Are Business Psychologists mind readers?

June 27, 2010

Concentrate. Concentrate on the computer screen in front of you. Yes, yes, it’s starting to come through now. I get the distinct impression you’ve been through some ups and downs in recent years and it has been pretty stressful at times. But that might be due to the fact that you set challenging, and at times, unattainable goals for yourself. And as for your thinking style, well you’re the sort of person who values their independence, and who likes to check things out for yourself; who has a bit of a creative streak, but doesn’t always get the opportunity to show it. And let’s face it, you can get a bit bored and often feel you would like more excitement. The upshot is you tend to procrastinate and sometimes have a hard time firing up the old enthusiasm. As for relationships, you often keep your emotions bottled up, which isn’t very healthy, but you do it because you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. You’re also rather selective about your friends and picky about whom you want to get close to. And whilst you have a generous spirit, there’s a bit of a selfish streak inside, and this can make you feel a little guilty…

Actually no, business psychology isn’t about mind reading. If you want objective information about a person’s personality you need to use the appropriate psychometric questionnaires, coupled to a suitable feedback and interview session. ‘Cold reading’ (as above) is, alas, pure entertainment.


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