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

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Medical News

Mind

| Analysis

10 July 2019

We are all different – something personality tests can fail to captureArcher/plainpicture
By Jessica HamzelouPersonality tests are widely used by researchers, employers and even to shape policy, but a new study has found that the most widely used measures 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 apply to a specific age group. 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 …

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