Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Yeah - I knew this already

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Doesn't Actually Mean Anything
In a former life I was a "Mental Hygiene Specialist" - in the U.S. Army. One of the diagnostic tools at my disposal was the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). It was quite popular at the time. I never depended on it when working with clients. It meant little.

Then - in yet another life - I worked for a Fortune 500 company as a statistician.
For reasons unknown to me, "Team Building" and "Interpersonal Style" became the BIG DEALS.

I did Myers-Briggs and at least two other "personality inventories". Sorry, I don't recall the names of the other two.

While attending an intensive 5-day workshop on "Team Building" (off-site, at a pretty nice hotel!) we were asked to report our Myers-Briggs "type".
I replied "Virgo".
I figured my astrological sign had about as much predictive value as Myers-Briggs.

I still believe this.

Wanna know my personality, or inter-personal, or behavioral type?

p.s. Why'd I get into statistics?
As a math/stat grad student the only thing that mattered was being clever enough to solve puzzles.
I was really GOOD at this type of puzzle-solving! I LIKED it.
I got hired by a Fortune 500 company to do what I love - solve puzzles.
THEN this Fortune 500 company decides that, screw you! - we want team-work and interpersonal relations!
Hey - the reason I chose statistics was 'cuz I sucked at interpersonal relations! - I just love to solve puzzles!
You really want to know my interpersonal skills?

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