Brief Descriptions of the 16 Personality Types of the MBTI * assessment created by Myers & Briggs.

Understanding your MBTI “test” Report*, MBTI Characteristics & Profiles of the 16 MBTI Personality Types

By Ross Reinhold, with Danielle Poirier

The Internet and print publications are replete with profiles of each of the 16 Personality Types, providing descriptions of the characteristics that mark that particular type. Sometimes people find these descriptions quite spot-on, whereas others may read several characteristics that don’t ring true and wonder if their “Type Indicator” gave them the wrong type.

consider the possibilities

Type Descriptions are generalities so they offer a sense of what are some common characteristics, yet not everything will apply even when the “indicator” of Type is accurate.

In taking the test or instrument itself or in reading through descriptions of the different Myers Briggs MBTI ® Personality Types a person may find more than one seems a “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). You’d then review descriptions of these two alternative types (comparing INTP vs INFP type descriptions) to see which seems a more comfortable home.

A variation on this method of finding which MBTI Personality Type best fits you is one advocated by consultant Danielle Poirier. She believes for each person one of the four mental processes (Thinking, Feeling, Sensing, or Intuition) plays such a dominant role in forming the cluster of personality that it drives about 80% of a person’s uniqueness.

I’ve reproduced Danielle’s brief descriptions of each personality type below. You’ll see she organizes them in pairs according to the dominant mental process and whether this dominant process is primarily introverted or extraverted.

Poirier’s Descriptions of the 16 Types
© Danielle Poirier, Rebel Eagle Productions

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The Four Introverted Myers Briggs Personality Types


Dominant Introverted Intuition
INTJ & INFJ Personality Types


Dominant Introverted Sensing
ISTJ & ISFJ Personality Types


Dominant Introverted Thinking
INTP & ISTP Personality Types


Dominant Introverted Feeling
INFP & ISFP Personality Types

The Four Extraverted Myers Briggs Personality Types


Dominant Extraverted Intuition
ENTP & ENFP Personality Types


Dominant Extraverted Sensing
ESTP & ESFP Personality Types


Dominant Extraverted Thinking
ENTJ & ESTJ Personality Types


Dominant Extraverted Feeling
ENFJ & ESFJ Personality Types

Fun Personality Type Tables – Which Bird is Your Type?

Bird Personality Types
Source: OPP Consultancy

Thanks to OPP Consultancy for the Fun Type Table

Need more help in determining which MBTI or Myers Briggs Personality Type best fits you?

Danielle Poirier’s “Magnificent 16” a fascinating DVD on Personality Type

® MBTI, Myers-Briggs, Meyers Briggs, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trust in the United States and other countries (aka meyer briggs or myers briggs). 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.

The Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) is a non-profit educational organization founded by Myers and psychologist Mary McCaulley to promote continued research into psychological type and application of psychological type to foster enhanced personal development, increased human understanding, and improved management of human conflict.

The mission of the Myers & Briggs Foundation is to continue the pioneering work of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in the field of psychological type, especially the ethical and accurate use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument.

Ross Reinhold, publisher and editor of, developer of the Cognitive Style Inventory of Personality Types.