Nothing Personal: The questionable Myers-Briggs test

I’ve always had issue with Myers Briggs and this article from the Guardian rightly critiques the test.

There is very little science behind MB. In fact it was developed by two non experts, the Guardian describes them as ‘Housewives’. It doesn’t strand up to scientific rigour. That,in mind makes it dangerous.

The biggest and most profound problem with Myers Briggs is the basic premise we are one thing or another. There is no grey between the black and white.


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If you meet me in a professional setting I might come across as extrovert, in a social situation I can be an introvert.

I have a degree in Neuroscience, I’m a thinker, yet in my job within UX I have to empathise, I would be terrible at my job if I didn’t feel.

I’ve had to take the Myers Brigss test before as part of a job interview. I didn’t get the job because of the “contradictions” present within the flawed test.

All the Myers Briggs test does is foster labels and labelling. Yes it can help individuals come to terms with themselves but to be used within an organisation is at best mistaken and it’s worst can label a person something they are not.

Myers Briggs is flawed, let’s stop encouraging it’s use.

Nothing Personal: The questionable Myers-Briggs test

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Certainly the future for design. Maybe without the crazy head gear.

(via The film that reacts to your emotions)

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Digital Human: the psychology of digital

A great radio programme from Radio 4.

“Aleks Krotoski charts how digital culture is moulding modern living. Each week join technology journalist Aleks Krotoski as she goes beyond the latest gadget or web innovation to understand what sort of world we’re creating with our ‘always on’ lives.”

Digital Human: the psychology of digital

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Hacking the brain

Some great psychology and design tips from the super-smart @RichardShepherd

Hacking the brain

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Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

Henrich had thought he would be adding a small branch to an established tree of knowledge. It turned out he was sawing at the very trunk.

At the heart of most of that research was the implicit assumption that the results revealed evolved psychological traits common to all humans, never mind that the test subjects were nearly always from the industrialized West. Henrich realized that if the Machiguenga results stood up, and if similar differences could be measured across other populations, this assumption of universality would have to be challenged.

Fascinating read.
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

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Is This How Memory Works? : A nice guide from Neuroskeptic

Far easier to get your head around than a text book…

Is This How Memory Works? : A nice guide from Neuroskeptic

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Designing for Behavioral Change in Health

Designing applications to encourage a certain kind of behavior (especially with regards to health) is a rapidly emerging subfield of interaction design. Best practices are constantly evolving. With such a wide range of proven applications – from fitness monitoring wristbands to doctor-patient communication tools – the field is a great source of both inspiration as well as design strategies.

Great stuff. Some application of theory.
Designing for Behavioral Change in Health

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When To Go With Your Gut

Or reasoned vs emotional decision making. I’d argue the there is little difference. On the whole your a problem solved by gut feel vs your reasoned response will often result in the same decision. It’ll just be a hell of a lot quicker to make that decision.

When To Go With Your Gut

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Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions

A great overview of some of the top cognitive biases we can use to design for behaviour.

A cognitive bias is pattern of behaviour or judgment can happen given a certain set of conditions.

They can be used for good and for bad; so be nice!

Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions

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The psychology of pricing

example menu with the currency symbol removed

I talked about this a lot at my UX Bristol workshop last year.

Neuroscience marketing reports a recent study on restaurant menus. Looking at how presenting the price influenced sales.

The researchers tried the following:

  1. Numerical with Dollar Sign: $12.00
  2. Numerical without Dollar Sign or Decimals: 12
  3. Written: twelve dollars

Option two, no currency symbol or money reference performed best with patrons spending more.

The question is, Is it ethical to do this? Not giving any indication of the fact money is being spent may seem like a trick. Or is it simply that people don’t want to be worried by how much they spend?

We need to be sure if we use this approach in design we are doing it for the right reasons.

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