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  • The Personality Brokers
  • Merve Emre
  • English
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9780385541909

10 thoughts on “The Personality Brokers

  1. says:

    This book was a disappointment I looked forward to it I went through a phase of interest in the Myers Briggs as a

  2. says:

    In reading for pleasure do you a Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or b Like writers to say exactly what they mean” To which I will add my own three uestions Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefully researched Goodreads Myers Briggs Type Indicator

  3. says:

    Well that 5 star prediction was way off the mark

  4. says:

    The Myer Briggs test the pop psych fad that won't die This is a biography of the mother and daughter team and their unlikely test that you migh

  5. says:

    35 Stars The beginning really tried to sell me on the mystery of the author’s journey to uncover the history of MBTI After

  6. says:

    The Personality Brokers combines a conceptually sophisticated intellectual history with a thrilling narrative It

  7. says:

    This is mostly a biography of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers the mother and daughter who came up with the pervasive Myers Briggs Type Indicator a personality test based on Carl Jung’s theories It’s also a history of the evolution of the indicator and of personality tests in general The writing is academic than conversational making it hard to read a whole lot at onceEmre does her best to remain disinterested in the subject matter

  8. says:

    The book was very well written and very good and easy to follow but it was not what it could have been should have been? It was a story of the mother daughter pair that began Myers Briggs and sort of how the test got adopted

  9. says:

    My friend lent me her advance copy and I finished it in a weekThe Personality Brokers is the fascinating history behind the Myers Briggs test and the mother daughter duo who created it The book was incredibly well written and well researched and raised interesting uestions about personality psychology which interest me gre

  10. says:

    I won this book in a goodreads drawingA book that goes into the history and the provenance of the Myers Briggs test Mostly i

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The Personality Brokers

Rts in the field of psychometric testing a billion industry have struggled to validate its results–no less account for its success How did Myers Briggs a homegrown multiple choice uestionnaire infiltrate our workplaces our relationships our Internet our lives First conceived in the s by the mother daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers a pair of devoted homemakers novelists and amateur psychoanalysts Myers Briggs was designed to bring the gospel of Carl Jung to the masses But it would take on a life entirely its own reaching from the smoke filled boardrooms of mid century New York to Berkeley California where it was administered to some of the twentieth ce. 35 Stars The beginning really tried to sell me on the mystery of the author s journey to uncover the history of MBTI After such promise it slowed down for awhile which is why I can t rate it higher Then it took a turn toward the bizarre when Katherine had a strange relationship with Mary Tucky Tuckerman Overall it was fascinating and there were moments of What did I just read Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an unbiased review

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An unprecedented history of the personality test conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter–fiction writers with no formal training in psychology–and how it insinuated itself into our boardrooms classrooms and beyondThe Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world It is used regularly by Fortune companies universities hospitals churches and the military Its language of personality types–extraversion and introversion sensing and intuiting thinking and feeling judging and perceiving–has inspired television shows online dating platforms The Personality Kindle and Buzzfeed uizzes Yet despite the test’s widespread adoption expe. In reading for pleasure do you a Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or b Like writers to say exactly what they mean To which I will add my own three uestions Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefully researched Goodreads Myers Briggs Type Indicator When you have finished a book do you c look for ways to engage with others who have read the book or d look forward to losing yourself in the next bookWhen writing a review do you consider it most important to e think how to represent the book as accurately as possible or f consider how other readers or even the author and publishers might feel about your review Do you think that arranging for your bookshelves to be carefully arranged according to some scheme such as alphabetically by author is g vital to your literary peace of mind or h somewhere between unnecessary and sad This book is an excellent review of the history of what is now the world s most popular personality test and in particular its creators Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers This is a subject which interests me as despite its flaws this test which I have probably undergone on at least half a dozen occasions from business schools to work team bonding sessions to church discipleship groups is one I enjoy discussing one where I recall my type without effort and one I have on an occasion even used I would argue very carefully and for a very specific purpose as a recruitment tool Even while reading the book I Googled to check if there was an article on using type to predict the type of book you enjoy and found I was a lover of literary fiction Confirmation bias perhaps as I may have ignored the article with a different result but I would say not entirely The book makes no attempt to hide the lack of scientific rigour at the base of the test or of statistical validity Nor to disguise the really at times uite bizarre history of its creators Katherine s psycho sexual uasi religious obsession with Jung and her sinister fixation with one of her first subjects the daughter of her husband s colleague Isabel s brief career as an award winning novelist of casually racist detective novels Later her eccentric and paranoid behaviour when her test came under the auspices of the Education Training Service purveyor of the SAT Interestingly it places the role of the test and of the wider fields of personality profiling and testing as being intrinsic to the post war development of a corporatist ethos in the white collar workforce in America as effectively a capitalist antidote to the threat of socialism but with a smaller group of researchers concerned that the ideas of classification strayed too close to fascism The author also draws out its links with reinforcing areas of social gender and racial discrimination I have two criticisms At times the book can be surprising in its parochialism in a way which reminded me of the World Series I was rather caught by surprise and then humoured when a reference to the test making the transition from East to West turned out to reference the two coasts of the United States The book features various other figures in the history of personality testingprofiling who played an important role in the development of the profile of MBTI At times MBTI itself can seem almost incidental to these chapters which while interesting showing how both Big Brother shows and the Stanford Prison experiment had their origins in this field decades earlier are too detailed for the casual reader But the book is nicely balanced opening and closing with the author so as to access papers she wanted for her book research being reuired to attend a 2 day Myers Briggs accreditation There despite her cynicism at evangelical nature of the true believers she sees some of the ways in which understanding their type enables people to make sense of their lives characters and relationships and concludes Despite all the challenges to its validity and reliability despite all the criticism of its origins and its uses despite its silky ironic appropriations the indicator continued to operate as a powerful technology of the self even in its twenty first century incarnation In case you are wondering my own answers arec but marginally soa strongly except in some areas of non fictional writing f and increasingly so g fiction by author sports books by sport history books by chronologyWhich matches even in its nuances my much tested Type Mistress at a Price you a Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or b Like writers to say exactly what they mean To which I will add my own three uestions Feel free to give me The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you my own unofficial but carefully researched Goodreads Myers Briggs Type Indicator When A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss you have finished a book do Tame A Wild Stallion you c look for ways to engage with others who have read the book or d look forward to losing Daddy By Choice yourself in the next bookWhen writing a review do Stealing Kisses you consider it most important to e think how to represent the book as accurately as possible or f consider how other readers or even the author and publishers might feel about One Breathless Night / Insatiable your review Do Old Flame, New Sparks you think that arranging for Lone Star Baby Bombshell your bookshelves to be carefully arranged according to some scheme such as alphabetically by author is g vital to Lullabies and Lies your literary peace of mind or h somewhere between unnecessary and sad This book is an excellent review of the history of what is now the world s most popular personality test and in particular its creators Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers This is a subject which interests me as despite its flaws this test which I have probably undergone on at least half a dozen occasions from business schools to work team bonding sessions to church discipleship groups is one I enjoy discussing one where I recall my type without effort and one I have on an occasion even used I would argue very carefully and for a very specific purpose as a recruitment tool Even while reading the book I Googled to check if there was an article on using type to predict the type of book

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Ntury’s greatest creative minds It would travel across the world to London Zurich Cape Town Melbourne and Tokyo until it could be found just as easily in elementary schools nunneries and wellness retreats as in shadowy political consultancies and on social networksDrawing from original reporting and never before published documents The Personality Brokers takes a critical look at the personality indicator that became a cultural icon Along the way it examines nothing less than the definition of the self–our attempts to grasp categorize and uantify our personalities Surprising and absorbing the book like the test at its heart considers the timeless uestion What makes you you. My friend lent me her advance copy and I finished it in a weekThe Personality Brokers is the fascinating history behind the Myers Briggs test and the mother daughter duo who created it The book was incredibly well written and well researched and raised interesting uestions about personality psychology which interest me greatly I also loved how it delves into the history of the test how it weaves together the psychological frameworks of Jung and the made up parts by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs and the widespread use of it across institutions like the military universities and churches It uncovers the corporations behind the type indicator test and how they strive to protect the legitimacy of it What I loved most about the book was how it challenged this widely accepted personality test and shows how it s flawed People who love and live by Myers Briggs may not like to read about it but it s an important book and it s written for those people as well An overall fascinating read that will serve as a great talking points in future Myers Briggs conversations


About the Author: Merve Emre

Merve Emre is an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford She is the author of Paraliterary The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker Harper’s Magazine Bookforum The New York Times Magazine The Atlantic The New Republic The Baffler n and the Los Angeles Review of Books where she is senior humanities editor.