What Is the MBTI?
What Is the MBTI?
  • Kim A-yeong (ST Cub-Reporter)
  • 승인 2020.09.12 16:19
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Sorting people’s characters has caught the attention of many people for a long time. Now, there is a new method of analyzing characters. .................................................Ed

  Do you know what the MBTI (Myers-riggs Type Indicator) test means? The MBTI test simply examines a person’s personality type. Recently, the keyword MBTI has become so popular that it is on the portal site’s trending topics. But few know who created MBTI, and whether it can actually define character. So, There is an answer below.


  MBTI is a self-reporting personality type test tool created by Myers and her mother, Briggs, based on psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s psychological typology in  Switzerland. MBTI was developed for 75 years, from 1900 to 1975. The mother and daughter completed the test by verifying their credibility and validity with lifetime efforts and dedication.


  The results of the MBTI test are extroversion (E)/introversion (I), sensing (S)/intuition (N), thinking (T)/feeling (F), judging (J)/perceiving (P).

1. Are you leaning toward extroversion (E) or introversion (I)? Extroversion (E) is externally focused on energy and attention and values communication with other people. On the other hand, introversion (I) is more interested in internal concepts and thoughts, so communication with those is more important than with people.

2. Are you leaning toward sensing (S) or intuition (N)? Sensing (S) believes in and accepts only the information they have identified with their eyes or ears. But, intuition (N) relies heavily on foresight and intuition, which is future-oriented and creative.

3. Do you value thinking (T) or feeling (F)? Thinking (T) compares and analyzes information based on objective and rational criteria, and makes judgments based on logical results. However, feeling (F) focuses on feelings rather than facts, and is concerned on interpersonal and emotional effects.

4. Do you value judging (J) or perceiving (P)? Judging (J) tends to plan ahead before performing something. On the other hand, perceiving (P) tends to adapt to the situation by responding to the situation.

  According to Carl Jung’s theory, which is the basis of MBTI, human behavior is seemingly arbitrary and unpredictable, but it is very orderly and consistent. However, MBTI shows significant scientific flaws, such as low validity, low reliability, non-independent measurements, and non-inclusive points.

  It is true that MBTI classifies human personality traits well among the tests studied. But as mentioned above, MBTI is neither scientific nor psychologically perfect, so it cannot completely represent a person’s personality. Therefore, MBTI should only be accepted as a link of empathy to understand and consider differences with others.


Kim A-yeong (ST Cub-Reporter)

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