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28 May 2014 @ 07:45 am
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One of the many things I learned from Stranger in a Strange Land is that while astrology lacks the objectivity, repeatability, etc. that would make it a science, a perceptive person can use its categories to understand people better. Myers-Briggs and Five Factor Theory appear to be like that.

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Marissa Lingenmrissa on May 28th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
I think one of the things this blogger is really ignoring is that the consistency and "it's like you've known me all my life!" factors are much stronger for some people than for others, and yet these tests get applied in work situations and other quasi-optional situations, even for the people who don't find them useful/insightful. The knees that they're seeing jerking are not necessarily jerking at random.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on May 28th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
My problem with Myers-Briggs is that it insists on shoving people in one box or the other when almost all people are mixtures of both. Indeed, the test instructs the taker to go with the slightest tendency towards one or the other. In my case it would depend greatly on how I was feeling that day. They can put all the cautions that people aren't automatons on it that they like, but Myers-Briggs still enables stereotyping and prejudice, is what I'm saying.
rattleback: turtleheadrattleback on May 28th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Whatever status I can claim to be liberally educated, I owe to developing the habit of researching allusions in Heinlein books as a wee nerd. Of everything I looked up, nothing served me better than investigating "cold reading" before I had to learn about it the hard way.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on May 28th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
That's one of mine too. Malcolm Gladwell says that serial killer profilers do it.
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