Have you always wanted to know how and why corporations became so enamored of the Myers-Briggs? My dissertation and current book project, Personality, Incorporated, explores the uptake of personality tests in management and how our psychological capacities became valued as human capital. “Personality Incorporated,” (2018) examines how management consultants and psychologists developed psychological testing and training techniques to measure and elicit, psychological skills in an emerging post-war management class. These management practitioners claimed that cultivating the psychological capacities of corporate workers—their capacity to motivate themselves, think intuitively, and work in teams—would garner economic returns for the corporation and emotional fulfillment for the worker.
The full dissertation is available here!