Anne Diebel works as a private investigator in New York. She was formerly the Robert L. Belknap Faculty Fellow at Columbia. (December 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

Simple Answers to Profound Questions

Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel, creators 
of the Myers-Briggs personality test, early 1900s

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

by Merve Emre
“Personality is never general; it is always particular,” wrote Gordon Allport, a Harvard psychologist, in 1938. While “personality” once meant merely personhood, since the late eighteenth century it has referred to the qualities that make a person distinctive. Within the field of psychology, the term was initially used of abnormal …