It seems like every time I turn around, some news outlet or online blog is talking about the Myers Briggs (MB) personality assessment. Most recently, talk has been focused on how employers have been using the MB to screen potential hires. Lay people seem to think it’s THE defining measure of personality traits.
In fact, it kinda sucks. It’s outdated and it forces dichotomies. Exhibit A: under MB you’re either an “extrovert” or “introvert.” Other, more accepted measures such as the Big Five (routinely used by clinical and research psychologists) work on a scale.
For example, the Big Five assesses a person on five dimensions: (1) openness, (2) conscientiousness, (3) extraversion, (4) agreeableness, and (5) neuroticism. These five items are measured on a sliding scale creating a more nuanced, gradation-based understanding of an individual’s personality. More detail, more fidelity.
Would you rather have grayscale or full color? Would you rather have 8 bit audio or 16 bit? Would you rather have standard def or HD? Do you get my point here?
Good, then STOP USING THE MYERS-BRIGG AND JOIN THE 21ST CENTURY