Why You Should Stop Taking And Talking About The Myers-Briggs (And Other Personality Tests)

The Myers-Briggs is one of the most used and trusted personality tests out there. Recently, social media has been flooded with posts and blogs discussing the different personality types. Even though personality tests can be helpful in learning about yourself and others, tests like that are causing confusion and damage. You should seriously consider not discussing personality types if it will cause one of the following results:

 

  • Misunderstand How Personality Tests Work.

    One of the worst lines I have heard over and over in the past few years goes something like this, “Well, my personality type shows that I am an introvert; so, I would rather not socialize and that’s okay, it’s just my personality”. Personality tests are supposed to reveal where your strengths and weaknesses lie but they are never an excuse to embrace an unhealthy behavior or habit. For example, to be an “introvert” means that you find your energy from having quality alone time. However, if  an introvert isolate themselves or embrace social awkwardness, then the goal of a personality test has been misunderstood.

    “We must remember that every human is much more complex than a measured test result”.

  • Judge Others Or Over-Analyze Them.

    The Myers-Briggs test divides every human in 1 of only 16 personality types. Just because someone’s personality test results show that they make decisions based on “thinking” and not “feeling” doesn’t mean that they can never make decisions from their heart; or just because someone is an “introvert” and not an “extrovert” shouldn’t make you assume that they won’t enjoy an invitation to a party.

    “In addition, people change as they grow and face different life circumstances”.

     

  • Limit Yourself From Learning And Improving.

    According to my Myers-Briggs results, I “see the big picture” and have trouble “noticing details” and while that is true and I actually like that about me, I don’t let that limit me from improving in an area that needs improvement. I have lost good deals in the past and I have made small mistakes that caused big challenges because I was too focused on the big picture. Myers-Briggs helped me understand where my weakness is, But the key is not to let my weaknesses limit me but to use the facts to improve where improvement is needed. So, I train myself to spend extra time on details because I am aware that noticing details doesn’t naturally come to me like it does to others.

    “Personality types are not intended to give us an excuse not to grow in areas where growth is needed or avoid challenges that come our way”.

What has been your experience with the Myers-Briggs or other personality tests?

– Johnny Youssef