People have always had a tendency to categorize and oversimplify themselves in order to pin down the complexity that comes with being human. An example of this is personality testing—a method that organizations continue to pursue despite the lack of value and validity.

This research report, Personality Inventories: Fiction, Fact, Future, by Jane Bozarth reviews key literature on personality assessments and discusses why organizations continue to use them. The report explores the appeal of personality assessments, the problems that arise, and dives into popular assessment tools.