The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

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, hospita An unprecedented history of a personality test devised in the 1940s by a mother and daughter, both homemakers, that h...

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Title:The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing
Author:Merve Emre
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385541902
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing Reviews

  • Kelly
    Sep 30, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

  • Jessi
    Sep 16, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

    I requested this book from NetGalley not only because of my interest in the Myers-Briggs but also the title. "The Personality Brokers" conjured up for me the image of two women making their livelihood from the personalities of others. Sort of vampiric. And Emre sort of sets Katherine u...

  • Niklas Pivic
    Oct 14, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 18, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

  • Thomas
    Sep 22, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

    I requested this book from NetGalley not only because of my interest in the Myers-Briggs but also the title. "The Personality Brokers" conjured up for me the image of two women making their livelihood from the personalities of others. Sort of vampiric. And Emre sort of sets Katherine u...

    A summary: two bright women go a little bit nuts when confronted with the realities of staying at home raising children. I was first introduced to Myers-Briggs typing as a pre-teen, and from the start, I was confused by the weight that was the indicator was given, seeing as how eas...

    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 w...

    I tend to think of things like the MBTI as a sort of astrology dressed up in modern clothes ... and the history of MBTI's development seems to confirm that this isn't too far off the mark. But, Emre writes the story with some real sympathy for the mother-daughter duo at the origin of t...

  • Kristine
    Sep 11, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

    I requested this book from NetGalley not only because of my interest in the Myers-Briggs but also the title. "The Personality Brokers" conjured up for me the image of two women making their livelihood from the personalities of others. Sort of vampiric. And Emre sort of sets Katherine u...

    A summary: two bright women go a little bit nuts when confronted with the realities of staying at home raising children. I was first introduced to Myers-Briggs typing as a pre-teen, and from the start, I was confused by the weight that was the indicator was given, seeing as how eas...

    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 w...

  • Anna
    May 30, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

  • Nicolette
    Sep 28, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

  • Tina
    Oct 16, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

  • Jaclyn
    Sep 08, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

  • Dahnoor Noviansyah
    Oct 09, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

  • Mary
    Sep 30, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

    I requested this book from NetGalley not only because of my interest in the Myers-Briggs but also the title. "The Personality Brokers" conjured up for me the image of two women making their livelihood from the personalities of others. Sort of vampiric. And Emre sort of sets Katherine u...

    A summary: two bright women go a little bit nuts when confronted with the realities of staying at home raising children. I was first introduced to Myers-Briggs typing as a pre-teen, and from the start, I was confused by the weight that was the indicator was given, seeing as how eas...

    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 w...

    I tend to think of things like the MBTI as a sort of astrology dressed up in modern clothes ... and the history of MBTI's development seems to confirm that this isn't too far off the mark. But, Emre writes the story with some real sympathy for the mother-daughter duo at the origin of t...

    I appreciate the work and effort that went into this book (hence 4 stars), but I found it almost too in depth at times that I was "bored" and just wanted the book to be over. I love the world of psychology and it's tests, results, etc. However, I was left at times wondering if I really...

  • Don Heiman
    Sep 29, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

  • Dawn (The Reading Column)
    Sep 19, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

  • Matt Schindel
    Sep 13, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

  • Tina Panik
    Oct 14, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

  • Gumble's Yard
    Oct 19, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

  • Daphne
    Oct 08, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

  • Amanda O.
    Jun 12, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Barbara
    Oct 16, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

  • Amber Daugherty
    Sep 11, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

  • Robin Bonne
    May 23, 2018

    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 relationsh...

  • Christopher Cronin
    Oct 02, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

  • RebeccaReads
    Oct 09, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

    I requested this book from NetGalley not only because of my interest in the Myers-Briggs but also the title. "The Personality Brokers" conjured up for me the image of two women making their livelihood from the personalities of others. Sort of vampiric. And Emre sort of sets Katherine u...

    A summary: two bright women go a little bit nuts when confronted with the realities of staying at home raising children. I was first introduced to Myers-Briggs typing as a pre-teen, and from the start, I was confused by the weight that was the indicator was given, seeing as how eas...

  • Deb M.
    Sep 30, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

    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, record...

    Strange story about the even stranger concept of personality testing. The writing made an already wild story even more interesting. WILD! ...

    To investigate the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most popular personality inventory in the world, is to court a kind of low-level paranoia. Files disappear. Tapes are erased. People begin to watch you. The first start of this book made me think of scientology, how ...

    Felt a weird, tense, stomachache of emotions reading this book because trying to sympathize or relate with the mother-daughter duo that was detailed, so precisely, was uncomfortable. They aren't relatable and I don't think it's the time period, necessarily, or even the historical conte...

    After I completed the Myers-Briggs personality test in Guidance class, I thought the test was an interesting way of identifying people?s personalities and wanted to know more about it. When I came across The Personality Brokers from a Goodreads recommendation, I knew I wanted to read...

    Free copy provided by the publisher. | What type are you? Extrovert or introvert, thinking or feeling, sensing or intuiting, judging or perceiving? Almost everyone has completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator because we like to know we fit into some type of descriptive box. Employers ...

    If you have ever taken the Myers-Briggs and wondered how it came about. If you've ever had an employer who used it in order to assign you to a pigeon-hole and wondered why. This is your book! My introduction to the Myers-Briggs was myself and a few friends taking it and being surpris...

  • Erin
    Oct 20, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

  • Pam
    Oct 01, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

    3.5/5 ...

    I was hoping for a more intriguing story. The story I got certainly seemed well researched, but I lost interest about halfway through. I vividly remember taking the Myers Briggs in college when I was unsure what I wanted to major in. I was an ISFJ and I also clearly remember that the "...

    The Personality Brokers is an engaging read that takes the reader on a journey of a mother and daughter?s passionate and challenging pursuit to bring the concept of ?Type? into society at large. The various settings of experimentation?from dream analysis to house parties, and T...

    This well researched, wild ride of a story follows the mother-daughter team (with no psychological training) who design and influence contemporary culture with their personality theories which succeed through a serendipitous combination of timing and tenacity. Combine their hysterical ...

    The first third of the book was interesting. The rest of the book could have been 25 pages total. ...

    Fascinating account of the history behind the Myers-Briggs personality test, and the women who developed it. ...

    Really interesting book about the women behind the personality test. I had always assumed they were men. ...

    Merve Emre?s 2018 book ?The Personality Brokers? is a biography about Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabell Briggs Myers who co-developed the popular and very controversial Myers-Briggs Personality Type Index. In the book Merve explains the various ways the Index helps us und...

    Last year I took this test and the result was INTP. After I read this book then I took the test again and surprisingly the result was INFP. Deep down I know that I?m a logical person but you know, people change. ...

    Fascinating! This was not just about Myers-Briggs, but also about the way the study of psychology has infiltrated and affected the culture at large. I wish I had read this with a book club--so much to think about and discuss! ...

  • Charlotte
    Jun 06, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

    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 ...

  • Olga
    Jun 07, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...

    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. ...

    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...

    My background is in psychology and I've always found personality testing fascinating, if dubious. Emre's exploration of the history of Myers-Briggs and the mother-daughter team behind it makes me think even more about how dubious they are -- and how dangerous they can be when used as t...

    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 th...

  • Mitch Hedwig
    Jun 07, 2018

    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 relationsh...

    In reading for pleasure do you (a) Enjoy odd and original ways of saying things or (b) Like writers to say exactly what they mean? To which I will add my own three questions. Feel free to give me your answers in the comments and I can provide you my own unofficial but carefu...

    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 Br...