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 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 beyond The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It is used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, universities, hos An unprecedented history of the personality test conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter?fiction w...

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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:307 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...
  • Mehrsa
    Dec 20, 2018
    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. It reads very well and the stories are interesting. It i...
  • Fox
    Jun 29, 2018
    The Personality Brokers is a book about the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, more commonly referred to as the MBTI. It is book about the two women who created it, how they came about their beliefs, and the impact the MBTI had upon the world. It is a history of personality t...
  • Navi
    Dec 07, 2018
    This was an enjoyable read for me. The author provides an interesting insight into the early beginnings of the Myers-Briggs test and the worldwide effect it has had ever since. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the parts written about Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers more ...
  • Cheryl
    Mar 31, 2019
    Some of this book was interesting but for the most part, it was just OK. I will say that the two women who developed the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, were definitely quite strange. I had no idea that this personality assessment has litt...
  • Pixie
    Nov 28, 2018
    The back flap says the author is an Oxford professor of English, so she doesn't get the extra star I would give to someone who might not know better. The book constantly labels sexism and other bigotries without ever developing any explanations. Same goes for criticisms of the test. Th...
  • Sarah
    Oct 18, 2018
    3.5/5 ...
  • Abdurrahman AlQahtani
    Nov 28, 2018
    This is largely an interesting read, but not completely pure from shortcomings. I really needed it and I believe it is a must read for anyone who has done an MBTI, or promotes it one way or another. What I Most Liked: Let me start with I liked most about the book. Merve Emre is a m...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Kiki
    Nov 27, 2018
    Interesting overall, but like so many historical non-fiction works, I found that the author tended to wander off in the weeds trying to make sure all the research, however irrelevant to the original topic, was included in the book. However, I enjoyed the book and learned a great de...
  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    Mar 15, 2019
    This book was a disappointment. I looked forward to it: I went through a phase of interest in the Myers-Briggs as a teenager, and so was eager to learn more about it. Unfortunately, after a fascinating introduction in which the author delves into the almost cult-like atmosphere of Myer...
  • Stephanie Sanders-Jacob
    Feb 26, 2019
    I'm an INFJ. My husband is an INFJ. My best friend, who introduced me to my husband, is an INFJ. I have stopped a coworker in mid-conversation to accuse them of being an INFJ; I was right. I knew I'd be right because I liked them and trusted them innately. I felt that weird familiar sp...
  • Audrey
    Jan 22, 2019
    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 g...
  • Jen
    Apr 06, 2019
    This book covers the history of the Myers-Briggs Personality inventory. There are many fascinating nuggets here, but the book really bogged down in the middle. It's not as simple to brush off as the click bait articles about its amateur beginnings would have you believe, and I'm left f...
  • Angela
    Apr 14, 2019
    Interesting subject matter, but it took me awhile to get through it. The chronology of the story was all over the place too which made it difficult to follow at times. Recommended if you are interested in learning more about the Myers-Briggs assessment or personality testing in general...
  • Ian Tymms
    Dec 01, 2018
    This is not an easy book to quantify. Emre begins with a critique of the Myers-Briggs test but, having explained that the test in not valid in the scientific sense, she goes on to write a book which is far more interesting than a simple critique. Her project is to explore where the Mye...
  • Michael Huang
    Dec 19, 2018
    Story about the genesis of the oft-used Myers-Briggs (personality) Type Indicator (MBTI). The creators are a mother (Briggs) and daughter (Myers) team. The inspiration comes from reading Carl Jung?s work. Jung believes people's souls are made up of opposing spirits (e.g., introvert v...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 16, 2018
    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 might find on a buzzfeed quiz these days. It has marched through business culture, the CIA, pop-culture, west coast Jungian gurus, to the interweb...
  • 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...
  • Ange
    Feb 09, 2019
    This was a slog. After an introduction where the author describes attending an MBTI training, it begins sounding like the biography of the mother and daughter responsible for the MBTI with a lot of speculation about their lives and conversations. Okay, I?m all for presumptions about ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aberdeen
    Apr 06, 2019
    Fascinating, sometimes disturbing, written by a skeptic who also appreciates the impact MBTI has had on people's lives. I'm glad I know the history behind MBTI now, with all its weirdness (Katherine's dreams and obsession with Jung, for example) and its inspiring underdog-ness (two unt...
  • 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...
  • Marks54
    Jan 14, 2019
    If you hang around business education and consulting/guru domains long enough, it is difficult to avoid contact with the Myers-Briggs Inventory. This is a standardized paper and pencil instrument designed to identify the characteristics of the subject completing the instrument along a ...