This is an extended version of the MBTI® compas_mbti_noshadowtest, establishing your MBTI® types and adding up your preferences is only the first step towards truly understanding your behaviour and reactions. Taking the MBTI® Step II will provide more specific clarification and insights and you will learn how people with different preferences interact with each other. Besides, you will also learn how people with same preferences and even types behave differently. This second stage provides four letter types (see below) and looks at five characteristics associated with each preference. Step II provides additional depth and clarification within each of the four original MBTI® preference pairs, or dichotomies.

MBTI® Step II: preferences types and facets

Extraverting Introverting Sensing Intuiting Thinking Feeling Judging Perceiving
Initiating Receiving Concrete Abstract Logical Empathetic Systematic Casual
Expressive Contained Realistic Imaginative Reasonable Compassionate Planful Open-ended
Gregarious Intimate Practical Conceptual Questioning Accommodating Early Starting Prompted
Active Reflective Experiential Theoretical Critical Accepting Scheduled Spontaneous
Enthusiastic Quiet Traditional  Original  Tough Tender Methodical Emergent 


Isabel Briggs Myers noted that the eight personality types share both differences as well as similarities and at the time of her death was developing a more in depth method to offer further insight into how people express and experience their different type patterns, which is called MBTI® Step II. In the 1980s, Kathy Myers and Peter Myers put together a team of ‘type’ experts to conduct further analysis which identified five subscales (with corresponding pairs of facets) for each of the four MBTI® scales.

Personal benefits

  • Improve your self-awareness and reduce stress
  • Improve relationships; identify problems with family and friends
  • Understand other people and appreciate the differences in psychological types
  • Learn how you use your energy internally and externally
  • Understand other types of preferences
  • Identify opportunities to use your strength
  • Develop emotional intelligence
  • Avoid and resolve conflicts
  • Provide support and empathy

Professional benefits

  • Improve communication strategies
  • Develop your cognitive skills
  • Develop management and leadership skills
  • Understand and identify the teams different strengths
  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses
  • Find the perfect job to suit your type
  • Choose the most suitable academic direction
  • Function more efectively at work
  • Change and improve the corporate culture