Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®

 

Over the past 70 years, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument has helped millions of individuals throughout the world gain awareness about themselves and how they interact with others. The MBTI® instrument enables personal transformation by giving people a powerful tool for improving how they communicate, learn and work.

In developing the MBTI® instrument, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, aimed to make Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type understandable and useful in people’s everyday lives.

The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in behaviour is actually quite orderly and consistent, owing to basic differences in the ways individuals are oriented toward the external world, take in information and draw conclusions about what they perceive.

Please take a moment to view this short video to learn about the MBTI® instrument.

“The MBTI® instrument is close to the silver bullet for business. It lets you align the key elements… customers, staff and management. We have used the MBTI® instrument in sales training, sales, product development, service process, marketing and organisational development every year for the last 12 years.”

- Grahame Danaher, CEO

 

Below you can explore the 4 preference pairs that make up the MBTI® instrument.

 


Explore the MBTI® Dichotomies

Hover over the graphics below to learn more about each of the preferences.

Psychometric Assessments - Extraversion or Introversion Psychometric Assessments - Sensing or Intuition Psychometric Assessments - Thinking or Feeling Psychometric Assessments - Judging or Perceiving

Today, the MBTI® instrument is the most widely used personality assessment in the world. More than 2 million assessments are administered to individuals annually - including employees of many Fortune 500 companies. Organisations have selected it as the personality instrument of choice across their training and development programs because it provides a common language for appreciating interpersonal differences.

 

Certification in the MBTI® Instrument

The MBTI® instrument is what we call ‘Restricted’ and you need to be trained and certified to access and use it. This ensures that the instrument is used for the purpose for which it was designed and that it is being administered and interpreted correctly.

We offer a MBTI® Certification Program that will qualify you in the professional and ethical administration of the MBTI® instrument and upon successful completion of the program, you will gain a certificate of qualification to purchase and use both the instrument and its reports.

Please now click on the link below to hear from Dr. Martin Boult, Divisional Director, Professional Services & International Training, on the benefits of certification in the MBTI® instrument.

If you need some assistance on how to justify your future MBTI® Certification Program investment, please click here to see a sample letter that covers many key points that you can share with anyone who needs to approve your trip. You can also adapt this for our other training programs.

Public MBTI® Certification Programs are currently available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Auckland, Wellington, Manila and other locations in the Asia Pacific region.

If you would like to discuss an in-house Certification Program for your organisation, please contact us.

 

Are You a Newly Certified MBTI® Practitioner?

Congratulations on becoming certified. We invite you to visit the Newly Certified Practitioner page to access a dedicated set of MBTI® resources to start you on your journey.

Please click here to find out more.

 

Validity & Reliability

The MBTI® instrument demonstrates some of the highest levels of consistency and reliability of any personality assessment product. Many years of rigorous testing and use of the most up-to-date psychometric tools, such as item response theory  (IRT) for both scoring and item selection, ensures that all MBTI® forms are of the highest quality and value.

The MBTI® Manual contains more than 400 pages of technical and statistical data on the construction and reliability of the MBTI® instrument.

We are also pleased to be able to bring to you these newly released Technical Briefs for MBTI®Form M and Form Q Assessments with Australian and New Zealand samples. The Technical Briefs summarise the measurement properties of both the MBTI® Form M and Form Q, examining the reliability; reporting on type distribution, and providing comparisons with the US National Representative Sample (NRS)

Please click on the following links to view the full documents:

 

Key Benefits

The MBTI® instrument reaches across the globe in more than 20 languages to help:

  • Improve individual and team effectiveness and performance
  • Nurture and retain top talent
  • Develop leadership at every level of an organisation
  • Reduce workplace conflict
  • Explore the world of work
  • Create an atmosphere of understanding and clear communication

 

Instrument Features
  • Identifies an individual’s preferences for Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) – indicated by a four-letter type ‘code’.
  • Provides a foundation for effectively engaging participants in the use of type concepts.
  • Summarises underlying patterns common to most people of a particular type – providing information about the 16 possible combinations of preferences, or personality types, and exploring the dynamic interactions of the preferences and their order of development.
  • Leverages a variety of learning methods, including interactive exercises, group work, curriculum review and practice sessions.
  • Offers dozens of supporting materials to help with a variety of applications, from team development to leadership to employee retention and more.
  • Is available as an all-in-one online assessment, interactive feedback session and interpretive report that saves time and extends your organisation’s reach.
  • Can be used to enhance leadership, teams and emotional intelligence, or EQ.

 

Applications
  • Team Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Organisational Change
  • Talent Retention
  • Conflict Management
  • Change management
  • Communication
  • Career Exploration

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You might find it useful to have a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the MBTI® instrument in your toolbox when you are discussing using this instrument with either your manager, teams or clients.

 

Introducing the Newly Refreshed MBTI® Product Suite

We are delighted to announce that several products within the MBTI® portfolio have been updated and refreshed.

The selected products feature a new design and layout, plus content has been enhanced and the language around type preferences simplified.

To find out more, please download the Guides to the MBTI® Product Refresh:

 

MBTI® Share Page

MBTI Share Page

From figuring out what makes you tick, your stress triggers and your strengths, to discovering careers that may be a good fit for you, check out these fun ways to learn more about Myers-Briggs® type and share your insights with others.

To find out more, please click here.

 

Other Resources

Relationships & Conflict eBook

The Relationships & Conflict eBook deep dives into the essentials of personal and professional relationships and conflict management. It illustrates how tools such as the MBTI®, FIRO® and TKI® instruments can help us better understand and improve those relationships between colleagues, friends, managers and employees and families.

Please click here to download the eBook.

 

MBTI® in the News

Stephen Colbert on MBTI

Stephen Colbert took the ‎MBTI® assessment on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and shared his type.

Please click here to watch.

 

Please note that translations are available for selected MBTI® products in the following languages:

Arabic, Afrikaans, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), Finnish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Portuguese - Brazilian, Polish, Russian, Spanish (options available), Swedish, Turkish

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