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Is the MBTi test accurate and reliable?

Postby RenAmamiya » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:56 am

Hello,
I researched on the internet about MBTi personality test and got different opinions. Some people say that it is not reliable, but some people say otherwise. If you are a psychologist, can you give the right answer here?
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Re: Is the MBTi test accurate and reliable?

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Re: Is the MBTi test accurate and reliable?

Postby Remember Ronni » Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:03 am

So first off I am not a professional so this isn't going to be any kind of definitive answer. But the first time I ever saw a psychiatirst (and we're talking 30 years ago) he suggested a book on the subject. The idea being that I might come to understand myself a bit better.

And over the course of those 30 years my results have always been the same even when a professional is doing the testing. But generally speaking it is just pseudo science. Everyone of us is unique with different backgrounds, experiences and families. So we're not all going to fit nicely into any of the "types". Especialy as the questions are pretty generic and can be answered anyway you choose.

So whilst I would say it might give you an idea of the type of person you are - shy, introvert etc I'm not sure you should be relying on it as being 100% accurate and reliable. In fact a lot of people view it as a load of nonsense.

Mine is INFJ. A lot of what they say about that type does fit, but there are also things that don't.
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Re: Is the MBTi test accurate and reliable?

Postby MindAnn » Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:10 am

Just a thought, although we know the tests, whether MBTi or others, it's always good to have a second opinion. Just to have peace of mind or avoid the feeling of being trapped and not being able to do something. It's psychological though.
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