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This is a discussion on Which type is interested in MBTI? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; I was wondering which of the sixteen types are typically most interested in finding out their personalities. Does anyone know ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Which type is interested in MBTI?

    I was wondering which of the sixteen types are typically most interested in finding out their personalities. Does anyone know if there's any particular type and why? It may be what they find interesting about MBTI I suppose.

    As an INTJ, I'm interested because MBTI types help me understand how other people feel and why they act the way they do in certain situations and that's really helpful/satisfying for me. It seems to be my Ni function and Te working together that makes it like that.

    Is there any type that would particularly enjoy self-reflection and personality analysis/typing people?
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    I think anyone besides inferior-Ni types would have their reasons for studying MBTI. (My sister's an ESFP, and she finds any sort of introspection to be incredibly boring, which is a reason why I ruled out ESxPs.)

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    An N preference is the most important factor — and keep in mind that the general population is around 30% N (per the official MBTI database) — and introversion is the runner-up.

    June 2013 membership stats for PersonalityCafe:

    INFP 3723 — 21%
    INFJ 2580 — 15%
    INTP 2228 — 13%
    INTJ 1876 — 11%
    ENFP 1352 — 8%
    ENTP 1112 — 6%
    ENFJ 514 — 3%
    ISTP 527 — 3%
    ISFP 506 — 3%
    ISTJ 437 — 2%
    ENTJ 401 — 2%
    ISFJ 314 — 2%
    ESTP 159 — 1%
    ESFJ 102 — 1%
    ESFP 117 — 1%
    ESTJ 97 — 1%

    August 2012 membership stats for TypologyCentral:

    INTP 17%
    INFP 17%
    INFJ 16%
    INTJ 12%
    ENFP 10%
    ENTP 8%
    ISTP 4%
    ENFJ 3%
    ENTJ 3%
    ISFP 3%
    ISTJ 2%
    ISFJ 1%
    ESTP 1%
    ESFP 1%
    ESTJ 1%
    ESFJ 1%
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I's more often than E's, and N's more often than S's. INTJ and INFJ seem quite active on PerC. Ni seems to like to classify.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    yeah, as an ENFP I find it interesting but not as a concrete thing if that makes sense - it makes sense of people's general behavior rather than how they actually are as a person.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    The NF temperament with the desire for being authentic would be the group most interested in personally knowing their type.
    NTs would be next in line with the motivation of accumulating knowledge or in examining the theory. The goal is understanding.
    Some SPs would find the springboard use for interaction with others fun.
    The SJ temperament as a whole have the lowest interest. My guess is that most get involved because somebody important to them or an authority figure asked/told them to do it. [If it ever became a mainstream concept or venerated model, then the SJs would dominate because it would be the correct and respectable thing to do.]

    Personality theory is a theory, and theory is abstraction. Abstraction is linked to the Jungian cognitive process of intuition (or introspection as Keirsey labels it). The majority of people concern themselves with the concrete.
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    INFJ

    Intuitives are more prone to be interested on the MBTI. You can also see us all over the forum.

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    So, what it looks like is the trend:

    INxP's - Fi/Ti, Ne aux.
    INxJ's - Ni doms, Ne/Fe/Te aux.
    ENxP's - Ne doms, Ti/Fi aux.
    ISxP's - Ti/Fi doms, Se aux.
    ENxJ's - Te/Fe doms, Ni aux.
    ISxJ's - Si doms, Te/Fe aux.
    ESxP's - Se doms, Ti/Fi aux.
    ESxJ's - Te/Fe doms, Si aux.

    So, more or less:

    Ne aux. > Ni doms > Ne doms > Se aux. > Ni aux. > Si doms = Se doms = Si aux.

    It is possible, in a strictly mathematical way, to determine which functions and function locations prefer these forums. Still, it wouldn't be entirely relevant.

    Lets play some more:

    Ne-Si Axis
    INxP's - Fi/Ti, Ne aux.
    ENxP's - Ne doms, Ti/Fi aux.
    ISxJ's - Si doms, Te/Fe aux.
    ESxJ's - Te/Fe doms, Si aux.

    Ni-Se Axis
    INxJ's - Ni doms, Ne/Fe/Te aux.
    ISxP's - Ti/Fi doms, Se aux.
    ENxJ's - Te/Fe doms, Ni aux.
    ESxP's - Se doms, Ti/Fi aux.

    Overall it looks like Ne > Ni > Se > Si, as far as interest in these forums is concerned.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think SJ's, as a whole, are probably least interested in it, though, unlike what most people seem to assume, I don't think it's due to an incapacity to use abstract reasoning or to grasp theory. Rather, I think it's because MBTI is an unsubstantiated idea that has absolutely no basis in empirical reality, which probably bothers SJ types more than others. I am, obviously, an exception to this rule, though some of the more pseudo-scientific aspects of typology do bother the hell out of me.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Raawx View Post
    It is possible, in a strictly mathematical way, to determine which functions and function locations prefer these forums. Still, it wouldn't be entirely relevant.

    Lets play some more:...

    Overall it looks like Ne > Ni > Se > Si, as far as interest in these forums is concerned.
    Raawx,

    The question presented in the original post was which type is most interested in learning their type. Looking at forum membership/usage statistics would offer data more appropriate to types who have a sustained interest in personality theory.

    Some people obviously have come to this forum not knowing their Myers-Briggs type. There is a section, What's My Type? Data from that section of this forum would be more appropriate to guiding our understanding of the personality type of people most interested in learning what type they are. [Some would argue that unless those people arrive at their type by means other than the actual MBTI proctored by a certified person that they still don't necessarily end up knowing their type, that a high potential exists for false typing. False typing leads to invalid empirical evidence.]

    Now there's also the idea of greater and lesser as applied to the question. goldenamarylis posed the question regarding the degree of interest one could have of learning one's personality type. The question was not an inquiry into taking the set of all people who know their type, breaking them up into their 16 types, and ranking by number of people of each type (or more people represented = greater interest in learning about one's type).

    Since the nature of the question is really about value (personal importance), perhaps a subjective approach is more applicable (Kantian judgment vs. reason). I am reminded of Einstein: Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.


     
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