What Is An MBTI Test?

What Is An MBTI Test?

Hello Seoulmates, I hope you are having an awesome beginning of this new year! And what a better way to start it than learning some more about Korean culture?

Last week on our Instagram account we asked you guys if you were familiar with the MBTI test, and we got some interesting answers in the comments.



In case you haven’t heard of this test before, don’t worry, we are here to talk about it a little bit more about it.

What is an MBTI test?

The initials MBTI comes from ‘Myers-Briggs Type Indicator’, this test is basically an introspective self-report questionnaire which tries to indicate psychological preferences in our beings.

The test is divided in four categories:

  • Introversion or extraversion
  • Sensing or intuition
  • Thinking or feeling
  • Judging or perceiving


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Once the results are over, they are presented in a four-letter form, one letter from each category, for example: ‘ENFP’, ‘INFJ’, ‘ISTJ’ and so on… and it is a nice way to learn more about yourself, you need to know that no result is better than another.

Personality Type Chart

MBTI Test History

The first version of the test was created and constructed by two American women, a mother a daughter, Kathrine Cook Briggs, and Isabel Briggs Myers respectively.

They extrapolated their theory from Carl Jung’s writing in his book ‘Psychological Types’ in which Briggs found similarities in this Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst theory.

After doing so, she had two publications, ‘Meet Yourself Using the Personality Paint Box’ 1926, and ‘Up from Barbarism’ in 1928, in the ‘New Republic’ journal in which she described Jung’s theory.

The ‘Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook’ was published in 1944 and later changed to ‘Myers-Briggs Type Indicator’ in 1956.

This indicator displays a way on how people experience the world, and it does this by using four psychological functions:

  • Sensation
  • Intuition
  • Feeling
  • Thinking

And it is said that each person has a preferred quality from the four main categories letting it produce 16 unique types.

If you are interested in knowing your type, you can do so by accessing websites that have this quiz available, and you can also visit ‘The Myers & Briggs Foundation’ site.

Let us know which type you are! You can share it in the comments section below.

Author: Aldo

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