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MBTI (post #48172)

...which stands for the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
It's one of the most commonly used personality assessment tools.
I was just curious who here has heard of it, who's taken it, and what you guys think of it in general.

wonka's picture

(post #48172, reply #1 of 25)

I did the Meyers Briggs test through work many years ago. It described me pretty well. I was on the cusp of Extraverted/Intraverted which is about right. Sometimes I need time by myself to regenerate my energy and sometimes I need people to get there. I was waaaaay far into the Intuitive side which also makes sense as I use my intuition alot when making decisions. I was also a Senser and a Perciever.  My husband and I are similar except that he is a Intravert/Thinker but the other two are the same. Doing this as a group/work activity was very interesting as it created more tolerance for fellow employees who view and attack things in a different way but get to the same place in the end.

ashleyd's picture

(post #48172, reply #2 of 25)

MBTI - BTDT. Like of all of these psychometric tests it has its value, I've taken it a couple of times in a classroom/training environment and most people thought it reasonably accurate.


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48172, reply #5 of 25)

Did it give you the same profile each time you took it?

I've had to take it a few times over the years, and it's given me several different profiles, though I will admit that as I've gotten older I seem to have settled into INTJ like Noodle.

I know that of all the assessment tools out there this one seems to have the best validity and reliability, but still I was curious about what actual people who have taken it think.

I also wondered if it might be a good way to better understand the differences between us that lead to conflicts on this board.

(I'm also trying to decide whether or not to include it when I teach Intro Psych this fall)

Jean's picture

(post #48172, reply #8 of 25)

I remember taking it years ago but I've forgotten the results. We've got the book around somewhere, unless someone 'borrowed' it. I'll have to look. I do remember that DH was much more fascinated with his results than I was with mine. :)



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(post #48172, reply #9 of 25)

It's interesting and I think useful, particularly in a work situation.


I do find I have negative response to folks who mention it in their match.com profiles and/or other "personal ad" type things. It's a deal breaker for me.


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madnoodle's picture

(post #48172, reply #10 of 25)

I'd say definitely include it when you teach Intro Psych.  A friend of mine includes it in her Interpersonal Communication courses, and her students are intrigued.

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ashleyd's picture

(post #48172, reply #13 of 25)

As I remember the profiles were consistent, although at this distance I can't remember what they were. I thought it (MB) was probably the best of the bunch.


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Jillsifer's picture

(post #48172, reply #3 of 25)

I've taken it a couple of times, typically as part of pre-employment stuff, and I've always come out as an INFP. And I suppose it's generally a decent descriptor of me, at least my work style.


 



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madnoodle's picture

(post #48172, reply #4 of 25)

I did it with a group of my students years ago.  Our facilitator was excellent--I think it took us two days to get through the whole thing.  I'm the ultra-nerdy INTJ, which is pretty accurate.  I learned a lot about myself, and about people I worked with.  Really interesting.

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MadMom's picture

(post #48172, reply #6 of 25)

I've taken it, back when I was a government employee.  Can't remember exactly what I came out with but was surprised at the code but not the description.



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drussell's picture

(post #48172, reply #7 of 25)

I've taken Meyers-Briggs three times, over a period of a number of years. Each time I took it, it was part of a training workshop. My profile was the same each time I took it, only more pronounced as the years went by.


I am an INTP,which I think fits me better than any of the other profiles in the inventory. Since I'm getting progressively more introverted, I figure I'll be a hermit eventually. LOL!  

wisekaren's picture

(post #48172, reply #11 of 25)

Oh goody, every few years I get to pull this out:

MBTI Types Prayers

ISTJ: Lord help me to relax about insignificant details beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 am e.s.t.

ISTP: God help me to consider people's feelings, even if most of them ARE hypersensitive.

ESTP: God help me to take responsibility for my own actions, even though they're usually NOT my fault.

ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You need some help, just ask

ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it EXACTLY right.

ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don't mind my asking).

ESFP: God help me to take things more seriously, especially parties and dancing.

ESFJ: God give me patience, and I mean right NOW

INFJ: Lord help me not be a perfectionist. (did I spell that correctly?)

INFP: God, help me to finish everything I sta

ENFP: God,help me to keep my mind on one th - Look a bird - ing at a time.

ENFJ: God help me to do only what I can and trust you for the rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?

INTJ: Lord keep me open to others' ideas, WRONG though they may be

INTP: Lord help me be less independent, but let me do it my way.

ENTP: Lord help me follow established procedures today. On second thought, I'll settle for a few minutes

ENTJ: Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwatIdo

Karen


Edited 7/17/2007 7:36 am ET by wisekaren

MadMom's picture

(post #48172, reply #12 of 25)

Oh, that is really good.  Now I have to go dig out my scores and see where I fell.  I think I was an INsomething, but have no idea what!



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wisekaren's picture

(post #48172, reply #14 of 25)

I can't remember mine either... but I do remember being very upset about having to choose between "mercy" and "justice."
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MadMom's picture

(post #48172, reply #15 of 25)

I do wonder whether my profile would be the same now, thirty years later?  I would like to think I've matured in the ensuing time, but who knows?



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msm-s's picture

(post #48172, reply #23 of 25)

mercy vs justice- that's true. many tough choices that could easily have gone either way. that's why it's nice that they show you the percentages in ach category. i'm sure many of us here, if we could look at our charts like i was able to, would be very close to the center line.

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(post #48172, reply #21 of 25)

hee!


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paretsky's picture

(post #48172, reply #16 of 25)

ISTJ

The description actually fit me pretty well. I had an ENFP coworker with a "dotted line" reporting relationship to me. She drove me up a wall. We never approached anything the same way, I had way too little patience to deal with her.

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msm-s's picture

(post #48172, reply #17 of 25)

ENTP
E and T just barely,
N 40% and P 30%

took the test in 1990 as part of a production dept retreat when i worked for public television.
i thought, "extrovert? that can't be right. i'm pretty shy." it was interesting to find out that they are 2 very different things and are not mutually exclusive. down inside i really like people and like being around them (born extrovert), but often i am kept from acting on that due to shyness, which is a different issue related to self-esteem and external, learned behaviour and feelings.
as someone has already mentioned, it's a good tool to illustrate to coworkers that people aren't trying to be difficult or dense, but we are just wired differently.

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youngcl's picture

(post #48172, reply #18 of 25)

It is a phenomenal tool and would be a definite must-do for Intro Psych I would believe. I took it initially as part of a leadership studies development course and then took it a second time 6 years later just out of curiosity to see if I was "still the same." The first round, I was INTJ, and the second, ISTJ (just barely into S and out of N). If anything, it can enlighten one as to how they may be perceived by others at times. Also it may help some in deciding a profession; it is estimated that 85-90% of the other individuals in my profession are also INTJ. Interestingly enough, my husband is ESTJ and we do process things the same but yet complement each other.

nutcakes's picture

(post #48172, reply #19 of 25)

My daughter took it in High School as part of a Senior Workshop. I think she was ENTP. She really got a lot out of it, was really intrigued and excited about it really. It seemed very helpful for self-evaluation self-assessment, but also as way to understand other types different modes of operation. Even in college she mentioned once that she notices she is drawn to other entp types, so it left an impression.

Wolvie's picture

(post #48172, reply #20 of 25)

what ashley said.

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


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(post #48172, reply #22 of 25)

Yep, did this several years ago. Can't for the life of me remember my results. ; )

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AnnL's picture

(post #48172, reply #24 of 25)

Oh, thank goodness.  I was worried I was the only who can't remember what I am!


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Marcia's picture

(post #48172, reply #25 of 25)

It amazes me that anyone remembers.