personality research is not garbage

Academics love to trash anything that smacks of standardized testing. Personality research is one such area. Mention “Meyer-Briggs” or “the big 5 personality traits” and you’ll get a smirk.

But personality research is one of the most solid and robust areas of social science. Personality is relatively stable compared to many other psychological traits and it is actually not a bad predictor of things like job satisfaction and relationship quality. The most resent item is from a professor of psychology who decided to replicate dozens of studies from personality research. From Christopher Soto’s Twitter feed:

I’ll save you the effort. Personality research replicates very, very well. The one problem Soto found is that since…

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