Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world. About 2 million people take it annually, at the behest of corporate HR departments, colleges, and even government agencies. The company that produces and markets the test makes around $20 million off it each year. The only problem? The test is completely meaningless. "There's just no evidence behind it," says Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who's written about the shortcomings of the Myers-Briggs previously. Analysis shows the test is totally ineffective at predicting people's success at various jobs The test claims that based on 93 questions, it can group all the people of the world into 16 different discrete "types" — and in doing so, serve as "a powerful framework for building better relationships, driving positive change, harnessing innovation, and achieving excellence." The Myers-Briggs rests on wholly unproven theories Carl Jung in 1960.
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