Humans like to categorize. We synthesize data and place the information into named boxes in our minds. A handy adaptation to quickly fathom the world and all its abstracts, this process is not without its shortcomings. The differences in personality can make it difficult to work with others, but there are ways to create great teams in the workplace.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most widely-used and bought personality assessments for our working world. As outdated and restrictive it is, the MBTI has lost momentum – it’s now identified as an antiquated personality solution. What happens when we oversimplify something as complex as personality? Step into the new millennia with a modern solution that’s built for your employees.

When a Coca Cola cost 5 cents…

The MBTI is a 93-question assessment first published in 1943. The test-taker is classified into one of 16 personality types depending on the results of one’s bend toward introvert/extrovert, intuitive/sensory, feeling/thinking and judging/perceiving. The most widely-used personality indicator is based on research from when a Coke cost less than a dime – more than 70 years ago – and that’s troubling.

New love is on the horizon, Aries

Several cases of criticism toward the MBTI from psychology academics rebuke the assessment as a pseudo science analysis falling between a “horoscope and a heart monitor.”

Placing 100% of the population into one of 16 named boxes is restrictive. An extremely productive morning might deem you an ESTJ, while a snaily and existential afternoon could deliver and INTP result, drastically altering your “results.” A report by David J. Pittenger, the Department of Psychology Chair at Marietta College, shows the test’s lack of precision as unnerving:

“Several studies, however, show that even when the test-retest interval is short (e.g., 5 weeks), as many as 50% of the people will be classified into a different type.”

A different solution

Your personality is not “one or the other.” It’s unique to you and not shared with 7-15% of the population, as the MBTI assessment would suggest. Vitru is different. Vitru is smart software built on psychometric assessment implementation, ready for the needs of today’s workers.

Based on a scale, each person naturally falls somewhere between the two extremities, producing a distinctive score specific to you. At Vitru, we don’t group you into a box, we give you the tools to interpret and capitalize your individual characteristics.

We don’t use telegrams anymore

As new technology emerges and primitive business practices like typewriters and switchboard operators are replaced, the trend with personality assessments should be just the same. Step into the 21st century with tested psychometric assessment implementation made for today’s businesses and today’s workers with Vitru. Sign up now to get started today… it’s free!

“Thousands of professional psychologists have evaluated the century-old Myers-Briggs, found it to be inaccurate and arbitrary, and devised better systems for evaluating personality. Let’s stop using this outdated measure – which has about as much scientific validity as your astrological sign – and move on to something else.” – Vox science writer, Joseph Stormberg @josephstormberg



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77 Responses to “Goodbye Myers-Briggs, Hello Vitru Personality Assessment”

  1. Reinhard Schu

    Your basic assertion in this thinly veiled plug for your product is that “old is bad, new is good”. I would take a different stance: old is proven and new is unproven. People do not change much in 70 years, so why should I rely on the latest fad in personality assessment. Myers-Briggs describes a person’s basic personality incredibly well, bearing in mind it has only 16 categories. Of course it is not the be all and end all, and every individual is different, but the basic principle is sound, accurate and very useful. Hiring managers can use MB to ensure a team is personality diverse and managers can use it to adapt their management style. In a busy schedule of leaders, simplicity is king.

    • Maren Hogan

      Thanks for your feedback Reinhard and for not using kid gloves with me. While old is bad, new is good is not the message I wanted to get across (I’m no millennial) and you’re wrong about this being “my product”, I do think we need to improve upon methods that focus on the way the workforce works NOW. And Vitru doesn’t do away with personality science of yore, it ADDS to it. Work values are just as important as personality in a world where contingent work, telecommuting and freelance jobs are growing at a ridiculous rate. Managers need to deal with those too! Finally, I think the move from “one or the other” to a sliding scale is much more in tune with what I know about humanity. Cheers (and take the assessment! Unlike MBTI, it’s free and I bet you’re a bit of a challenger 🙂

      • Reinhard Schu

        Maren, thanks for your comment. I am not sure what you mean by MBTI not being free. There are countless books and websites where one can answer the assessment questions and find out one’s MBT. Am I mistaken?


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