Another Defense of the MBTI

One can find fault with the MBTI, and no doubt with many personality-assessment mechanisms. But there is no escaping types. We freely diagnose people all the time—as extroverts or narcissists, as “on the spectrum” or (for example) “a little O.C.D.”

In this sort-of defense of the Myers-Briggs in The New Yorker, the author argues that we have a tendency to label people. True enough, but labels have consequences. If we must label, shouldn’t we use instruments that label more accurately? Read the article here.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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