The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves


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5.53 X 8.05 X 0.81 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

ANNIE MURPHY PAUL is an acclaimed science journalist who contributes to Scientific American, the New York Times, Time, Slate, and many other publications. Formerly senior editor at Psychology Today, Paul is a Future Tense Fellow at New America, as well as a senior adviser at the Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning.


"[A] fascinating new book."
-- Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
"Engaging...Paul is a graceful writer who combines lucid science reporting with colorful biography and intelligent social commentary."
-- Sally Satel, The New York Times Book Review
"Here is America's corporate world (and, too, a segment of our university life) as they have come to terms with human variousness -- and alas, subdued it to the demands of ambition and avarice: individual complexity brushed aside in favor of catchall psychological categorizations. A book at once daringly original-minded and thoroughly, importantly instructive."
-- Robert Coles, author of Lives of Moral Leadership, The Call of Service, and The Spiritual Life of Children; James Agee Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University
"I've been waiting for someone to investigate personality testing, and it turns out Annie Murphy Paul has exactly the right personality 'type' for the job -- skeptical, smart, funny, and relentlessly thorough."
-- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women
"Ms. Paul draws a veritable quacks' gallery of modern personality testing. With an eye for the absurd, she makes a compelling case that such tests tell us more about the men and women who put them together than about the subjects taking them."
-- The Wall Street Journal