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When I meet new people and tell them I am a researcher at e Harmony, it is usually followed by an array of questions, which I always love answering.

The next part always shocks them: we don’t use the Myers-Briggs. When I tell them that the personality type they just told me isn’t used and doesn’t have much meaning to me, they can’t believe it.

The Myers-Briggs is one of the most popular personality assessments, used by hiring managers at many companies, some government agencies, and even some other online dating sites.

When some people hear about my personality work, most people think of the Myers-Briggs Test, and tell me they are an ‘INFP’ or an ‘ENFJ’, and ask what I am and how it’s used at e Harmony.If you think about it, these classifications are plain and simple, are you this or this?Take the extraversion-introversion portion, for example. The Myers-Briggs is basically asking if you enjoy being around other people, or prefer being alone. If extraversion-introversion were simply extremes like that, the data should be a bimodal distribution, in which there are two peaks.These tests will categorize you into a certain “type” of personality, either giving you 1 of 16 types, labeling you as a “caregiver”, “idealist”, “scientist”, or a number of others.Here’s a list of why we don’t use it: Carl Jung first theorized different categories of personality back in 1921.

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