Myers-Briggs is a personality type system based on 4 different dimensions. Each dimensions is based on two different preferences. Based on research each person has a preference in each of the four categories. To be able to understand a person’s preferences helps to understand that person’s behavior. Below the four dimensions are explained as well as the 8 different preferences.
Source of Energy: Extraversion / Introversion
An extrovert prefers drawing energy from the outside world of people, activities and thins. An introvert prefers drawing energy from one´s internal world of ideas, emotions and impressions.
Information-Gathering: Sensing / iNtuition
A sensing person, sensor, prefers taking in information through the five senses and noticing what is actual. Intuitives prefers to take in information through a “sixth sense” and noting what might be. In the American population 65% are Sensors and 35% Intuitives.
Decision Making: Thinking / Feeling
Thinkers prefer organizing and structuring information to decide in a logical, objective way. Feelers prefer organizing and structuring information to decide in a personal, value-oriented way. 65% of American men are Thinkers while 65% of American women are Feelers.
Life-style: Judging / Perceiving
A judging person prefers living a planned and organized life while a perceiving person prefers to live a spontaneous and flexible life. In the American population 60% are Judgers and 40% Perceivers.
An individual’s type is the combination of one preference from each of the four dimensions. In total 16 different combinations are possible. Below these 16 combinations are displayed in a matrix with a one-line description of each type.