The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

by Merve Emre

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ISBN-13: 9780385541909
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 45,916
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

MERVE EMRE is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcester College. She is the author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Harper's, Bookforum, The New Republic, The Baffler, n+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is senior humanities editor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Speaking Type xi

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Cosmic Laboratory of Baby Training 1

Chapter 2 Women's Work 20

Chapter 3 Meet Yourself 34

Chapter 4 An Unbroken Series of Successful Gestures 53

Chapter 5 Desperate Amateurs 71

Part 2

Chapter 6 The Science of Man 89

Chapter 7 The Personality Is Political 105

Chapter 8 Sheep and Buck 120

Chapter 9 A Perfect Spy 140

Chapter 10 People's Capitalism 159

Chapter 11 The House-Party Approach to Testing 177

Chapter 12 That Horrible Woman 201

Part 3

Chapter 13 The Synchronicity of Life and Death 227

Chapter 14 One in a Million 245

Conclusion True Believers 262

Acknowledgments 271

A Note on Sources 273

Notes 275

Index 293

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litpixie 9 months ago
I first need to say that I won a copy of this book from the publisher. What a weird, weird story. I'd heard stories about how the Myers - Briggs Personality Test was pseudo-science, but I had no idea how Katherine and Isabel came up with their test. The story is one that needs to be read to be believed. A truly interesting book.