The Pros and Cons of a Multi-Soumyers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test

2761 Words Nov 22nd, 2012 12 Pages
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
For my research, I have selected to review the Myers-Briggs type indicator personality test. The authors of the test are Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Katherine and Isabel are a mother and daughter team that worked on the test together. They were influenced by the Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung. In 1921, he published his ideas regarding different personality. Since Catherine and Isabel had many of the same ideas and agreed with his published work, they conducted research throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s in order to get additional information for their own test. (The Myers Briggs Personality Test Why Should I Use It?, 2011) The instrument was first finalized and published in 1943, but almost 37 years
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(Personality Tests > Even Popular Tests are Controversial , 2009) There is no right or wrong answers to the test questions that are asked. It simply asks for what is your preference of the choices given. It is simply looking for your preferences in order to understand the difference between people. (Take the MBTI® Instrument, No Year) For each of the 16 types of people, none of them are considered to be better or worse than any of the other types. The results are not compared against any norms. The point of taking the test is to understand your personality type. When receiving the results the test, the score is only for helping to identify any possible preferences that could help understand strengths or weaknesses that the test taker might have. (Cherry, 2012)
C. Test Administration
There are online versions that are available to take informally but they are not the real test. The real test must be administered by a qualified and trained practitioner. The test is completed by the test taker and then reviewed and discussed with the practitioner. The test can be taken online but must still have the follow up discussion with a professional that interprets the results to discuss them with the test taker. (Cherry, 2012)
There is an ethical approach that is needed when the instrument is being administered. Some of the aspects that are noted as being part of the ethical process are provided on the Myers & Briggs Foundation website. First off, the respondent
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