The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is one of the popular and well-known personality tests of the present time. How does the Birkman Method compare to it?
The MBTI is based on C. G. Jung‘s theory of psychological typing. It divides people into introverts and extroverts and then expresses the personality in the four functions sensing, thinking, intuiting and feeling. The MBTI is an indicator of type and does as such not measure the amount of a trait.
The Birkman Method on the other hand is a trait-based instrument. As such it measures the intensity of certain personality traits, thus offering a much more differentiating view on a person and allowing comparisons between the intensities of a trait for two people. Furthermore, the Birkman Method does not only concentrate on the actual behavior of a person, but also provides valuable insights on the underlying needs and stress factors. As one last added value the Birkman Method analyses the interests of the participant and is therefore useful for both personal and professional areas.