Why You Shouldn’t Trust The Myers-Briggs Test For Serious Results

Why You Shouldn’t Trust The Myers-Briggs Test For Serious Results

Most of us have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test at some point in our lives. The test that gives you a simple, four-letter acronym to sum up your personality. While it’s a neat way to learn about ourselves, you probably shouldn’t use it to do something serious like decide what career to pursue.

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As news site Vox explains, the Myers-Briggs test is based on personality types developed in the 1940s that have little connection to any real data. More problematic, though, is that it classifies personalities by a binary preference for a particular trait. In reality, however, most people exist on a spectrum between the two and can vary between them from week to week:

With most traits, humans fall on different points along a spectrum. If you ask people whether they prefer to think or feel, or whether they prefer to judge or perceive, the majority will tell you a little of both. Jung himself admitted as much, noting that the binaries were useful ways of thinking about people, but writing that “there is no such thing as a pure extravert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”

We often see that this is the case when we talk about introverts and extroverts. However, when it comes to the Myers-Briggs test, we tend to give it a pass. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing a simple test to get a bit more of an insight into your personality for fun. We all do it as we learn about ourselves. However, it’s worth taking a step back and questioning the test before you use it as career advice or a guide to your relationships.

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless [Vox]

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