The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub

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The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves

CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB  Annie Murphy Paul Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ Re seriously flawed and sometimes uneuivocally wrong They fail the field's own standards of validity and reliability They ask intrusive uestions They produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are complicated contradictory changeable across time and place The Cult Of Personality Testing documents for the first time the disturbing conseuences of these tests Children are being labeled in limiting ways Businesses and the government are wasting. One would hope that with a subtitle as long and detailed as this book s ridiculous mess that at one of the implicit promises made would be fulfilled Instead none were while this might be acceptable in a particularly ironic piece of 19th century British throwback fiction here it goes over like a rodeo clown at an art gallery I ll cut to the chase the vast majority of this book is devoted to the historical development of various personality tests and is the type of pop history where the flavor of the cereal one brave soul ate the morning of her great discovery is of prime importance I realize that often book publishers are the ones to choose subtitles which may not be related to the actual content of the book But ultimately the interesting things about personality tests are not the sexual proclivities of the authors but their use the validity of the underlying theory the potential of the test to assign ualities from those theories to the test takes and other scientific investigations of the tests themselves instead of the mere circumstances of their writing and adoption The Cult of Personality does very little to approach this side of the uestion Mere paragraphs cover the actual science by researchers into these tests the most extensive discussion of the actual use of tests is the uotation of people offended by the sexual and scatological nature of some uestions Do not read this book expecting anything like a scientific examination of personality or even these particular theories of personality such a work may exist but this is not it If a surface level history of the personality industry appeals to you this book may be for you It is inoffensively written and hangs together well even if dressed up as something else Jane Has a Halloween Dream intrusive uestions They produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are complicated contradictory changeable across time and place The Cult Of Personality Testing documents for the first time the disturbing conseuences of these tests Children are being labeled Religion in Greece and Rome in limiting ways Businesses and the government are wasting. One would hope that with a subtitle as long and detailed as this book s ridiculous mess that at one of the No Ordinary Life implicit promises made would be fulfilled Instead none were while this might be acceptable In the Year of Jubilee in a particularly Education and the USA ironic piece of 19th century British throwback fiction here Monster Airplanes it goes over like a rodeo clown at an art gallery I ll cut to the chase the vast majority of this book Monster Ships is devoted to the historical development of various personality tests and Monster Tractors is the type of pop history where the flavor of the cereal one brave soul ate the morning of her great discovery The Landscape Imagination is of prime A Song of Ice and Fire importance I realize that often book publishers are the ones to choose subtitles which may not be related to the actual content of the book But ultimately the The Two Mrs Abbotts interesting things about personality tests are not the sexual proclivities of the authors but their use the validity of the underlying theory the potential of the test to assign ualities from those theories to the test takes and other scientific Massacre (The Horus Heresy Book, #2) investigations of the tests themselves New Latin Grammar instead of the mere circumstances of their writing and adoption The Cult of Personality does very little to approach this side of the uestion Mere paragraphs cover the actual science by researchers Festive Persuasion (Cotillion Christmas Traditions, #3) into these tests the most extensive discussion of the actual use of tests The Almond Tree is the uotation of people offended by the sexual and scatological nature of some uestions Do not read this book expecting anything like a scientific examination of personality or even these particular theories of personality such a work may exist but this Skippyjon Jones is not Cannibal Hearts The Book Of Lost Doors #2 it If a surface level history of the personality Istoria Bucurestilor industry appeals to you this book may be for you It Living and Retiring in Hawaii: The 50th State in the 21st Century is Poésies inoffensively written and hangs together well even The Billingers if dressed up as something else

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CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB  Annie Murphy Paul Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ Award winning psychology writer Annie Paul delivers a scathing exposé on the history and effects of personality testsMillions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education to decide on a career to determine if they'll be hired to join the armed forces and to settle legal disputes Yet according to award winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact they don't work Most personality tests a. One of the things that annoys me about myself is that there are times when I utterly miss the obvious This book provides a case in point It is such a clever book but it took me to the end to appreciate just how clever it was I mean this book is actually a working out of a theory of personality as it goes along and it was right there in front of my nose the whole time and I completely missed it Here s how this one works Each chapter discusses a personality test We start off in the nineteenth century with one on my personal favourites the ever green Phrenology yes the feeling of bumps and lumps on people s heads so lovingly referred to by Professor Moriaty while giving his initial appraisal of our dear friend Sherlock Holmes You have less frontal development than I should have expected However we generally don t start with the test itself but rather with a biog of the people who initially developed the test We get a glimpse into their lives and what it was they thought they were going to achieve by coming up with their particular personality test Generally they thought they were going to achieve great things Then we are given a description of the test itself and finally a conclusion on why the test is so much less effective than its supporters like to admitI could go over much the same ground as the book does here particularly for my favourite the Myers Briggs Type Indicator last time I was tested I was an INTP but given that somewhere between 39 and 76 percent of test re takers end up with a different four letter category that says much less about me than you might think But rather than do that I m just going to recommend you read this one the joy here is in the detail and I would only ever be able to give a thumbnail sketch This book is all the things Barbara Ehrenreich promises and when she tells us Ms Paul is skeptical smart funny and relentlessly thorough I do need to tell you what was right under my nose and to do that let s think about what personality is and how you might go about measuring such a thing Some of the ways people have gone about trying to measure personality are really very bizarre you know feeling lumps on people s heads is fairly bizarre as is the MMPI which asks test takers lots of strange uestions and then compares their answers to the averages of other test takers who have mental problems to tell if the test takers themselves have mental problems One of the tests here essentially takes all of the adjectives in our language used to describing personality and does a factor analysis some sort of mathematical statistical procedure that must group things like to like in some way that was annoyingly not really explained on all of these thousands of words until they are grouped into either 16 or 5 general personality categories Or you get to look at ink blots or add captions to cartoons or draw a house person and tree Lots of ideas but mostly they all group you into a series of adjectives that are supposed to then describe your personality The problem with these ways of measuring personalities is that they are all too often based on the self perception of the people taking the test And if there is anything I ve noticed during my all too brief stay on this planet it is that people have the most remarkable ideas about the kinds of people they are Nonetheless people are given some kind of test and out the other side of that test they are given some kind of code to describe their personality to themselves but also often to other people Like I said I m an INTP but there are other tests that are given to school children that group them into colours and other tests that group people into various kinds of neurosis That is take the test and be fit into a box But are people really so simple and so similar that a mere four or even 16 categories can sum up all of the available personalities It seems blindingly obvious to me that this can t be the case although given the incredible popularity of these tests clearly that isn t as obvious as I might like to imagineIf I was to describe my personality I m not sure I would start with my level of introversion or extroversion or any of the other things generally tested for I think I would perhaps start with my odd capacity for boredom how I can endure boring tasks than many other people I know and yet how this has proven both a boon and a burden in my life Then perhaps I might move on to my dislike of nationalities and religions those twin clumpers of people the twin hates jointly responsible for so much human misery Then there is perhaps my terribly strange relationship with the country of my birth one filled with both sadness and a kind of loathing Then maybe I would think of my strange decade of being alone and how that has twisted my mind in ways it probably should never have been twisted That is I think of my personality is a series of paradoxes and contradictions that needs to be told as a narrative and yet those really aren t the sorts of things any of the tests generally taken really test for They don t want contradictions they want the clear and the obvious They don t want narrative they want adjectivesThe other things they don t want is for you to have either a sex or a sexuality a race or a religion a creed or an ideology But imagine telling a black gay Marxist that none of those things about her are relevant to her personality As someone who truly believes that a sense of otherness is about the most important sense one can develop about oneself these tests are about the exact opposite they provide a grouping together and a smoothing over of differencesAnd these tests are dangerous Dangerous because they are used by people to decide if we can have access to our kids or get jobs or get out of gaol or receive social security payments They are dangerous because lots of work has been done on the front end where uestions are developed to supposedly test for certain traits but very little work seems to ever get done in deciding what it means to be someone with those traits So that children may get told they are blue and therefore like to offer help and support to others or they may get told they are orange and therefore are the life of the party but how does this actually play out in their lives Has anyone ever followed the lives of Blue children to see where they ended up and how deciding they were blue affected their life path The answer is that we are simply much complicated than that We are each an entire rainbow and we are different from ourselves depending on place circumstance and so much elseThere is some wonderful advice right at the end of this book if you are asked to take one of these personality tests and something important depends on the outcome of the test then you should walk out of the room If you don t walk out of the room then you should ask the person giving you the test why they are relying on something that has been repeatedly shown to be flawed This second approach is a much less effective strategy than walking out of the room for if you do take the test you risk being slotted into a box that you might struggle to get back out of These tests are designed to make you feel responsible for how governments businesses schools and others decide they will pigeonhole you the solution is not to co operateNow the thing that was under my nose while I was reading this book was the fact that she started each chapter with a biog of the main characters She wouldn t start with a four letter descriptor or tell me their personal colour she wouldn t say they were introverted with a touch of autistic depression and three parts gin What she did do wasw tell us about their lives she gave us narrative and often also gave us glimpses of what other people had to say about these personality test developers Isabel Myers sounds like the bitch from hell by the way That is she treated them like people not like types She accepted that people are than a couple of generalised categories but rather are improbably complex and interesting and often surprising Now wouldn t you rather be a narrative than an INTP or even an Aries I m just going to pretend you ve answered yes to that uestion because the thought you might answer no makes me feel far too depressed

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CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB  Annie Murphy Paul Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ Hundreds of millions of dollars every year only to make ill informed decisions about hiring and firing Job seekers are having their privacy invaded and their rights trampled and our judicial system is being undermined by faulty evidence Paul's eye opening chronicle reveals the fascinating history behind a lucrative and largely unregulated business Captivating insightful and sometimes shocking The Cult Of Personality Testing offers an exhilarating trip into the human mind and hea. I ve always been rather a closet fan of the Myers Briggs for no other reason than it made me feel it was OK to be an introvert before it was all hipster and understandable that I went back to work when my daughter was 6 months old Apparently insert eye roll here my type is the only type with which women don t value child raising above not going completely insane working outside the home I have no issue with Paul s assertion that all such tests are basically bullshit I can never see anything in those damn inkblots which allegedly means I might be mentally ill I m a little uncomfortable though with how the bullshit label was indicated when it comes to Isabel Myers I think it s supposed to be inherently appalling that the Myers Briggs was developed by a Pennsylvania housewife p xii As far as I m aware only hikers have anything against Pennsylvania so it must be the housewife part that should cast immediate aspersions Myers s sins are far worse than this though as her son notes when developing the test her tremendous enthusiasm for anything that was happening in our family or that could be made to happen was gradually withdrawn from people around her p 111 Her husband began complaining about her absorption the test monopolized her attention p 121 Well How fucking dare sheSo I didn t find the writing style very appealing I could happily have done without a great deal of the detail about how each test was developed and then applied in its infancy However the book raises good uestions about how and why these tests are applied especially to children adolescents and within the criminal justice system And Paul also makes me feel justified about always cheating on my Myers Briggs 25 stars rounded up


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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub One of the things that annoys me about myself is that there are times when I utterly miss the obvious This book

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    Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub First the strengths Annie Murphy Paul is a great story teller and her biographies of the famous authors of personality tests keep your attention And she weaves some devastating critiues of their personality tests into their stories Her hatred of personality tests come out too strongly at times but she knows her stuff and it shows I

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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves I mean no offense to the many of you who like personality tests and know your INFJENFPHTTPwhatevers by heart but I've never

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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Â Annie Murphy Paul One would hope that with a subtitle as long and detailed as this book’s ridiculous mess that at one of the implicit promises made would be fulfilled Instead none were; while this might be acceptable in a particularly ironic piece of 19th century British throwback fiction here it goes over like a rodeo clown at an art gallery I’ll cut to the chase the vast majority of this book is devoted to the historical developmen

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    DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB  Annie Murphy Paul The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ Against Personality Is there anyone so bullishly wrongheaded than the personality theorist? These people believe they can rein in individuality into a comprehensive comprehensible system implicitly pushing this new system to serve the interests of another an older and authoritative system capital The personality test as anything of a tool of internet timefuckery a selfie of the soul is a dangerous thing People are simultaneously f

  6. says: CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Â Annie Murphy Paul

    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Â Annie Murphy Paul You are aggressive and overly critical of others You are timid and tend to defer to people in positions of authority We have determined that we cannot give you the managerial position you have applied for despite your obvio

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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub I've always been rather a closet fan of the Myers Briggs for no other reason than it made me feel it was OK to be an introvert before it was all hipster and understandable that I went back to work when my daughter was 6 m

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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub The historical aspects of this book were very interesting but the conclusions about how dangerous these tests are seemed overly dramatic and lacking in any evidence virtually the same flaws that the author complains about in so many of the te

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    DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB  Annie Murphy Paul Annie Murphy Paul  7 READ CHARACTERS The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves If you ever had to take a management course in which some business school instructor administered a silly 40 uestion personality test and then upon seeing the answers gave you an all knowing smile in the manner of “I now know everyt

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    The Cult of Personality How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children Mismanage Our Companies and Misunderstand Ourselves E–book/E–pub There’s a modern tendency to turn personality descriptions into nouns For example ‘neurotic’ in its modern senses dates from the late 19th century both as adjective and noun while ‘choleric’ is 500 years older and has stayed as just an adjective The Myers Brigg classification which assigns everyone to one of 16 available groups denoted by four letters is essentially Jungian and its enthusiasts make statements such as

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