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What Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type Says About Your Parenting Style

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Based on the psychological types theory of renowned Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) is a personality inventory first introduced by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers in 1944. It's widely used in the business sector and educational settings, but it's also popular as a self-discovery tool.

After completing a self-reported questionnaire, an individual is assigned one of sixteen possible four-letter personality types. Each letter corresponds to the person's dominant function in four dichotomies: favorite world (extroversion or introversion), information (sensing or intuition), decisions (thinking or feeling), and structure (judging or perceiving).

These days, you can use your Myers-Briggs personality type to decide the best dog breed for you or which Harry Potter character you are. Moms, however, may be most interested in the implications their personality type has for their parenting style. If you don't know yours, you can take an official assessment here. Read on for insights based on the preferences that underlie your values and motivation.