What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
MBTI, or the Myers-Briggs Type indicator is one of the most popular personality tests in the world today.
The underlying theories were generated by the well known father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung. However, the test was created by Katherine Myers-Briggs and her daughter who took Jung’s theories and developed it into something that anyone can understand and benefit from.
Despite its popularity, it has received a lot of mixed reviews over the years. Some people swear by its accuracy and effectiveness, while others doubt its credibility entirely.
The following are some of the practical uses of MBTI in your personal life:
- To better understand yourself and those close to you.
- To help find a career path suitable to your needs and preferences.
- To better communicate with various types of people.
So…should I care or not?
Well the answer to that question depends on you, and only you. For some, MBTI could be the magical solution that changes your life for the better. For others, it could just complicate things and be a complete waste of time.
I say give the test a try and if it’s helpful then it’s helpful, if not the move on. There is really no harm in trying in my opinion.
My personal experience with MBTI
Note: There will be bias in my words because of how life changing the test was for me personally, but ultimately you should come to your own conclusion about the test.
Personally, my experience with MBTI was life changing. Discovering MBTI completely changed my life for the better and it is a big part of the reason why this blog exists today!
My personality type is INFJ and it is the rarest type that approximately only 1-2% of the world shares. To read more about the INFJ personality type you can check out this article that I wrote a little while back.
It hasn’t even been a full year since I discovered MBTI and figured out my personality type. It was around November last year that I made the discovery and the experience was so significant that a whole lotta tears flowed. Finally everything started to click and my life started to make sense after so many years. Honestly, it was the most relief I had ever felt in my entire life.
The reason why it was so significant was because I always had really bad anxiety issues that I was unable to pinpoint. I felt lost for the majority of my life and couldn’t find a solution to the problem. I was comparing myself too much to other people and it made me a very insecure person. I was always trying to ‘fix’ myself so that I could be like everyone else.
Discovering MBTI let me know that there was nothing wrong with me and that I should be proud to be who I am. It let me know that I am not alone and that there are other people out there who experience the same issues. Since making the discovery I have been a lot better at managing my anxiety and I am gaining more confidence in myself every day (though I still have a long way to go).
So for me MBTI is an indispensable tool. It is a tool that I use to further understand myself as well as those close to me. I honestly don’t know where I would be without it at this point..probably still lost, confused, and anxious..
If you are interested in finding out your personality type then you can take a free test here: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
If you would like, feel free to post your personality type in a comment below or share your own thoughts about MBTI. Has the test helped you in a significant way?