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Why Do the MBTI?

October 9th, 2013 by Anonymous

Kyler Jesanis

 By: Kyler '14

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people make decisions and perceive the world. The purpose of the MBTI is to explain seemingly random actions a person does and demonstrate how it is actually ingrained in who they are. The MBTI is a really helpful tool in helping someone understand more about themselves, and to understand their personality. The MBTI provides information on what jobs people with your personality type go into, how they deal with stress, how they manage things, how they work, and how they develop relationships.

But why do it? What is the benefit of doing it? Most people believe they already know about themselves and their personalities so doing the MBTI would be a waste of their time. Everyone knows about themselves, how can you go through your life and not know yourself?  Most of the knowledge we have is subconscious, or things we do not often think about or consider as being important to who we are. We often dismiss minor things about ourselves and don’t consider how they help define us. These things include, but are not limited to: what TV shows you watch, your patience level, what you like to do on the weekend, if you’re a micro- or a macro-manager, and everything else that comes up in daily lives as students, and as unique individuals. 

But so what? What does that do? Your personality is the most important thing about yourself: it’s who you are, it’s what makes you happy, what makes you sad, what drives you. At Roger Williams University you are going to spend 4 years and upwards of $160,000 so you can learn about Business, English, History, Engineering, Sciences, and all the other amazing things this school has to offer. Your education is very important, and will help you in numerous ways throughout the course of your life, but they quite frankly are not as important as learning about yourself. You are constantly learning about yourself, and learning about yourself is as challenging and rewarding as mastering school subjects. It is important to always continue to learn about, and develop, who you are. The MBTI is not the only thing that can help you accomplish this, but it is a significant piece. Is it not worth the thirty minutes it takes to do it, and then another 30 minutes reading about your personality? Of course it is.


The University Advising Center and the Career Center offer the Myers Brigs Type Indicator.

University Advising Center:  254-3456

Career Center:  254-3224