The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a tool, developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers to teach people how they perceive the world and how they make decisions. The theory was based on the work of Katherine in the early 1900s. According to the theory, there are 16 personality types.
Caption: Me Getting In Touch With My Inner Monster at Made in America 2015
MBTI is used by 89 of the Fortune 100 Companies and many universities use MBTI as a tool to guide students in career & professional development. In fact, if you’re currently enrolled in college your university may offer free MBTI testing & resources. When I attended DePaul, there were regular MBTI training sessions that the Career Center hosted. You may be able to access these services if you’re an alum, so feel free to reach out to your University! Your company may also have a free tool or resources connected to the MBTI.
I’m a huge fan of MBTI because I believe that it expresses your personality strengths, as well as things to watch out for. For example, I’m an INFJ:
- Strengths: Creative, Inspiring & Convincing, & Decisive
- Weaknesses: Sensitive, Perfectionistic (I really mean that when I talk about it in job interviews lol), and Can Burn Out Easily
It is important for me to note the red flags like being sensitive, so that I can mentally & emotionally prepare myself during situations where I am being critiqued or experiencing any type of emotional trigger(s).
I was blessed to sit down with a trained MBTI Expert who gave my husband and I the “official” assessment and then went over the results thoroughly.
For those of us who do not have the resources, here are two free online tests to get you started:
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp (I took this test & it matched my INFJ results)
https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test (over 42 million tests taken, must be reliable?!)
If you’re interested in official (clears throat: PAID) resources, check out the Official Myers Briggs Website here. They do have excellent reading resources available!
You should end up with a 4 letter personality type (one of sixteen) like those indicated below by the MBTI Superhero Chart (for the Marvel Universe):
Learn more about your type here:
(2) http://www.truity.com/personality-type/infj (see the tabs at the top of the page)
(3) I’d also recommend entering your type and searching on Pinterest here.
My plan is to utilize MBTI in the on-boarding process for Donda’s House staff. I am a fan of any tool that makes it easier to communicate and collaborate. I hope this was helpful for you!