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I have been interested in preferences, personality types and related topics for about two years, mainly as a by-product of a personal introspection process. For a long while, I have been quite enthusiastic about Myers-Briggs types, and saw the whole typology thing as an interesting model that can provide insights about ourselves. Nevertheless, I have now realized many of its pitfalls, like the often too categorical classifications and bogus descriptions, and more importantly the lack of scientific testability. I have studied some alternatives like enneagram, but these models seem to fall within the same class of funny, interesting but probably not very scientific toys.

So, my question: is it possible to devise a scientifically valid, testeable model for personality preferences or tendencies? Does something like "personality" exist or is just mumbo-jumbo?

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marked as duplicate by Nick Stauner, user3116, Artem Kaznatcheev Apr 4 '14 at 21:08

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  • $\begingroup$ I see now that there is a lot of overlap with the question you mention. And, yes, big5 is definitely better. $\endgroup$ – user4721 Apr 2 '14 at 10:35
  • $\begingroup$ It's not perfect either though! I am sincerely curious. There's plenty of room for debate. Also, the question I linked hasn't been answered sufficiently IMO, so there's room for you to define a slightly different niche of the debate here as well. $\endgroup$ – Nick Stauner Apr 2 '14 at 14:22