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MYERS BRIGGS Type Indicator

Manage personal work priorities and professional development


“Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder and your life closer to your heart’s desire”

Isabel Briggs Myers

Overview of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

  • The Myers Briggs Type Indicator comes from Jungian psychology and was developed by a mother and daughter team during World War II in England.

Overview of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

  • According to Jung’s typology, all people can be classified using three criteria, these criteria are:

    • Extroversion - Introversion

    • Sensing - Intuition

    • Thinking – Feeling

  • Isabel Briggs Myers added the fourth criterion:

    • Judging – Perceiving

Individual Preferences

  • Part of our “filters” – the way people see the world is different.

  • No right or wrong type - another form of diversity.

  • Type has nothing to do with ability or competence.

  • Everyone uses every preference. However, we favor one preference over the other on each of the four scales

Individual Preference Criterion

E or I (Attitude)

  • It’s where you get your energy and where you direct your energy: outside or inside

E or I (Key Words)

S or N (Function)

  • It’s how you prefer to input - the perceiving mental function

S or N (Key Words)

T or F (Function)

  • It’s how you prefer to process information

    • Rational, judging mental function

T or F (Key Words)

J or P (Lifestyle)

  • What does the outside world see?

J or P (Key Words)

Contributions of Preferences

  • Extraverted types

    • Remain aware of the environment, maintain their networks, and take action.

  • Introverted types

    • Pay attention to the infrastructure, conceptualize the problem, and look deeply into issues.

Contributions of Preferences

  • Sensing types

    • Know the facts, understand the planning stages, and work out implementation details.

  • Intuitive types

    • See the big picture, forge into new areas, and develop new possibilities

Contributions of Preferences

  • Thinking types

    • Discuss the issues in a logical way, consider the pros and cons of various alternatives, and spot the inconsistencies in a plan.

  • Feeling types

    • Understand what is important to people, acknowledge the human side of decision making, and help others accept decisions

Contributions of Preferences

  • Judging types

    • Generate systems, provide organization, and act with decisiveness.

  • Perceiving types

    • Are open to new ideas, provide insight, and react with flexibility if the system breaks down.


















MBTI - 4 Temperaments

  • SJ – Guardians

  • NT – Rationals

  • NF – Idealists

  • SP – Artisans

SJ – Guardians

  • Administrators

    • Inspector (iStJ)

    • Supervisor (eStJ)

  • Conservators

    • Protector (iSfJ)

    • Provider (eSfJ)

SJ – Guardians

  • CONCRETE communication

  • COOPERATIVE in achieving goals

  • Skilled in logistics

  • 40% - 45% of the population

  • Security seeking

  • Enculturating as parents, helpmates as spouses, conformity oriented as children

SJ – Guardians at work

  • Need to belong, to serve, and to do the right thing

  • Value stability, orderliness, cooperation, consistency, and reliability

  • Tend to be serious and hardworking

  • Demand a great deal of themselves and others

SJ – Potential Strengths

  • Practical, organized, thorough, systematic

  • Pay attention to regulations and policies

  • Take satisfaction in doing a job right the first time and every time

  • Prefer to deal with proven facts, and use them to further the goals of the organization

  • Good at seeing what needs attention and taking care of it

    Solid, trustworthy, dependable

SJ – Potential Weaknesses

  • Not interested in theories or abstractions

  • Tend to be weak in the area of long range planning

  • Sometimes make decisions too quickly

  • Tend to see things in black and white

  • Run the risk of being unable to adapt quickly

  • Tend to resist trying new approaches

    Inflexible, dogmatic, unimaginative

SJ – Work best with

  • A relatively high level of responsibility

  • A clear chain of command

  • Rules and standard ways of doing things

  • Regulations and rewards are certain

  • Colleagues who share their dedication and respect for authority

  • Colleagues who pull their weight

    Stabilizer – the maintainers of tradition

NT - Rational

  • Engineers

    • Architect (iNTp)

    • Inventor (eNTp)

  • Coordinators

    • Mastermind (iNTj)

    • Fieldmarshal (eNTj)

NT - Rational

  • ABSTRACT communication

  • Utilitarian in achieving goals


  • 5% - 7% of the population

  • Knowledge seeking

  • Individualizing as parents, mindmates as spouses, learning oriented as children

NT – Rationals at work

  • Place a high value on independence

  • Driven to acquire knowledge

  • Set very high standards for themselves and others

  • Naturally curious

  • Can see many sides to the same argument or issue

  • Excellent at seeing possibilities, understanding complexities, and designing solutions to real or hypothetical problems

NT – Potential Strengths

  • Have great vision and can be great innovators

  • Ability to see possibilities as well as the big picture

  • Excel at, and enjoy strategizing, planning, and building systems to accomplish their goals

  • Understand complex theoretical ideas and are good at deducing principles or trends

  • Enjoy being challenged

  • Can accept constructive criticism without taking it personally

    Confident, witty, and imaginative

NT - Potential Weaknesses

  • Can be too complex for others to understand

  • Tendency to overlook necessary details

  • Can be deeply skeptical and often challenge rules, assumptions, or customs

  • Sometimes have trouble with authority and can be seen as elitist

  • Often fail to see how they affect others

  • Can be fiercely competitive

    Arrogant, remote, and in a world of their own.

NT – Work best with

  • Provides autonomy and variety

  • Is intellectually stimulating, and provides the opportunity to generate ideas

  • Provides opportunity to tackle complex problems

  • Provides opportunity to apply vision and logic to long range strategic plans

  • Surrounded by very capable colleagues

  • Provides opportunity to move toward “powerful” positions

  • Provides opportunity to use leadership skills

    Be excellent in all things

NF - Idealists

  • Advocates

    • Healer (iNFp)

    • Champion (eNFp)

  • Mentors

    • Counselor (iNFj)

    • Teacher (eNFj

NF - Idealists

  • ABSTRACT communication

  • COOPERATIVE in achieving goals

  • Diplomatic Integration

  • 8% - 10% of the population

  • Encourage imagination & fantasy in their children, spiritual intimacy with spouse, strive for consensus, and continual self renewal for themselves

NF – Idealists at work

  • Place a high value on the authenticity and integrity in people and relationships

  • Focus on human potential

  • Gifted at helping others grow and develop

  • Natural ability to understand and connect with other people

  • Naturally empathic and focus on the needs of others

  • Excellent communicators and catalysts for positive change

NF – Potential Strengths

  • Know how to bring out the best in others

  • Understand how to motivate others to do their best

  • Excellent at resolving conflicts

  • Ability to help others feel good about themselves

  • Good at identifying creative solutions

  • Communicate well in speech and writing

  • Able to generate enthusiasm for their ideas

    Charismatic, receptive and accepting

NF - Potential Weaknesses

  • Tendency to make decisions based exclusively on their own likes and dislikes

  • Have trouble staying detached – can become too involved and become overwhelmed

  • Sometimes too idealistic and not practical enough

  • Sometimes are too self-critical

  • Will sometimes sacrifice their own opinion for harmony

    Moody, unpredictable, and overemotional

NF – Work best with

  • Is personally meaningful

  • Harmony is valued and there is little competition

  • An organization that is democratic and encourages participation from all levels

  • An organization that promotes humanistic values

  • Allows them to help others find fulfillment

    “To thine own self be true.

Artisans (sp)

  • Entertainers

    • Composer (iSfP)

    • Performer (eSfP)

  • Operators

    • Crafter (iStP)

    • Promoter (eStP)

Artisans (sp)

  • CONCRETE communication

  • UTILITARIAN in achieving goals

  • Skilled in tactical variation

  • 35% - 40% of the population

  • Sensation Seeking

  • They tend to be permissive as parents, playmates as spouses, and play oriented as children

SP – Artisans at work

  • Like to stay open to all possibilities

  • Live for action, impulse and the present moment

  • Focus on the immediate situation

  • Ability to access what needs to be done now

  • Seldom choose situations with structure

  • Risk taking, adaptable, easy going, and pragmatic

SP – Potential Strengths

  • Can see clearly what is happening

  • Excellent at recognizing practical problems

  • Approach problems with flexibility, courage and resourcefulness

  • Prefer to deal with facts and real problems rather than theories

  • Many are skillful with tools and instruments – precision

  • Keen observers of human behavior

    Resourceful, exciting and fun

SP - Potential Weaknesses

  • Sometimes fail to think things through carefully before acting

  • Not interested in the theoretical or abstract and may fail to see important connections

  • Tend to lose enthusiasm once the crisis phase is over

  • Don’t always follow established rules

  • Sometimes avoid commitments and plans

    Irresponsible, unreliable, childish and impulsive

SP – Work best with

  • Provides autonomy, variety and action

  • Provides immediate results

  • Allows tasks to be executed skillfully and successfully

  • Opportunity to use acquired skills, independently and spontaneously

  • Must give a high degree of pleasure (fun)

    “Fire-fighter” - Notices and responds to crisis

Using Different “Lenses”

  • Quadrants Lens: Change

  • Temperament Lens: Leadership

  • Dynamics Lens: Problem-solving or decision-making

Quadrants and Change





















Quadrants and Change

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