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Working out your Myers Briggs type (continued)

Working out your own preference

Everyone's personality reflects all aspects of the Myers Briggs model. You use Extroversion as well as Introversion, Sensing as well as iNtuition, Thinking as well as Feeling, and Judgement as well as Perception. You can perform any of the MTR-i team roles.

However, your type is a permanent influence in your personality, that influences your choice, where the opportunity allows, of which preference or team role to perform. The letters that represent your preferences are combined to produced your Myers Briggs Type, such as ENTJ. An ENTJ prefers Extroversion, iNtuition, Thinking and Judgement. The ENTJ is likely to feel energised by having lots of things going on (E). He will tend to interpret events by seeing patterns or overviews (N). He will tend to make decisions on the basis of logic (T). And he organises life on a logical basis (J).

Look at the lists of words for each preference above, and think about your preference (not just the way you behave in, say, your work or social roles). List the letters in the four letter form outlined above - if you are unclear about any of them, simply insert a question mark. E.g.: IS?P

If you have managed to put down four letters with no question marks, regard this as a provisional estimate of your type. You may find it useful to think about it again when you have finished reading this page. Take a look at the Team Roles, and work out which ones you enjoy most - then use the table at the bottom of this page to see whether there is a congruence between your team role and your preference.

Reading other articles, or books, on the subject may also help you to revisit it at a later date. Getting to know your true preferences is a task that can last as little as a few hours, or several months, or even longer.

If you have included two question marks in your own type, that's OK. In some instances, you may find the following list helpful, as it suggests a likely answer to one of those question marks. These are only suggestions - it is important that you come to a conclusion yourself, with which you feel comfortable.

If your guess is:then consider: If your guess is:then consider:
ES?? or EN?? ES?P or EN?P IS?? or IN??IS?J or IN?J
?S?P or ?N?PES?P or EN?P ?S?J or ?N?J IS?J or IN?J
E?T? or E?F?E?TJ or E?FJ I?T? or I?F?I?TP or I?FP
??TP or ??FPI?TP or I?FP ??TJ or ??FJE?TJ or E?FJ

What is your Myers Briggs type? You have probably narrowed down your choice to a few types, but perhaps have not yet settled on one. The final page in this series of articles consists of some brief descriptions of the sixteen types.

Article 6 - brief descriptions of the 16 types

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©2013 Team Technology. Further articles/resources that may be of interest include: Personality Test, Personality Type Descriptions, Myers Briggs overview, The Basics of Team Building, What Career is Right for Me?, and Career ideas.