What is the MBTI?

If you're looking at this web page, most likely Ward Halverson suggested that you check it out. Basically, the MBTI - or the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator - is an instrument based on years of observations by the psychologist Carl Jung and by the instrument's authors, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Bridges. Their ideas explain why different kinds of people are interested in different things, are good at different kinds of work, and sometimes find it hard to understand each other. The Indicator was developed with great care and has been used by people around the world for more than 20 years. Family members use it to understand each other better. Teachers and students use it to make learning more interesting and efficient. Young people and adults use it to choose careers that are likely to hold their interest and use their gifts. Organizations use type information to improve communication, teamwork and leadership.

How is it useful?

A clear understanding of the basics of your type and type development will be helpful throughout the rest of your life. Personality type development is a life-long process of gaining greater command over your individual strengths and preferences. The best reason to choose the MBTI instrument to discover your personality type is that hundreds of studies over the past 40 years have proven the instrument to be both valid and reliable. In other words, it measures what it says it does (validity) and produces the same results when given more than once (reliability).

How long has it been around?

The theory of psychological type was introduced in the 1920s by Carl G. Jung. The MBTI tool was developed in the 1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers and the original research was done in the 1940s and '50s. This research is ongoing, providing users with updated and new information about psychological type and its applications. Today, more than two million people worldwide take the Indicator each year.

Does it take long?

The actual MBTI takes anywhere from 25 to about 40 minutes to complete, and can be done by Ward Halverson, who is a licensed practitioner. However, you can take it online indirectly from this website, or by following this link: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

So, how do I take it?

Before you go to the online site, Ward strongly recommends you expect to sit down (without distractions) for a good 20 minutes. Before you even start taking it, first write your signature on a piece of paper. After that, write your signature with your other hand. Did that feel weird? Awkward or uncomfortable, but ultimately possible? There was a reason for that exercise. In this case, you'll find many of the questions to be difficult to answer properly. Remember the signature exercise and choose the answer that seems most comfortable for you, most in line with who you truly are - not who you think you're supposed to be, or how you behave under particular circumstances.

I don't understand.

Here's an example: one of the questions may ask you whether you like parties. Most people do like parties! They're supposed to be fun, but many people in the world have fun but then are drained afterward and need time to recharge. Other people are actually energized and excited after the party. You need to think about your signature - which is ultimately more comfortable for you, more who you are. Good luck! When you're done, feel free to check out the "Your Type" web page on this site.