Online personality quizzes are increasingly popular, and you may have experienced a client/patient who takes one and wants to discuss the results as though they are meaningful and important. “Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t” takes most of the online personality quizzes to task, particularly the Myers-Briggs (which can be taken online for $50). The article briefly points out the lack of evidence-based support for these tests-with the exception of one’s that are based on the Big Five personality assessment system.

The article notes that the Big Five system is less interesting to the public because personality quizzes usually group people by, in the big five reports on five personality traits; people apparently find it easier to relate to a personality type rather than the more dry and abstract personality traits.

MHConcierge’s take: this article may help mental health professionals guide their patients/clients to better online personality quizzes based on the Big Five assessment system.

This article was posted by FiveThirtyEight.com on 1-2-18, and comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, PhD.

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