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.
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.
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