CL265: Personality Tests – Interview with Dr Benjamin Hardy

Personality Tests

The Big Problem With Personality Tests

James Taylor interviews Dr Benjamin Hardy and they talk about the big problem with personality tests.

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Big Think, and many more. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and from 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer, in the world, on His latest book Personality Isn’t Permanent debunks the pervasive myths of personality as well as tests like Myers Briggs.

In this episode, we cover:

  • 3:03 – The changing personality
  • 3:52 – The body keeps score
  • 4:19 – How trauma freezes your personality
  • 5:36 – Myers Briggs tests
  • 7:04 – Carl Jung and the personality
  • 8:33 – Content vs Context
  • 10:05 – Mindfulness and Mindlessness
  • 10:53 – Your current and future self
  • 11:26 – Defining the person you want to be
  • 13:08 – The goal should shape the process
  • 13:52 – Personality as a comfort zone
  • 14:22 – The goal of selling millions of books
  • 15:08 – Your goals shape your identity
  • 17:44 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • 22:35 – Setting better goals

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