?
- How do you prefer to organise your life?
There are two questionnaires that can help you find out your Myers Briggs type:
- the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (published by the Consulting Psychologists Press, and completed under the guidance of a suitably qualified administrator)
- the Kiersey Temperament sorter (which can be found in the book 'Please Understand Me')
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool designed to help people identify and understand the way they prefer to regard and interact with the world.
Here are a couple links to Type and Temperment information on the web:
- Keirsey Temperament Web Site - If at all possible, I would recommend taking the real MBTI; however, this isn't always possible. This site contains a Myers-Briggs like questionaire that you can take online.
- Myers-Briggs Overview - This is a good, concise overview of type related information. Also at the same site there is an excellent collection of pages relating to type and learning styles.
- Student Learning and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Excellent synopsis of type and learning styles.
Some other links you may find useful or interesting include:
- Books and periodicals - Good collection of offline resources.
- Profiles of the 16 Psychological Types - The home of some Type profiles that a couple people on the web put together. It's more than a little biased (in my humble opinion) in a couple places, so cavet emptor.
- The Mating Quiz - Explores the implications of Temperament in relationships.
Are you interested learning more about the various applications of Myers-Briggs concepts and the MBTI to personal development, leadership, teamwork, and business management? If so, we can help you get started.
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Over the fifty eight years since its inception in 1943, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has evolved and been perfected through continual research and development of ever more accurate questions. The subtle enhancements to recently released "M" edition of the inventory was the product of a landmark normative study involving thousands of people and over two years of work by a team of experts in the field of psychometrics.
Since it is considered a breach of professional ethics to administer an MBTI without person-to-person follow-up verification by a qualified practitioner, none of the "type" inventories on the Web are the "real thing." Yet the Web is replete with "inventories" that purport to measure psychological type (like the David Kiersey type-temperament indicator)! Besides only being approximations of the real thing, I am aware of none that have met commonly accepted psychometric standards for reliability and validity. Those that come most close to meeting such standards are "research instruments" such as those authored by Steve Myers and Terrance Dunniho.