A group of young adults shyly meet for the first time on the second floor of an empty Manhattan shopping mall.
The stores are all closed for the weekend, and other than a man stopping in the lobby to read his phone, this group is the only sign of activity.“I actually really like clubbing,” shares one guy.
The group goes silent.“Get out of the circle,” a woman whispers.
Everyone in this group took the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test.
In this crowd of 20-something New Yorkers, the clubber is, truly, an oddball. University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology Adam Grant says it doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers drew from influential psychologist Carl Jung's theories to invent the MBTI personality test in 1942. ” quizzes, MBTI is a personality test that, while still reductive, actually indicates something about personality. “In social science, we use four standards: Are the categories reliable, valid, independent, and comprehensive? “For the MBTI, the evidence says not very, no, no, and not really.”Grant points out that the test ignores important personality features, such as the ability to stay calm under stress.
Ross Reinhold - [email protected] one's natural Myers Briggs Personality Type is frequently complicated by our life-long learning experiences.
The classic question is: " Am I this way because I learned it or is this just the way I am?
It could also be that the person finds you loud and brash.
As a prerequisite to this test, you must obtain your and your partner’s type formulas and strengths of the preferences.
To obtain the type formula and strength of the preferences, click here.
" In reviewing the comparisons in our personality assessment, you may find yourself drawn equally to opposing personality preference choices.
In such cases I suggest you try to think back to how you were before the age of 14 or even younger if you can recall. although the brain continues to allow some plasticity into puberty and in some cases throughout life.