What is the point of the Meyers-Briggs type indicator? Is there one? Is it an accurate assessment or a waste of time?
Hot take: The MBTI is not an accurate personality assessment. The human psyche is more complex than a hundred-question test. While beneficial to a few reasons, the labels provided by the test are only academic. They are not a replacement for one’s personality.
The Meyers-Briggs is advertised as a a myriad of solutions. It can find a person the perfect job, the perfect partner, a perfect life. It’s use in examining work groups dynamics and potential dates is widely known. Knowing your “type” seems to be a shortcut through the banal trivialities of life.
A friend of mine experienced this the hard way when she joined an INTJ group on facebook. Very sure that she was the aforementioned type, the naïve woman jumped on the forum and typed out a greeting. She was excited, and you could see it in her wording. The rest of the group, likely a collection of morose teens, jumped on her enthusiasm.
My friend’s excitement was immediately recognized as “outsider.” It is commonly known that INTJs cannot experience any kind of happiness or joy, and so she was immediately perceived as a non-INTJ. Dejected, she left.
While she later discovered that her personality type was not INTJ, it was unlikely that she was the only group member in that scenario. However, her personality was far from that of the stereotypical INTJ, which ultimately caused her departure from the group.
If you are in search of a flawless explanation of your identity, it is not something that this test can provide. If you are looking for the people that may influence you most, or that you may relate to best, that is definitely not something that this test can provide.