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Are you an ENFP? An ISTJ? A look at the history, validity, and potential of Myers-Briggs

A woman holds up the Myers Briggs Type Chart. Her name is printed in the square her type is.
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Marci Segal holds up the Myers-Briggs Type Chart. The chart sets out 16 personality types that most people are said to fall into. Her name is printed in the square her type is.

Who am I? We’ve all wondered at some point. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality test based on Carl Jung’s psychological types, has offered many an answer.

This hour, we delve into the history of the MBTI and contemporary applications of this test and explore its scientific validity. Plus, a look at a dating app that uses the 16 personality types to help people find love.


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Colin McEnroe, Carol Chen, Jonathan McNicol, and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.