It should be pointed out that questions have been raised over the MBTI’s reliability and validity and that when the purpose of the MBTI is misunderstood, it can be misused. For example, the MBTI was never designed to predict job performance, but is often used to do so.
Writing for Psychology Today, Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., suggests that perhaps the most effective use of the MBTI is as a tool for self-reflection. This makes sense, particularly when you consider the words of Isabell Briggs Myers who stated that “The understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire“.
Another very popular personality assessment test, The Big Five test measures the essential traits that above all others are said to reveal our core personality. Often referred to by the acronym OCEAN, the big five personality dimensions are:
Open to Experience – a core trait reflecting how broad-minded and imaginative a person is.
Conscientiousness – a core trait reflecting how persistent, dependable and responsible a person is.
Extroversion – a core trait reflecting how outgoing, sociable and gregarious a person is.
Agreeable – a core trait reflecting how courteous, cooperative, forgiving and soft hearted a person is.
Neuroticism – a core trait reflecting how anxious, insecure and emotionally stable a person is.
When it comes to relationship compatibility and personality traits, renowned clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jordan Peterson claims that if you are looking for a stable partner, what you definitely don’t want is too big of a mismatch between yourself and a potential partner on the big 5 personality dimensions. In outlining this view, which he notes has support within the relevant research literature, Peterson offers the example of an extrovert who has an introverted partner; claiming that there will be continuous conflict among the couple regarding the scale and nature of their social activity. Peterson argues that it’s very difficult for people to see eye to eye within relationships when they differ widely on core personality traits, because it’s not simply about a difference of opinion, it’s essentially about the needs of different types of people.