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Was That Really Me?: How Everyday Stress Brings Out Our Hidden Personality by Naomi L Quenk

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3The Effects of Type Dynamics

FOR THE MOST PART, Jung’s writings on type dynamics are powerful but sketchy, insightful but unsystematic. It is therefore difficult to fully understand the complex interactions of functions and attitudes implicit in the theory. Myers and Briggs faced this problem when they developed the MBTI personality inventory as a self-report questionnaire designed to elicit an individual’s preferences regarding pairs of equally valuable mental processes and attitudes. The construction of the instrument allows a person to indicate his or her preference for Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving. A critical additional requirement for the MBTI personality inventory, however, ...

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