The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® has been used for more than 50 years and it is the most used and respected assessment for personality traits and preferences.
It is not a "test" because there are no right or wrong answers. The instrument is a way for a person to indicate their preferences and tendencies which all together become an indicator of their personality type. One personality type is no better than any other type. All have value, all have strengths and all have challenges.
The results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® are not used for a diagnosis and the instrument is not a screening for mental or emotional disorders. In fact, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® was the first psychological instrument designed to assess healthy mental and emotional states rather than abnormal. Also, unlike many other types of psychological evaluations, the results of the MBTI® are not compared against any norms. Instead of looking at a persons score in comparison to the results of other people, the goal of the instrument is to simply offer further information about the person's own unique personality.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® measures a person's personality on four scales and indicates the strength of preferences along these four traits. The combination of these then identifies 16 personality styles. However, each person is unique because even though they fall within one of the 16 personality styles the variations of intensity along each scale will be different.
The value of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® for the individual is the help it gives a person in understanding the normal differences in the way people think, communicate and interact. The value of this to a team is in a greater understanding of each other and of the dynamics of interactions within the team and between the team and others.
There are many websites that offer an online assessment similar to the Myers-Briggs. However, it is considered a breach of professional ethics to administer an MBTI® assessment without person-to-person follow-up verification by a qualified practitioner. None of the free personality tests purporting to determine your MBTI® or Myers Briggs Personality Type on the web are the "real thing." They may be interesting and helpful but they are not the actual Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI®.
Jim Herron, the workshop presenter for Impetus for Success, LLC is certified to administer the MBTI® and as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a qualified practitioner for the interpretation and application of the results.