Caren and Doug talk over our culture’s obsession with personality profiles and the instruments to construct them, ranging from “What’s Your Hogwart’s House?” to Myers-Briggs and Big Five Factors. We also touch on StrengthsFinder, Gretchen Rubin’s Four Temperaments, and the Five Love Languages. What drives our fascination with these, at the personal and institutional levels? What are they good at identifying and what do they distort? More important, is the whole enterprise misguided? Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book provides the (delayed) epigraph.
Show notes (these will be fun):
If you’d like to take free versions of the personality tests mentioned on the show.
Gretchen Rubin’s Four Temperaments
The Open Source Psychometric’s Project has a range of tests you can take, including the Big Five Factors, which has come to fill the niche Myers-Briggs used to for institutions.
Clifton StrengthsFinder (not free, but no real free equivalent yet)
On Ignation meditation and examination of conscience, see the extensive resources compiled by Loyola Press.
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated by Gregory Hays. You need the physical copy of this book. If you know someone in your life who thinks all philosophy is dry, abstract, and pointless, this book will change their mind.