Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Explained

By Jessika Endsley


Hi. This is Dizzy and I'm going to talk about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. There's a lot of misunderstanding about it. I've been studying this for several years and a lot of people just don't know what they're talking about, at all. There are four letters and they are basic cognitive functions. Please note that this is not your entire personality. Upbringing and culture and past experiences contributes to the overall demeanour of what we will refer to as a personality. So there are the four letters, and the first is relations to the world and that's Extroversion or Introversion. Information gathering that's Sensing or Intuitive, there's decision making that's Thinking or Feeling, and there's structure and that's Judging or Perceiving. So the types are ISTJ, ISTP, ESTP, ESTJ, ISFJ, ISFP, ESFP, ESFJ, INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, ENFP, INTJ, INTP, ENTP, and ENTJ.


There are no hybrid-types. On an INTJ forum I go to, there are a lot of people, they're like, "I'm an INTJ/INTP hybrid?" And I'm like, "Not unless you have Multiple Personality Disorder and no, you don't, that would be impossible." It's cognitive brain functions, you don't just get to switch. That doesn't mean that you're either a pure introvert or a pure extrovert, that most people kind of fall somewhere in there, that is not extreme, I am an extreme introvert. There are other people who are INTJs who are not so extreme, or they have better improvisational skills than maybe someone like I do, but they're still an INTJ, they're not a hybrid, that's not how it works. Now, what these functions mean, I'm going to explain them. In extroversion, an extrovert acquires energy from social involvements and events, prefers to be involved in numerous activities when people are present, tend to be outgoing, comfortable in groups, wide range of friends. Introversion, acquire energy through inner means, such as ideas, speculations, memories and their inner worlds, feel very comfortable alone, are reserved, and may tend to ignore the outer world reality.

Sensing, these people are in tune with physical reality as applied to the five senses. They remember events, the snapshots, they work their already developed facts to solve problems, tend to be followers of the rule book, and they use smaller pieces to develop the full picture. Then there's Intuitive types, the intuition takes in information through patterns, impressions, and potential meanings through abstract thinking, they read between the lines, they do a lot of speculations and 'what if' type thinking. Comfortable with the prospect of new possibilities more so than a Sensory type. Thinking, makes decisions based on logistics or basic [04:18] ____ applied truth, analytical of pros and cons prior to final decision. Enjoys technical and scientific fields, acutely aware of inconsistencies, and values truth over tact. Let me clarify that just because you are a Thinking type does not mean you are automatically intelligent. Just because you are making your decisions based on your thoughts rather than your feelings, doesn't mean that your thoughts are all that dandy, you're not necessarily smart.

I come across this a lot on the INTJ Forums where people think that all INTJs are super rocket scientist, brain surgeons, and quite frankly, no, you're not. INTJs and other Thinking types existed prior to advanced scientific developments, and they still based their decisions on what was probably faulty rationale. So there's that, and there's the Feeling types and they follow their heart over their head, they make decisions based on emotions or gut instincts or other scares. They like communication, they're aware of what's important to their loved ones, sometimes seen as over-sensitive or maybe mushy.

Judging, this means that the person plans ahead. They may like lists, they organize to keep life under control, task-oriented, and punctual. Perceiving types improvise and are flexible, they leave room for spontaneous acts. That's stuff that I don't do. They keep plans minimal, they mix work and play, casual attitude.

So, just a few of the types here. ISTJ is... Tends to be quiet, serious, accessible, dependable, practical, realistic, logical in regards to work, not easily distracted. INFJ, seeks meaning in life through relationships, possessions, committed to values, organized in reaching their vision, decisive, if functional, and that means, not caught in a loop. INTJ, which is of course what I am, original mind, strong drive towards goals, if functional, aware of patterns, develop long-range perspectives easily, sceptical, independent, high performance standards.

Now, I'm not gonna leave out the extroverts, since my boyfriend is an ENFJ, I'll go with that one. Warm, empathetic, responsible, intuitive of own and other's emotions, if functional, and motives, sees potential everywhere, responsive to praise and criticism, sociable, and makes good leaders.

Myers-BriggsSo, that's just a few types. Sorry, I left most of you out. Just remember that, not only is Myers-Briggs typology almost a little bit archaic now that we have Enneagram and Socionics, but these are very basic cognitive brain functions. These are not the end all, be all. Not all ISTJs are alike. Also, on my older videos when I lived in New York, people would say, "There's no way you're an INTJ, because you wear makeup and you care what you look like and your accent." I'm like, "Are you on crack?" That's not how it works. A lot of things go into the general overall demeanour of a person, not just the four basic cognitive functions. I suggest, if you're interested in Myers-Briggs, to take the Global Five, to take the Enneagram, in which I'm a five wing four, and Socionics. There's a lot out there. If you didn't know, and most people who watch my videos do know this, I have Asperger's, and this is one of my obsessions. So, I do thoroughly research this before I just start talking. So, in the comments, tell me what your type is and how you feel about. Thank you and have a great day.

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1.  Roberto    Monday, January 12, 2015

:-/ what if I scored 1% more toward E than I but am a strong 75% in NFP?

2.  Ekaterine    Friday, February 13, 2015

Well, I am on the borderline. Sometimes scoring T and other times F. I'm also on the borderline for J and P. Otherwise I'm solidly IN. So IN[TF][JP]... Yeah, friends call me complicated 'cos i never seam to fit properly in any mold.

3.  Twin Ruler    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I am ISTJ. I always found it to be interesting that I am, indeed, introverted. I am happy to be introverted too.

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