In this article, academic psychologist Art Markman states that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is, in so many words, neither accurate nor helpful in identifying personality types.
- Many managers want a simple classification system for understanding their people
- The MBTI forces people into one of four categories:
- Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)
- Most psychologists use the Big Five personality characteristics as follows:
- People are generally a combination of the Big Five.
- Psychologists have been studying, measuring and replicating the Big Five for decades.
- MBTI that classifies people will force them into a category, even if they are really a mix of more than one.
- People are also likely to behave differently depending on the context.
- Personality characteristics predict only about 20% to 30% of the difference in behaviours among people.
- MBTI gives people a false sense of how extreme they are along a particular dimension.
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