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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®

General Information

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality analysis tool that aims to sort people into one of 16 different personality types.

In 1921, Carl Gustav Jung was the first psychoanalyst who wrote about psychological type.

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Used by...

  • 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies
  • 89 percent of the Fortune 100 companies

The analysis tool is loved and hatred at the same time by society as well as psychiatrists.

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Scientific Viewpoint

Dario Nardi, Ph.D. is a world renowned author, researcher, speaker and expert in neuroscience, personality, and body-mind practices. Since 2007, Nardi has conducted intensive and varied hands-on neuroscience research using EEG technology.

His lab research focuses on links between:

  • cognitive skills
  • emotional dynamics
  • personality characteristics
  • behavior as expressed through local and global patterns of activity in the neocortex

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MBTI® and Brain Activity

According to professor Dario Nardi, there's scientific proof that the eight cognitive functions described by Carl Jung actually correlate with brain activity. He spent years conducting EEG scans on people of different ages and genders to test whether or not psychological type shows up in the brain.

He was able to see how each of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types consistently used very particular brain regions to solve problems or interact in the same experiments.

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Literally thousands of research studies have been conducted with the MBTI assessment. You can find these studies in the Isabel Briggs Myers Memorial Library.

Rigorous research has been conducted to support the MBTI model. Correlations of the four dichotomies I/E, S/N, T/F, J/P with a wide variety of scales of other instruments support the predictions of type theory.

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