We cannot safely assume that other people's minds work on the same principles as our own. All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us.

— Isabel Briggs Myers

The most unusual Isabel Briggs Myers quotes to get the best of your day

By developing individual strengths, guarding against weaknesses, and appreciating the strengths of other types, life will be more amusing, more interesting, and more of a daily adventure than it could possibly be if everyone were alike.


Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgements sounder, and your life closer to your heart's desire


What children need is the conviction that satisfaction can and must be earned.

... Spoiled children do not learn the must.


They [INTJs] are likely, however, to organize themselves out of a job.

They cannot continually reorganize the same thing, and a finished product has no more interest. Thus, they need successive new assignments, with bigger and better problems, to stretch their powers.


... much seemingly chance variation in human behavior is not due to chance; it is in fact the logical result of a few basic, observable differences in mental functioning.


ISTPs have a vested interest in practical and applied science, especially in the field of mechanics.


Conventional measures of mental ability, such as intelligence tests and scholarship, show some of the very highest records belong to INFP and INFJ types, who relegate thinking to last place or next to last. The preference for thinking appears to have far less intellectual effect than the preference for intuition, even in some technical fields, such as scientific research, where its influence was expected to be most important.


Introverted feeling types have a wealth of warmth and enthusiasm, but they may not show it until they know someone well. They wear their warm side inside, like a fur-lined coat.


Extraverts ... cannot understand life until they have lived it. Introverts ... cannot live life until they understand it.


[On Jung's theory of psychological types:] My mother, Katharine C.

Briggs, introduced it into our family and made it a part of our lives. She and I waited a long time for someone to devise an instrument that would reflect not only one's preference for extraversion or introversion but one's preferred kind of perception and judgment as well. In the summer of 1942 we undertook to do it ourselves.


In teaching, the other main problem related to type is the students’ interest.

Intuitives and sensing types differ greatly in what they find interesting in any subject even if they like, that is, are interested in, the same subjects. Intuitives like the principle, the theory, the why. Sensing types like the practical application, the what and the how.


Although intelligence tests are usually speed tests for the sake of convenience, it is debatable whether speed has any rightful place in the basic concept of intelligence.


About Isabel Briggs Myers

Quotes 17 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday October 18, 1897

You psychologists focus on what is wrong with people;

I want to focus on what is right and what could be right.


The visions of the INFJs tend to concern human welfare, and their contributions are likely to be made independent of a mass movement.


The best-adjusted people are the ‘psychologically patriotic,’ who are glad to be what they are.


the present Western civilization ... is dominated by the extravert viewpoint. There are plenty of reasons for this domination: extraverts are more vocal than introverts; they are more numerous, apparently in the ratio of three to one; and they are accessible and understandable, whereas the introverts are not readily understandable, even to each other, and are likely to be thoroughly incomprehensible to the extraverts.