We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have been anti Myers-Briggs for decades, because only the Introversion-Extroversion axis has any stability. Everything else, you might answer yourself into a different category four months later.
However, a young friend has convinced me that it has a use because it helps stubborn unthinking recognise that not everyone thinks in the same way. She has seen it work in her workplace, getting an impatient and judgemental person to switch almost immediately to a cooperative one when someone appealed to him on the basis of the person he had conflict with having a different MB profile, which was perfectly okay, just different. He [strike]fell for it[/i] saw the point, and crisis was averted.
I'm not thrilled with that, but I get it.
The personality tests generally follow the millennia-old four-category structure: fire signs, phlegmatic, gold, neuroticism - it gets tiring. At least the Big Five Personality traits, the Kretschmer, and the Enneagram base themselves off a different number of categories.
For science, the PAI is better than the others.
Assistant Village Idiot
I remember taking it for the first time as the oldest student in my MBA class.
I came in almost dead center. The kids thought that weird as they were delighted with the externally granted personal identities.
I saw the M-B test in action one day when a group took it. It was divided into thinkers and feelers. The test was to devise a mother's day celebration. We thinkers had four types of mother's day planned in twenty minutes time based on the life stage the mother would be, and were about ready to order the catering when we were called back into the room of the feelers. They were still talking about how they felt about their mothers. Clearly, planning for one group was a breeze, and for the other, planning could not proceed until a great deal of emotional baggage had been processed. So despite the general skepticism of M-B, it can be a rough and ready guide.