Professional retraining guide

The MBTI personality test - Get to know yourself better to be yourself

Have you ever taken the time to do a personality assessment? To get to know you?

Knowing yourself is the work of a lifetime... and from time to time, an introspection allows you to put things straight: Who am I? What are my character traits? What is my real temperament? What are my values?

Developing a better self-knowledge makes it easier to show your personality and needs to others, especially at work. This contributes to personal balance and better fulfillment.

The mbti test is often used for personal development by coaching organizations and to prepare for professional retraining. So we wanted to talk to you about it :)

MBTI, what is it?

For the record, MBTI is the abbreviation of Myers & Briggs Type Indicator. This personality inventory was invented by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Noticing that her daughter and her future husband, Clarence Myers, had very different personalities and ways of functioning, Katharine began research to understand the different temperaments.

And then when psychologist Carl G. Jung published ‘psychological types’ in 1921, Katharine found similarities with her own typologies, while being aware that Jung's theories were more mature. With her daughter, they wanted to make this work on psychological functions accessible to as many people as possible and created a questionnaire.

The MBTI instrument, first published in 1962, has since been regularly readjusted. Among the existing psychometric tests, it is one of the most used, in particular by psychologists to determine the personality of their patients, to detect possible personality disorders, and by recruiters, within the framework of professional tests and assessments. of skills.


How does MBTI personality test works? 

  • A 60-question personality test
  • Which allows to determine 16 psychological profiles
  • Your result is a combination of 4 letters, which represents one of the 16 profiles

The 4 letters correspond to 4 cognitive functions or behavioral preferences:

[E] or [I]
You are more of an Extrovert or an Introvert.

How do you recharge your batteries?

➙ Surrounded by other people [E] or alone with yourself [I]

[S] or [N]
Sensing or Intuition

How do you process information?

Through your physical [S] or intuitive [N] senses

[T] or [F]
Thinking or Feeling
How do you make your decisions?

➙, you think before acting [T] or feel [F]

[J] or [P]
Judgment or Perception

How do you take action?

➙ Planned [J] or improvised, taking opportunities that come your way [P]

Understand your profile

Once the test reveals a personality to you, you can read the description of your profile in detail and note the character traits in which you recognize yourself, which reflect your personality.

Why take the test? 

Understand and express your personality

The MBTI is a very well-made tool for self-knowledge and self-affirmation. It allows you to better understand how you work, what are your strengths, your qualities and your weaknesses.

As part of a new professional project, undertaking an introspection through a tool like the mbti also allows you to better define your project.

For example, I am creative, a bit idealistic, introverted. I am INFP. I had taken the test 3 years ago and I remember that the personality traits that characterize this type spoke to me a lot. For example, it allowed me to understand my introverted side, which explained why, very often, I needed a work environment that allowed me to have moments alone.

Understand the others to be happy at work

We all have "preferences" that influence the way we process information, express our emotions, communicate, our leadership style...

In a team made up of different personalities, these typological preferences can lead to dysfunctions that degrade the working atmosphere.

Explore personalities different from your own. Perhaps you will recognize the facets of the personality of some of your colleagues and you will understand how:

  • Better adapt to their emotions
  • Understand their character and personality

Improving one's relationship with others is a factor of fulfillment and well-being at work.

Where do I find the MBTI test? 

 👉 Do the test here online and for free

⌛ Duration: 10-15 minutes

💡 Our advice: Respond spontaneously and authentically :)


The limits of the MBTI test

Like all types of personality tests, the purpose of the MBTI is not to put you in a box but to give you indicators on aspects of your personality to help you understand yourself better. The idea is not that you present yourself to all your colleagues as an “ENFJ” or an “INTP”. And then understanding that you are rather introverted, for example, does not mean that you are not also extroverted, maybe just that you have a preference for introversion.

Moreover, at the end of the test, if certain personal traits do not speak to you, it does not matter. The MBTI remains above all a means to help you put words on who you are.

If you take the test again, you will see that you can change your personality, your personality type can change over time.

The MBTI can therefore help you get to know yourself better and move forward on the path to professional retraining, but keep in mind that it is still a tool, it should not lock you in! :)

You can take training with an MBTI-certified organization or psychologist

For further

👉16 steps for your professional transition

👉Make a skills assessment

👉Find your Ikigai

👉Make your resume for a professional retraining

👉La lettre de motivation pour une reconversion dans l’impact

👉32 mĂ©tiers qui recrutent pour une reconversion dans l’impact

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