Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Assessment
The MBTI Personality Assessment was developed by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs as an application of Carl Jung's theory of psychological types. This theory suggests that we have opposite ways of gaining energy (Extraversion or Introversion), gathering or becoming aware of information (Sensing or Intuition), deciding or coming to a conclusion about that information (Thinking or Feeling), and dealing with the world around us (Judging or Perceiving). It is assumed that you use each of these eight parts of your personality but have a preference for one over the other, just as you have a natural preference for using one hand rather than the other.
The MBTI is not a measure of your skills and abilities in a particular area. Rather it is a way to help you become aware of your particular style. It is also helps you to better understand and to be able to appreciate the ways that people differ from one another. Learning about these preferences teaches you about yourself and can help you improve the interactions you have with others in your daily life. The more you understand about yourself, the better decisions you will be able to make. Learning about your personality type is important to career development because it can help you categorize occupations that would be a good "fit" for your personality type. It will also help you understand the type of work environment you find most comfortable, what motivates you and what type of people you work best with.
-- From the Myers & Briggs Foundation
You also may be interested in taking the Career Assessment Inventory in conjunction with the MBTI.
- Contact Gisel Waide in the Testing Services Office 815-802-8530 to schedule an appointment to take the CAI or Myers-Briggs (MBTI).
Prior to your scheduled appointment, visit the accounting desk to pay for the assessments. Proof of payment is required to complete the assessments at the time of your appointment.
MBTI - $20
CAI - $8
Assessments are facilitated by the Testing Center which is located in Student Services.
Once you have completed the assessments, set a follow-up appointment with the career development counselor to discuss assessment results (one-hour per assessment).