Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: A Cultural and Ethical Evaluation
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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This paper discusses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI with a focus on cross-cultural issues and the ethical use of type results. It draws upon a variety of pertinent literature, from the popular press to scholarly works. Cross-cultural issues include the universality of type, cross-cultural variations in type results, causes of those variations, and extrapolation of the results to cultural groups. Ethical topics include the potential for discrimination, the subjects viewpoint--including faking, ethical uses of the results, and employment-related issues. The paper concludes that while the MBTI is a useful instrument it must be applied carefully and should never be used to segregate people in or out--especially in employment decisions.
- Sociology and Law