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Isabel Briggs Myers (18 October 1897 – May 5, 1980 [1][2]) was an American psychological theorist. She was co-creator, with her mother, of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

She was home-schooled by her mother (Katharine Cook Briggs, January 3, 1875[3]1968) and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Swarthmore College. The mother read Carl Jung's book, Psychological Types and recommended it to Myers; they then formulated the MBTI together. Later in life, she collaborated with Mary McCaulley to conduct tests of her research and of the MBTI.

Myers wrote a prize-winning mystery novel, Murder Yet to Come, in 1929, using typological ideas. She also wrote second book, Gifts Differing.


  • Myers, I ((1995) Gifts differing:Understanding personality type. Davies-Black Publishing,U.S. ISBN 089106074X
  • Myers, I ((1990)Introduction to Type: A Description of the Theory and Applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Centre for Applications of Psychological Type Inc ISBN 093565206X

Further reading

Saunders F W (1991) Katharine and Isabel: Mother's Light, Daughter's Journey. Davies-Black Publishing,U.S. ISBN 0891060499 A biography of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

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