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Author Paul, Annie Murphy.

Title The cult of personality : how personality tests are leading us to miseducate our children, mismanage our companies, and misunderstand ourselves / Annie Murphy Paul
Published New York : Free Press, [2004]
©2004

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Description xv, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. A most typical American -- 2. Rorschach's dream -- 3. Minnesota normals -- 4. Deep diving -- 5. First love -- 6. Child's play -- 7. The stranger -- 8. Uncharted waters
Summary "Millions of Americans take personality tests each year: to get a job, to pursue an education, to settle a legal dispute, to better understand themselves and others." "Combining cutting-edge research, engaging reporting, and absorbing history, Paul uncovers the way these allegedly neutral instruments are in fact shaped by the agendas of industry and government. She documents the dangers of their intrusive questions, biased assumptions, and limiting labels. And she exposes the flawed theories and faulty methods that render their results unreliable and invalid. Personality tests, she contends, produce descriptions of people that are nothing like human beings as they actually are: complicated, contradictory, changeable across time and place."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Also published in paperback as: The cult of personality testing : how personality tests are leading us to miseducate our children, mismanage our companies, and misunderstand ourselves
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [229]-291) and index
Subject Personality tests -- United States.
Personality tests for children -- United States.
Employees -- Psychological testing -- United States.
Personality Tests.
Child.
Psychology, Industrial.
United States.
United States.
Author Paul, Annie Murphy. Cult of personality testing : how personality tests are leading us to miseducate our children, mismanage our companies, and misunderstand ourselves
LC no. 2004047186
ISBN 0743243560 alkaline paper