The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator–or MBTI for short–is probably the most well-known and widely accepted personality framework in the world today. It’s used by over 80% of Fortune 500 companies and by marriage counselors, pastors, life coaches, and numerous individuals the world over.
If you’re reading this, you probably already have a general idea of what the Myers-Briggs framework is, but just in case you don’t, here’s a quick overview:
The Myers-Briggs framework consists of 16 different personality types. Each type consists of four letters: I (Introvert) or E (Extrovert), S (Sensor) or N (iNtuitive), T (Thinker) or F (Feeler), and J (Judger) or P (Perceiver). The letters describe an individual’s way of seeing and relating to the world. You can read more about each of these preferences here.
The Myers-Briggs personality framework was born out of Carl Jung’s cognitive functions theory and these functions form a second layer of the Myers-Briggs framework. The cognitive functions are Ni (Introverted iNtuition) and Ne (Extroverted Intuition), Si (Introverted Sensing) and Se (Extroverted Sensing), Ti (Introverted Thinking) and Te (Extroverted Thinking), Fi (Introverted Feeling) and Fe (Extroverted Feeling). Each Myers Briggs type relies on some of these cognitive functions more heavily than others. You can read more about the cognitive functions here.
Here are some excellent books to read if you want to learn more about the Myers-Briggs personality types:
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Essentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment by Naomi L. Quenk
This is the foundational book on the MBTI. It’s actually written for professionals and those in training to become certified administrators of the MBTI assessment. So if you’re the sort of person who heads straight for the textbook aisle at Barnes & Noble whenever you want to learn something new, this book is for you. It provides an overview of the Myers-Briggs framework, information on how to administer, score, and interpret the MBTI test, and outlines its strengths and weaknesses.10 Enlightening Books on the Myers-Briggs Type IndicatorClick To Tweet
What Type Am I? by Renee Baron
I’m a big fan of Renee Baron’s books on personality theory because she makes the complexities of the MBTI seem simple. This book is also peppered with funny little cartoons that illustrate the characteristics and eccentricities of each type. The body of the book only covers the basics but there is an appendix that dives into the more advanced Jungian aspects of the MBTI. This is a great introductory book for the less academically inclined.