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Taking a personality test can be both fun and revealing. But how reliable are they and do they ever tell us anything we don’t already know? Being curious to understand ourselves better is part of human nature but can knowing more about our personality type really help us make better decisions or build stronger relationships? Personality assessments are also commonly used in the workplace, as part of an interview process or career development. But some complain of being sidelined, or even sacked, when the test doesn’t give the answer the employer is looking for. In this Pod, we explore how personality tests work, why we love them so much and how to use them wisely.
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The desire to find our tribe is universal. We like to know who we are and where we belong. This fascination has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. Shankar Vedantam from Hidden Brain, explores the world of personality testing and the many different ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese Zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.Play
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A.J. Drenth and Elaine Schallock from the Personality Junkie podcast, discuss the three commonly employed methods for honing in on your specific personality type. They explore the strengths and weaknesses of each method and how to avoid the common pitfalls with each method.Play
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They’re a two-billion-dollar industry. But are assessments like the Myers-Briggs more self-help than science? By Louis Menand from The New Yorker.Read Article
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world. About 2 million people take it annually, at the behest of corporate HR departments, colleges, and even government agencies. The only problem? The test is completely meaningless.Read Article