A group of young adults shyly meet for the first time on the second floor of an empty Manhattan shopping mall.
The stores are all closed for the weekend, and other than a man stopping in the lobby to read his phone, this group is the only sign of activity.“I actually really like clubbing,” shares one guy.
The group goes silent.“Get out of the circle,” a woman whispers.
Everyone in this group took the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a personality test.
Moreover, people often get different results when they retake it.
Research shows “that as many as three-quarters of test takers achieve a different personality type when tested again,” Annie Murphy Paul writes in Additionally, the test relies on all-or-none categories, even when spectrums might be more accurate.
They all tested as the same type (one that tends to be introverted), joined an online group for others who got the same result, and decided to meet up.
Which explains why they’re meeting in an empty food court: It’s perfect for a group of people who like quietude.
For instance, no one is completely introverted or completely extroverted.(Some versions of the test do include what percentage you score for each category though.)Given all this controversy, you might think people would treat the test as just a curiosity, or at least take it with a grain of salt.