StrengthsFinder vs Myers-Briggs (MBTI)

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If you’re considering taking a personality test and/or using a personality test as part of a team-building exercise, here’s how StrengthsFinder compares to the Myers-Briggs test.

StrengthsFinder vs Myers-Briggs
The StrengthsFinder test takes about 35-45 minutes to complete, the Myers-Briggs tests take about 30 minutes, and they yield vastly different results.

StrengthsFinder (also known as the CliftonStrengths assessment) identifies your top 5 strengths, out of 34 strengths themes. Each of the 34 strengths is easy to understand, and most people can relate to them and agree with their personal findings. This makes it easy to use StrengthsFinder individually, and as part of a team.

The Myers-Briggs, on the other hand, can be difficult to grasp. Most people who take the test can understand the difference between extroverted and introverted, and thinking and feeling. But when it comes to sensing and intuition, or judging and perceiving, the results can become blurry, which isn’t good. Trying to decipher and interpret the findings can be difficult enough to do on an individual basis, but throw in different Myers-Briggs combinations for team members, and many people soon become lost in the weeds.

Also, with the Myers-Briggs test, there’s often no clear development path, because people can feel like, “okay, now what,” after they’ve taken the test.

We’ve used StrengthsFinder for more than ten years – with individuals and teams – and it seems to resonate with people more than the Myers-Briggs.

Below is a brief overview of the Myers-Briggs.

What Is The Myers-Briggs Test (MBTI)
Myers-Briggs (also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI) is a personality test that was first published in 1943. There are 93 forced choice questions (meaning that you choose between two options).

The Myers-Briggs is based on psychological types that were identified by Carl Jung in the 1920s. The test is named after the women who developed it – Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Meyers. The Myers-Briggs test categorizes people into one of 16 different personality types.

It’s estimated that more than 50 million people have taken the Myers-Briggs test, and it’s particularly popular among large corporations and government agencies. The Myers-Briggs is also in widespread use across colleges and universities as a career services tool.

Personality Types For Myers-Briggs
The sixteen personality types in the Myers-Briggs are derived from four different categories:

Favorite World: Extroversion vs Introversion (E or I)

Information: Sensing vs Intuition (S or N)

Decisions: Thinking vs Feeling (T or F)

Structure: Judging vs Perceiving (J or P)

Based on these four different categories in the Myers-Briggs, there are sixteen distinct personality types:

  1. ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)
  2. ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
  3. INFJ (Introverted, Intuiting, Feeling, Judging)
  4. INTJ (Introverted, Intuiting, Thinking, Judging)
  5. ISTP (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)
  6. ISFP (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)
  7. INFP (Introverted, Intuiting, Feeling, Perceiving)
  8. INTP (Introverted, Intuiting, Thinking, Perceiving)
  9. ESTP (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)
  10. ESFP (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)
  11. ENFP (Extroverted, Intuiting, Feeling, Perceiving)
  12. ENTP (Extroverted, Intuiting, Thinking, Perceiving)
  13. ESTJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)
  14. ESFJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)
  15. ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuiting, Feeling, Judging)
  16. ENTJ (Extroverted, Intuiting, Feeling, Judging)

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