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Education, Higher; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Personality tests;


Every year, somewhere between 1.5 million and 2 million people in the United States sit to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), supporting the notion that the MBTI is the hottest personality inventory 1 on the market (Zemke, 1992). Developed through clinical experience and research, the MBTI makes it possible to test individuals and groups to show personality type and preferences. Basically, the MBTI has two uses; first, it is an instrument that helps individuals to understand the developmental path all individuals take; second, the MBTI can be used to study and explain relationships among group members. Using the MBTI provides a framework for predicting and interpreting individual and group actions, motivations, attitudes, and communication styles. The MBTI is especially useful in student services to study career patterns and counseling, student housing, academic advising, and learning styles in the classroom. It is important, however, to note that the MBTI is not the only personality assessment tool used in clinical and research settings. Often it is used in conjunction with other types of interest inventories and personality assessment tools. For instance in career counseling at the college level, the MBTI is used in conjunction with the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory (SCII) and the Student Developmental Task Inventory (SDTl-2). The purpose of this paper is to explore the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, its components, and more specifically, its applications in student services within higher education.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Michael D. Waggoner


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