An opinion disguised as “truth”

Merja Sumiloff
2 min readMar 9, 2021

Persona is not a documentary. It is an uneducated opinion filled with inaccuracies and misleading insinuations.

If I was to write down everything I thought about this program, I would be repeating what has already been said about MBTI® not being designed as a hiring tool, the suggestion that MBTI® is using facial recognition as a part of the profiling, etc., so I won’t repeat the points made in this article.

What I will say, though, is that any tool in the wrong hands can be dangerous. A chainsaw is a great tool for cutting down dangerous trees or creating firewood for the winter, but it can also be a weapon in the hands of an unstable/intoxicated person.

Most tools can be weaponized by people who are overly confident in using them, or want to exhibit their power over others. Rather than taking the time to learn to use the tool thoroughly, the creator of this program seems to have jumped into several assumptions. Here are some viewer responses to this opinion piece:

  • Those who understand the power and appropriate use of this tool will not be challenged by this misrepresentation.
  • Those who who don’t may be misled by this dangerous misrepresentation.
  • Those who are skeptical will have their biased confirmed.

It is clear that the creator of this program is not a professional MBTI® Practitioner, and instead of researching factually, has created a piece of work based on their perception.

I do and will continue to use “Persona” as a great example of an opinion piece and of what can happen when we jump past facts and into conclusions because of our own biases.

The danger in this program is that it promotes dis-empowerment through alternative [read inaccurate] facts disguised as education. Fear is an easy way to control people. It stops us from doing our own research and making up our own minds. Empowering the self and others via education and fact-based conversations is much harder.

Any professional MBTI® Certified practitioner knows the appropriate usage of the tool, and thus, uses it appropriately. We, as consumers, must ask questions to find out if the person who claims to be an MBTI® specialist has the appropriate training, and is adhering to the actual usage of the tool.



Merja Sumiloff

Integration Mentor, personality profiler, Founder of Sumiloff Academy of Human Integration