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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) PDF Print E-mail

Another career assessment offered by CCPS is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). While the Strong Interest Inventory is designed to gain information about your preferences and inclinations, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality assessment designed to provide feedback about an individual's patterns of behavior. The assessment was created by Isabel Briggs-Myers and Katharine Briggs and was based on the theory of psychological types by Carl Jung. The MBTI can be helpful for undecided students in several ways. It can show how an individual likes to make decisions, organize his or her life, and acquire information. The MBTI can also demonstrate where an individual focuses his or her attention (on the outer world of people and things or inner world of ideas) and what types of career environments may be best suited to their personality.

 

The MBTI identifies four separate dichotomies. An individual is assumed to have a preference for one of each pair of opposites over the other. For example, each person's MBTI Code will include only one letter from each row (e.g. INTJ). It is important to note that a preference for one alternative of each dichotomy does not mean that the opposite, less-preferred side is never used. With the information provided, individuals can investigate what careers and work environments may best match their preferences. By utilizing the MBTI and the Strong Interest Inventory together, students are able to construct a more accurate perception of their individual career interests and personal strengths.

 

Myers-Briggs Types

Where a person focuses his or her attention

Extraversion (E)

(I) Introversion

People who prefer Extraversion tend to focus on the outer world of people and things

People who prefer Introversion tend to focus on the inner world of ideas and impressions

The way a person gathers information

Sensing (S)

(N) Intuition

People who prefer Sensing tend to focus on the present and on concrete information gained from their senses

People who prefer Extraversion tend to focus on the future, with a view toward patterns and possibilities

The way a person makes decisions

Thinking (T)

(F) Feeling

People who prefer Thinking tend to base their decisions primarily on logic and on objective analysis of cause and effect

People who prefer Feeling tend to base their decisions primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centered concerns

How a person deals with the outer world

Judging (J)

(P) Perceiving

People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned and organized approach to life and prefer to have things settled

People who prefer Perceiving tend to like a flexible and spontaneous approach to life and prefer to keep their options open


 
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