Myer Briggs Test

Learning The Background

By: - Medicine - July 20, 2011
myer briggs test learning the background

The Myer Briggs test or MBTI is a special type of assessment that involves a questionnaire described as being psychometric.  Myer Briggs tests were specially made to measure through assessment the preferences of some people in relation to their psychological perceptions about the world and how they make decisions based on that.  In fact, these were originally based on the 1920s theories as developed in the area of typology by a famous member of the psychological community called Carl Gustav Jung.

The Myer Briggs test was slowly created during the second world war, to assist women entering war time industries to make preferred choices as to what type of wartime work would suit them.  It was final copy was published for the 1st time in the 60s.  Since then it has been widely used to make assessments However, some psychologists from the academic community have questioned its reliability due to the lack of any valid data.  Other studies contest that its reliability and validity are very low, unable to fully predict the success of anyone in any job due to factors that are well beyond the scope and control of the tests that are either not available or could not be available until the time that they occur, which in itself cannot be predicted with any certainty by the tests.  However, there are two fundamental theories used regarding cognitive functioning within the tests, including the ability to judge using rational feelings and thoughts, and the ability to perceive based on the irrational ability of intuition and sensory information.  The tests even go on to analyse different types of personalities and how they make their decisions and choices.  For example, when it comes to attitudes, extraverts prefer action versus introverts who prefer thought type orientation.  Extraverts prefer a breadth of influence and knowledge versus introverts who prefer a depth of influence and knowledge.  Extraverts prefer regular interactions versus introverts who prefer interactions that are more substantial.  Extraverts gain energy and recharge by being around people, whereas introverts gain energy and recharge with alone time.

The Myer Briggs test has many applications that it can be used for.  Some Myer Briggs tests assist in gaining insight into worker’s compensation type claims, marriage counseling, personal style development, lifetime/executive coaching, training for leadership, family businesses, marketing campaigns, development professionally, dynamics of groups, building of teams, counseling for careers and even pedagogy.  How they are administered and in what format they are presented can vary depending on who is giving the test, who is being tested and which part of the world a person is being tested in.

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