Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

About The Report:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is a personality inventory that helps individuals identify which of 16 personality types, as defined by Carl Jung’s theory, are most similar to who they are and their individual personality.

The 16 personality types consist of combinations within the 4 preference pairs. The MBTI helps participants to identify which preferences they have among these 4 different categories, otherwise known as dichotomies:

  • Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I): Does the individual prefer the outer world or their own inner world? Does the individual become more energized by being around people or in groups or when they spend time on their own with ideas and with their thoughts?
  • Sensing (S) or Intuitive (I): Does the individual prefer to focus on basic information and take it in through the senses or do they prefer to interpret information and add meaning?
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When it comes to making decisions, does the individual prefer to look for logic and consistency or do they first look at the people involved and the special circumstances that might be at play?
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): Does the participant prefer to get things decided or to stay open to new options and information when dealing with the outside world?

When completing the type indicator, individuals will express a preference when faced with a decision, situation, or behavior.

Example: Do you prefer spending time with others in groups or spending time on your own with thoughts?

After indicating which option they typically prefer in the set, the participant will then be given their results and also asked to self-report which preferences they identify with most closely. The self-report allows participants to further understand the differences between the dichotomy pairs. It also ensures that the platform generated results will reflect careers, job settings, ways effectively explore careers and majors, etc that match the individual’s determined personality type.

What NDSU Students Need To Know:

No Right or Wrong Answer – When it comes to questions on the MBTI, there are no right or wrong answers. There is no one personality that is better or best in relation to the others. The MBTI is also not designated to give the one ideal career that is a direct match for current interests. Rather, results will indicate what professions and “job families” individuals of the same personality type typically end up in and which they do not.

Cost – There is a cost associated with the MBTI. Participants will be asked to cover the cost of the Career Report, $15.95.

To Take It – Those interested in completing a MBTI must first meet with a Career and Advising Center staff member. In the meeting, the staff member will give background information on the MBTI, discuss the dichotomies, and can also provide a sample of results to the interested student.

With Questions – Feel free to email Amanda Reil, Senior Career Coach at the NDSU Career and Advising Center, with questions regarding the MBTI at amanda.reil@ndsu.edu. Amanda is also available to set up appointments to discuss MBTI, interest inventories, or other methods of exploration that might be more useful to a student in their current stage of exploration.

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