Many people love the MBTI test. So do I. One thing I often find, is we forget to give credit to those who made it for us!
Partly in remembrance to them, but more importantly because I know many people are interested in which type the founders of this magnificent system were, I have decided to analyze them. Firstly, Carl Jung.
Carl Jung has classified himself as an introverted, intuitive, rational type. In this video, he mentions “I was always characterized by thinking”, “and I have a great deal of intuition too,” “and I had definite difficulties with feeling”, and ” my relationship with reality was not particulary brilliant.” This helps us out a lot, however is he a perceiver or a judging type?
Carl Jung, with his vast amount of theories created and extended from exiting psychology, but adding his own ideas in the process (perceiving.) This makes it clear he is an INTP.
Secondly, Katharine Cook Briggs was a visionary. Carl Jung’s was the genius scientist INTP type, who figured everything with extended research and experimenting. Katharine wanted to turn this into something that could be useful for society, and with her Ni (introverted intuition) her vision which would affect society (her second function being Fe) was to make a system that would categorize personality types. (Making her judging.) She is definitely an INFJ, and a strong contributor to this field.
Throughout her life, Isabel Briggs Myers was partnered with her mother in this process. The second half of her life was validating the research her mother put in, expressing the importance of the MBTI, and to fullfill her mother’s vision. She showed intuition in her ability to fill in the pieces (N) , ambition and determination in applying this to society (J), relating this to our cultures needs (F) and all whilst doing this with little interruptions (solitary, I). This makes Isabel Briggs Myers an INFJ as well.
In conclusion, Jung is an INTP, and Katharine and Isabel are INFJ’s.