The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

No, it is not a giant space-age computer dedicated to revolutionizing, utilizing, and merchandising mankind. You can chill out, because it’s just a personality test. (unless you are a geek, in which case you will now grow very excited).

Carl Jung present the basic model, and Isabel Myers-Briggs built upon that foundation to give us what has now become the most in-depth, reliable, and popular test in the psychology world to date.

The test measure four facets of the personality, which I will attempt to simplify to the best of my ability:

Introversion (I)  vs. extraversion (E)

An introvert is taxed by social time and draws energy from alone time, extroverts are energized by social interaction.

Abstract thinking (N) vs. Realistic thinking (S)

Abstract thinkers keep their minds focused on deep issues, handle complexity well, and are sometimes accused of keeping their head in the clouds.  Big picture oriented.

Realists are concrete, rather than conceptual. They are very aware of their environments, handle details very meticulously, and are practical.

Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

This facet relates to decision-making: Thinkers are accused of being ‘divorced’ from emotions, and make logical objective decisions. Feelers are the opposite force, making empathetic decisions. Thinkers will make judgements, socially, based on a system of merit and value, Feelers on a basis of accident forgiveness and good faith. Thinkers are business-like, typically, and feelers will get distracted by small talk.

Judging (J) vs. perceiving (P)

If you are a structure-loving, decision-making to-do list maker who cannot be swayed from their mission and is annoyed by people who “do not have their act together”, than you are a judger.

If you are laid-back, whimsical, spontaneous, go-with-the-flow, leaves options open,and have difficulty staying on point, then you are a perceiver.

That, simply, is the whole of the matter.

There are sixteen different types. Here at Barton Hollow we have a INFP and an INJT.

If you’d like to take the test yourself,

here is a rather long one,

here is a shorter one, which we like very much.