This is a discussion on Mistyped Sensors and Intuitives (MBTI) within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Originally Posted by Aluminum Frost That's what they all say lol -.- what makes me a sensor to you?...
When it comes to people on forums such as this - it's probably a good idea to assume everyone is an N until proven otherwise - it's a complete reverse of the 'real world' statistics.
..and it makes sense, considering typology by it's nature is pretty abstract, there's nothing tangible here, there's nothing concrete, no real-world use for a lot of people - but it's interesting, and it's something that draws N types to it, more than S types, because it's basically a world of hypotheticals and theorising.
It's almost like a religion, in a lot of ways - for better or worse.
On top of this - I think INFJs are probably the most common type online, and we should almost start assuming people are INFJs unless proven otherwise - because no matter how you look at it, we're geared for 'typology theory'.
Introverts, so we like to spend time introspecting and mulling things over.
Intuitives, so these things will be non-tangibles.
Feelers, so these things will likely be related to people.
Judgers, so we like 'external structure' i.e the idea that people can be put into boxes - not *exactly* into boxes, but, it's a classification system that revolves around people and incorporates a whole lot of hypotheticals into it, and is the ideal platform for using our 'intuition' because we don't have to worry about being 'factually correct' etc.
Typology theory lets us dive into something without any worries about tripping up over inferior "Sensor" mistakes etc.
Even bring functions in, and you can link the 'average typology nerd' straight to INFJ.
We're just made for it. We've got to be the most common type, on these kinds of forums.
I don't think it makes sense to question everyone who thinks they're an INFJ in an area that's such a perfect magnet for them.
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I'd love some more recent statistics, because most (nearly all) posters in MBTI related Facebook groups are N types as well.
Are we assuming there's a single correct answer to whether an individual is N or S? Personally, I don't believe that there is, and so I don't really believe in "mistyping" at all. Where N ends and S begins is a theoretical line drawn in the abstract-conceptual metaphorical sand. There is no empirical way to capture it; the definitions of N and S themselves are not objective constructs. That said - what I do ascribe to is the "best fit" paradigm - that is, assuming that no one type is the "right answer", but that more than likely one type will be a more useful self-identification than the others.
In that case, a Sensor who misidentifies as an iNtuitive may likely be one who is naturally interested in foundational theory, in mysticism, in philosophy - subjects which lend themselves to N-style cognition. I suspect some confounding factors may include: Introversion (more reflective, more removed); Perceiving (more whimsical; more project-oriented); sx (more into intense immersive experience); e-types 4, 7, 9 (holistic, novelty-seeking, merging). My little brother, an ISTP 9w8 sx/sp, initially was tricky to identify between INTP and ISTP, and N-S is still probably the least clear of his preferences. He found the N-S questions on the MBTI assessment to be misleading, seeming to ask if he was a "deep" thinker (he is) instead of whether or not he is a concrete thinker (he is). An ExFP 7w8 sx/so female I know - she's clearly close on the N-S preference scale too - though I believe overall S makes more sense as she mainly seems to take in, consider, and utilize concrete information.
An iNtuitive who misidentifies as a Sensor may be one who is naturally more kinesthetic, who is drawn to practical or hands-on interests, who likes being out in the real world experiencing life and/or seeing the real results of their actions. I'd suspect confounding factors to be: Extraversion (more attention to outward environment); Judgment (motivated to achieve results and closure); sp (more attuned to resources and practicalities of life); e-types 2, 6, 8 (focus on others, focus on security, preference for controlling environment). I've personally tested SFJ from time to time, I think because my P preference is mild, I prefer a fair amount of physical engagement and/or experiential learning, and my e6 perspective inclines me to be more SJish than e9 or e4 INFPs. I think an ENTJ friend of my parents' (8w9 sp/sx?) would also be easy to mistake as an ESTJ, because she's very practical, efficient, and realistic. (I suspect the N giveaway, however, is that she always immediately drills my brother and I on our long-range academic and career plans - contrast my ESTJ supervisor, also probably 8w9 but sp/so, who discusses leadership development with me and asks how I would like to expand my skillset - more concrete, immediate future consideration.)
Regarding N and S statistics - I understand that it is commonly held that there is a much greater S population than N, but I don't see that being a realistic perspective. I tend to believe that is more of a reflection of the social insecurity and exclusion experienced by the INxx who typically discuss, write, and create personality type materials. In my own experience, N and S seem relatively evenly matched. The question is ultimately moot, of course, because there's no real way of measuring, and IMO there's no real answer, anyway. But believing that N is a sort of special designation - it's just not good practice. It sets up logical fallacies like tending to ascribe "better" thinking to N, even though iNtuition is just a description of cognitive behavior, not a determinant of cognitive content.
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