Overview of the MBTI®

The MBTI® instrument is a forced choice, self-report, personality questionnaire used to measure and describe people's preferences for taking in information, making decisions and orienting their lives. It is based on Carl Jung's theory of perception and judgment and classifies people into 16 broad personality Types. The MBTI® instrument provides a simple way of seeing how people are alike and how they differ. You are invited to celebrate your own gifts then value and respect others for the different gifts they bring to life and work.


The MBTI® instrument helps determine an individual's preferences on four dichotomies. A person either prefers :



E

 Extraversion - Prefers to draw energy  from the world of activity, people and  things



or


I

 Introversion - Prefers to draw energy  from the inner world of reflections,  feelings and ideas


S

 Sensing - Prefers to focus on  information gained from the five  senses and on practical applications


or


N

 Intuition - Prefers to focus on patterns,  connections and possible meanings


T

 Thinking - Prefers to base decisions  on logic and objective analysis of  cause and effect



or


F

 Feeling - Prefers to base decisions on a  valuing process, considering what is  important to people


J

 Judging - Likes a planned, organised  approach to life and prefers to have  things organised



or


P

 Perceiving - Likes a flexible,  spontaneous approach and prefers to  keep options open


The various combinations of these preferences result in 16 personality "Types", each associated with a unique set of behavioural characteristics and values, which provide an excellent starting point for leadership and team development.