In mid 2018, Jessica Gross visited Merve Emre in New Haven and interviewed her for Longreads.com. They discussed the MBTI and their own personal history of friendship, leading to the question, if the MBTI is predicated on the understanding that a person’s personality type never changes, how does one account for personal evolution?
In September 2018, Deborah Chase interviewed Merve Emre for the Boston Review, and they discussed, “what the test really measures and what it misses, how it has come to function as a form of divination and therapy in an age of secular alienation, and why its claims of innateness are at odds with richer understandings of personality and character”.
Dr. Merve Emre discusses the origins, evolution, and ongoing importance of the world’s most used personality test with Nam Kiwanuka on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. This interview was published online on 12th Nov. 2018. Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 … Continue reading Type-Casting Humanity
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world: approximately 1.5 million people take it each year, and it is used across businesses and universities to assist in training and hiring processes. The test uses 93 questions to sort people into one of sixteen categories, and it was originally invented by mother-daughter double act, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers, to help people choose jobs appropriate to their personality type.
Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 and we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Merve Emre to speak about her new book, What’s Your Type? Over the course of the evening, we will unpack questions around why personality tests are so popular and what their ongoing appeal says about humanity’s desire to define and label themselves. Dr. Emre will also be answering questions and signing books.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
 Bahar Gholipour, ‘How Accurate is the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?’, Livescience.com (2019). Available https://www.livescience.com/65513-does-myers-briggs-personality-test-work.html, accessed 30/05/2019.
Do you know your personality type? Have you put yourself to the test through an online personality quiz such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator? If you have, you’re one of millions of people around the world who’ve sought to categorise and quantify their personalities. But how did the personality test come about? And what does this cultural phenomenon tell us about how we define ourselves?
Cardiff BookTalk is pleased to invite you to a very special event to close our 2018-2019 programme. Turning for the first time to a non-fiction book, we’re thrilled to welcome guest author Dr Merve Emre to give a talk connected to What’s Your Type?.
Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English at Oxford University. She’s the author of two books and her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, and a host of other publications. Her most recent book, What’s Your Type?, draws from original reporting and never-before-published documents to give us an unprecedented history of the personality test conceived a century ago by a mother-daughter team—fiction writers with no formal training in psychology—and how it insinuated itself into our lives.
According to The New York Times, What’s Your Type? “begins like a true-crime thriller, with the tantalising suggestion that a number of unsettling revelations are in store. Inventive and beguiling…the revelations [Emre] uncovers are affecting and occasionally (and delightfully) bizarre. This is history that reads like biography that reads like a novel – a fluid narrative that defies expectations and plays against type”.
Dr Emre will be with us in person to unpack how personality tests help us to think through a timeless question: What makes you you? She’ll also answer readers’ questions and be available to sign copies of her book.
So please join us on Monday 3rd June! The main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee, and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff. To make the most of the session, you may like to read or reread What’s Your Type?—and check out some of the interviews Dr Emre has conducted about the book, which will be shared via the Cardiff BookTalk blog over the coming weeks.
Tickets are free and all are welcome – RSVP via Eventbrite now!
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