Myers Briggs

October 3, 2007

A nice little satire here courtesy of Mind Hacks. Now as many of you know I have a particular dislike for psychometric tests that focus on categorisation. I almost think a special place in Hell should be reserved for the creators and perpetrators of the worst of these, Myers Briggs tests; at least in so far as they make ay assumption of objectivity. It’s all a part of the mechanical, pseudo-predictive HR practice which has done so much to damage both the profession and their subjects. It has no real basis is science that I can see and I am not alone in this view. Methods based on orientations, which in effect allow a fluid approach to understanding the way in which people behave and recognize the criticality of context, I think can be useful in enabling conversation. Any use for recruitment or promotion however I think is very dubious. It’s another way (like excessive outcome based targets) of allowing managers to abrogate responsibility of exercising human judgement and taking responsibility for their decisions.

One response to “Myers Briggs”

  1. Colin Dyas says:

    I agree. However the weird thing about this, and it is weird, is that some people like to self-identify by their psychometric categorisation and actually feel enfranchised and empowered by being “spectrumised” They seem to take it as a rationale way to define how they are likely to behave and why? These are intelligent people too. In the same way that some people see ASBO’s as a badge of pride, perhpas they see their psychometric categorisation in the same way?

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