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Fun With the Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Inventory (MBTI) - An Experiment; Please Join

ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.

Starting to Get Interesting Results

BUT First, I NEED HELP - I need some more Extraverts to participate

While the number of people participating is still pretty low, there are enough to begin seeing some patterns develop from the various experiments below such as more people who test out as "Intuitors" tend to be Left-handed than any other type or INTPs might be leaning toward Atheism or Spiritualism as opposed to Monotheism.

Please join the experiment.

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS

THE MBTI PROFILE OR MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INVENTORY attempts to describe a persons personality in terms of:

  1. How you interact with the world (E-I)
  2. Where you get your information (S-N)
  3. How you process that information (T-F)
  4. How you present the results of that process to the world (J-P)

I and other hubbers have looked in depth at each of these characteristics and have defined them well in other hubs (see Related Links), so I will just briefly rehearse (some of the lecturers I listen to love to use that word, makes them sound hoity-toity) what comprise those four bullets. You see two letters, e.g., E-I, after each bullet. They represent the two opposite ways that particular characteristic is expressed.

For example, take the first bullet; 'E' stands for Extrovert and 'I' stands for Introvert; terms you are probably familiar with. Each side of the characteristic has a range of values, from 1 - 9 I believe, where 9 is the extreme end of that personality trait. So, if you scored an E-9 on the MBTI survey, you would be a very gregarious individual indeed. If were an I-9, which I almost am, you would be very painfully shy in normal settings.

EXTROVERT-E and INTROVERT-I

Now, for E and I, gregariousness and shyness are just the outward expression of something more fundamental. Extroverts and Introverts draw their energy, the thing that keeps them awake, from two distinctly different sources. Extroverts draw their energy from the people around them, they feed off the energy from others, amplify it and return it. Introverts draw their energy from within themselves. Those things that keep an Introvert going bore the hell out of Extroverts and being around people sap all of the energy out of an Introvert. This is not something somebody chooses but is, for the most part, the way they are wired and how that wiring interacts with their environment. The same is true for the other three factors

Portrait of Albert Einstein after Winning Nobel Peace Prize in 1921 ALBERT EINSTEIN WAS A DEFINTE INTUITIVE

Portrait of Albert Einstein after Winning Nobel Peace Prize in 1921 ALBERT EINSTEIN WAS A DEFINTE INTUITIVE

SENSOR - S and INTUITIVE - N

EXTROVERSION AND INTROVERSION ARE HOW WE PRESENT ourselves to the world around us. Sensor and Intuitive (Intuition) are how we perceive information and they are as different as night and day. A high scoring Sensor and a high scoring iNtuitive have an extremely difficult time communicating with each other. Unless one or the other is a very patient and understanding person, then this can lead to serious conflict in peer-to-peer interactions but even more so in a superior-subordinate relationship.

Sensors, as the name implies, draw their information from the five senses; hearing, feeling, seeing, smelling, and tasting. There is no intermediate step between physically sensing the bit of information, converting it in brain, and understanding what it is. For an iNtuitive, there is such an additional step. Once the information is perceived, it gets lost with all of the other bits of information and understanding derives from the "intuitive" process of combining all of the information together in the subconscious.

For example, if you tell a Sensor it is "hot outside".they may look at a thermometer or ask you what the temperature is. If you cannot provide them that information, then they will probably go outside to check it out. Tell the iNtuitor the same thing and they may agree with you because they already know 1) it is July, 2) it is noon, and 3) you are in Florida; who needs to see a thermometer or know the temperature to understand the statement to be true. Sensors are from Missouri and iNtuitives are not (assuming you are old enough to know the reference.)

CARL JUNG

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FEELER - F and THINKER - T

THIS IS THE THIRD CHARACTERISTIC, how do you process the information you have? Do you let your emotions take over, 'F', or do you use logic to figure things out, 'T'? As with the others, this is situational, but maybe more so. My score makes me a very weak 'T', a score of 1 or 2 if I remember correctly. When I am writing my hubs, i tend to use the Thinking side of this personality trait, but when I dealing personnel issues with my company, I process information through my "heart" as they like to say. The stronger a 'T' I am, however, the less likely it is that you will let emotion cloud your decision making. Likewise, the higher the score on the Feeling side, the "rationale" your decisions are. Although they may be perfectly good decisions, they will befuddle a strong Thinking type.

JUDGER - J and PERCEIVER - P

THIS IS A TRICKY ONE. WHILE THE FIRST three personality types come straight from work by the scientist Carl Jung, this last one is a creation of Myers and Briggs. This characteristic sort of circles back to how you present your decision-making to the outside world. If you are a Judger, 'J', you relate to the world as an F-T, the processing function, if you are a perceiver, then S-N would be your style as they relate to gathering. That doesn't mean those (S-N or F-T) are what your scores came out to be, it is just how you prefer to come across to others.

Judgers are: planners, list-makers, and sure-footed in their judgement. Perceivers are procrastinators, always looking for more information, indecisive.

FINDING YOUR MBTI SCORE

I HAVE TAKEN THE MBTI SEVERAL TIMES over the past 30 years, and it has been consistently the same. I found a site for this Hub where you can take the survey yourself, if you choose. It is at HumanMetrics.com. It is a quick, 72-question survey (the real on is about 120 questions long) and only takes a few minutes.

I took it again and received these results:

Introvert(100%) iNtuitive(75%) Feeling(12%) Perceiving(33)%

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  • You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (100%)
  • You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%)
  • You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)
  • You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)

That is the first time the result has changed, I must be getting soft in my old age; the third category, Feeling over Thinking used to be reversed by about the same amount. Also, my Perceiving score is normally higher. (They used a percent scale instead of a 1 - 9 scale). If you look at my 'I' score, you can see why I write hubs rather than give lectures. The N-P combination explains why most of my hubs contain polls of one sort or another.

THE POINT OF THIS HUB

SPEAKING OF POLLING, THAT IS WHY I WROTE THIS HUB, to gather information. INTPs or INFPs both "wonder" a lot; they are curious about a lot of things and I am no exception. What follows is an increasing number of polls (as I think of questions to ask) to see if I can determine certain relationships between MBTI scores and other human characteristics; you will see what I mean when you get to the questions.

You, dear reader, are my subjects in this experiment, if you so choose to be. That, in and of itself will introduce some bias because people with certain combination of MBTI functions have already found this Hub boring and have gone elsewhere, some aren't interested in HubPages at all, for that matter. Over time, however, I should get enough answers to see if my hypotheses are correct; hypotheses which I will keep to myself for the time being (so as not to influence the outcome), but will publish later at an appropriate time.

So Please, keep coming back.

DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY #1

DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY #2

The first percentage are those that fall into that category on a national basis; the second percentage is what the current Hub survey show as results.

N = 55

ESFJ (12%) - 2 (0.8%)

ESFP (9%) - 0

ESTJ (9%) - 3 (1.2%)

ESTP (4%) - 0

ENFJ (3%) - 9 (3.6%)

ENFP (8%) - 20 (8%)

ENTJ (2%) - 8 (3.2%)

ENTP (3%) - 13 (5.2%}

DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY #3

The first percentage are those that fall into that category on a national basis; the second percentage is what the current Hub survey results.

Responses: 195

ISFJ (14%) - 6 (2.4%)

ISFP (9%) - 10 (4%)

ISTJ (12%) - 6 (2.4%)

ISTP (5%) - 6 (2.4%)

INFJ (2%) - 47 (18.8%)

INFP (4%) - 35 (14%)

INTJ (2%) - 41 (16.4%)

INTP (4%) - 47 (18.5%)

It is interesting to note the percentages in bold are what is found in the general population; and the percentages on the right is the representative sample of Hubbers who take the survey and answer these polls. After 195 results so far (and 55 Extravert reports), the deviation for all of the INxx is rather astonishing (normally 12% of the population vs 68% for Hubbers) as is the 25 who are ESxx, which normally account for 34% of the general population! It makes a pretty clear statement about the characteristics of people who enjoy Hubpages and this kind of information.

IT IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING THAT IT HAS BECOME OBVIOUS readers who participate in the this poll (or the one for Extraverts) are not representative of the population as a whole. More generally, there is enough evidence that those who participate in general are a horse of another color was well. In fact, I can state with a reasonable degree of certainty that Hubbers and the general population are polar opposites. Note that Introvert - Intuitors (INs) make up only 12% of the general population, yet in this survey and an astounding 68% of Hubbers who read this Hub are INs!

Do Different MBTI Concentrate in Different Religions?

5/7/15: WHILE PONDERING THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES between groups of religions, I began wondering if different personality types gravitate to one religion or another. Consequently, I thought it would be interesting to try to find out.

Below are a series of polls, each one lists a major group regarding one's belief system; and this includes no religion. Please pick the question which contains the group you most closely associate with and select your MBTI from the list provided.

Thank you.

MBTI and RELIGION QUESTION 1

MBTI and RELIGION QUESTION 2

MBTI and RELIGION QUESTION 3

MBTI and RELIGION QUESTION 4

SUMMARY OF MBTI vs RELIGION

TABLE 1 - MBTI vs BELIEFS

 ATHEISTSPIRITUALFUNDAMENTALISTMODERATE or LIBERALSTRICTACCOMODATING

ISFJ

1

2

1

 

1

0

ISFP

1

1

1

2

1

2

ISTJ

1

1

2

2

2

1

ISTP

5

 

 

1

0

INFJ

6

15

13

8

6

6

INFP

4

16

6

6

1

3

INTJ

8

7

8

7

3

7

INTP

14

13

7

6

6

4

ESFJ

 

 

1

 

 

ESFP

 

 

 

 

 

ESTJ

 

1

 

 

 

ESTP

 

 

 

 

 

ENFJ

1

2

 

1

0

ENFP

4

6

5

8

2

4

ENTJ

 

 

1

2

1

1

ENTP

2

 

2

2

2

2

 

47

64

47

43

28

30

TABLE 2 - DETAILED LOOK AT MBTI vs BELIEFS

 ATHEISTSPIRITUALISTFUNDAMENTALISTMODERATE/LIBERALNON-MONOTHEISTMONOTHEISTDIFFERENCE

I

40

55

38

31

95

69

26

E

7

9

9

12

16

21

-5

S

8

6

5

4

14

9

5

N

39

58

42

40

98

82

16

F

17

42

27

25

59

52

7

T

31

22

20

19

52

39

13

J

17

28

26

19

45

45

0

P

31

36

21

25

66

46

21

SF

2

3

3

2

5

5

0

ST

6

3

2

2

9

4

5

NF

16

38

24

22

54

47

7

NT

24

20

18

17

44

35

9

SJ

2

4

4

2

6

6

0

NP

24

35

20

22

59

43

16

FJ

8

19

15

8

27

23

4

TJ

9

10

11

11

19

22

-3

FP

9

23

12

16

32

29

3

TP

21

13

9

8

34

17

17

It does seem, at this point in time, that some patterns are developing. Looking at Table 2 it should be easy to discern at least one thing which has a chance of actually being a real difference, had that is that Introverts seem to lean toward non-Monotheism while Extraverts appear to do the opposite. The fact that 'Is' and 'Es' produce possibly significant opposite results would help support the hypothesis that being introverted or extraverted makes a difference. Only time will tell. (for the record, I am a very introverted spiritualist.)

Other things that stand out to me are:

  • Of non-Monotheists, Feelers seem to lead to Spiritualism
  • Of non-Monotheists, Intuitors seem to lead to Atheism
  • Of non-Monotheists, Intutitor-Feelers lean toward Spiritualism (given the above results, however, this is likely to even out)
  • Of non-Monotheists, Feeling-Percievers lean to Spiritualism
  • Of non-Monotheists, Thinking-Percievers lean to Atheism
  • Nothing pops out for the Monotheists yet.

HYPOTHESIS #1 - HANDEDNESS

My first survey has to do with whether or not there is any relationship between handedness and certain aspects of our personality traits; specifically how we gather and process information. I believe it is fairly well established that there are measurable differences between right-handed and left-handed people. I want to see if it shows up in the MBTI.

Based on the Previous Poll, I Need to Ask This One

CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDEDNESS RESULTS

One source I found said that 7-8% of people in the non-US world are left-handed, while 9-10% of Americans are lefties. Another source suggests that 10-11% of Americans are southpaws of which 9.7% are male and 12.5% are female. The common number used in America is 10%.

Using this information, if handedness was evenly distributed among MBTI groups, then around 10% of each of the above categories would report being left-handed; this is what is called an "unbiased" result; meaning there are no external influences handedness. To the degree the actual outcomes vary from 10% indicates there is some force or forces acting on handedness which introduces a bias toward one hand more than the other. Given that both handedness and Meyers-Briggs' Types are genetically driven, then one might suppose that there might be a link between the two. That is what this section is exploring

Right now, with 111 respondents one can start to make educated guesses about possible relationships between MBTI and handedness. Based on the tables below and keeping in mind that

1) Extraverts and Introverts were left out of the first survey,

2) There is a major under representation of Extraverts in the overall sample so far, and

3) there appears to be a bias toward lefties in the S-N, F-T groups,

To get additional information, I added a new poll asking for the handedness of Extraverts and Introverts. So if you are reading this part to see what is new but have taken the polls already, please go back and take this new poll. Thank you.

Of The N = 174 Respondents, How Are The Results Distributed

TABLE 3

 RIGHT-HANDEDLEFT-HANDED

S-Sensor

12%

3%

N-iNtuitive

68%

16%

F-Feeler

42%

9%

T-Thinker

38%

10%

With N=174, For Each MBTI, What % Are ...

TABLE 4

 RIGHT-HANDEDLEFT-HANDED

S-Sensor

80%

20%

N-iNtuitive

81%

19%

F-Feeler

82%

18%

T-Thinker

79%

21%

Overall

81%

19%

From Table 2, there is a clear pattern beginning to emerge. While 49 responses is very small, the differences are beginning to take shape. Right now, 18% of the total surveys are Left-handed. I suspect this will keep dropping to around 10%. Note, however, the Ns and the Ts, it would appear, are going to be overrepresented byleft-handers. Only time (and more survey results) will tell.

HYPOTHESIS #2 - INTELLIGENCE and MBTI

People can be intelligent in many different ways. Normally we think of a high IQ (intelligence quotient) being related to scientists, but that is necessary the case. You can have geniuses in advertising, art, entrepreneurs, etc; each one of those have a different combination of of MBTI functions. This is what I am trying to ferret out here.

To take this survey, you need to know your MBTI and have an idea of what your IQ score is. It doesn't need to be exact for I am just looking at ranges with 100 being "normal". This will be a series of three polls as I am testing for various personality functions.

IQ vs E or I

IQ vs S or N

IQ vs F or T

I have 40 responses now, so I can start taking a crack at drawing some meaning out of the results. The first thing to establish is that the demographic the statistics represent is a very select group, and they are: 1) people who are drawn to Hubpages, either directly, but more importantly, via search engines or other means, 2) of the group in 1), those who like Hubs on subjects like this, 3) out of those, the people who don't mind responding to these kinds of surveys. Needless to say, there is a lot of the population not represented in our sample and a bunch of potential bias is present, especially when the sample size is small like 40 is. A sample of 1000 would be much better.