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How Accurate is Myers-Briggs?

I love personality tests. Honestly, I’m pretty sure everyone does. And as Danny has mentioned before, there’s good psychological reasoning for that. Today we’re taking a deep dive on the king of personality tests, Myers-Briggs.

Just in case you haven’t heard of it, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that asks a wide range of questions. How are you at parties? Do you follow your head or your heart? How do you process big ideas?

Answers to questions like those mentioned above place you into a neat “type” based on four categories: introversion or extraversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, judging or perceiving.

I quite reliably get ENFP. That means that I am extraverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving. Apparently, I’m a true free spirit and the life of the party. While I’d love to agree with this sentiment, is it really accurate though?

I’ve legitimately been placed in working groups based on Myers-Briggs personality “compatibility,” so there must be some truth to the method, no?

Eh. Unsure. It’s lovely to understand how we perceive the world from an outside perspective. But it’s quite absurd to place people in boxes, as we’ve explored through previous articles on personality tests. Labelling oneself as either extraverted or introverted, either thinking or feeling, seems to create a dichotomy that’s totally inaccurate when understanding nuanced human perception.

But I will say I know I exude ENFP energy, so taking the test was not entirely in vain. Let’s just, you know, not let our personality types guide our lives, decisions, or who we work with.

Is the MBTI designed to help us understand ourselves on a deeper level, or is it just for fun?

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  • Is the MBTI Legit?

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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