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Is the MBTI test really good and reliable?

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The L.A.B.E.L. is the best psychometric test made for the world of work. It is based on 15 tried and true psychological models. Among these models is the MBTI.

Do you know MBTI? Do you know how to really benefit from its use? Read the following content, learn more about the MBTI and its use through L.A.B.E.L.!

The origin of the MBTI test

MTBI stands for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The tool was developed by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs during World War II, in 1943. The instrument is an application of Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, discussed in his book ‘Psychological Types’.

The tool maps learned behavior and was created with the aim of improving the allocation of professionals in each type of market.

Conceptualization behind the MBTI

The MBTI presents the profile of a professional from 4 perspectives, each with 2 poles, generating 16 possible combinations.

Theory suggests that we have opposite ways of:

Gain Energy (Extroversion vs Introversion)

  • E – Extraversion = get their energy through action, like to do various activities, act first and then think. When inactive, their energy decreases. In general, they are sociable.
  • I – Introversion = lose energy when acting, prefer to reflect, then act and, again, reflect. They need time to reflect and recover their energy. They are generally not sociable.

Gather or become aware of information (Sensory vs. Intuitive)

  • S – Sensory = trust more in tangible, concrete things, sensory information. They like details and facts. For them the meaning is in the data. They need a lot of information.
  • N – Intuitive = prefer abstract and theoretical information, which can be associated with other information. They like to interpret data based on their beliefs. They work well with incomplete and imperfect information.

Deciding or reaching a conclusion (Thinking / Rational x Feeling / Emotional)

  • T – Thinking / Rational = decide in a cold way, try to be logical and consistent. are systematic
  • F – Feeling / Emotional = decide based on the situation. They are empirical, impulsive.

Dealing with the world around you (Judging vs Perceptive)

  • J – Judging = like routine and hate surprises. Roughly a Judge will try to control the world.
  • P – Perceptive = like to take risks and change. Roughly a Perceptual will try to adapt to the world (they are adventurous).

The 16 types of MBTI

The 16 types of MBTI
Image 1 – The 16 types of MBTI

The 16 types of MBTI, based on Jung’s theory, are:

  • INTP – Logical
  • INTJ – Architect
  • ENTJ – Commander
  • ENTP – Innovator
  • INFJ – Lawyer
  • INFP – Mediator
  • ENFJ – Protagonist
  • ENFP – Activist
  • ISTJ – Logistics
  • ISFJ – Defender
  • ESTJ – Executive
  • ESFJ – Consul
  • ISTP – Virtuoso
  • ISFP – Adventurer
  • ESTP – Entrepreneur
  • ESFP – Animator

Comparison between the L.A.B.E.L. X MBTI

Map the personalityFocusMapping learned behavior
102 dashesDepth4 dashes
15 psychological modelsMultiplicity1 psychological model
Has control indices against manipulationConsistency of interpretationPartially measured
21 thousand executives*ValidityUnknown reference population
Reference Population
*When applied in Brazil

The MBTI is one of the 15 psychological models measured in the L.A.B.E.L. For those who qualified in the tool, it is on page 11.

Since the L.A.B.E.L. brings the MBTI, what is the difference between doing the MBTI alone or accessing it through L.A.B.E.L.?

  • Mapping ACCURACY – while the MBTI can be manipulated, and this goes unnoticed, this issue is unimaginable in the L.A.B.E.L, because of its Control Indices.
  • RANGE and DEPTH of analysis – the MBTI alone indicates a type of dominance, but little or nothing brings about the presence and intensity of other less representative traits. In the L.A.B.E.L. it is possible to see the intensity of each personality trait, with the respective intensities.
  • PERENITY – While the MBTI needs to be redone from time to time, the L.A.B.E.L., when valid, is perennial. Which means redoing is unnecessary.
  • STANDARDIZATION – In MBTI each type comes with a standard text. The L.A.B.E.L. presents each mapped as unique, making each analysis unique, without ‘putting everyone in the same basket’.
  • DIFFERENTIATION between very similar profiles – When two people have the same type on the MBTI, identifying who is the most suitable for the challenge is almost a matter of luck. In L.A.B.E.L., however close the result of two maps is, it is possible to identify macro and micro differences.

For those who are already a great user of L.A.B.E.L., the MBTI has an important contribution when faced with a mapped person in a delicate emotional situation. These are cases where reinforcing gaps can have a very harmful effect on those who are already fragile. At that moment, coming across a standard text with a primarily positive view becomes an alternative to give an initial feedback, support the person in the search for therapeutic help, to suggest the reworking of the instrument in the future, and then be able to give a deeper feedback. and complete.

AUTHOR [Danielle Amate]