All About the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) Assessment



The MBTI® is a tool to enrich people’s understanding of themselves and others. With it, we aim to inspire the world, one world at a time. From Stephen Colbert to business leaders, Oprah’s interview with Nicole Kidman to universities around the world, people are fascinated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, aka the MBTI. But what is it, really? A fun personality assessment? Or a serious business tool? It’s both. And it’s a scientifically-validated psychometric assessment.

What is it?

The MBTI® assessment is a psychometric tool that gives you insight into what makes you you. By developing a clearer sense of self-awareness and awareness of others, you’re able to better frame decisions, reduce miscommunication, and understand personal needs more effectively. And that’s a good skill to have.

Why is it so popular?


The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was created to help people better understand themselves and those around them. It allows people to appreciate and respect differences for better communications, relationships, teamwork and a better life.

It’s popular because it does what it was designed to do – help people live better, more self-aware lives. It doesn’t measure performance, but instead measures core personality preferences that make us similar, different and unique.


What it can do:
  • Measure your personality preferences in the MBTI framework
  • Provide career insight into what jobs you’ll find interesting
  • Help you understand behavior and personality preferences
  • Give you insight into communication habits
  • Help you better understand other people
  • and so, so much more…
What it can't do:
  • Measure or predict job performance
  • Tell you about your aptitude for a job
  • Reveal your perfect companion
  • Predict the future
  • Match you with celebrity personality types
  • Tell companies who they should hire

Who uses it?

Global organizations such as 88 of the Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, universities and colleges, small businesses, NGOs, independent consultants, and companies like these:

Marriott
Global hotel chain leads the way to customer satisfaction utilizing the MBTI assessment in staff development.

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Ernst & Young
International accounting firm strengthens new leadership using the MBTI Instrument.

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National Australia Bank
Bank builds trust in teams and develops stronger leaders with the MBTI assessment.

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University of Alberta
MBTI tool helps University of Alberta MBAs master themselves.

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U.S. Airforce
Air Force Acquisition Integration Group leverages assessments to increase self-awareness and improve leadership.

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Beauty Kitchen
How to lead the market for sustainable beauty products.

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Who else uses it? Experts like...






More popular than ever - MBTI in the world and online

Science or pseudoscience?

Yes, it’s science. And it provides a scientifically valid measure of personality preferences. When you’re the world’s most popular personality assessment, you’re going to have skeptics. And with information comes misinformation. Let’s set the record straight and dispel the myths about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment.


FAQs

Want to get more answers to common MBTI questions? Check out the MBTI Facts page.

Resources

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MBTI Assessment Validity Infographic

Want to see exactly what the reliability and validity data is for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment? Click on the thumbnail to view the infographic.

How to use it?

How Understanding Personality Can Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Based on data, learn how the MBTI can help address underrepresentation and groupthink

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Leadership Longevity: Addressing Needs Throughout the Employee Lifecycle

Reveal both leadership competencies and styles of approaching how leaders lead and interact with others.

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Fostering a Growth Mindset and your Personality for Success

Fostering a Growth Mindset and your Personality for Success

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Engaging Virtual Delivery: Tips for Practitioners Leading Virtual Learning

Engaging Virtual Delivery: Tips for Practitioners Leading Virtual Learning

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Personality and Stress in a Virtual World

Personality and Stress in a Virtual World

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Building Trust in Teams: The Key to Team Effectiveness

Building Trust in Teams: The Key to Team Effectiveness

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Who are we?



The Myers-Briggs Company is a global provider of people development solutions for individuals, organizations and educational institutions. From our headquarters in northern California, offices in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and Singapore, and international network of partners, we provide the tools and insights to enhance performance and help people lead more successful and fulfilling lives.




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We’re one of thousands of organizations around the world choosing to use business as a force for good. As a Certified B Corporation® we aim to make a positive impact in everything we do, and to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.




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