During the recession many people are finding it increasingly difficult to find a good secure job, where it is an employers market and many candidates are interviewed before companies select their ideal employee. But imagine that not only are you being judged on your academic ability, skills, previous employment, references but also your star sign?
Horoscopes claim to work on the premise that at the moment of birth, the child is influenced by the gravitational pull of the stars in their current position in relation to the earth. Astrologers claim to be able to determine the personality of the child, just using information about its time of birth. This was tested by Shawn Carlson in a blind trial, where 28 astrologers were given information about the births of 100 children and given 100 personality profiles, and were asked to match the birth details with the personality. The studies findings were published in Nature in 1985 3, with the conclusion that the astrologers performed no better than chance, “clearly refuting the astrological hypothesis”.
So why are employers in
2. Snyder, C.R., Larsen, D.L, and Bloom, L.J., Acceptance of general personality interpretations prior to and after receipt of diagnostic feedback supposedly based on psychological, graphological, and astrological assessment procedures. J. Clin. Psych. 32 (1976) 258-265.
E Markham (2011). Horoscope Hogwash Blogspot