Journal of Psychological Type® (JPT)

White Papers

The Journal of Psychological Type® is an international publication founded in 1977 and is the premiere journal for research, theory and applications in the field of psychological type. The JPT suite of publications includes white papers, a research digest, and essays highlighting topics in theory and practice. All JPT publications offer cutting-edge explorations in psychological type, the MBTI® assessment and Jungian psychology.

JPT White Papers (JPT-WP) are stand-alone documents presenting information from CAPT research studies. JPT White Papers inform readers about our research, point to new ways of thinking about type, offer potential implications for practice, and suggest directions for further studies.

How can we encourage each individual to be more open and more generous in their evaluations of others? CAPT’s research team has completed a study on the impact of self-knowledge on empathy by administering various psychological assessments, including the MBTI® and Five Factor instruments. What insights did this study provide about empathy? Among other findings, preferences for Feeling and Intuition measured the strongest in dispositional empathy. Our hope is that the reflections, analyses, and insights offered in this paper inspire further conversation and research on type and empathy.

Of the four domains outlined in Isabel Myers's theory of psychological type and measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment, the function pairing of Sensing and Intuition is arguably the most challenging to measure and understand. This Journal of Psychological Type (JPT) white paper reviews some of the ways Sensing and Intuition have been defined, both within the type community and without, and then reports on data from a CAPT research study that hopefully will help better clarify and define Sensing and Intuition as they are being conceptualized by type theorists and measured by the MBTI instrument.

Jung’s writings about the relationships of sensing, intuition, and feeling are nuanced and at times interwoven, reflecting both the complexity of the constructs and the evolution of Jung’s concepts over many years. This CAPT study provided rich and enlightening data on the MBTI Sensing and Intuition preferences. The pattern of results suggests that both Intuition and Sensing are perhaps best interpreted in ways differently than generally described. Download the JPT White Paper and learn what the CAPT research team discovered!