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World’s top personality test doesn’t really work – should we ditch it?

World’s top personality test doesn’t really work – should we ditch it?

We are all different – something personality tests can fail to captureArcher/plainpicture By Jessica HamzelouPersonality tests are used by researchers, employers and even to shape policy, but a new study has found that the most widely-used test of personality doesn’t seem work for people in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, another study has found that…


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We are all different – something personality tests can fail to capture

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Personality tests are used by researchers, employers and even to shape policy, but a new study has found that the most widely-used test of personality doesn’t seem work for people in low- and middle-income countries. Meanwhile, another study has found that even in Western countries, it may only work for specific age groups. So why are we still using it?

The “Big Five” personality traits are openness to experiences, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The theory goes that all human personality traits fall into one …

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