Skip to comments.Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
Posted on 07/17/2014 8:52:34 AM PDT by EveningStar
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world.
An estimated 2 million people take it annually, at the behest of corporate HR departments, colleges, and even government agencies. The company that makes and markets the test makes somewhere around $20 million each year.
The only problem? The test is completely meaningless.
(Excerpt) Read more at vox.com ...
I am right on the edge of introvert/extrovert ... so much so that different versions of the test have me on different sides of the line.
Is that anything like the Briggs-Stratton test?
“Meaningless” is a meaningless term.
When I was in college, our entire Computer Science class took the Meyers-Briggs. Over 50 students. Every last one of them scored INTJ. I was the closest to an exception, getting nearly 50-50 on I vs E and P vs J.
Comp Sci people are bound to be INTJ; it fits the demands of the discipline. Does this mean you should say, “So, you’re INTJ.. you should be a Comp Sci major”? No. I guess that makes it “meaningless” to the author. But it DOES mean that there is some validity to the testing. And the presence of that validity means that there must be some use.
Its not a personality test used by clinicians because it is a test of personality preferences with no clinical value. The most common clinical tests of personally functioning are the MMPI-2 and the MCMI-3.
I looked for citations of multiple studies failing to show any efficacy of MB but didn’t see any in the article.
It’s actually pretty standard that when people take the test multiple times they get different results. It’s one of the reasons the test is considered meaningless, any psych test that can give different results on different days is at best a parlor game.
I was cool with the test until they asked me about my Mother.
Suggested career paths:
President of Bolivia
BTW, HR people are IMNVHO, the scum of the corporate world. When did they get away from making sure restrooms were properly marked and figuring out vacation schedules into corporate policy?
OMG, I know, I know, it is hard work coming up with good candidates. That perfect Asian/Hispanic/Afro-American Transexual with Bi-Polar Issues, a Single Mom/Dad, some Native American Ancestry, and Programming Skills is just not out there sometimes. (Hint: Try India?) But the hardest part is coming up with HR jargon to defend ignoring qualified male causasian candidates over 40.
Perfect HR Candidate? Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. or II.
No. The Briggs-Stratton test conclusively determines whether you are two stroke or four stroke.
I always have trouble with this test when it comes time to mow the damned lawn...
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