The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves

Author: Annie Murphy Paul
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by tokenadult   2017-08-19
Obligatory references on the subject of the unvalidated Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®:

http://www.skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator#Cri...

http://www.psychometric-success.com/personality-tests/person...

"Overall, the review committee concluded that the MBTI has not demonstrated adequate validity although its popularity and use has been steadily increasing. The National Academy of Sciences review committee concluded that: ‘at this time, there is not sufficient, well-designed research to justify the use of the MBTI in career counseling programs’, the very thing that it is most often used for."

http://www.indiana.edu/~jobtalk/HRMWebsite/hrm/articles/deve...

http://www.amazon.com/Cult-Personality-Testing-Miseducate-Mi...

I found my type to be dead on accurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forer_effect

http://www.skepdic.com/forer.html

by tokenadult   2017-08-19
Obligatory references on the subject of the unvalidated Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/myers-b...

"Now, 50 years after the first time anyone paid money for the test, the Myers-Briggs legacy is reaching the end of the family line. The youngest heirs don’t want it. And it’s not clear whether organizations should, either.

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"Yet despite its widespread use and vast financial success, and although it was derived from the work of Carl Jung, one of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, the test is highly questioned by the scientific community."

http://www.skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://www.psychometric-success.com/personality-tests/person...

"Overall, the review committee concluded that the MBTI has not demonstrated adequate validity although its popularity and use has been steadily increasing. The National Academy of Sciences review committee concluded that: 'at this time, there is not sufficient, well-designed research to justify the use of the MBTI in career counseling programs,' the very thing that it is most often used for."

http://www.indiana.edu/~jobtalk/HRMWebsite/hrm/articles/deve...

http://www.amazon.com/Cult-Personality-Testing-Annie-Murphy/...

Please, ladies and gentlemen who participate on Hacker News, do yourselves the favor to read some psychological research literature that was written after you were born, so that you find out that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® was never widely accepted by psychologists and that it now languishes on the ash heap of history. For a long time now, factor-analytic models of human personality have been the fruitful research paradigm, and currently the Big Five model

http://www.tc.umn.edu/~cdeyoung/Pubs/DeYoung_Intelligence-Pe...

enjoys a fair amount of research support across multiple countries with some good confirmation by multiple researchers. The Big Five theory still needs work, but it is much more productive of understanding human personality than the Myers-Briggs model ever was.

Don't forget to up vote the poll to get more data.

Note that the HN poll here suffers BIG-TIME from all the usual problems of voluntary response polls, just like the Literary Digest poll that failed in predicting the result of the 1936 United States presidential election despite a high response rate.

by tokenadult   2017-08-19
Obligatory references on the subject of the unvalidated Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®:

http://www.skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://www.psychometric-success.com/personality-tests/person...

"Overall, the review committee concluded that the MBTI has not demonstrated adequate validity although its popularity and use has been steadily increasing. The National Academy of Sciences review committee concluded that: ‘at this time, there is not sufficient, well-designed research to justify the use of the MBTI in career counseling programs’, the very thing that it is most often used for."

http://www.indiana.edu/~jobtalk/HRMWebsite/hrm/articles/deve...

http://www.amazon.com/Cult-Personality-Testing-Annie-Murphy/...