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'Myers-Briggs' normally refers to a classification of psychological types.

It works with our broad 'personality preferences':

  • Where we focus our attention;
  • The way we take in information;
  • How we make decisions; and
  • How we deal with the external world.

The first step of Myers-Briggs work is to identify our preferences in each of these four dimensions:

  • Attention: extroversion (E) or introversion (I);
  • Information route: sensing (S) or intuition (N);
  • Decision-making: thinking (T) or feeling (F); and
  • Dealing with the world: judging (J) or perceiving (P).

This leads in turn to a classification as one of 16 types, for example 'ESTJ' or 'INFP'.

These psychological types are known as 'MBTI' (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

The identification of preferences is usually made by a questionnaire.

The idea is to provide insight into our own personalities and those of other people, to help us work more effectively together.


'Myers-Briggs' can also refer to:

  • More detailed analysis and consultancy, building on and developing from an initial MBTI questionnaire.
  • The originators of the first questionnaire in 1943, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers.
  • More broadly, the recognition of the importance of the systematic identification of personality types, and its application in organisations.

See also