You might have heard about Myers Briggs Personality Test or maybe not….it is fascinating stuff to help you learn about yourself and become more aware. It is used in lots of big corporates to assess their employees.
I did a search to find out whether I could find the Myers Briggs Test FOR FREE on-line and I found quite a few places with free versions and adaptations, so I thought, I share them with you (see below).
Now, you might ask “What on earth is Myers Briggs and what can I learn from it ?” Great stuff ! Let me tell you….
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test designed to assist a person in identifying some significant personal preferences.
The Indicator is frequently used in the areas of pedagogy, group dynamics, employee training, leadership training, marriage counseling, and personal development.
The Indicator measures four bipolar factors, Intraversion/Extraversion, Thinking/Feeling, Intuition/Sensing, and Judging/Percieving, but these names don’t exactly mean what we commonly understand when saying somebody is “extroverted” or “introverted”. Have a look at their meaning below.
As a test result you will get a 4 letter personality type and you can then read up on the description of this specific type as well as typical careers, how it relates to family/relationships and get suggestions for personal growth. And there are even tests for assessing children’s type.
SENSING (S) vs. INTUITION (I): How we take in information.
Those who prefer Sensing favor clear, tangible data and information that fits in well with their direct here-and-now experience. In contrast, those who prefer Intuition are drawn to information that is more abstract, conceptual, big-picture, and represents imaginative possibilities for the future.
THINKING (T) vs. FEELING (F): How we make decisions and come to judgements.
Those who prefer Thinking have a natural preference for making decisions in an objective, logical, and analytical manner with an emphasis on tasks and results to be accomplished.
Those whose preference is for Feeling make their decisions in a somewhat global, visceral, harmony and value-oriented way, paying particular attention to the impact of decisions and actions on other people.
EXTRAVERTED (E) vs. INTRAVERTED (I): How we get our energy.
Those who prefer Intraversion draw their primary energy from the inner world of information, thoughts, ideas, and other reflections. When circumstances require an excessive amount of attention spent in the “outside” world, those preferring Introversion find the need to retreat to a more private setting as if to recharge their drained batteries.
Those who prefer Extraversion are drawn to the outside world as their elemental source of energy. Rarely, if ever, do extraverted preference people feel their energy batteries are “drained” by excessive amounts of interaction with the outside world. They must engage the things, people, places and activities going on in the outside world for their life force.
JUDGING (J) vs. PERCEIVING (P): How we relate to the outer or external world.
Those who prefer Judging rely upon either their T or F preference to manage their outer life. This typically leads to a style oriented towards closure, organization, planning, or in some fashion managing the things and or people found in the external environment. The drive is to order the outside world. While some people employ an assertive manner, others “ordering touch” – with respect to people – may be light.
Those who prefer Perceiving rely upon either their S or N preference to run their outer life. This typically results in an open, adaptable, flexible style of relating to the things and people found in the outside world. The drive is to experience the outside world rather than order it; in general lack of closure is easily tolerated.
16 DIFFERENT PERSONALITY TYPES – WHICH ONE ARE YOU ?
The possible combinations of the above 4 preferences result in 16 different personality types. To find out about which one you are and what that means, take one of the tests mentioned below and read up on the interpretation given.
FREE ON-LINE TESTS
All of the below mentioned links lead to tests based on the work of Carl Jung, Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs. They are similar in underlying theory to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Please note that the tests and resource here are not officially MBTI but are adaptations that of the original work done by Myers Briggs.
Here is a site where you can take a free adapted Myers Briggs test based on Jung Typology and get immediate results:
Adapted Myers Briggs Test by Humanmetrics
Here is another site with a 53 question adapted Myers Briggs test. The test starts asking for your gender and once you submit your answers, immediately gives you a result statement and links to read up more about your type.
53 Question adapted Myers Briggs Type Test by Similarminds
FURTHER RESOURCES and TYPE DESCRIPTIONS
The Personality Pages provide descriptions of the 16 types, typical careers for each type and even information about how to apply them to relationships and your personal growth. They offer a special (free) test for children.
The Personality Pages
Keirsey describes the 16 personality types. Each 1-2 page portrait describes one of the personality types, observing them at work and at play, with family, friends, and colleagues, and emphasizing their unique strengths and talents.
Keirsey 16 Portraits
Home Education UK relates the MBI Type Indicators to Children.
Home Education UK: Children and Types
Great and very simple introduction to MBI.
Geocities MBI Introduction
Personality Pathways have a good description of the MBTI and offer another version of the test.
Personality Pathways test.