Hello everyone! 

   As many people might know, my inquiry covers the MBTI personality test and how reliable it actually is. First off, I thought I would start by establishing the different MBTI types and going into a bit of detail about each one. 

What are the MBTI personalities and how does the test work? 

 MBTI stands for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The concept was created by mother and daughter Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, and is “… an adaptation of the theory of psychological types produced by Carl Jung.” (1) 
The Myers – Briggs personality types are a theory, not necessarily the only way of looking at personalities. “Jung viewed [the personalities] as stereotypes (Jung 1921, p. 405.)” They are also “based around preferences [in the context of] dealing with:

  • People and things (E) or ideas and information (I)
  • Facts and reality (S) or possibilities and potential (N)
  • Logic and truth (T) or values and relationships (F)
  • Structure (J) or spontaneity (P) (1) 


Introvert/Extrovert
The first pair, I or E, determines whether a person is introverted or extroverted. A common misconception is that introverts are super quiet, while extroverts are super outgoing – but it really has nothing to do with how shy you are. "Not all introverts are shy and not all extroverts love to party." (2) Introversion and extroversion is a way of determining how much you like to be around people. Extroverts prefer “the outer world,” (1) or being around people, while introverts prefer “the inner world,” or being on their own. (1) Many people also describe introversion and extroversion as how a person prefers to "recharge." (2) Image: (2) Image result for introvert extrovert


Sensing/Intuition
This pair, S or N, “concerns the types of information [and] things you process.” (1) People who identify with Sensing prefer to deal with facts, and see the world exactly as it is. Those who prefer Intuition would be more likely to “look into the unknown, to generate new possibilities, or to anticipate what isn’t obvious.” For instance, intuitive people may make up stories about things whereas those who prefer sensing would describe something precisely how it is, often using their senses. (1) (3) Image: (3) 

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Thinking/Feeling
A good way to explain this pair is to say, “Would you follow your head or your
heart?” Thinking/Feeling “reflects your style of decision making.” Thinking refers to those who take a “logical approach,” (1) while Feeling refers to those who make decisions based on their emotions and, well, feelings, but also based on their core beliefs and values. (1) (4) Image: (4) 

 

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Judging/Perceiving
This pair “describes the type of lifestyle you adopt,” or determines how you live and plan. Judging has nothing to do with being “judgmental,” but rather, refers to people who like structure, and like to plan things. Perceiving refers to people who are more spontaneous and flexible, and “respond to things as they arise.” (1) Image: (5) 

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The way the test works is that each person would answer questions, and end up with a letter from each pair, resulting in one of sixteen different “boxes” with a four letter personality type. 

I encourage everybody to try the test if they so choose, and, try a few different sites, because I want to look into which ones are more reliable. Here are a few links:

 

Sources:

(1) https://www.teamtechnology.co....-articl/mb-simpl.htm

(2) https://www.mindler.com/blog/i...s-extoverts-careers/

(3) https://www.personality-centra...ry/sensing-intuition

(4) https://www.aconsciousrethink....ng-personality-type/

(5) https://www.psychologyjunkie.c...erence-really-means/

 Thank you for reading! Next time I am looking at the validity of the MBTI personalities, and then I will be starting research through creating and conducting my own surveys. Comments are always welcome!  

 

Original Post

Hey Sophie!

Really interesting topic!  I appreciate that you took the time to introduce us to what it really is and the definitions of each of them.  I think that it's really interesting that people continue to use these tests.  To me, i don;t personally believe that humans can be categorized into different categories, however i am really interested to read the next rounds to see if my thoughts will be proven wrong.

I think looking into how exactly this can help would be something really important to look into.  Forbes did an interesting article on this that i think might help you if you choose to look into it:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/e...ompany/#1c054a65d93c

Good Luck!

I hope this helps

Hey Sophie,

Great work! You did a really good job of explaining the personality types. Personally, I think that not unlike astrology, people can find truth in whatever personality types they are given by a test. However, obviously some ring true more than others, and I'm sure there is deeper research behind determining the types, so I'm interested in finding out how the Myers-Brigg test was formulated. Awesome job, keep it up!

Hi Sophie,

Great first round of research! I like how you started off with the basics of the MBTI personalities as it's a good way to introduce people to the topic and to get a better understanding of what categories people are placed in when taking a personality test. I also think it's good that you talked about introversion and extroversion and the common misconceptions surrounding the two personality types. I did research on introversion and extroversion a couple of years ago, so I know that there a lot of misconceptions such as the one about all introverts being shy. One thing that I think might be interesting to know is how the personality tests work exactly and how it was made, and what makes a personality test more accurate.

Here are some websites you might find interesting for your research:

https://www.psychometric-succe...-tests-how-they-work

https://knowledge.wharton.upen...gs-test-really-work/

https://www.mbtionline.com/AbouttheMBTI

Good luck! 

Hey Sophie,

I had been looking forward to reading this round of research, and you really delivered. Reading each of the descriptions that followed the letters I had been identified with opened my eyes to how fitting and true they were. I know you haven't found that there's truth to them yet, but already I feel surer in them. I really appreciated how you set the information up as it was very easy to read. 

I think conducting your own surveys is a great idea, too, to see what people here on butterfly think!

Here are a couple of sites you may be able to use next week:
https://www.myersbriggs.org/my...-validity.htm?bhcp=1
https://www.scientificamerican...e-personality-tests/

Good luck, I look forward to reading what you find!
Joanna

Hey Sophie!

Great round! Very clear! Even though I took the 16 personalities test last week, I had no idea what the letters meant, so your post was very helpful. You encouraged us to take more than one MBTI test, so I took the three that you listed. My results are as follows:

16Personalities: INFJ-T

Human Metrics: ENFJ

Psych Central: INTJ

So, there are some consistencies with my N and my J, but my I/E and F/T vary a bit. Evidently, I never received the exact same result twice. However, my results are fairly similar. I would also like to point out that what I noticed while taking the quizzes is that a lot of the questions in each quiz are repeats and are just worded differently. For example, in the Psych Central quiz, it would ask me if I prefer thinking with my heart rather than my mind. Then, a few questions later, it would ask if I prefer thinking with my mind rather than my heart. I'm not quite sure what the point of these repeat questions are, so it may be interesting to look into!

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/t...s-myers-briggs-mbti/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4746054/

Good luck!

Hi Sophie!
Great first research round! I really like how you formatted it and made it easy to read. When you were explaining introversion and extroversion, one quote in particular that you put in stood out to me; “Not all introverts are shy and not all extroverts love to party” . As you said, I think it is a misconception that introverts are very quiet and extroverts are loud and outgoing and in reality that isn’t true. But I believe there is also such thing as an ambivert, which is a mix of the two. Maybe if your interested, you could do some research about ambiverts and possibly compare it to introverts and extroverts. Here are some websites to help you out:

https://www.bmj.com/rapid-resp...-measure-personality

https://www.careerplanner.com/...TypeInPopulation.cfm

Good luck!

Heeva Chavoshi (Charles Best) posted:

Hey Sophie!

Great round! Very clear! Even though I took the 16 personalities test last week, I had no idea what the letters meant, so your post was very helpful. You encouraged us to take more than one MBTI test, so I took the three that you listed. My results are as follows:

16Personalities: INFJ-T

Human Metrics: ENFJ

Psych Central: INTJ

So, there are some consistencies with my N and my J, but my I/E and F/T vary a bit. Evidently, I never received the exact same result twice. However, my results are fairly similar. I would also like to point out that what I noticed while taking the quizzes is that a lot of the questions in each quiz are repeats and are just worded differently. For example, in the Psych Central quiz, it would ask me if I prefer thinking with my heart rather than my mind. Then, a few questions later, it would ask if I prefer thinking with my mind rather than my heart. I'm not quite sure what the point of these repeat questions are, so it may be interesting to look into!

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/t...s-myers-briggs-mbti/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4746054/

Good luck!

 Hey Heeva! 

Im glad you tried out the tests. Thanks for pointing out the repetitive questions- I’ve started my next research round and have found that a flaw with the test is that the questions repeat themselves a lot. This is a huge factor in why psychologists consider the tests invalid and sometimes encourage people not to take it! 

  Thanks for your comment! 

Hey Sophie! 

Awesome round of research. Each time I read one of your posts, I tend to learn something new! Like Rhea, the statement about extroverts and introverts was very interesting. "Not all introverts are shy and not all extroverts love to party." Myself, I did not know this was a common error people tend to assume of. I always believed that extroverts were the more talkative and the introverts stayed quiet. However, it is fascinating to learn through your research that it is based on how much you like being around people. 

I think it would be interesting if you incorporated more history of extroverts and introverts/comparing and contrasting through your next rounds. 

Here are some sources that could help you: 

https://studylib.net/doc/10149...troverts-people-with 

https://psychologenie.com/introvert-vs-extrovert 

Best of luck!

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