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 As outdated and restrictive it is, the MBTI has lost momentum – it’s now identified as an antiquated personality solution.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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