July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
Well there you have it! Dan Ariely (from the Kahneman school of behavioural economics) gave his verdict on Meyers Briggs in this weekend’s edition of the WSJ.
In his regular Q&A column Ask Ariely, Dan replied to a reader’s question. The reader explained that she took the Meyers Briggs test a couple of years ago and was blown away because it explained so many things that she had felt before, but never put into words. The reader then continues that she was ever since insecure whether her MBTI type was her true type or whether just confirmation bias. (Confirmation bias being that you see what you want to see.)
Ariely’s answer? ” Next time, just look at the horoscope. It is just as valid and takes less time.”
Well, there you have it! (of course assuming that you think horoscopes are pure fantasy!).
At last we have it from one of the most prominent contemporary psychologists. And think of all the money we waste on this type of psychometric testing!
Readers of this blog will remember that I have long ago expressed my deep cynicism specifically about Meyers Briggs – you are welcome to click back to http://blogs.fin24.com/bertieduplessis/?s=Meyers+Briggs