The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

An unprecedented history of a personality test devised in the 1940s by a mother and daughter, both homemakers, that has achieved cult-like status and is used in today's most distinguished boardrooms, classrooms, and beyond. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies, universities, hospita An unprecedented history of a personality test devised in the 1940s by a mother and daughter, both homemakers, that h...

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Title:The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Author:Merve Emre
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385541902
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing Reviews

  • Kelly
    Sep 30, 2018
    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Oct 14, 2018
    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...
  • Lyndsay
    Oct 07, 2018
    I was really interested in this book. But the more I read/listened to it, the less I cared. It was maybe a bit too long and I just felt like the author was taking a long time to get to the point. Maybe it was a little too over my head, but I really think the author just didn't have a c...
  • Nick Richtsmeier
    Oct 19, 2018
    This is a strange thing to say about a biography of the two women who created MBTI, but I desperately needed this book. I have been wrestling--after years of using psychographics like MBTI--in my work with the consequences for both individuals and groups for being broken into types. I ...
  • Sarah
    Oct 18, 2018
    3.5/5 ...
  • Jason
    Nov 10, 2018
    I'm an INTP on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI). The Logician. So is Gandalf and Yoda and Dumbledore. "INTPs are marked by a quiet, stoic, modest, and aloof exterior that masks strong creativity and enthusiasm for novel possibilities" (Wikipedia). I'm also the astrological sign o...
  • Beverly
    Oct 24, 2018
    Disliked the two women being profiled so much I had to stop reading the book. ...
  • Anna
    May 30, 2018
    I was totally engrossed in the story of the mother and daughter team behind Myers-Briggs. This test is nearly one hundred years old, and it's fascinating to see how it continues to impact huge institutions from the CIA to Fortune 500 companies. Highly recommend. ...
  • Tina
    Oct 16, 2018
    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...
  • Pamela
    Oct 08, 2018
    The history of the MBTI is a very interesting subject and the book was compelling enough to keep going with it even though it dragged quite a bit. ...
  • Jaclyn
    Sep 08, 2018
    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...
  • Amy Johns
    Oct 28, 2018
    This book was interesting, especially in its description of how the type indicator coincided with ?modern? psychology development and understanding and the pursuit of the ?best self.? I might have enjoyed more anecdotal discussion of the different types as well as the implicati...
  • Dahnoor Noviansyah
    Oct 09, 2018
    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...
  • Don Heiman
    Sep 29, 2018
    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...
  • Glen
    Nov 12, 2018
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A book that goes into the history and the provenance of the Myers-Briggs test. Mostly, it's a history of fraud and cult like behavior from the very beginning. Created by a Progressive era crackpot, it became a cause celebre of big business, bu...
  • Matt Schindel
    Sep 13, 2018
    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...
  • Tina Panik
    Oct 14, 2018
    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Oct 19, 2018
    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 questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...
  • Rachel Davies
    Nov 16, 2018
    one of my favourite reads o the year ...
  • Amanda O.
    Jun 12, 2018
    My friend lent me her advance copy and I finished it in a week! The 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 questions about...
  • Barbara
    Oct 16, 2018
    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...
  • Amber Daugherty
    Sep 11, 2018
    What's your type? Bet whatever type you are - ENFJ, ISTJ - you didn't realize that the Myers-Briggs test got its start in the early 1900s when Katherine Briggs began 'training' her daughter Isabel and other children in her neighbourhood to be obedient. She documented everything, record...
  • Robin Bonne
    May 23, 2018
    3.5 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 relationsh...
  • Christopher Cronin
    Oct 02, 2018
    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...
  • Katherine Varga
    Nov 03, 2018
    I picked up this book after hearing a fascinating NPR interview with the author. Her voice comes through most in her introduction and conclusion, where she describes going through MBTI training. One of my fav moments is when she's asked to draw her personality as a room and considers d...
  • Erin
    Oct 20, 2018
    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...
  • Pam
    Oct 01, 2018
    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...
  • Charlotte
    Jun 06, 2018
    This book was riveting and impossible to put down. A friend loaned me a copy and I finished it in three days even though I'm a slow and distractible reader. It's a fascinating history of the mother and daughter who developed the MBTI (much earlier than I would have imagined), and a ...
  • Olga
    Jun 07, 2018
    Weirdest true story ever! If you have any experience with the Myers-Briggs test (who doesn't?) or are just interested in the idea of personality testing, definitely check out this book. This bizarre and compulsively readable history will make you think a little more deeply about all th...
  • Mitch Hedwig
    Jun 07, 2018
    The Personality Brokers combines a conceptually sophisticated intellectual history with a thrilling narrative. It takes a special kind of talent to make ideas this interesting. The "personalities" covered come to riotous life--Hitler, Jung, Truman Capote, to say nothing of Katherine Br...