“The Personality Brokers” by Merve Emre

Friday, 01 Mar 2019

Introvert,” “extravert,” “sensing,” “perceiving”—odds are you’ve encountered these terms or their source, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing, Merve Emre (a professor of English at Oxford University) provides a frustrating but ultimately thought-provoking account of the MBTI and its creators, Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers. Her goal is to “understand . . . the unwavering belief in type’s ability to comprehend who we are” (xvi). While she does not entirely succeed in this, Emre’s analysis weaves together important themes of ...

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