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What is the Myers-Briggs System? [back to the top] The Myers-Briggs system is a personality system developed by a mother and daughter team, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, to help us better understand our innate personality differences. It is an adaptation of the psychological typology of the famous Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Everyone is one and only one of the 16 different Myers-Briggs personality types in this system. That is because it is based on brain functioning.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS) is a self-assessed personality questionnaire designed to help people better understand themselves and others. It was first introduced in the book Please Understand Me .
Perhaps the most important realization that an individual can make in their quest for personal growth is that there is no single formula that defines the path to personal success. We all have different goals and priorities, which means that different activities and attitudes will make us feel good about ourselves. We also have different natural strengths and weaknesses that are a part of our inherent personality type.
On the surface, this model seems to be highly accurate. However, like most models, Myers-Briggs is a theory and can’t be taken at complete face value. The quest for a single, perfect personality type has blinded researchers to the possibility that a mixture of traits may be necessary for success in business.