It can be fun to take the Myers-Briggs and compare your results to your friends or post it to your Facebook wall, but according to research, it won’t show you who you are really compatible with any more than this quiz can.
The Myers-Briggs is one of the most popular personality assessments, used by hiring managers at many companies, some government agencies, and even some other online dating sites.
These tests will categorize you into a certain “type” of personality, either giving you 1 of 16 types, labeling you as a “caregiver”, “idealist”, “scientist”, or a number of others.
Take the extraversion-introversion portion, for example. The Myers-Briggs is basically asking if you enjoy being around other people, or prefer being alone. If extraversion-introversion were simply extremes like that, the data should be a bimodal distribution, in which there are two peaks.
This would show that there are two majorities of people, introverts or extroverts, with little to no people falling in between.
So you are not an introvert or an extrovert, you can be somewhat introverted, but still enjoy being around people at times.
Our e Harmony personality assessment uses an extended version of these types of questionnaires to get the most accurate estimates of numerous personality traits and compares it with the traits of others to find key similarities in personality traits that have been shown to predict an extremely happy relationship in previous research.
The idea of classifying a person into separate categories isn’t supported by previous research either.
If you think about it, these classifications are plain and simple, are you this or this?
When I meet new people and tell them I am a researcher at e Harmony, it is usually followed by an array of questions, which I always love answering.