How MBTI(RT) Preferences Work

By Jack Speer | April 14, 2015

These definitions of MBTI preferences are useful to the newcomer to personality type as well as to the trainer and practitioner. Please feel free to use them in any way that is useful to you.

Reference the Interactive Type Table to experience how preferences combine into the 16 personality types.

Extraversion vs. Introversion

Extraversion (US 1996 49%)

Introversion (US 1996 51%)

Extraversion and Introversion is about from where you draw your energy. Extraverts draw their energy from the external world. Introverts draw their energy from going into themselves.

Sensing vs. Intuition

Sensing (US 1996 73%)

Intuition (US 1996 27%)

Sensing and Intuition is about what you think is real. What is real to Sensors is what they can experience with their five senses. What is real to Intuitives is what physical reality means or implies to them.

Thinking vs. Feeling

Thinking (US 1996 40%)

Feeling (US 1996 60%)

Thinking and Feeling is about how you make decisions. Thinkers make decisions based on their logic while Feelers make decisions based on the needs of people and preserving social harmony.

Judging vs. Perceiving

Judging (US 1996 54%)

Perceiving (US 1996 46%)

Judging and Perceiving is about how you like to run your life. Judgers live life by making plans and closing loops while Perceivers capture opportunity in events as they happen, preserving their options.

Now Explore the Interactive Type Table

Click on any one of the 16 MBTI types for a full description of your type or descriptions of colleagues, family and friends. With this tool you can experience how the above preferences combine into the 16 personality types.