I have never heard of the Myer's Briggs Type Indicator until I went on google and search for a personality test. I was a little skeptical at first, but after I took the test it described my personality accurately. It gave me insight of who I really am and I became a believer of the MBTI. It has empowered my outlook on life and made me more aware of why people act like they do. What I got after learning about it is PersonalityCafe. It motivated me to build a site dedicated to the 16 personality types which will help others discover themselves.for those of you who know your type... I'm interested to see how hearing/learning about it has affected each one differently. Why do you care about it? What did you get out of learning about it?
The mbti tool is not necessarily for everyone. Who are we to tell individuals if the test will help them or not. It is up to the individual to decide whether this tool helps or doesn't. I already knew my personality before I took the test but I was curious to see if I was alone in my beliefs or not. The test did not decide who I am. It just answered some of my questions I had about myself. The test did help me improve my relationships with people.I'm going to venture out and say that mbti is not an effective tool for helping people. People will read on description and instantly take everything it says to heart and then that's the end of it, they assume that they are stuck in that one thing. It's not wise or healthy to rely on something that "decides" who you are for you. You yourself should figure out who you are on your own.
I agree that we all should treat individuals as individuals.Valid points, Calypso. I have seen, individuals use of types to label other individuals on no basis other than observation. Generic descriptors were then applied as if this was a valid way to understand someone. Treat individuals as individuals.
Irregardless of its own theory - its actual validity which has been tested is questionable. This is statistical validity. So until it can be shown to have valid construction - keep treating people as an individual set. Split-half reliability measures are ..ok for it. Categorisation is highly questionable though.even by its own theory, it's only about 70% accurate. To say it's not effective, or useless, though is pretty arrogant. It's not just some internet test... so what about the psychologists who bother to get certified to administer it?
Individuals are individuals, [O]ni but so are ants. Would you stop and say "no generalizations can be made, because every ant is different"? Rightly used, you'd never make a judgment about someone's type without first knowing them. What you're describing is a misuse of MBTI... and just about anything can be misused and cause harm.
thanks, cryptonia - those links are excellent references.psyche, these two sites might help if you're looking for actual definitions--internet tests don't do mbti justice, so if you're even half-aware of yourself and want to decide where you fall, you're better off just learning about then and picking.
I used to not know my problems.for those of you who know your type... I'm interested to see how hearing/learning about it has affected each one differently. Why do you care about it? What did you get out of learning about it?