Did you ever take the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) personality test growing up? Did you know that the researchers who gave the world the MBTI (which by the way happens to be one of the most popular personality tests in the world), were not only women but also mother and daughter? There’s something you don’t learn in history textbooks everyday!
Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Cook Briggs worked together to create the system to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The mother-daughter duo based much of their research on psychologist Carl Jung’s typological theories published in his book, “Psychological Types” in 1921.
The three original pairs of preferences in Jung’s typology are Extraversion and Introversion, Sensing and Intuition, and Thinking and Feeling. After studying them, Briggs Myers added a fourth pair, Judging and Perceiving.
- Extraversion or Introversion: refers to where and how one places his or her efforts in the world – with others in the outer world or alone in the inner world
- Sensing or Intuition: refers to how one takes in information – through five senses or through patterns
- Thinking or Feeling: refers to decision making – objectively or personally
- Judging or Perceiving: refers to how one lives and interaction with outer world – structured or flexible
Do you know which type you belong to?