Discuss and describe the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality framework.Discuss and describe the Myers-BriggsType Indicator personality framework. Based on the framework, what do you think is...

Discuss and describe the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality framework.

Discuss and describe the Myers-BriggsType Indicator personality framework. Based on the framework, what do you think is your personality type? Why?


. Extraverted (E) versus Introverted (I)

. Sensing (S) versus Intuitive (N) 

. Thinking (T) versus Feeling (f)

. Judging (J) versus Perceiving (p)

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main problem with MTBI is that it still depends entirely on the input of the person being surveyed. Therefore, if you "believe" that you are an extrovert but you are not really so, then the outcome of the test will be eschewed. There is also the question of whether you have been told that you are something that you really are not but you still believe the others.

My mother, for instance, would not stop saying when I was a child, and then an adolescent, that "poor Michelle is just so naive". Well, "poor Michelle" was quite aware of the world around her and got away with a LOT of mischief. And yet, "poor Michelle" would still truly believe and call herself "naive" only because my mother reinforced this thought as part of my identity.

About the results: there is a fragment of the social media population who have begun the trend of signing their name followed by their MBTI personality framework. It was interesting at first to see one of the top technologists at my work place signing her name, followed by INTJ just like any medical doctor would have signed, M.D.

However, those four little letters told me so much about her that it almost scared me to figure out my own framework.

Hence I believe to be ENTP. E= Extroverted, (VERY) I- Intuitive (I read tarot cards to perfection and most of the time I am merely "reading" the person's salient traits, not the cards), T=thinking (I actually over-think stuff and frustrate myself), and P= Perceiving: I always think that no matter how nice or mean others are there is always the other side of the story that I will never find out about, so I only judge them if they are extremely annoying.

The only time I place final judgement upon a fellow man is when someone viciously and maliciously hurts a child, an animal, a sick person, or the elderly. The rest pretty much can help themselves.



Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs. MBTI is derived from Car Jung's personality theory and was developed in order to make Jung's personality theory accessible to people in practical life situations. MBTI assess personality on four specific world view preferences that can be combined 16 ways. Each combination indicates a personality orientation to perceptions.

How one perceives the world: by focusing on the outer world or focusing on one's inner world: Extroversion versus Introversion

How one handles information: by focusing on the information as it is presented or focusing on the information plus what intuition and interpretation add as meaning: Sensing versus Intuition

How one makes decisions: by looking at logic and consistency first or looking at people and circumstances first: Thinking versus Feeling

How one creates life structure: by deciding quickly or by waiting for new information and options: Judging versus Perceiving (paraphrased from MBTI Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator found on The Meyers & Briggs Foundation website.)

As for myself, I'm probably an INFJ: I certainly never know what's going on in the world, so E is out; since I use intuition, I add feeling to logic, so that's NF; since I don't overlook or neglect analytical logic, I decide firmly but only after feeling open to relevant opinions, so that's J. Was this fun, or was this too exposing, asks the Introvert.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am definitely more introverted than extroverted.  This indicates whether a “participant derives his or her mental energy primarily from other people or from within” (enotes, Encyclopedia of Small Business).  I think I derive more of my mental energy from within, but I do enjoy being with people—I like working by myself more.

I think that I work in a more Intuitive way (I), which means I interpret “through general patterns” (enotes, Encyclopedia of Small Business).  I like to gather as much information as I possibly can and then make a decision.  Sometimes this means I never get anything done, because I don’t move beyond the collecting stage.

However, I definitely think (T) rather than feel.  I do not base my choices on emotional intelligence.  And then there is the last set of choices.

Finally, the attributes judging (J) and perceiving (P) indicate whether a participant makes decisions quickly or prefers to take a more casual approach and leave his or her options open. (enotes, Encyclopedia of Small Business)

I really needed to think about this one.  I can spend weeks agonizing over what color to make the cabinets in my kitchen, and yet take about ten minutes to decide I want to buy a certain car.  True story!  That is my life, LAST WEEK.  So I guess I gravitate between judging (J) and perceiving (P).  It really depends, not on the gravity of the decision, but on my mood or something. I am not sure!



Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My descriptors are: introverted, sensing, feeling, perceiving.  The important thing to understand about personality descriptors or personality tests in general is that they in no way define or qualify what kind of person you have to be or how successful you are. 

One of the units that my Gifted and Talented students do at the beginning of the year is "Self-Awareness," which can be really empowering for middle school students because they desperately need to be more self-aware.  In the unit, the students take the "True Colors" test.  This test also works very similarly along the line of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, only instead of giving descriptors like "extroverted/introverted" the 'True Colors' test assigns each student a color, and that color has a meaning very much like the indicators listed above.  I always preface that personality test with a reminder to the students not to read too much into the results of the test.  One interesting aspect, and I'm sure the Myers-Briggs would be the same way, is that my students who take the test as sixth graders often find that by the time they take it again in 8th grade, many of their indicators have completely changed. 


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, all of these differences (such as between extraversion and introversion) are continua, not dichotomies.  In other words, I think that there is a range with extraversion on one end and introversion on the other and that most people are somewhere in the middle, not at one of the ends.  For most of these categories, I would place myself relatively in the middle.

However, in general, I am more of an E than an I, which I think makes it easier to be a teacher.  I think I am a pretty realistic and logical person, making me more of an S than an I and more of a T than an F.  Finally, I believe that I am more likely to take my time and to judge things rather than making snap decisions, thus making me more of a J than a P.

Of course, without actually answering the questions, I can't know if I am being accurate or if I am talking about how I want to perceive myself.

jovip18 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Personally, I am Introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving. 


I think a lot of the confusion when evaluating this is the application of the labels themselves.  Introverted does not mean that someone is antisocial, or that they don’t like talking to people.  What it does mean however, at least for me, is that at the end of the day, I need a minimum amount of time to myself to reflect and to work or I feel uneasy and unproductive. 


The same goes for the rest of the categories (not all of which were listed by the original poster).  While it is true that most people will exhibit behaviors along a certain broad range, when push comes to shove, over a long term period of time, the behavior of the average adult can be expected to fall into a fairly tight range of expected values. 



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