It is pretty easy nowadays to know what type of personality you have, as a lot of type-based personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs, DISC, and Enneagram, can be found readily available online. Despite being popular, however, these personality types unfortunately do not meet the standards of “good” science.
First, from a psychological perspective, there is no such thing as a personality "type." That's not how personality is conceptualized nor how it works; it's a gross oversimplification. Personality is influenced by situations, context, unresolved trauma, and many other factors.
In his article over at Psychology Today, Benjamin Hardy states the risk of taking these type-based personality tests.
Type-based personality tests are not scientific. But they may encourage people to have a fixed mindset about themselves because rather than explaining personality, they give people a sense of identity in the form of a "type" or "category." Once people have made something an aspect of their identity, they can become blind or mindless to all the times when the label is false. They can also defend it because their identity is sacred to them. Rather than considering who their "future self" is and striving for growth, a person can justify mediocre performance by saying, "I'm a [fill in the blank]."
Read more about Hardy’s article over at the site.
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