Are Personality Tests Accurate?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Can you really put every person on the planet into neat little categories? That’s exactly what personality tests try and do and as Laci tells us, the results of those tests are having wide-ranging impacts on modern day life.

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Nothing personal: The Questionable Myers-Briggs Test

“The Myers-Briggs personality test is used by companies the world over but the evidence is that it’s nowhere near as useful as its popularity suggests.”

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Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Indicator (MBTI)

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46 comments

Mr. Singer December 10, 2013 - 5:53 AM

INTJ!

Nyctosparkle December 20, 2013 - 12:02 AM

ISFJ, gurl!

Emily Hawkins February 21, 2014 - 5:38 AM

INTP?

Phefonyawena February 24, 2014 - 5:49 PM

I'm an ODST
O for Orbital, D for Drop…

Brian Pacheco March 2, 2014 - 3:23 AM

I've taken the test multiple times and I've gotten different answers each times. So, yes, of course how you answer the questions or think how you're supposed to answer them is going to have an affect.

Luis Ulloa March 11, 2014 - 9:16 AM

Took one today, obviously, just answer what they want to hear. You're an obedient, friendly and complacent drone. Apparently I'm not accommodating, Whatever.

Darren Luke March 15, 2014 - 4:53 PM

These tests are ridiculous.  They are riddled with invalid fallacious statements and double negatives normally accepted in casual spoken English used only to force you into a lie.  In the end it calls you an honest liar as a way to get passed the lie paradox (You lied, but you just told me you lied, so you told the truth.  But, you did lie).  So I guess I am just an honest lying IQNO Frickenclaw.

Stormbuilder2 March 31, 2014 - 3:23 PM

I did some self study of Meyers-Briggs as interpreted by Kiersey and I see some value to it and consistent correlation to the individuals, but only as generalizations. Example: My supervisor and co-worker are the same type and I have noticed that they make decisions similarly but one is an asshole and the other is not.

Sarah Smith April 2, 2014 - 7:35 PM

ISFJ?

Inochi Fumetsu April 15, 2014 - 4:13 AM

I'm ENTJ apparently (although I bet that changes every few times I take the test lol)

Personality testing sucks. It's good for fun.. not for inclusion or exclusion of someone's candidacy or something – or for use as a "scientific" excuse for prejudice -_-

Si1ver Acc. May 6, 2014 - 2:22 AM

I think they are funny ^.^

Mezzi May 19, 2014 - 9:42 AM

I have been labeled as an INTJ since I first took the Myers-Briggs test in college. I occasionally like to retake the test just to see how stable my personality is and I must say I have always felt the description to be more or less spot on; beings that this personality type only makes up 1 – 4% of the population this also explains why I've felt out of place in comparison to my peers. I've never had to take the test for a job so I've always answered honestly because I know no one is going to sit there an analyze my results other than myself (Not that it would matter to me anyway being an INTJ). I think these are a great tool for helping you to understand yourself (if you feel the results are accurate) and especially helpful for anyone who feels different or like there is some unseen force keeping them doing things that seem to come naturally to others. Knowing my type I've been able to work on my weaknesses and feel I have become a much more well rounded individual in respects to perceiving emotions and social situations

Rob Kimball May 29, 2014 - 3:49 PM

You neglected to discuss many other measures and factors of personality, like the Dark Triad, and Freud's Psychodynamic (Id, Ego, Superego), nor the more specific criticisms of them. For example, the MBTI's binary treatment of extraversion is a gross oversimplification, which is one reason why many personality psychologists currently favor the Big 5. Carl Jung passed away in the 60's – we should be taking what he published with a large grain of salt. Conversely, the negative connotation associated with 'Neuroticism' in the Big 5 can overshadow comorbidity with otherwise clever behavior, and that the 5 domains aren't entirely independent of one another. I realize this is a short video, but you also used a pretty narrow scope.

TheWeakMinded June 7, 2014 - 5:39 PM

Simple test area  fine place to start, but if you really want to understand your type, learn and study the functions to see if that actually fits you. Mistyping is easy and among the most common mistype is the INTJ 

Zoe Lovatt June 22, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Im an INTJ and I found my result to be hugely accurate. While my result was very definitive (100% in some categories) I understand that not every one will be so clearly distinguished. Also many of the questions are very easily influenced for example the one which asks if you'd prefer, reading or a night out at a party. Partying can be a fashionable thing to do compared to reading having an 'anti social' connotation. And what if you simply don't like reading? This can make the 'truthful' answer a bit of a grey area.

Truth Or To Bare September 1, 2014 - 11:38 PM

It's not always the same results for me. I have been Istp most of the time though, yet also intp and isfp. I think it also has to do with the enviroment you live in and which friends you hang out with etc… Not 100% reliable as mentioned in the video. It's more of a guidance. Do the test when you feel happy and settled, and once again when you're not. You may get different results when you put the test on a test.

No One November 12, 2014 - 9:32 AM

I scored as INTJ on this test, but I usually score as INFJ or ENFJ. 

Brytte M. December 6, 2014 - 3:55 AM

I scored as an INTP on the test… Not really sure what that means…

Andrea Belli January 20, 2015 - 3:10 AM

I found out to be an INTJ and the description is hugely accurate! 
Btw my advice here is to read about every type, the test might not be accurate, but the descriptions are really powerful.

alex stewart February 21, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Intj as well, I agree that just cause someone has the same type doesn't mean they are like you. You just may have multiple similarity in how you handle and perceived the world and people

minh quan Do February 23, 2015 - 3:14 AM

Well i got ENTJ and the description is pretty accurate.

DJ 3maj May 28, 2015 - 3:11 AM

I love MBTI. But i think analysing the function is more closer to identifying someones type, not the letters alone. Im an ENFP.

Joshua Lewis June 2, 2015 - 6:59 PM

I think the test is pretty accurate,but I also think that the MBTI is attached to some larger psychological theories that detail the growth of a personality. Additionally, I really agree with the host of the video in that these tests are shortcuts and shouldn't be used to make too many decisions about a person before actually meeting them, screening them and seeing how they're different from other people of the same type.

grimmitachi October 5, 2015 - 2:05 AM

INFP, wish I was an ENFJ (life would be so much simpler and fun…)

Toast October 28, 2015 - 4:51 PM

im an INFP (part of the 4 % woo!) and I always feel like no-one fully understands me, even my closest friends and family :/ I find it REALLY hard to get motivated to do stuff and find everyday things like cleaning my room unbelievably tedious haha Im very quiet and shy in front of people im not familiar with so I express myself through my guitar I dunno its kinda like a weird form of meditation for me so yeah id say the personality tests are pretty accurate

pyroptosis December 6, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Before criticizing and ranting about psychological tests make sure to include the specifics and components of how these tests are made and are setup.

Everything has its flaws and certain limitations. Yet it is better to know their foundation and how they were and are structured.

Wendy Baker December 19, 2015 - 4:15 AM

I am ISFJ it defiantly describes me !

Sharn J February 11, 2016 - 9:51 PM

I can agree with the whole categorisation of the MBTI but there is actually 31 mbti types and thats because Xs exist which it allows types to be more then one function so INTX or XXXX or IXXJ anything and not only that, it isn't fixated, which is why you have an percentage, and some cognitive functions are more enhanced, one INTP may have a more advanced Fi then the other, thats why i believe the mbti.

put some respeck on ma name May 1, 2016 - 8:13 PM

I'm ENFJ. Anyone else?

The Buffoon Asylum May 15, 2016 - 3:35 AM

F's are stupid

Rosie Jones May 30, 2016 - 7:13 AM

What type do you think Laci is? ENFP?

Joah Chewbhaka May 31, 2016 - 1:34 AM

I think that she might be ENTP.

Dapper Muis September 30, 2016 - 12:19 PM

I hate these kind of tests. They say pick box A,B,C or D. I'm always looking for box E (which of course there isn't one). Asking questions that can have more than once right answer is annoying and confusing. Then there are questions asked that you have to answer, but you don't do the behavior they are asking about. How the heck are you supposed to answer it if you don't do it?

Companies if they want to test people, should do Aptitude tests. Those are practical tests to see if you are qualified to do a job.

Chris Good October 19, 2016 - 9:03 AM

I'm not seeing many INTJ's on here

J Ribs November 18, 2016 - 12:24 PM

So IFPJ your judgement is clouded. Almost as much as an ALGK lololol.

Liyana Hayati January 12, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The hilarious thing is, I took the same test but at different times and I got two very distinct personalities hahaha

detailed January 20, 2017 - 1:28 AM

entp

Lauren Romero May 7, 2017 - 8:05 AM

I am part of the 1% of women with a personality type of INTJ. I guess this really explains a lot about how different i am an how hard it is for me to relate. Especially in relantionships no man truly can understand me guess that is already hard for most men with woman ,bet its worse with woman INTJ personailty types.

Goatmom Dreemurr May 8, 2017 - 12:25 AM

So much INTJ… I'm glad to be a part… or did I mistype? I had
Introversion 60%
Intuitive 65%
Thinking 50%
Judging 70%

Skye Blue October 9, 2017 - 7:20 AM

INTJ :)

Fintan Watson October 20, 2017 - 8:25 PM

INFP :)

Angel Truth March 2, 2018 - 11:12 PM

i wonder what type she is???

Angel Truth March 2, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Everyone who take MBTI test suffer from pernament brain damage.
Oh sorry, i mean is their a doctor in the house.

//PROJECT JT314 March 31, 2018 - 10:19 AM

On the less "concise" tests, where they answers are yes or no and nothing in between, I'm either ENTJ, ENTP, or INTP. With more "concise" tests, where there's different levels of agreeing/disagreeing, ENTP came up the most often, with a few times where I barely got INTP. And after looking up a bit of research on Jungian functions, all the MBTI types' behavior, etc., NO question. #ENTP FTW
Now I better shut up before someone calls me out like they do with most ENTPs. XD

Achan May 9, 2018 - 8:41 PM

I doubt something. Every personality test is really just contextual persona/public persona, then what is a true self?

Lee Tharachai June 8, 2018 - 3:59 PM

I think it’s also subjective of when you take the test, like if you’re having a bad day or if you just went through a break up your inferior functions maybe be dominant at that time.