Analysis: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI (Enrichment 1)) is the result of many years of hard work and research by the mother-daughter duo of Katherine Briggs and Isabelle Myers. The MBTI is a non-judgemental tool used to sort people based on personality, where no trait is positive or negative. The test is self-administered with no time limit, no right or wrong answers, and sixteen possible outcomes. Each outcome, known as a type, has four representative letters. There are two possibilities for each “spot” in the type, creating sixteen total options. Each person’s personality type shows how they are most comfortable doing things such as communicating and taking in information. They can communicate in any way they choose, but they have a preferred …show more content…
He decided to study psychology more in-depth after struggling with his own personality. He often felt like he was two different people (Cowgil 3) Carl Jung’s “Type Theory” was the inspiration for the MBTI (Zemke 2), stating that behavior is “individual and predictable” (Plonk 12). Jung’s Theory focused mainly on introversion and extroversion. He believed that a healthy person would be able to use both of those traits when necessary (Cowgil 7). Briggs and Myer expanded on his list of types by adding three other pairs of traits. Their research spanned forty years, starting in the early twentieth century, and helped connect Jung’s Theory with many lesser known ideas (Plonk 7). In the 1920s, when it was first published, psychoanalysis was still a young scientific field regarded with a large amount of skepticism (Cunningham 8). This type-indicator was created during World War II to help women entering the workforce for the first time determine what job best suited them (Sedgwick …show more content…
Extroversion is represented by an “E”. Extroverted people are those who are outgoing and like to connect with others. They gain energy from being around large crowds and other people in general. Extroverts make up about 65 percent of the population. On the other side of the coin, introversion, represented by an I, consists of about 35 percent of people (Cain 3). Introverts gain energy when they are by themselves or with a few close friends. They tend to be quieter and more reserved than extroverts, but this is not always the case. Some introverts can be just as loud as, or louder than, any extrovert. In the end, what decides this particular factor is whether someone has more energy or less energy after being around people. Some people who may be loud and outgoing can actually be introverts if being around others exhausts their energy supply. The opposite is true as well. Those who are generally more reserved can be extroverts if they enjoy being around others and gain energy around

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