Type T personality and the Jungian classification system

J Pers Assess. Spring 1990;54(1-2):231-5. doi: 10.1080/00223891.1990.9673989.


The Type T personality has been described as a personality dimension referring to individual differences in stimulation seeking, excitement seeking, thrill seeking, arousal seeking, and risk taking. This article explores its relationship to the theoretically relevant personality classification system of C.G. Jung, employing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a measure of Jungian types. A sample of high-school students was administered the Myers-Briggs and a measure of Type T. Pearson correlations revealed Type T to be significantly related to the Jungian Intuitive and Perceptive types, with the Type T personality being described as intuitive and perceptive. Interpretations of these exploratory findings were offered.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Individuality*
  • Jungian Theory*
  • Male
  • Personality / classification*
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory*
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk-Taking*