Source: China News Network
MBTI personality test is popular
"Super quasi" or "pseudoscience"?
Constellation has always been the most popular topic among young people in social occasions. Today, this position is threatened by MBTI, although there are many differences between the two.
To what extent? MBTI has read 800million topics on Weibo, and many groups named after MBTI personality types and expression packs of various personality types have emerged on social platforms.
Netizens make expression packs about MBTI
Korean TV also launched reality shows and film and television works with this theme. Even Gu ailing revealed in the interview that she had done MBTI test, and the results showed that she was intj.
These four English letters are not the new "Internet Slang", but the abbreviation of personality type. With its popularity, disputes such as "metaphysics" and "pseudoscience" have also followed.
What is MBTI?
MBTI, fully known as "Myers Briggs Type Indicator", is a self-reported personality assessment tool to measure and describe people's psychological activity rules and different personality types in obtaining information, making decisions and treating life.
MBTI was developed by American writer miles and her mother Briggs. Its theoretical basis is the psychological type theory founded by Swiss psychologist Jung.
Netizens make MBTI expression pack
MBTI divides individual behavior differences into four dimensions, including spiritual energy orientation, information acquisition, decision-making and life attitude orientation.
Each dimension includes two directions, representing different preference tendencies, namely, extroversion introversion, sensing intuition, feeling thinking and judging perceiving.
The four dimensions of different preferences combined to form 16 personality types. The current MBTI sixteen personality test results are divided into four categories, including analysts, diplomats, guardians and explorers.
MBTI website screenshot
Different categories have some similar personality traits. Gu Ailing's intj is described as an "imaginative and strategic thinker".
Why is MBTI popular?
MBTI's first scale was published in 1942, and has been continuously revised and improved since then. MBTI became popular in the 1980s. Until now, MBTI has once again set off a new upsurge of the Internet.
Why is MBTI popular? It is generally believed that MBTI is easy to operate and spread through the dichotomy classification. At the same time, MBTI does not use the results of the "questionnaire test" to draw conclusions for individuals. Instead, MBTI gives the decision-making power to the people to be assessed, so that everyone can find and determine their own personality type through the information they give.
In the MBTI test results, in addition to displaying personality types, it also displays the percentage of each person on each option and the characteristics of the personality. People can take this as a coordinate to understand and analyze their own character performance.
MBTI website screenshot
Despite the popularity of MBTI, the test has been controversial in the academic field. Some scholars believe that the reliability and validity of the test are not ideal. Some people also believe that the description of the test is vague, belonging to the "Barnum effect" - because the description is vague and common, so that it can be applied everywhere.
Today, there are many people who believe that just a few dozen questions can not summarize a person, and people's character is not unchanging. Moreover, MBTI often only describes the advantages of character, and does not talk about the disadvantages.
However, MBTI has probably become popular because of its relatively simple and mild way. Especially in the era of social media, people often use MBTI to express themselves, share and socialize.
Netizens summarize different personality
Milvey emley, an associate professor of English at Oxford University and a researcher at Worcester college, believes that even if it is not MBTI, there will be other things to fill this position.
"People are eager to understand this kind of self-awareness it presents. It presents that kind of awareness in an innocuous and digestible way. We are led by an incredible... You can even name some celebrities or stars who are also ENTJ type. This is a way to create meaning in a chaotic and complex world."
Is it reliable to recruit employees or objects with MBTI?
Since its inception, MBTI has often been used for job recruitment and target seeking. Emley explored the story behind the test in the book character Broker: the strange history of miles Briggs and the origin of character training.
She said that in the 1940s, miles and one of the first batch of human management consultants in the United States began to sell the test to some large companies, such as general electric, standard oil and New York Life Insurance Company.
These companies use it to conduct CEO self-assessment, interview candidates, and assess whether they should charge higher life insurance fees to people with a certain personality. Later, many job seekers took the test results as the main label to highlight their personality, and promoted themselves with the help of MBTI's analytical discourse. Some secret organizations also use the MBTI test when selecting agents.
MBTI website screenshot
So, is it reliable that the company uses MBTI to screen employees, and individuals use MBTI to plan career development and find objects?
Many netizens are cautious about this. Some people believe that psychological measurement only provides reference in a certain section, not diagnostic, not to mention that non professionals have a great deviation in understanding many concepts. Some people also think that everyone is "happy with a picture" on the social platform. Others said that this is just a way to know yourself, for reference only.
Some scholars have pointed out that the MBTI results should not be used as the final personality type judgment, but the questionnaire results should be used as a reference under the guidance of MBTI certified professionals to determine individual personality types.
"MBTI can help us recognize ourselves, but it does not deprive us of cognitive freedom and impose conclusions on others; MBTI can effectively evaluate personality types, but it cannot infer behavior attitude, intelligence level, ability, work performance, future misfortunes and fortunes and destiny."
As for the moment, some people regard MBTI as a new label, which may make things less interesting. People are dynamic people. As the saying goes, "a thousand people, a thousand faces, a hundred people, a hundred natures". It's easy to take a personality test, but there's no end to exploring inward.
What do you think?