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Ometric testing a 500 million industry struggle to account for its success – no less validate its results How did the Myers Briggs insinuate itself into our jobs our relationships our internet our livesFirst conceived in the 1920s by the mother daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers a pair of aspiring novelists and devoted homemakers the Myers Briggs was designed to bring the gospel of Carl Jung to the masses But it would take on a life of its own reaching from the smoke filled boardrooms of mid century New York to Berkeley California where it wa. 35 Stars The beginning really tried to sell me on the mystery of the author s journey to uncover the history of MBTI After such promise it slowed down for awhile which is why I can t rate it higher Then it took a turn toward the bizarre when Katherine had a strange relationship with Mary Tucky Tuckerman Overall it was fascinating and there were moments of What did I just read Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review
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An unprecedented history of the personality test that has achieved cult like devotion devised a century ago by a pair of homemakers and found today in boardrooms classrooms and beyondThe Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies universities hospitals churches and the military Its language – of extraversion vs introversion thinking vs feeling – has inspired online dating platforms and Buzzfeed uizzes alike And yet despite the test's widespread adoption experts in the field of psych. In reading for pleasure do you a Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or b Like writers to say exactly what they mean To which I will add my own three uestions Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefully researched Goodreads Myers Briggs Type Indicator When you have finished a book do you c look for ways to engage with others who have read the book or d look forward to losing yourself in the next bookWhen writing a review do you consider it most important to e think how to represent the book as accurately as possible or f consider how other readers or even the author and publishers might feel about your review Do you think that arranging for your bookshelves to be carefully arranged according to some scheme such as alphabetically by author is g vital to your literary peace of mind or h somewhere between unnecessary and sad This book is an excellent review of the history of what is now the world s most popular personality test and in particular its creators Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers This is a subject which interests me as despite its flaws this test which I have probably undergone on at least half a dozen occasions from business schools to work team bonding sessions to church discipleship groups is one I enjoy discussing one where I recall my type without effort and one I have on an occasion even used I would argue very carefully and for a very specific purpose as a recruitment tool Even while reading the book I Googled to check if there was an article on using type to predict the type of book you enjoy and found I was a lover of literary fiction Confirmation bias perhaps as I may have ignored the article with a different result but I would say not entirely The book makes no attempt to hide the lack of scientific rigour at the base of the test or of statistical validity Nor to disguise the really at times uite bizarre history of its creators Katherine s psycho sexual uasi religious obsession with Jung and her sinister fixation with one of her first subjects the daughter of her husband s colleague Isabel s brief career as an award winning novelist of casually racist detective novels Later her eccentric and paranoid behaviour when her test came under the auspices of the Education Training Service purveyor of the SAT Interestingly it places the role of the test and of the wider fields of personality profiling and testing as being intrinsic to the post war development of a corporatist ethos in the white collar workforce in America as effectively a capitalist antidote to the threat of socialism but with a smaller group of researchers concerned that the ideas of classification strayed too close to fascism The author also draws out its links with reinforcing areas of social gender and racial discrimination I have two criticisms At times the book can be surprising in its parochialism in a way which reminded me of the World Series I was rather caught by surprise and then humoured when a reference to the test making the transition from East to West turned out to reference the two coasts of the United States The book features various other figures in the history of personality testingprofiling who played an important role in the development of the profile of MBTI At times MBTI itself can seem almost incidental to these chapters which while interesting showing how both Big Brother shows and the Stanford Prison experiment had their origins in this field decades earlier are too detailed for the casual reader But the book is nicely balanced opening and closing with the author so as to access papers she wanted for her book research being reuired to attend a 2 day Myers Briggs accreditation There despite her cynicism at evangelical nature of the true believers she sees some of the ways in which understanding their type enables people to make sense of their lives characters and relationships and concludes Despite all the challenges to its validity and reliability despite all the criticism of its origins and its uses despite its silky ironic appropriations the indicator continued to operate as a powerful technology of the self even in its twenty first century incarnation In case you are wondering my own answers arec but marginally soa strongly except in some areas of non fictional writing f and increasingly so g fiction by author sports books by sport history books by chronologyWhich matches even in its nuances my much tested Type
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S honed against some of the 20th century's greatest creative minds It would travel across the world to London Zurich Cape Town Melbourne and Tokyo; to elementary schools nunneries wellness retreats and the closed door corporate training sessions of todayDrawing from original reporting and never before published documents What’s Your Type examines nothing less than the definition of the self – our attempts to grasp categorise and uantify our personalities Surprising and absorbing the book like the test at its heart considers the timeless uestion What makes you you. This is mostly a biography of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers the mother and daughter who came up with the pervasive Myers Briggs Type Indicator a personality test based on Carl Jung s theories It s also a history of the evolution of the indicator and of personality tests in general The writing is academic than conversational making it hard to read a whole lot at onceEmre does her best to remain disinterested in the subject matter neither condemning nor endorsing it I d have liked to see of its criticisms and from people who swear by it The MBTI has never been scientifically validated but psychology is still new enough a field that validation is not easy even nowI ve taken Internet versions and gotten a different result every time Isabel Myers insisted that results never changed If they did it was a problem with the test taker I m an extreme Introvert and a pretty solid Intuitive The other two factors are pretty well balanced so they keep switchingEditing is good except for using entitled to mean titled No strong language or violence