In 1943, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs, developed the first version of the Myers-Briggs test. Students of psychology, they built their ideas on the theories of Carl Jung. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - or MBTI as it would become known - was created in order to provide people with insight into how people think and behave. Today it is the most widely used personality test, and often gets called the 16 personalities test, named for its 16 possible outcomes. The easiest way to find your MBTI is to answer four questions - these will all give you insight into the way that your personality behaves and interacts with others.  


1. What is the Myers-Briggs Test?

Also known as the MBTI, the test itself breaks down personality traits into preferences. These then enjoy a four-letter code which groups personality types together by the way they prefer to interact with the world. The MBTI sorts you by type. It operates on the fundamental assumption that you will answer questions by preferring one thing over another.

  • How do you get your energy?
  • How do you see the world & gather information?
  • How do you make your decisions?
  • How much do you like to plan ahead?
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