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Isabel Briggs Myers

  • [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.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • ... 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,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • ... 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.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • ... 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.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • ... the best-adjusted people are the 'psychologically patriotic,' who are glad to be what they are.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • Extraverts ... cannot understand life until they have lived it. Introverts ... cannot live life until they understand it.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • 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.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()
  • What children need is the conviction that satisfaction can and must be earned. ... Spoiled children do not learn the must.

    • Isabel Briggs Myers,
    • with Peter B. Myers, Gifts Differing ()

Isabel Briggs Myers, U.S. psychologist

(1898 - 1980)