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Myers-Briggs, Thematic Apperception Test and Self-Help Books

I need to indentify the following for the Myers-Briggs, Thematic Apperception Test and self-help books:

Validity
Comprehensiveness
Applicability
Cultural Utility

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Let us first figure out the working definition of the terms:

Validity-Does the tool measure what it set out to measure? How does it fair compared to others tools?
Applicability-How relevant is this to the subject at hand? Can it be applied in a variety of situations?
Comprehensiveness-Does it cover all areas of the subject at hand? How detailed is it?
Cultural Utility-Can it be used across various cultures? Does it apply to individuals of diverse backgrounds?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that is designed to uncover an individual's personality type by assigning them to a specific paired trait.
Validity-As per the National Academy of Sciences committee, the MBTI has very weak validity. Compared to other scales of its type it measures very low (with the exception of the Intraversion-Extroversion scale). However, some other groups swear by the test and maintain that the test is valid in every scale and gives an accurate assessment of an individual's personality.
Applicability-The test is said by some researchers to not be applicable in most situations. This is basically because individuals may be tested and categorized into a personality type only to be categorized into another type when they are retested later. This may be a sign that the test is not relevant in ...

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This solution discusses how to indentify the following for the Myers-Briggs, Thematic Apperception Test and self-help books: Validity, Comprehensiveness, Applicability, Cultural Utility.

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