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MBTI® Personality types

By defining personality type, the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) tool builds a robust foundation for life-long personal development. It provides a constructive, flexible and liberating framework for understanding individual differences and strengths. The MBTI® instrument is the best known and most trusted personality assessment on the market.

MBTI® will help you to:

  • Learn about yourself, understanding where you fit in a framework that describes personality differences in positive and constructive ways.
  • Appreciate important differences between people, and understand how different types can work together in a complementary way.

Every person who wants to develop, needs knowledge and insight into their own personality, skills and preferred behavior. What is innate behavior for one person is learned behavior for another. Innate behavior needs less stimulation and training to reach a high level, where learned behavior needs much more stimulation and training to reach a high level. However, the development level of learned behavior will never reach as high as the development level of innate behavior. Today, innate behavior is called talent. Talent management can therefore be seen as stimulating and further developing innate behavior: developing what people are good at.

Understanding your personality is the strong foundation for lifelong personal development.
The Myers-Briggs Company 

Behavioral preferences
MBTI® is based on 8 different behavioral preferences, divided over 4 different dimensions, each of which consists of 2 opposite preferences. Behavioral preference tells you what generates energy and what makes you feel comfortable. Everyone is able to use all eight preferences, but there is always a preference for 1 of the 2 opposite preferences. So you have a preference for Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or iNtuition, Thinking or Feeling, Judging or Perceiving behavior.

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The MBTI® assessment consists of 2 different steps:

  1. The MBTI® questionnaire
  2. The MBTI® feedback session

The MBTI® questionnaire
The questionnaire has been developed supporting you to access Carl Jung’s personality theory and it consists of different kind of questions. The questionnaire can be taken in digital or paper format, but it is more and more common to take the digital format. Over 20 years of research went into the MBTI® questionnaire before the first version was published. The MBTI® questionnaire continues to be refined and updated and is already available in many different languages. It is advised to take the questionnaire in your native language (when available). As soon as the questionnaire has been completed, the certified MBTI® practitioner runs the report, which describes your reported type. The information in the type report is based on the answers given in the questionnaire.

The MBTI® feedback session
After you have completed the questionnaire, the MBTI® certified practitioner will schedule a feedback session with you. The objective of this session is to help you to determine your self-assessed type. This meeting will take about 1 hour, in which the MBTI® certified practitioner will explain more about MBTI® and together with you explore what the results may mean for you. During that session you will have the opportunity to discuss any questions you have and to say what seems to fit and what, if anything, doesn’t seem to fit. A key aim of this session will be for you to determine which personality type fits you best, i.e. your best-fit type.  Every MBTI® certified practitioner will only hand out the MBTI® type report after organising a feedback session.

Reported type
Personality type based on the questionnaire;
Self-assessed type
Personality type determined during the feedback session;
Best-fit type
The personality type that you think fits you best after you have learned about type, read type descriptions, and had the opportunity to review your MBTI® results with a MBTI® certified practitioner. 

It is up to each person to recognise his or her true preferences.
Isabel Briggs Myers 


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Quality guarantee
The Myers-Briggs Company is the official distributor of the MBTI tool and associated products. This means that when you buy from The Myers-Briggs Company, you know you are getting the genuine article - the version created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, and backed up by 70 years of rigorous research. There are many free personality assessments out there - and some even give you a four-letter type, which looks just like MBTI information. The MBTI framework comes with a quality guarantee that ensures the results are as accurate as possible, and that qualified practitioners are expert in applying the tool in an ethical way that acknowledges the role of each individual in determining their own type.

Marinda van Harskamp is officially MBTI® Step I and Step II certified practitioner and works with the MBTI® instrument in accordance with the ethical rules set by The Myers-Briggs Company.