Years ago – heck, decades – and more than once, I was given the Myers-Briggs personality test in church settings. I always found the results interesting – hey, I find myself interesting. However, I did not find the results particularly useful or insightful. I did not fit well into any of the stereotypical personality types of the test. All the test really told me is that I am a complex person hard to pigeonhole. But I could have told you that without wasting time on the test.
So now I am heartened to see Wharton prof Adam Grant agrees that Myers-Briggs is not that useful. But I am not heartened to see this test is still popular. It is still taken by 2.5 million people a year? Die, useless fad, die!
Grant well sums up the problem with Myers-Briggs and its popularity – “four letters don't do justice to anyone's identity.”
Hat tip to Dr. Robert Munday.
Housekeeping: I just now noticed that I neglected to publish valid comments from back in June. I get so many spam comments that these must have gotten overlooked. Still, I regret this error and apologize, especially to the commenters in question.