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Boyle, G. J. (1995). Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Some psychometric limitations. Australian Psychologist, 30, 71-74.
This is an electronic version of an article published in The Australian Journal of Psychology
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The present paper critically reviews the psychometric adequacy of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Although the instrument is extremely popular in applied settings, there is an urgent need for the development of valid and comprehensive local norms, in order to increase its predictive validity and utility within the Australian context. In addition, there are a number of psychometric limitations pertaining to the reliability and validity of the MBTI, which raise concerns about its use by practitioners. In view of these serious limitations, routine use of the MBTI is not recommended, and psychologists should be cautious as to its likely misuse in various organisational and occupational settings