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Merve Emre

What’s Your Type? The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

Merve Emre

Saturday, 6 April 2019

10:00am

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

£7 - £12.50

Literary critic Dr Merve Emre looks at the history of the personality test, how it worked its way into the world’s boardrooms, military, universities, churches and classrooms, and how we define ourselves.

The world’s most popular personality test was conceived by a mother-daughter team of aspiring novelists, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Mayers. Emre explains how it took on a life of its own and was adopted across business and public organisations and inspired dating platforms. Despite this, experts in the field of psychometric testing struggle to explain its success or validate its results. Emre looks at attempts to examine the self and asks the ultimate question: What makes you you?

Emre is associate professor in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford specialising in 20th-century American literature. She is also author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden