The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre

The Personality Brokers

An unprecedented history of a personality test devised in the 1940s by a mother and daughter, both homemakers, that has achieved cult-like status and is used in today's most distinguished boardrooms, classrooms, and beyond. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies, universities, hospitals, churches, and the military. Its language--of extraversion vs. introver...

Details The Personality Brokers

TitleThe Personality Brokers
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, History, Science

Reviews The Personality Brokers

  • Robin Bonne
    3.5 Stars. The beginning really tried to sell me on the mystery of the author’s journey to uncover the history of MBTI. After such promise, it slowed down for awhile, which is why I can’t rate it higher. Then it took a turn toward the bizarre when Katherine had a strange relationship with Mary “Tucky” Tuckerman. Overall, it was fascinating and there were moments of, “What did I just read?”Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a fr...
  • Mitch Hedwig
    The Personality Brokers combines a conceptually sophisticated intellectual history with a thrilling narrative. It takes a special kind of talent to make ideas this interesting. The "personalities" covered come to riotous life--Hitler, Jung, Truman Capote, to say nothing of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers themselves. Emre is always witty and always sharp, but never condescending to her subjects, no matter how eccentric they can be. An ama...
  • Anna
    I was totally engrossed in the story of the mother and daughter team behind Myers-Briggs. This test is nearly one hundred years old, and it's fascinating to see how it continues to impact huge institutions from the CIA to Fortune 500 companies. Highly recommend.
  • Amanda O.
    My friend lent me her advance copy and I finished it in a week!The Personality Brokers is the fascinating history behind the Myers-Briggs test and the mother-daughter duo who created it. The book was incredibly well-written and well-researched and raised interesting questions about personality psychology, which interest me greatly. I also loved how it delves into the history of the test - how it weaves together the psychological frameworks of Jun...
  • Olga
    Weirdest true story ever! If you have any experience with the Myers-Briggs test (who doesn't?) or are just interested in the idea of personality testing, definitely check out this book. This bizarre and compulsively readable history will make you think a little more deeply about all the professional development activities or Tinder profiles you come across that reference MBTI results. Super fun and informational read!
  • Charlotte
    This book was riveting and impossible to put down. A friend loaned me a copy and I finished it in three days even though I'm a slow and distractible reader.It's a fascinating history of the mother and daughter who developed the MBTI (much earlier than I would have imagined), and a broader examination of other personality tests, theories and research. It grapples with the question of why we as Americans, or maybe as humans, are so drawn to these t...
  • Jaclyn
    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it.
  • Amber Daugherty
    What's your type? Bet whatever type you are - ENFJ, ISTJ - you didn't realize that the Myers-Briggs test got its start in the early 1900s when Katherine Briggs began 'training' her daughter Isabel and other children in her neighbourhood to be obedient. She documented everything, recording how Isabel walked, talked, responded to games and experiments, certain that she could help impact how Isabel's life would evolve. As Isabel grew older, she beca...
  • Kristine
    The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre is a free NetGalley ebook that I read into early September.I had come in, already curious about what I recognized from an episode of Drunk History: its origins in the mother/daughter duo of Katharine Cook (pious, marries young to Lyman Briggs who is a scientist) and Isabel Briggs-Myers (Katharine's only child, diligently and punitively disciplined by her mom, codes her journal with initials to indicate what k...
  • Sarah
    I've been a huge fan (you could even say fangirl) of the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) for over twenty years. I also enjoy biographies, so I expected to highly enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be dry and while I kept trying to push through it, it simply was not interesting and I could not finish it.I received an ARC from NetGalley. It will be released on September 11, 2018.
  • Melissa
    If you were ever a skeptic of personality testing then this book will confirm that belief. I had suspected that the MBTI was less than scientifically rigorous, but WOW is it not even valid over repeat testing. The author really pulled a lot of information together - even when she couldn’t gain access to Isabel Myers Briggs papers - to try and shed some light on this widespread (and lucrative) evaluation. The beginning of the book was a bit hard...