What is the difference between the MBTI and TraitLab?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, also known as the MBTI, is a widely-popular personality measure based on a loose interpretation of the theories of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, as described in Psychological Types (1921). To learn how the MBTI is related to modern personality theory, see the article "MBTI and the Big Five Personality Traits".

TraitLab is a platform that integrates several personality models, including typologies similar to the MBTI, to help you understand your personality, career interests, interpersonal style, and unique strengths.

TraitLab goes beyond simple personality types and includes dozens of personality traits, interests, and a unique strengths profile.
How it works

You are more complex than four letters

Nobody fits into a single type. TraitLab measures over 80 different dimensions to identify your pattern of personality traits, career interests, interpersonal style, and character strengths.

While millions of people have similar results from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), your TraitLab results are unique to you and you alone.

Prioritize with your strengths in mind

TraitLab estimates your unique ranking of character strengths, clarifying where you naturally feel engaged and enthusiastic, and then suggests ways to use your strengths in everyday life.

Unlike the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), TraitLab goes beyond your general personality. Instead, TraitLab explains how your personality translates into character strengths, which you can leverage in your personal and professional life.

TraitLab includes a detailed analysis of your character strengths, which you can use in several areas of life, while the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) classifies people into broad types without any specific guidance around individual strengths.

Explore new career paths

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) types do not easily map to particular careers or occupational areas, making it difficult to use your personality type to compare and contrast potential career paths.

With TraitLab, you can easily compare your profile across hundreds of occupations, learn about your relative strengths in each of them, and better understand the trade-offs and opportunities behind different career paths.

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  • Personality trait analysis (45+ traits)

  • Interpersonal style analysis

  • Strengths profile

  • Career interests analysis

  • Career search (700+ occupations)

  • 16 Personality Typology

  • Enneagram Typology

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Get crystal clear about your unique strengths.

Find Your Career Edge

Uncover your untapped personal strengths to level up in your current career, or get recommendations for surprising new career paths that fit your unique profile.

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Ground yourself with a deep analysis of your personal strengths, and learn how to exercise them in everyday life.

Spot Relationship Patterns

How is your personality influencing your most important connections? Learn to recognize how your characteristic interpersonal style impacts your social interactions.

Unique Personality Insights

Most assessments label you with a simple type, missing the important details that make a big impact. TraitLab analyzes over 80 dimensions so your results are one-of-a-kind, just like you.

Frequently asked questions

How is TraitLab different from other personality assessments?

Most online assessments are not based on real published research, so you can't connect your results to useful information about habits, career choices, relationships, and other practical aspects of your life.

TraitLab uses assessments and concepts from actual scientific research, then makes it easy to see how your results relate to important life areas.

Who made TraitLab?

TraitLab was created by me, Greg Park, Ph.D. Hi!

Before starting TraitLab, I spent years publishing research findings as a Ph.D. and postdoctoral researcher in the areas of personality and psychological measurement. I've always been fascinated by the field of personality psychology and how it can help us understand ourselves and each other.

I made TraitLab to make it easier for you to find reliable, valid, and scientifically-supported personality assessments.

Is TraitLab right for me?

Are you comfortable with investing about an hour to understand yourself better? Do you care about scientific validity? Do you like to get into details and data?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you'll probably love TraitLab. I made it for people like me — people looking for a very detailed, comprehensive picture of their personality, strengths, and interests, backed by scientific research.

But if you are looking for a quick and fun personality quiz, TraitLab is probably not the best fit for you.

How long is the TraitLab test?

Most people will start seeing their first results after about 10 minutes (about 100 questions).

If you want to see every possible result from TraitLab, the full assessment can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes. However, you can always save your progress and take the assessment across several sittings.

How many questions are there in TraitLab?

There are over 700 potential questions currently in TraitLab, but you'll begin seeing results after the first 100 questions.

New questions are added regularly, but most questions are optional and only needed for advanced analyses.

Can I retake the assessment?

Yes! With TraitLab Plus, you can reset your profile and results anytime from your account settings.

How much does TraitLab cost?

There are several free tools here at TraitLab that can help you learn quite a bit about your personality.

For more advanced analyses of your traits, strengths, and interests, you can purchase TraitLab Plus. TraitLab Plus costs $49 for a single individual, and there are discounts on purchases of three or more assessments. TraitLab also offers discounts for non-profit organizations.

How can I purchase TraitLab Plus for someone else?

With your free account, you can purchase invite codes for clients, teammates, and anyone else you think might benefit from TraitLab.

Visit the Invites section, where you can send invite codes to others, see when they've been redeemed, and collaborate on assessment results.

Can I share my results with someone else?

Absolutely! If you want to share and compare your results with anyone, you can simply share your public profile.

For example, here's my own public profile here at TraitLab.

I have a question about ...

I'm always updating TraitLab to make it more useful and interesting. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

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