Overview of MBTI®

The MBTI® system (the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is based on the theory of psychological types developed by Carl Jung and interpreted into the current framework by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs. In the context of 3Keys work, the MBTI provides a profile of the True Self.


The MBTI® system identifies four dichotomies that combine to create 16 personality types:


  1. Extraversion versus Introversion. This is about how you are energized and where you focus your attention. Do you get energy from the outer world or from the inner world, that is, the world of ideas, emotions and impressions?

  2. Sensing versus Intuition. This is about how you take in information and the type of information you prefer to use. Do you prefer to know all the facts and specifics and focus on the here and now? Or, do you prefer to look at the bigger picture, how everything relates or take an imaginative approach?

  3. Thinking versus Feeling. This is about how you prefer to make decisions. Do you prefer to apply logical reasoning, use analysis and seek the objective truth? Or, do you prefer to apply individual values, seek harmony and understand others' viewpoints?

  4. Judging versus Perceiving. This is about how you deal with the world around you. Do you prefer to be structured, to organise and plan everything ahead, or do you prefer to take a more spontaneous approach and prefer to keep all options open?

What's important to understand here is that, in each dichotomy, you are wired up to be one or the other - it is not a sliding scale. The differences in the expression of type, i.e., your concrete behaviours, attitudes, and even self-perception, are attributable to the influence of your Enneagram, or defence mechanism, type.

Go to Enneagram to find out more...