Pros And Cons Of Myers Briggs Type Indicator

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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Review Kiley Wilson Southwestern Oklahoma State University Introduction: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was originally constructed to serve as a personality type indicator for personnel selection purposes.Today, usage is different from when the test was originally developed. The MBTI is now used for anyone that wants to know what their results would be, whether they need it or not. The test is available for professional administration, likely for a fee, and self administration, at no monetary cost. The test results can yield sixteen different combinations of the four dichotomous categories which include: extroverted (E) or introverted (I), intuitive (N) or sensing (S), thinking (T) or feeling (F),…show more content…
Validity, or the degree to which the test measures what it is constructed to measure, is called into question due to the construct itself. Arguments could be made about the MBTI that personality type is not a stable construct, it cannot be tested, it cannot be normed, it is too culturally biased, and that results cannot be ethically used for any decision making. These type of arguments are reasonable and haven’t been disproved, even after all this time. For emphasis, according to Coan, the sources provided in manual of the MBTI itself are of questionable validity (1978). True dichotomy in the personality types provided has no empirical evidence, therefore . The reliability, or consistency, of the MBTI is under scrutiny because there has been evidence, through the test-retest method of testing reliability, to show results out of favor of the MBTI having strong reliability. It has been shown that, through test-retest, whether the interval is short or long, the same person will yield different results than their original test (Boyle, 1993). Two people might score extremely similarly on the test, but yield wildly different results due to the dichotomous nature of the answers and available
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