Today I will share my top five reasons why I don’t like MBTI, as well as giving you some alternative tests that I personally prefer. As I said in my last article, the more I have learned about MBTI, the more I question the usefulness of it. So today I will take a closer look at why that is.
The official MBTI test
I took the official MBTI personality test online, it is teat form M for you who are more familiar with the test, which consists of 93 statements to which you agree or disagree. Only two answer options for each statement. The cost for the test is $49.00 and I will go into more detail about the test and what you get after taking it.
To black or white
My first issue is that it is very rigid. There is no floating scale and you are either this or that. I know, this is all about preference and shows what you would choose in an ideal world, but first of all, we don’t live in an ideal world, secondly, I would not always prefer one way or the other, I don’t have an always preferred way, it all depends on my mood, circumstances, and even time of day.
Stereotypical type description
After I had finished my 93 statements I was “offered” to stay with the result of my test, which by the way was ENTP, Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving, or I could choose the closest suggested if I felt that would suit me better, which in my vase was ENFP, feeling instead of thinking, and I chose to stay with my “best-fit” type.
I then got my Personality Type results, a very stereotypical description that would fit on many extroverted people, and not totally a description of me.
Don’t I have any flaws?
After this part, there were more stereotypes in list form about my characteristics, how I am with others, how I am at work, and finally, we came to the part that might make this helpful; Potential blind spots for ENTP’s (and here I will copy the text from my report)
- If ENTPs have not developed their Intuition, they may not take in relevant information and thus their “insights” may be greatly at odds with current reality.
- If they have not developed their Thinking preference, they may not have reliable ways to evaluate their insights or make plans to carry them through. They will then go from one enthusiasm to another, accomplishing little.
- Also, they may have difficulty prioritizing their many possible projects, which can lead to burnout as they try to do it all.
- Or, they may commit themselves to ill-chosen projects, fail to finish them, and squander their inspirations on uncompleted tasks.
- ENTPs tend to hate uninspired routine and find it remarkably hard to apply themselves to the sometimes necessary detail connected with any major interest.
I may have if not, I tend to, this so vague that it is useless. Are these blind spots specific for my personality types or are these something more general? And how, if I agree on any of these, would I improve? Well, that leads me to my next reason.
“Courses” after the result is in
After the initial description of your personality type, you go to the learn more page. Here you are offered 16 courses in the four themes Well-being – two sections confidence and stress, Personal development – motivation, and Relationship – getting along.
These are just a lot of information and not what I would call courses. This was maybe the biggest disappointment to me since I hoped to get something useful when it comes to personal growth out of this section. Let me give you an example from the personal development – motivation section they call reframing in action to see what tools they give me to develop my motivation;
This is to me just a lot of explanations as to why you might feel unmotivated and nothing that directly helps me improve. And to just suggest to use a method like SMART, which I don’t mind, without any further information than a graphic insert that shows me what SMART is an abbreviation of without any links or further information to how it works is not enough.
This is just one example of many of how these learning sessions, in my opinion, are without value. Just more of general descriptions and statements, this is not learning.
Lastly, and most important
My last point on this list has to do with who the test taker is. Let’s say you are a young person, who still is trying to figure out who you are, and you take this test. It will put you in a little box, tell you this is you, and not give any real tools for improvement or development. I am worried that this might limit you from self-discovery and from real personal growth if you take this too seriously.
The only positive in this regard is the cost of $49 that hopefully will stop many young and impressionable persons from taking the test. And talking about the cost, let me give you an extra point here. For the $49 I got a report when printed is four pages with plenty of white space on them. I would not recommend anyone to spend that money on an official MBTI personality test.
So what is the alternative
As I said, if you still are interested in the MBTI there are alternatives out there. One that I took and liked so much more is Truidity.com and their Type Finder.
This is a personality test built on MBTI, but they have also combined it with traits from The Big Five (or Five-Factor) which results in not just your four-letter personality type, but also 23 added facets of traits. This test has 130 statements and you answer on a five-step scale.
In my next article, I will go more into detail about this test and why I think it is a better alternative for those who still are interested in MBTI. I also talk a bit more about Type Finder in today’s video, which as always will be linked down below.
My Final Thoughts
I don’t know what to say, I feel that MBTI is over-hyped, and under criticized. It has entertainment value, yes I can admit that, but as a tool for personal or professional growth, I can’t see any real value. I know that people were disappointed that I decided not to finish my series where I compare different personality types, but as I came to the realization that MBTI has no learning or growth value, I didn’t see any value in making these videos or writing these articles. If you are interested in my video from today it is linked below.