Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless: Best of the Web

Ever taken a Myers-Briggs personality test before? (I’m an ‘ENFP’ for the record). 

You shouldn’t have wasted your time according to Joseph Stromberg who explains in Vox why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless.  

Stromberg says the test was developed in the 1940s based on the untested theories of an outdated analytical psychologist named Carl Jung, and is now thoroughly disregarded by the psychology community.

“Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people’s success in various jobs, and that about half of the people who take it twice get different results each time,” he explains.

Over at Bloomberg, Joshua Brustein looks at the lessons learnt from the Airbnb Squatter fiasco.

The squatter in question was a guest of Cory Tschogl’s, but he seriously overstayed his welcome. 

“Tschogl’s dilemma serves as a reminder that when you go into business in the sharing economy, you’re going into business. Just because companies such as Airbnb and Uber make it easy doesn’t mean they’ve made it foolproof.”

In the United States research published yesterday shows women business owners face a gender gap.

Joyce Rosenberg writes that women who own small businesses are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts. 

A report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30% of small companies, they receive only 4.4% of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans. That amounts to $US1 for every $US23 loaned.

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