You probably recognize Myers-Briggs by its signature, four-letter combinations. And now it’s caught on with online daters, who advertise their personality type in the hopes of attracting someone with a complementary four-letter code.
Developed in 1942 by psychology researchers Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs, the system is based on a set of four binary personality distinctions — extraversion (E) vs. Thing is, Myers-Briggs is kinda bullshit, and pretty useless when it comes to choosing a romantic match.“Myers-Briggs is infamous for being the least valid, widely used personality test there is,” says David Funder, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. It’s fun to discover you’re an explorer and talk about it with other people, in the same way it’s fun to discuss the latest shows on Netflix.
With this in mind, here are your best partner matches based on your personality type.
Anyone who’s ever thumbed through Tinder or cruised Ok Cupid long enough has seen people sharing their Myers-Briggs personality types. Myers-Briggs is one of the most popular pop psych phenomenons in history, with 2.5 million people taking a Myers-Briggs test each year and the majority of Fortune 100 corporations using it to inform their leadership structures.
Prospective dates may make a negative assumption based upon your Myers-Briggs type, when the truth is that humans are far more complex than the system seems to indicate.