Learning about your personality type may begin with something very small, maybe one key insight. As your interest and knowledge grows, you can then explore your personality more deeply and how you best like to communicate and interact with others.
During a basic MBTI® feedback session, you receive a profile report of your MBTI results. There are many different kinds of profile reports, which vary in size and design, but all give you the basics of your MBTI profile. A sample profile report (.pdf) from The Myers-Briggs Company, is available for you to view. In addition to the profile report, you should also receive descriptions of the 16 types so that you may verify your best-fit type.
MBTI reports tell you your preference for each of four pairs:
The four preferences together make up your whole type. There are 16 possible personality types. Some types are more common than others and studies have been done to determine the breakdown in percentages of the MBTI types in the general population.
When you receive your MBTI profile, you might not agree with it. Only you can decide which personality type fits you best, and there are circumstances that explain why you may decide to choose a different type than your MBTI results. There are some steps that can help you find your best-fit type.
Sometimes circumstances of your life can lead you to answer the questions on the MBTI instrument so that your reported MBTI type does not reflect your true preferences. There are many reasons why your reported type may not be your best-fit type.
Occasionally, even after going through the steps to choose your best-fit type, you may remain uncertain about your MBTI preferences. There are several reasons for uncertainty about your best-fit type.
Knowledge of your personality type preferences can be used in many ways. Only you can decide how to use what you learn. To read about some of the many ways that MBTI results can assist you in understanding yourself and others, please go to Using Type in Everyday Life.