Suppose you made a movie about cars and decided to feature the 1970’s era Ford Pinto, arguably the most dangerous car ever made. In your movie, you say that since the Ford Pinto is a car, it is therefore representative of all cars, and since the Pinto had a gas tank that could burst into flames from even a fender-bender, that all cars are equally dangerous. Of course your movie doesn’t mention safe cars like Volvo, full-size sedans, pick-up trucks, SUVs or specialty vehicles like sports cars, convertibles, or limousines. Nope. The Pinto is the poster child for cars.
That’s the problem with the documentary Persona – The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests. The movie shines the spotlight on the well-known Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and swings between those that love knowing, being and relating to one of the sixteen personality types; versus those who are trying to change laws to prevent assessments like this from being used as a pre-employment test.
The film mocks those who embrace the Myers-Briggs while advocating for the elimination of pre-employment assessments. The film focuses on people who believe they were harmed and branded as unemployable as a result of being rejected for work – supposedly because of their test results. Kyle Behm was one of those people and he committed suicide while the movie was being filmed. The advocates against personality testing for employment issue the dire warning that everyone is or will be negatively impacted by personality assessments.
The film takes five huge leaps of faith and expects viewers to leap along with them: