The Danger In Myers-Briggs

I used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator years ago in some of my work, and later for pre-marriage counseling.  For some reason the subject came up over the Thanksgiving holiday, and my wife dug out my 300 page MBTI manual to pour over my profile with exulting cries of “Aha!” and “I knew it!”, which all added up to the confirmation of her opinion that I can be unusually stubborn and willful.  Wonderful traits for a clergy person, don’t you think?  Of course I find myself quite charming and most agreeable in a flexible sort of way, much like, I suspect, Prof. Henry Higgins.  In any case, here is the lesson learned.  If you have one of these things, or something like it, lying around, hide it. 

3 thoughts on “The Danger In Myers-Briggs”

  1. About the Myers-Briggs and the problem of self-knowledge, I am reminded of the verse of the Scots poet Bobby Burns: O wad some Power the giftie gie us!/To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An\’ foolish notion:/ What airs in dress an\’ gait wad lea\’e us,An\’ ev\’n devotion!

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