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Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

Any topic related to science can be discussed here.

What is your MBTI Personality Type?

ISTJ
1
5%
ISFJ
2
10%
INFJ
2
10%
INTJ
7
33%
ISTP
0
No votes
ISFP
0
No votes
INFP
2
10%
INTP
1
5%
ESTP
0
No votes
ESFP
0
No votes
ENFP
1
5%
ENTP
2
10%
ESTJ
0
No votes
ESFJ
0
No votes
ENFJ
2
10%
ENTJ
1
5%
 
Total votes: 21

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fullerwiser
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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#41 Post by fullerwiser » April 9th, 2008, 4:59 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

I am normally EXTREMELY skeptical and in fact loudly derisive of these sorts of things, but I took the test a few months ago and damned if it didn't nail me completely. I'm an INFP, along with Mister Rogers, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, and yes, the Virgin Mary.

One of the descriptors of the type says, "attracted to sad things," and I must say I'm glad it's not just me.

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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#42 Post by Alan H » April 9th, 2008, 10:26 pm

fullerwiser wrote:the Virgin Mary
When did she take the test? :shrug:
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#43 Post by fullerwiser » April 9th, 2008, 10:39 pm

Alan H wrote:
fullerwiser wrote:the Virgin Mary
When did she take the test? :shrug:
When God was a pup. :wink:

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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#44 Post by Hazy Daisy » April 14th, 2008, 9:42 pm

INTJ.

I don't know what it says about the accuracy of these tests, but most of the atheist/skeptic type boards I've been on were heavily populated by the INTJ/INTP crowd. I'm surprised to see a wider spread here. Maybe it's because humanists aren't necessarily atheists/materialists?

(It's just like an INTJ to want to know the reason, btw. :) )

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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#45 Post by Maria Mac » April 14th, 2008, 9:47 pm

I think it's true to say that everyone on this forum that calls themselves a humanist is also an atheist or agnostic.

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Re: What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

#46 Post by Hazy Daisy » April 15th, 2008, 3:09 am

Well, that's interesting.

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Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#47 Post by sisyphushappy » July 22nd, 2009, 8:19 pm

I am giving a talk on Pseudoscience to the York Humanist Group in November and am trying to decide if Myers-Briggs personality tests or Socionics are pseudoscience. I suspect that they are inadequately supported by large scale double blind testing and that they suffer from the "Barnum" or "Forer" effect.

I am interested to know if Humanists tend to test as rational types, or the type sometimes described as "the Humanist".

There is a test here:
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

It would be good if visitors could take the test and register your type in the poll below.
Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world, and you will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men's dreams.
-- David Hume

http://www.herhg.org.uk
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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#48 Post by Lifelinking » July 22nd, 2009, 8:55 pm

heh, infp. For what its worth, I reckon MB is bollocks. But then again as an infp I would, wouldn't I? :wink:


arf arf. Last time I did it I was an ENFJ. Mair faces than the toon clock. Obviously. :hilarity:
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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#49 Post by getreal » July 22nd, 2009, 10:16 pm

INFJ, me.
Crap! So's mother theresa!
How will I live down the shame?

I'm of the opinion that all personality tests are bogus. Personality is not fixed. I could do this teat on another day, when my mood is different and the outcome would not be the same.

Also, anything purporting to be "therapyish" which is trade marked makes me immediatly suspicious.
"It's hard to put a leash on a dog once you've put a crown on his head"-Tyrion Lannister.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#50 Post by tubataxidriver » July 22nd, 2009, 11:31 pm

All of these tests attempt a spurious numericalisation and quantisation of subjective non-numerical and non-quantised parameters, based on non-normalised answering of subjective choice type questions. However, despite their approach they do tend to produce broadly representative assessments, as long as not much is read into them. Unfortunately they are used by business schools and other organisations to offer advice on career and role suitability, which means over-interpreting the results, so my view is that they are pretty worthless.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#51 Post by getreal » July 22nd, 2009, 11:35 pm

wot I was trying to say.
But less eloquently.
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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#52 Post by Alan H » July 22nd, 2009, 11:58 pm

tubataxidriver wrote:All of these tests attempt a spurious numericalisation and quantisation of subjective non-numerical and non-quantised parameters, based on non-normalised answering of subjective choice type questions.
That's easy for you to say... :D
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#53 Post by tubataxidriver » July 23rd, 2009, 5:22 pm

Alan H wrote:That's easy for you to say... :D
I was just demonstrating my INTJ character, i.e., nerdiness.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#54 Post by Paolo » July 23rd, 2009, 6:17 pm

I'm an ENTJ, whatever that is supposed to entail.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#55 Post by sisyphushappy » July 23rd, 2009, 8:31 pm

So that's 80% with a "rational" temperament so far (NT types).
Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world, and you will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men's dreams.
-- David Hume

http://www.herhg.org.uk
http://timstephenson.blogspot.com/

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#56 Post by getreal » July 23rd, 2009, 10:16 pm

Oh! No! I'm NF!!

My self esteem is slowly crumbling ...
"It's hard to put a leash on a dog once you've put a crown on his head"-Tyrion Lannister.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#57 Post by Maria Mac » July 23rd, 2009, 11:43 pm

I merged the two threads (one from 2 years ago!) we have on this exact same topic forgetting that the two polls can't be merged. As a result, the poll that was on the older thread was lost and the new one started by sisyphus stands. Nevertheless some of us who took the poll first time round gave our results in posts so we can tick the poll again without taking the test again unless we want to, which Lifey obviously did and ended up with a different result!

I'm the first ENFJ on this poll but I see from my previous post that I was in the company of Nick and Becky last time round. There's no way I can endure doing the whole thing again.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#58 Post by Felicia » July 26th, 2009, 3:52 pm

I think I've done this before, but can't remember what I got. So I did it again, and guess what, got ENFJ, like Beki and Lifelinking and Maria. Also, recommended careers are counselling and psychology.... guess what I do?

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#59 Post by lewist » July 26th, 2009, 5:45 pm

I checked and I did it two years ago. The scores are a bit different but I am still ISFJ. :smile:
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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#60 Post by Maria Mac » July 26th, 2009, 8:00 pm

Don't forget to tick the box, Felicia and Lewis.

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Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

#61 Post by Fia » July 26th, 2009, 9:57 pm

I'm still INFJ, and have ticked the box :D

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