MBTI®…What is that?

MBTI®…What is that?


When I was first introduced to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® I was at a turning point in my life. I needed assistance with finding direction and I had been weighed down with issues relating to self-esteem.

When I found out what my personality “type” was and what was special about it, it was like someone opened the door to my cage…no, really more like the cage was blown up! Suddenly it was ok to be completely ME!  I didn’t have to be like the other people around me to be acceptable.  I was special just in being myself and I had my own gifts to bring to the world around me that until then I had hidden in fear.

It was the most free making experience of my life!

That experience set me on the mission to become an MBTI® certified practitioner and to make this amazingly simple to understand instrument available to everyone I could.

MBTI® is a personality profiling instrument that is very easy to understand. It has been designed so that every person can be empowered by the results.  You do not need to be a psychologist or doctor or other form of professional to get benefit from the analysis.  You walk away with a really good understanding of your personal functionalities and a basic understanding of how the people around you tick and how and why you interact with them the way you do.

The four things you learn are:

  1. Your primary energy flow – is it introverted or extroverted.
  2. Your perceiving function – how do you interpret the world around you and how do you gather information.
  3. Your judging function – how do you prefer to make decisions and what’s important to you.
  4. How do you prefer to function in the outer world – do you like to be flexible or do you prefer to be more structured in your approach.

Knowing the foundation of these key elements and what are innately your preferences greatly assists in understanding why you like the things you like, why you work, or want to work, the way you do and why you are drawn to certain things/activities and have difficulty with other things/activities.

Knowing how you may differ, or be the same, as those around you, whether that is at work, home or socially, assists greatly in your ability to interact together with people effectively. You are able to understand why some others see things differently from you and why some others agree with you more readily.

Of course there are other parts of our personality, these relate to character, life experience and how we were nurtured. This is what makes us individuals. However, we all have the same basic building blocks to our personality just as we all have the same building blocks for our body, e.g. two arms and legs, a mouth, lungs, stomach etc. Yet we can see that we are all totally individual, there is no one like us now or ever has been. Even identical twins are not 100% identical.

MBTI® is not a new kid on the block…it has a long and respected history. The original work “Psychological Types” by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was published in 1921.

Jung’s theory was then taken and extended by Katharine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Myers. They studied his work intensively and developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® which classifies people into 16 different types on the basis of four dichotomies: Introversion-Extroversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, and Judging-Perceiving.

There is over 60 years of research and development behind the MBTI®. Today it is the most widely used tool for understanding personality differences and for explaining basic patterns in normal human functioning. There are over 2 million MBTI® assessments performed annually around the world and it has been translated into more than 30 languages.

MBTI® is used extensively in the Australian Defence Force, Government Departments, large corporate structures and also exclusively by some private practice coaches.

MBTI® will help you flourish. It will assist you to understand who you are and how to get the best out of yourself in a positive and joyful way.

If you wish to gain further information please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact page on this website.

© 2016 Marie Rose

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