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What's the difference?

Are you an INTJ? You probably "are most comfortable working alone and tend to be less sociable than other types. Nevertheless, INTJs are prepared to lead if no one else seems up to the task, or if they see a major weakness in the current leadership. They tend to be pragmatic, logical, and creative."

versus

Are you an Aries? You're probably “the leaders of the pack, first in line to get things going. Whether or not everything gets done is another question altogether, for an Aries prefers to initiate rather than to complete.”

So what’s the difference, really?

TL;DR : Not much.
The long answer : Not much. :-)

Or, to be more precise, and a touch verbose – the comparison works better with, say, a Buzzfeed quiz.
As a brief background - The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung. Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. One of these four functions is dominant most of the time – Wiki

MBTI is a particular darling of the corporate world. According to a recent Forbes article, “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments are extremely popular, as well as profitable for both the publisher and the many certified consultants who use them. In fact, they are so popular as to be nearly ubiquitous in corporations and large organizations, including 89 of Fortune 100 companies.” But how well does it work? Does it work at all? And is it used in a way that would be least detrimental?

I found myself in agreement with most of the points made in a  Skeptoid article – the genesis and intrinsic values of the MBTI and pop tools like zodiac signs or Buzzfeed quizzes  are not dissimilar. The article is quite interesting, and in my view, fairly balanced. As a training consultant, I’ve seen the value that tools like MBTI (and other psychometric assessments) can provide – they make great introspection and perception start-points; and often provide a framework to discuss group dynamics and to help evolve solutions. I have also seen the farcical side of using them – the lazy, unscientific short-cuts they provide for the indolent or incompetent, and the rather sad way in which they replace critical and original thinking.

The tool has its fair share of critics – unbiased and otherwise. As an agnostic about the value and context of anecdotal or experiential systems, I can see its worth;  but I find myself getting annoyed at the somewhat cultish adherence to its “findings”, or applications, or indeed the lack of healthy skepticism amongst practitioners and more importantly, buyers.

I also find amusing the way proponents of these tools react when you point out the (many) similarities to the zodiac-sign classifications; or Cosmo quizzes. Or point to the Forer Effect ( also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that ‘we've got something for everyone’ is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people – Wiki) Is it only because they come dressed in a patina of “science”? Or are they just a fad, waiting to be replaced by the next one? Or, as is always the case…… follow the money? According to a Forbes article – “2 million people a year (are) using an assessment tool that generates approximately $20 million in fees for its publishers”. Food for thought, for sure, I would've said.

The CPP website, btw, (the company that is the provider / publisher of the MBTI instrument) has this to say : It’s very common—especially on the Internet—to hear the MBTI® assessment referred to as the Myers-Briggs® personality test, the MBTI test, or simply the “personality test.” However, here at CPP, Inc., we never refer to the MBTI assessment that way. Personality tests may exist, but the MBTI assessment is not one of them. Here’s why…

So far, so logical. And then they go on to add –
By definition, a test is “a series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability,” implying that there are “right” and “wrong” answers. It’s true that the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment contains a series of questions, but that’s where the similarities to a personality test end. Unlike personality tests, the MBTI assessment doesn’t determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability. Instead, it measures four pairs of opposing preferences, which are inborn and value-neutral, to form a person’s four-letter type. No type is better or worse than any other—they are just different.

That explains quite a bit ;-)
I think this would be a good time to add that I am emphatically not certified in MBTI assessments. 

So, hello, Ms. Gemini, Mr. ISTJ, Ms. Flower-Child.....

In case you’re interested – there are plenty of good, skeptical articles. Here are some that I liked :

The skeptoid article - http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4221

http://www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2014/09/29/the-mysterious-popularity-of-the-meaningless-myers-briggs-mbti/

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28315137

 http://skepdic.com/myersb.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/give-and-take/201309/goodbye-mbti-the-fad-won-t-die

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator

The CPP website - http://www.cppblogcentral.com/mbti-talk/this-is-not-a-test-personality-or-otherwise/

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Bahahahahhahaha +Brigitte W.. Our internets is very slow too :-p
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Inspired by +Charles Strebor's amazesauce #Glitch series, here is mine - just to wish him a wonderful wonderful year around Sol. May it be. :-)
Filled with colors and cables and magix.

And Branch. Always branch.
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+Heidi Bouman - ooooh now that you see say it, multiverse indeed!
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Good to hear, +Kathryn Huxtable :-)
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Looking for a weekend read? In the mood for a good ole thriller? Or would you prefer a nice little sci-fi tale?
Well, no need to choose :-D
Thanks to +E.E. Giorgi's delightful new book, you can haz both.
I enjoyed Gene Cards - in fact, here's my 4-star review on Amazon : http://goo.gl/muR2bC

"_What's not to love? I read Gene Cards expecting a run-of-the-mill sci-fi indie effort; but some elements stood out for me strongly, elevating this book from a decent effort to a superb read_" ............
Have a good read!!
h/t +Charles Strebor and +Lacerant Plainer 
 
Gene Cards

Yulia Szymanski is a murderer and one of the best hackers of the century. Her mission: break her brother out of a high security jail before he dies of a rare genetic condition. On her trail is Biothreat Agent Skyler Donohue, a decorated Muay Thai fighter with a strange fascination for corpses. The obstacle to overcome: an invisible, deadly disease that strikes at random and has the city of Liasis locked in a bioterrorism siege. 

That's the setting for Gene Cards by +E.E. Giorgi - a scifi thriller with a clever detective and a, perhaps, cleverer criminal.

I look forward to the sequel and I'm thankful to +Lacerant Plainer for introducing me to yet another grand independent author.

#SciFi   #Thriller   #Detective   #Review  

Pinging my #SciFi notification circle.
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Makes sense ^_^
In my case it would probably include posts on atheism, NSFW content and posts making fun of "traditional values".
What would be yours? :-D
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+Gita Jaisinghani Seems that way... 
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Indeed.
If you've been rolling your eyes at these "hacks", you will agree too.
Well spotted, +Terry McNeil :-D
 
Food Hacking

I laughed way too much...

For every useful food hacking tip there are 25 more for the terminally unfuckable and alone

At some point in the past few years, the internet burst breathlessly into our kitchens and began rummaging around in the cupboards. It started slamming grapes between lids and insisting they needed to be cut in half. It poked spaghetti into our coffee pots LIKE A BOSS and shouted “HACK” in our faces while we nodded along, confused. Quietly, we wonder to ourselves whether (LIFE CHANGING!) putting a fork in an Oreo solves any kind of problem, or if serving crudités in an old muffin tin (ZOMG!) is really making our mind equal blown.

Imagine this scenario: Over at Mi6, agents are busy decoding complex intelligence systems that pose a threat to international security. At lunchtime, Pete from accounts bounds into the office kitchen, carrying his avocado salad (the internet invented avocados) in a Mason jar. “Hey guys,” he grins. “Check out my SICK SALAD HACK,” he says, aggressively bashing his lunch through the neck of the jar. “Pretty keeeewl, huh?”


#food #foodhacks #cooking
Are we really such a feckless generation we can't get it together to use an oven? Seriously, have you ever actually tried to make a quiche in a mug?
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giggles at salad in a jar
To be fair, it sounds pretty logical, +Cathy Samuels :-)
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Bored? Stressed? Need a new time-sink?
http://www.snapshotserengeti.org/

Highly recommended. Have fun, learn something gnu new, participate in some Community Science, and get away from everyday stress and negativity from people :-D

This is Season 8, and I'm happy to have it back, all thanks to the wonderful +The Zooniverse.

The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our projects include Galaxy Zoo, Planet Hunters, Moon Zoo, Old Weather and many more. Visit zooniverse.org for the complete list

""Snapshot Serengeti" is a science project by the University of Minnesota Lion Project, which seeks to classify over 30 species of animals within the park using 225 camera traps to better understand how they interact with each other and lions." - from the Wiki
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Yes they do need a sign-up!
No worries, +Elizabeth Therese Niwel - have a good weekend too :-)
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What would be the most appropriate way to say Happy-Anniversary-On-This-Planet Day to +Charles Strebor???
Why, wish him rainz and more rainz, and cableicousness and more #cableicous . Preferably in the same frame ^_^

This framing was for you, Charles. Have a brilliant day, and a more brilliant year.
Go teh cablez
Go teh rainz
Go teh Rantz

So much branch!
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+Gita Jaisinghani I am, I am thanks muchly.
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Even a grumpy old cynic like me was moved.
Good on ya, Aussies!!
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-30479306?ocid=socialflow_twitter


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Well, thanks to +Philip Plait I think my weekend plans will need to be amended ^_^
And there's a sentence I never thought I'd ever say! :-D
To be fair, I had expected the movie to be schmaltzy and predictable - and the Wikipedia entry gave away the whole plot, loopholes and all. But apparently, there's quite a few things wrong with it. Le sigh

I wonder what he thought about Gravity then! ^_^
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/space_20/2014/11/interstellar_science_review_the_movie_s_black_holes_wormholes_relativity.html?wpsrc=fol_fb

via a friend at that other place
I generally enjoy writing movie reviews; they’re a fun way to gather my thoughts about a movie, analyzing its plot, the production, the writing, even the science. It’s for that very reason I dreaded writing this one. I was really looking forward to seeing Interstellar … but I thought it...
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Of course you are, +Charles Strebor!!
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Patients don't usually explode, but it does happen - Not a sentence I thought I'd ever hear!
This video had me gigglesnorting, eye-rolling and WTFing in equal measure.
Silly Science FTW.
Thanks for the giggles, +Elizabeth Therese Niwel :-)
 
As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world’s most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science — and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. 
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Hehehehhehehe +Yoon-Mi Kim 
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The case of the Bullet in the Wrong Place
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What I learnt from my MOOC on Forensics.
As some of you already know, I've been on a bit of of a MOOC-binge. Signing up for, and completing courses like they were going out of style. +Coursera seemed to have some rather conveniently-timed modules - all mostly work related, and I got a bit trigger-happy (pun not intended).
In the flurry of signing up for Social Psychology, Research Design and the like, I saw this innocuously titled Introduction to Forensic Science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Now, as a lifelong devotee of whodunits, I thought - hey, that might be fun. And I could not have been more right.

The course was fantastic, the instructor the best I've seen so far on any MOOC, and the subject - fascinating! It was a little basic, but hey - I don't need to know everything about Blood Spatter Analysis and DNA fingerprinting. And their pedagogy was superb too - they included 2 case studies in the assignments, which involved forensic evidence gathering / evaluation, and an assumptive reconstruction of the crime. I have never enjoyed analyzing a crime more :-)

For any crime fiction writers, I strongly recommend this course. For any Dexter / CSI / procedural fans, I strongly recommend this course. For mystery and crime readers, I strongly recommend this course. Just for fun, I strongly recommend this course.

No, I'm not fan-girling at all - why do you ask?!

Oh and a special thanks to +Lacerant Plainer for listening to my never-ending reconstructions, re-enactments and hypotheses - including, but not limited to, diagrams of blood spatter, ballistics and crazy back-stories!
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Hehe +Charles Strebor of course.. its all about chemistry - https://www.coursera.org/course/chem992
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