My MBTI Type

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

In developing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator [instrument], the aim of Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, was to make the insights of type theory accessible to individuals and groups. They addressed the two related goals in the developments and application of the MBTI instrument:

 

The identification of basic preferences of each of the four dichotomies specified or implicit in Jung's theory.

 

The identification and description of the 16 distinctive personality types that result from the interactions among the preferences (See image).

There are 4 primary temperaments within the 16 types in the assessment.

  • NF: Intuition & Feeling. This represents about 12% of the population.

  • NT: Intuition & Thinking. This represents about 12% of the population.

  • SJ: Sensing & Judging. This represents about 38% of the population.

  • SP: Sensing & Perceiving. This represents about 38% of the population.

My assessment results are: XNTJ.

  • X: This unusual identifier denotes an equal assessment between Introvert and Extrovert.

  • N: Intuition.

  • T: Thinking.

  • J: Judging.

This means that I fall into the NT temperament.

NTs gather data consisting largely of abstractions and possibilities (iNtuition), which they filter through their objective decision-making process (Thinking). Their driving force, in their never-ending quest for competence, is to theorize and intellectualize everything. Driven to understand the universe, they ask "Why?" or "Why not?" Representing about 12% of the population, NTs learn by challenging authority or sources. They have their own standards and benchmarks for what is "competent," against which they measure themselves and everybody else.

Pathways

  • Conceptualizers

  • Systems Planners

  • Competent and Consistent

  • Firm Minded and Fair

  • Authority is in Being Competent

Leadership Style

  • Seeks competency and knowledge

  • Works well with ideas and concepts

  • Intrigued and challenged by riddles and problems

  • Sees systematic relationships

  • Focuses on possibilities through non-personal analysis

  • Responsive to new ideas

Influencing Strategies

  • Demonstrating competence

  • Identifying clear quality standards

  • Developing creative mental challenges

  • Probing the future

  • Giving freedom to ask "why" questions

  • Discussing at an intellectual level

Teaching Style

  • Enjoys designing new curricula

  • Stretches students' intellect

  • Does not often express appreciation

  • Apt to be well read in their field

  • Often can could harsh of impatient

  • Expects competency of students and are often demanding

Learning Style

  • Interested in principles and logic

  • Enjoys developing own ideas

  • Technology is appealing

  • Needs constant experiences to challenge and hook their intellect

  • Exerts escalating standards on self and others

Pitfalls

  • Mental Gymnasts

  • May Miss the Immediate

  • Complex and Theoretical

  • Impersonal and Aloof

  • They Define Competency

Key "NT" Characteristics

"N"                   

  • High-achiever

  • Knowledge

  • Objective perceptions

  • Independent

  • Self-doubt

  • Intellectually curious

  • Conceptualizer

  • Competition with self and others

"T"                    

  • Non-conformist

  • Wordsmith

  • Principles

  • Enjoys complexity

  • Authority-independent

  • Change architect

  • Systems designer

  • Argumentative

  • "What would happen if..."