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Whats Your Type?

Ometric testing a 500 million industry struggle to account for its success – no less validate its results How did the Myers Briggs insinuate itself into our jobs our relationships our internet our livesFirst conceived in the 1920s by the mother daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers a pair of aspiring novelists and devoted homemakers the Myers Briggs was designed to bring the gospel of Carl Jung to the masses But it would take on a life of its own reaching from the smoke filled boardrooms of mid century New York to Berkeley California where it wa. The Personality Brokers combines a conceptually sophisticated intellectual history with a thrilling narrative It takes a special kind of talent to make ideas this interesting The personalities covered come to riotous life Hitler Jung Truman Capote to say nothing of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers themselves Emre is always witty and always sharp but never condescending to her subjects no matter how eccentric they can be An amazing book

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An unprecedented history of the personality test that has achieved cult like devotion devised a century ago by a pair of homemakers and found today in boardrooms classrooms and beyondThe Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies universities hospitals churches and the military Its language – of extraversion vs introversion thinking vs feeling – has inspired online dating platforms and Buzzfeed uizzes alike And yet despite the test's widespread adoption experts in the field of psych. Well that 5 star prediction was way off the mark

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S honed against some of the 20th century's greatest creative minds It would travel across the world to London Zurich Cape Town Melbourne and Tokyo; to elementary schools nunneries wellness retreats and the closed door corporate training sessions of todayDrawing from original reporting and never before published documents What’s Your Type examines nothing less than the definition of the self – our attempts to grasp categorise and uantify our personalities Surprising and absorbing the book like the test at its heart considers the timeless uestion What makes you you. This is mostly a biography of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers the mother and daughter who came up with the pervasive Myers Briggs Type Indicator a personality test based on Carl Jung s theories It s also a history of the evolution of the indicator and of personality tests in general The writing is academic than conversational making it hard to read a whole lot at onceEmre does her best to remain disinterested in the subject matter neither condemning nor endorsing it I d have liked to see of its criticisms and from people who swear by it The MBTI has never been scientifically validated but psychology is still new enough a field that validation is not easy even nowI ve taken Internet versions and gotten a different result every time Isabel Myers insisted that results never changed If they did it was a problem with the test taker I m an extreme Introvert and a pretty solid Intuitive The other two factors are pretty well balanced so they keep switchingEditing is good except for using entitled to mean titled No strong language or violence


About the Author: Merve Emre

Merve Emre is an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford She is the author of Paraliterary The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker Harper’s Magazine Bookforum The New York Times Magazine The Atlantic The New Republic The Baffler n1 and the Los Angeles Review of Books where she is senior humanities editor



10 thoughts on “Whats Your Type?

  1. says:

    This book was a disappointment I looked forward to it I went through a phase of interest in the Myers Briggs as a teenager and so was eager to learn about it Unfortunately after a fascinating introduction in which the author

  2. says:

    In reading for pleasure do you a Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or b Like writers to say exactly what they mean” To which I will add my own three uestions Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefully researched Goodreads Myers Briggs Type Indicator When you have finished a book do you c look for ways to engage with others who have read the book

  3. says:

    Well that 5 star prediction was way off the mark

  4. says:

    The Myer Briggs test the pop psych fad that won't die This is a biography of the mother and daughter team and their unlikely test that you might find on a buzzfeed uiz these days It has marched through business culture the CIA pop culture west coast Jungian gurus to the interwebs This story takes many unlikely threads from the twentieth century almost as if to employ the Jungian idea of synchronicity It is a

  5. says:

    35 Stars The beginning really tried to sell me on the mystery of the author’s journey to uncover the history of MBTI After such promise it slowed down for awhile which is why I can’t rate it higher Then it took a turn toward the bizarre when Katherine had a strange relationship with Mary “Tucky” Tuckerman Overall it was fascinating and there were moments of “What did I just read?”Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free

  6. says:

    The Personality Brokers combines a conceptually sophisticated intellectual history with a thrilling narrative It takes a special kin

  7. says:

    This is mostly a biography of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers the mother and daughter who came up with the pervasive Myers Briggs Type Indicator a personality test based on Carl Jung’s theories It’s also a history of the evolution of the indicator and of personality tests in general The writing is academic than conversational making it hard to read a whole lot at onceEmre does her best to remain disinterested in the subject matter ne

  8. says:

    The book was very well written and very good and easy to follow but it was not what it could have been should have been? It was a story of the mother daughter pair that began Myers Briggs and sort of how the test got adopted It reads very well and the stories are interesting It is not a commentary on why or how these tests became mainstream Moreover it's critical of the tests in a pretty shallow way I am not a fan of these kinds

  9. says:

    My friend lent me her advance copy and I finished it in a weekThe Personality Brokers is the fascinating history behind the Myers Briggs test and the mother daughter duo who created it The book was incredibly well written and well researched and raised interesting uestions about personality psychology which interest me gr

  10. says:

    I won this book in a goodreads drawingA book that goes into the history and the provenance of the Myers Briggs test Mostly it's a hi

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