Sun Tzu said that in the Art of War. Knowing thyself is the great pursuit of humankind, and people have dedicated their entire lives to the pursuit of means of categorizing and organizing different types so we may know ourselves a little better. They're not all super relevant to our daily experience, though, and while a present-day Sun Tzu might have appreciated our many ways to categorize and organize his troops and resources, he probably would have been pretty annoyed with Twitter. Like this guy:
Myers-Briggs is just astrology for people who went to business school— Drew "No Nazis" 4484🌹 (@Drew4484) January 1, 2018
For those not in the know, the Myers-Briggs test defines people based on their preference between two choices in four categories - Extroversion vs Introversion, Sensory vs Intuition, Thinking vs Feeling and Judging vs Perceiving. From there you get sixteen basic personality types, which are supposed to guide you towards your best life. But Business School types probably like the Sun Tzu, too, swapping out Enterprise for War, and read into the Myers-Briggs in an attempt to best their business rivals. Hence, our Twitter jokester hit a nerve in some folks and welcomed a gauntlet of 'nuh-uh's.
I went on one of these course at my company, and at the end of the course they asked for feedback. I stood up in the class and told them it seemed immoral to me that they were teaching us how to take advantage of others based on their personalities.— David Landy (@davidBlandry) January 1, 2018
I also pointed out in an argument over that Tweet Myers-Briggs is even MORE susceptible to Barnum/Forer effect than astrology, Chinese or Western, neither of which uses JUST the 12 Zodiac signs to determine personality.— The Satyr (@SatyrOnline) January 1, 2018
MB = 16 personalities
Chinese = >40K
Western = >5 billion
People who believe in astrology would say it has its uses. For instance, as a Libra, I'm supposedly most compatible with air signs - Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. And in fact, almost all of my ex-girlfriends are air signs.— The Satyr (@SatyrOnline) January 1, 2018
Then again, "ex" is a highly operative prefix there.
Disagree - there is some assessment based on the individual involved, rather than just luck of birth month. Mbti helped me understand my introversion and intuition which can be viewed as hindrances in workplaces. Is it a heuristic? Yes.— Martha Phillips (@MP_risk) January 1, 2018
Perfect. There's something to the "watched" vs "queued" too. The queue is aspirational, all those dramas you think you should watch, vs the things you did watch, e.g. the twenty-ninth viewing of Weekend at Bernie's.— Renée Stephen (@ReneeStephen) January 1, 2018
I have waited literal years for someone to say this so I could be cowardly and not have to— VƎX is angry about: Stairs (@andreuswolf) January 1, 2018
I’m a master’s student in Experimental Psych. And this is the truest tweet I’ve ever seen. Thank you.— Chesko Sebulba (@Tehmdgard) January 1, 2018
To thine own self be true. But you don't really need a test for that.