Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was created by Isabel Briggs Myers in the 1940’s. She built her work on the personality type theories put forth by psychology pioneer Carl Jung in the 1920’s. Since then, it has been one of the most researched and widely used personality assessments in the world . . . and one of the most trusted.

For more information, please visit the Myers-Briggs Foundation website.

How the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator works

Based on your response to the 20 minute online assessment tool, the Myers-Briggs will reveal 4 preferred personality traits (The report first comes to me, then we review it together in your initial session). These traits come in pairs:

  1. Introversion/Extraversion – How you ‘charge your batteries.’ Your preferred ‘world.’ (I or E)
  2. Sensing/Intuition – How you take information in. (S or N)
  3. Thinking/Feeling – How you make decisions. (T or F)
  4. Judging/Perceiving – How you deal with the external world. (J or P)

Doing the math, you’ll see that there are 16 possible combinations that represent your unique personality type. It is important to understand that we each have ALL 8 traits (I and E, S and N, etc.), but we simply lean towards one or the other. Your custom report will reveal just how strongly you lean in one direction or another. So please do not think that just because you lean towards Introversion, that you have no Extraverted traits within you! It simply means that when you are at your most comfortable, you will tend to lean in the direction of Introversion, either a little bit, or a lot!

Your type can change

If you have taken the Myers-Briggs in the past, we can certainly review it, but most people do change over their lifetime. And as we will discuss, if you are completely stressed-out, you will be in your ‘shadow personality,’ which is the clumsy version of your opposite type. This means that if you complete the assessment while stressed out, we may get your shadow personalty type! So be sure you take in when you are feeling more relaxed than not.

How we apply the Myers-Briggs to stress management

Using your personality type (INFJ, ESTP, etc) we are able to create a customized Stress Management Report that reveals a great deal about how you deal with life when feeling ok, and when you are stressed-out. In this report, we generate information that includes:

  • A summary of your results that defines each pair of traits, and which one you lean towards
  • A specific measure of how strongly you lean towards that trait
  • A description of common traits of your personality type
  • A description of how others usually describe your personality type
  • An explanation of what happens when your personality type experiences stress
  • Signs of Stress in your personality type (this is the clumsy version of your opposite personality type)
  • What your opposite type is usually like (the non-clumsy version of your opposite type)
  • A list of common stressors of your personality type
  • Best and worst ways for YOU to deal with stress for your specific personality type
  • Best and worst ways for OTHERS to deal with you when you are stressed
  • Ways to learn about yourself and how you handle stress

And this is only the beginning! We can also help you learn how you communicate best and how you make decisions most effectively.

From all of this, and our conversations, we build a toolbox of skills that you can draw upon when you begin to feel stressed-out, or if you are already “in the grip” of stress.