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Meyers-Briggs? [Mar. 19th, 2007|10:40 pm]
I am occasionally fascinated by personality tests. I discovered the Myers-Briggs test in high school, and really liked it because not only did it describe me pretty well, the book I had explained the motivations of people who are different than me quite well. (The enneagram, on the other hand, makes no sense at all to me.)

What do you think?

Do you think the MBTI is accurate?

It's got me pegged
it's pretty good
it's totally worng
I don't know what you're even talking about

What do you test as?

(I tested as crossover INFP/INTP/ENFP/ENTP back then, which still seems pretty accurate to me. I have a difficulty taking it any more because I like that classification and have a hard time not trying to game the answers, and because my answer to many of the questions is "it totally depends" -- which is consistent with being split on the related scores.)

From: (Anonymous)
2007-03-21 06:55 pm (UTC)
i've had a lot of experience with Myers Briggs -- in multiple settings. I think one of the greatest misunderstanding with it is once it labels you your "preferrence" that doesn't mean that you aren't capable of behaving in a manner outside of that. Nor do many people realize that while their preferences should NOT change -- at different ages or situations in ones life, you might need to rely upon another less "preferred" characteristic. Simple example, I'm an extrovert by preference, but as I get older, i find that i need more quiet time and time to myself. And in work situations, i often force myself to be quiet and introverted to give myself more opportunity to listen to my colleagues.

As a highly desired reference, I'd point to "introduction to type in organizations" by sandra krebs hirsh and jean m . kummerow -- it gives a very good analysis on how different types work in different groups and situations. It also does a good job at looking at Myers Briggs in areas more than simply a combination of four letters (quadrants combine energizing preferences and perceiving preferences; function pairs {ST, SF, NF, NT} look at communication style and problem solving; temperments {SJ, SP, NF, NT} look at observable clusters of behavior.

Another reference I'd point to is called: they Psychological Types: A Jungian Primer from a book called "understanding your management style" -- while a bit more interesting as it actually compares and references jung, it does look interstingly at those ideas.

Finally -- another psycological test (other than myers briggs and the enneagram) that I'd point to would be the EQI emotitial IQ (also known as the BarOn EQ-I). try Howard E and Stein, Steven, The EQ: Edge...; it adds a good bit of more emotional analysis to the personality type question. Goleman's Primal Leadership: realizing the power of emotional intelligence, might be a little to "selp-helpsy" but is another good research.

Bottome line: i think all these are great tools to understanding how we behave, what drives us, and how people interact.

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