The Myers Briggs Type Indicator

1234 Words5 Pages
Personality describes a person’s character, and explained by Funder, it is a combination of thought, emotion, behavior, and the psychological mechanisms behind those patterns. [Type theory… Trait theory definition… will add more to intro] The Big Five Inventory test was composed of 44 questions, each on an agreeable scale of 1 to 5. These questions were then organized into 5 categories, each generating a corresponding number. The broader five categories are Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness. These five words, dimensions, were each created by taking the most used words to describe personality, and compressing them into these groups. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that can uncover a sequence of traits to create a personality by answering multiples questions. Four categories, or dichotomies, were created each with two options. The first category would be comparing Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I) and deciphering which trait better describes an individual. This same idea would then be used for the three other groups such: as the way you take in information, which could be Sensing (S) or Intuition (N); the way you make decisions, Thinking (T) or Feeling (F); the structure in to deal with the outside world by Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). Isabel Briggs Meyers, and her mother Katharine Briggs created the instrument in order to make the theory of psychological types understandable and useful in people’s lives (The Myers & Briggs Foundation). The first personality test I took was the Big Five Inventory. In this test the highest scores I got were tied Agreeableness and Openness. Agreeableness would be described as trusting, compliant, modest, and sympathetic (Sriva... ... middle of paper ... ...entory test (scores plotted on the graph below). I was expecting similar results because my friend and I do have similar personalities, though it doesn’t always seem that way to the two of us because our differences are more obvious to ourselves. Though it is interesting that we scored nearly the same on the Big Five Inventory, but only got half of the same results on the MBTI. I am curious if the Big Five Inventory is just more general than the MBTI, or if these two personality test seem to measure different part of our personality traits. I believe that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test was measuring personality traits, but it gets deeper into how someone things and the ways they go about doing things. The Big Five test looks more at surface lever, or the outward expression of personality and giving a score to just five traits. [Need a conclusion, tie together.]

More about The Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Open Document