The Myers-Briggs personality test is used by companies the world over
but the evidence is that it’s nowhere near as useful as its popularity
I was recently reviewing some psychological lectures for my real job.
One of these was on personality tests. The speaker mentioned the
Myers-Briggs test, explaining that, while well known (I personally know
it from a Dilbert cartoon) the Myers-Briggs test isn’t recognised as being scientifically valid so is largely ignored by the field of psychology.
I tweeted this fact, thinking it would be of passing interest to a few
people. I was unprepared for the intensity of the replies I got. I
learned several things that day.
1. The Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator (MBTI) is used by countless organisations and industries,
although one of the few areas that doesn’t use it is psychology, which
says a lot.
2. Many people who have encountered the MBTI in the workplace really don’t have a lot of positive things to say about it.
3. For some organisations, use of the MBTI seemingly crosses the line into full-blown ideology.
So how did something that apparently lacks scientific credibility become such a popular and accepted tool?
Written By: Dean Burnettcontinue to source article at guardian.co.uk