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Cult of Personality Testing : How Personality Tests Are Leading Us To Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves (05 Edition)


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andlt;Bandgt;Award-winning psychology writer Annie Paul delivers a scathing exposand#233; on the history and effects of personality tests.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education, to decide on a career, to determine if they'll be hired, to join the armed forces, and to settle legal disputes. Yet, according to award-winning psychology writer Annie Murphy Paul, the sheer number of tests administered obscures a simple fact: they don't work. Most personality tests are seriously flawed, and sometimes unequivocally wrong. They fail the field's own standards of validity and reliability. They ask intrusive questions. They produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are: complicated, contradictory, changeable across time and place. andlt;Iandgt;The Cult Of Personality Testingandlt;/Iandgt; documents, for the first time, the disturbing consequences of these tests. Children are being labeled in limiting ways. Businesses and the government are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars every year, only to make ill-informed decisions about hiring and firing. Job seekers are having their privacy invaded and their rights trampled, and our judicial system is being undermined by faulty evidence. Paul's eye-opening chronicle reveals the fascinating history behind a lucrative and largely unregulated business. Captivating, insightful, and sometimes shocking, andlt;Iandgt;The Cult Of Personality Testingandlt;/Iandgt; offers an exhilarating trip into the human mind and heart.


The first book to thoroughly explore the phenomenon of personality testing.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Annie Murphy Paulandlt;/Bandgt; is a magazine journalist and book author who writes about the biological and social sciences. Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Yale University and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A former senior editor at andlt;iandgt;Psychology Todayandlt;/iandgt; magazine, she was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. Her writing has appeared in the andlt;iandgt;New York Times Magazineandlt;/iandgt;, the andlt;iandgt;New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Slateandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Discoverandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Healthandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;O: The Oprah Magazineandlt;/iandgt;, and many other publications. She is the author of andlt;iandgt;Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our andlt;/iandgt;Lives and andlt;iandgt;The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselvesandlt;/iandgt;.

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ONE A Most Typical American

TWO Rorschach's Dream

THREE Minnesota Normals

FOUR Deep Diving

FIVE First Love

SIX Child's Play

SEVEN The Stranger

EIGHT Uncharted Waters





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leem9, May 21, 2007 (view all comments by leem9)
Everyone who use test should know its limitations, but someone did neglect them. Let's notice them from this book.
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Paul, Annie Murphy
Free Press
Sociology - General
Assessment, Testing & Measurement
Psychology: Personality Disorders
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September 2005
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index; notes
8.44 x 5.5 in 14.525 oz

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