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Your MBTI, Best Fit Myers Briggs, and an introduction to the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types - Part 1

What's Your Personality Type?Understanding your MBTI "test" Report*, MBTI Characteristics & Profiles of the 16 Personality Types

By Ross Reinhold, with Danielle Poirier

Sometimes a person who has been introduced to Myers-Briggs MBTI ® Personality Types may feel drawn to several as potential "best fit."

There are many ways to explore solving this dilemma. One is to look at which of the four preference options you think or feel is borderline. (For example, you may be uncertain if you prefer "Thinking" or "Feeling.") Looking at one borderline preference produces 2 different possibilities of personality types (example: INTP vs INFP).


The prescription for this method is: review descriptions of these two alternative types (example: comparing INTP vs INFP MBTI personality type descriptions) to see which seems a more comfortable home. Taking this even further would be to talk to folks from those two groups, to see if either camp seems to be a better fit.

Charles Martin (at www.capt.org) author of The Sixteen Types at a Glance offers thumbnail descriptions of Myers Briggs personality types. Click here to bring them up in a separate window to review.

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Another method of verifying BEST FIT MYERS BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPES is to look at temperament descriptions. Sometimes the two type alternatives are drawn from 2 different temperaments and thus comparing temperament differences is instructive. Handbooks by authors Berens and Nardi can be helpful. [ . . . One word of caution. The four basic Kiersey Temperament categories are the most helpful. The Kiersey descriptions of 16 personality types (using the MBTI type code designations) - as found in the book "Please Understand Me" - are not recommended. They do not necessarily follow the accepted type model . . . nor are they as well researched . . . so they are as likely to muddy the water for you as help.]

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A third method, and one I've found most helpful, of narrowing the search for BEST FIT MYERS-BRIGGS MBTI PERSONALITY TYPE is advocated by consultant Danielle Poirier. This involves first noting the dominant function of the alternative personality types you are considering. If they are different form one another, the dominant personaliy type descriptions by Poirier offered below may help you decide among them.

Personality and type can involve complex constellations of characteristics that overlay and hide one's core makeup. The classic Jungian type model places the dominant function closer to this core of being. Thus descriptions of type characteristics that emphasize the role of the dominant function can produce more clear cut distinctions between alternatives (the one exception being if you happen to be "on the fence" between the two types that share a common dominant function in its attitude. For example: INTJ vs INFJ).

Here's how Poirier clusters and describes the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types:

The Four Introverted Personality Types


Dominant Introverted Intuition
INTJ & INFJ Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?


Dominant Introverted Sensing
ISTJ & ISFJ Personality Types
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Dominant Introverted Thinking
INTP & ISTP Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?


Dominant Introverted Feeling
INFP & ISFP Personality Types
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The Four Extraverted Personality Types


Dominant Extraverted Intuition
ENTP & ENFP Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?


Dominant Extraverted Sensing
ESTP & ESFP Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?


Dominant Extraverted Thinking
ENTJ & ESTJ Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?


Dominant Extraverted Feeling
ENFJ & ESFJ Personality Types
--Click here to learn what is it like?

© Danielle Poirier, Rebel Eagle Productions www.RebelEagle.com

Need more help in determining which MBTI or Myers Briggs Personality Type best fits you? See our articles on:

Verify your MBTI  personality type Organizing the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types into Type Families
Verify your MBTI  personality type Understanding the MBTI Mental Processes and your strengths
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Also See our Step-By-Step Guide to Verifying your 4 Letter MBTI Personality Type

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* While commonly referred to as the Briggs Myers personality test, Myers Briggs Test or the MBTI test, the MBTI ® is not a personality test but a personality inventory or instrument in which there are no right or wrong answers.

Some Recommended Print Resources
Introduction to Type by Isabel Myers, 6th Ed. revised by Linda K. Kirby and Katharine D. Myers - CPP, Inc, 1998.
Gifts Differing by Isabel Myers - CPP Inc, 1980.
Type Talk by Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen - Delacorte Press, 1988.

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Books, Booklets, and e-reader publications we recommend to learn more about Personality Type.

Learn more about understanding the Myers Briggs Personality Type Code.

arrow Learn more about The MBTI & Myers Briggs Test. *

*While commonly called a "test" the MBTI ® is not a test but a personality inventory in which there are no right or wrong answers.

Printable Reference List of 16 Personality Types pages:

isfp & infp personality types - www.personalitypathways.com/dom-fi.html
isfj & istj personality types - www.personalitypathways.com/dom-si.html
istp & intp personality types- www.personalitypathways.com/dom-ti.html
infj & intj personality types- www.personalitypathways.com/dom-ni.html
esfj & enfj personality types- www.personalitypathways.com/dom-fe.html
estj & entj personality types- www.personalitypathways.com/dom-te.html
estp & esfp personality types- www.personalitypathways.com/dom-se.html
enfp & entp personality types - www.personalitypathways.com/dom-ne.html

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