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Originally posted by Universer
reply to post by ThirdEyeofHorus
For the record I didn't say that, nor did I imply it. I didn't understand a few of your points and/or didn't agree with them.
There really is a huge difference between psychology and psychiatry. Yes, some of the literature is shared, but that is true in many fields.
There are only a very few psychiatrists who, after finishing medical school and internships and all that, go for a Freudian analyst certificate (or something along those lines). These tend to actually talk to their clients (and are usually HUGELY expensive). However, the large majority of psychiatrists do not do that, and only spend a few minutes talking to clients before proceeding to write prescription drugs, often multiple types. Maybe the first session will be longer, and sometimes they use diagnostic tests, but not personality tests. Most of them do not even consider any type of non-pharmaceutical intervention. It's like a doctor's office (they are doctors in fact). In and out. Take your pills.
Psychologists generally spend at least 40 minutes talking and listening to clients in every session attempting to get at the heart of the matter.
I think Jung was brilliant. I haven't read his stuff on alchemy, but his stuff on dreams and coincidence still knocks me out.edit on 7/28/2011 by Universer because: Jung
The problems with Meyers-Briggs, and virtually all personality tests, are plentiful. The biggest criticisms are:
1 - The four factors MBTI uses to gauge personality are not a sufficient gauge of personality. Other personality tests use eight.
2 - Validity. In reading the questions on the test, it is easy for subjects to determine the intent behind the questions and answer accordingly, but not always honestly.
3 - Lack of Falsifiability. The MBTI takes its factors to be indicators of personality, but there's really no reliable method to test whether or not this is really the case.
4 - Background theory. The MBTI factors are based on the writings of Karl Jung, who was a student of Sigmund Freud. Psychology was still in its infancy during Jung's lifetime, and many would agree Jung's theories are much more philosophy than psychology. Much of his work, while certainly interesting, is not scientific in the slightest.