The MBTI is designed to indirectly provide educators and psychologists insight into an individual's "personal construct" and its underlying meanings. According to Kelly, these individual variations significantly influence our social interactions as well as our view of self. He has referred to this overall pattern of individual differentiation as "Fundamental Postulate," a label which imposes a sense of invariant permanence. MBTI provides opportunities for psychologists, counselors, and teachers to measure the extent to which Kelly's personal construct theory, which focuses on individual difference in interpreting experiences, contribute to establishing personality types with consistent ways of viewing the self in society. It is important to know whether certain personality attributes are malleable through self-awareness, whether they change with maturation, or are generally permanent over the course of one's life.
After studying the philosophy and theory of Jung, Katherine C. Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers placed themselves in social situations to observe and catalog various personality traits along the lines of Jung's work. From this empirical activity, Briggs and Myers designed instruments to measure personality types that were highly compatible with the philosophy and theory of George Kelly. Their work has provided insight into some of the complex intersections between cognitive style, personality, and classroom learning for psychologists, counselors, and educators.
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