As you may have guessed, Myers Briggs is a person. She’s a woman in fact. Isabel Myers Briggs was born in 1897. Her mother, Katherine, was already very interested in human behaviour and expanding her own knowledge. Katherine and Isabel lived in a time where a woman’s place was primarily in the home, looking after and raising her children. Unfortunately, this meant that sometimes Isabel’s ideas weren’t taken very seriously, but this didn’t phase her. But Isabel and Katherine were women who went against the norm, they didn’t see their main role in life to be a housewife and mother, but people who wanted to learn and understand human behaviour.
Isabel and Katherine wanted essentially wanted to help people, they wanted to understand them so that they could help them be their best self. They looked at the work of Carl Jung. which initially inspired them and began to build and work on their own material. Cutting a long story short, after a few years of research, Isabel Briggs Myers developed a questionnaire that would allow people to find out their personality type which is based on 4 letters:
- Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E)
An introvert is someone who gets their energy and recharges from being alone, along with mainly processing their thoughts inwardly. Whereas an extrovert is someone who gains energy from being around others and would tend to process their thoughts out loud.
2. Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
Sensing refers to gaining information form facts and details by getting hands-on experience. They pay a great deal of attention to reality and what they can learn from their own senses. Whereas those who prefer intuition pay more attention to patterns and impressions. They think more about the possibilities of something, imagining the future and abstract theories.
3. Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Thinkers tend to base decisions on facts, solid theories and objective data. They can be quite logical; sometimes making decisions whilst being quite impersonal. Feelers are much more likely to consider other people’s feelings, emotions or situations when making a decision.
4. Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
A judger is someone who prefers structure, will plan in advance and when approaching a project or task, prefer to get the task done in plenty of time. A perceiver is basically the opposite, they can be very flexible, adaptable and will be willing to change their plans without too much fuss. When given a task, they can have a tendency to procrastinate until the last minute, work very quickly under pressure, but still pull it off in the end.
Isabel therefore believed that each person’s core personality is made up of four letters, commonly known as their ‘Myers Briggs’. The test is easy to take, if you want to find out your Myers Briggs then you can take it for free on the link below:
I hope this has helped those of you who are new to Myers Briggs, as I’ll be doing some posts on the topic shortly… and for those of you who have been waiting for the answer to this for the entire post (I know there’s probably loads of you!) my Myers Briggs is INFJ.