The Pros and Cons of a Multi-Soumyers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test

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I. GENERAL INFORMATION
For my research, I have selected to review the Myers-Briggs type indicator personality test. The authors of the test are Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. Katherine and Isabel are a mother and daughter team that worked on the test together. They were influenced by the Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung. In 1921, he published his ideas regarding different personality. Since Catherine and Isabel had many of the same ideas and agreed with his published work, they conducted research throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s in order to get additional information for their own test. (The Myers Briggs Personality Test Why Should I Use It?, 2011) The instrument was first finalized and published in 1943, but almost 37 years
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They cannot be required to take the test. The test is not used to label a person or to limit the person to a certain group based on their results. Results are to be confidential and should never be given to anyone without the test takers prior approval. The test taker should understand that there is no right or wrong answers. This will help them to respond honestly. Since the instrument is given for research purposes only, the results do not have to be shared even though it is preferred that the test taker be given the results. The results should be shared so that the test taker understands which attributes they show. The test must be given in its entirety. You cannot take only a small section of the questions in order to get a short read on the person. By following these items, the test taker will get the best understanding of the results. It will also ensure that the test is administered in a similar way across people. (Ethics for Administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument, No Year)
D. Test Scoring
The result of the test is a four letter result that shows where the person fits in each of the four dichotomies. As described above, the test consists of four basic dichotomous indices: extroversion/introversion; sensing/intuitive; thinking/feeling, and judgment/perception. Once the 93 questions are completed, the score is determined by understanding which side of each of the

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