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Myers-Briggs and the Fiery Pits of Hell

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Circulating on Facebook these days is a link to something explaining "The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type." I rolled my eyes and then reposted the link too, adding, "I didn't even look at this, because hell to me would be to have to take the goddamn test and put any faith in its results. It's so freaking crude! No. Just no."

And someone who claimed "not to take things so seriously" showed up to tell me basically, how if I would, like her, take the test and care about the results and know what they mean, it would make that I didn't take the test so seriously, and that would be A Good Thing, whereas my dismissing it was Bad and meant that I took it way too seriously.


No doubt you've heard of the Myers-Briggs test. You might have taken it. You might even know and care about your type.

Good for you.

But here's the thing: it's been debunked as pseudoscience, criticized as meaningless. A lot.

And even if it hadn't, it sucks.

I really hate those open-ended questions at the end of Facebook or blog posts designed to invite/provoke people to respond. They seem so gratuitous and crude, like people can't figure out what the comment box is for unless you spell it out for them, like they can't make some sort of connection and figure out a way to add to the conversation unless you ask the most obvious of questions.

What sorts of social media rhetorical strategies really bug you?


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