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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    Why are some types more common and others more rare?

    We all know the distribution of types among the population.
    My question is why....
    Why are INFJ the most rare? From an evolutionary perspective or whatever.
    Why are ISFJs so common among woman, nurturing instincts of course. It tells us that biology and gender do have an influence on the innate personality we are all born with.
    Some types seem obvious why they occur more in a certain gender, but has anyone studied this?
    Links are appreciated.
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    Unknown Personality


    Culture. We have tagged masculinity the thinking perspective and feminized the feeling perspective. Hilarious considering that ascribing masculinity to thinking is actually a feeling evaluation in the first place.

    Considering that personality types can in-fact change, and that there is no singular designation of what is a healthy or "most evolved" perspective. Say for instance you have a Thinking type grow more mature in her usage of the feeling perspective. Now that person is either someone who is totally undifferentiated, or some other type. Like a sensation one.

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    I would think that if type has a genetic component, certain types have been more suited for survival throughout the history of humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISTPersonality View Post
    We all know the distribution of types among the population.
    My question is why....
    Why are INFJ the most rare? From an evolutionary perspective or whatever.
    Why are ISFJs so common among woman, nurturing instincts of course. It tells us that biology and gender do have an influence on the innate personality we are all born with.
    Some types seem obvious why they occur more in a certain gender, but has anyone studied this?
    Links are appreciated.
    good question, I wonder if the NT's will become extinct at some future date. I just heard on the radio that the gene that is responsible for coding the ''red head'' will be no more as of 2060 meaning no more red heads, is our fate the same.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I have a feeling...shoot me, will ya...that if we were to do a poll these days that some of the types would shift a little in #'s. I don't know as if the catagories would change much. I still see a whole lot more SJ's in society by a long shot, though.

    To be honest, if there were a lot more NF's in the world life would be 'different'.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Nein View Post
    Culture. We have tagged masculinity the thinking perspective and feminized the feeling perspective. Hilarious considering that ascribing masculinity to thinking is actually a feeling evaluation in the first place.

    Considering that personality types can in-fact change, and that there is no singular designation of what is a healthy or "most evolved" perspective. Say for instance you have a Thinking type grow more mature in her usage of the feeling perspective. Now that person is either someone who is totally undifferentiated, or some other type. Like a sensation one.
    It probably has nothing to do with culture at all.

    Ascribing masculinity to thinking doesn't have to be based on a feeling evaluation, it can also come from personal observation. This link: Myers Briggs Statistics | Statistic Brain says that while 56.5 % of men are thinking types, 75.5 % of women are feelers.

    Many Socionics (arguably the better personality type system, arguably.) practitioners think that Personality types can not change but are in fact, inborn.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scelerat View Post
    I would think that if type has a genetic component, certain types have been more suited for survival throughout the history of humanity.
    I'm inclined to agree. Why would the world need many leading visionary types like ENTJ's and ENFJ's? It wouldn't fit right in a society.

    A couple of months ago I read a theory about how our DNA had to change to make any kind of person, within its limits of course, but would have a lower change to make, say an Ni dom instead of a Si dom simply because the world has no use for many Ni users, our genes would somehow know that certain traits are only good in scarce numbers. It's too bad that I can't find this post, it was very interesting and I wouldn't be surpised if any of it was true.
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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Dedication View Post

    I'm inclined to agree. Why would the world need many leading visionary types like ENTJ's and ENFJ's? It wouldn't fit right in a society.

    A couple of months ago I read a theory about how our DNA had to change to make any kind of person, within its limits of course, but would have a lower change to make, say an Ni dom instead of a Si dom simply because the world has no use for many Ni users, our genes would somehow know that certain traits are only good in scarce numbers. It's too bad that I can't find this post, it was very interesting and I wouldn't be surpised if any of it was true.
    How would the Catholic Church of the Inquisition days react to an ENTJ, INTJ, INTP, ENTP, or NF calling them on their shit?

    How would a tribal chief respond to an XNTJ calling them on their bullshit?

    Caesar's army is a great example, you need an NT or two to lead and a large number of SJs "Just following orders".


    On the other hand, the modern western "Democracy everywhere" movement, appears to be a largely Fi/Fe driven movement. We've already seen examples of what happens when you introduce weapons that a culture isn't ready for, lets say a culture is stuck in the mid-1300s and get access to modern weaponry. Now that's a recipe for disaster. Democracy isn't much better. The only reason why you'd want to introduce "everyone over X years old gets to vote" is if you are trying to undermine an intelligent group.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    https://www.boundless.com/psychology...d-personality/ Here's something you can pick apart or call bullshit on. The article basically says personality is based on genes but is more affected by responses to environment.

    Identical twins do have higher correlations in personality traits than fraternal twins, indicating that genetic factors do influence personality. However, while identical twins may have some similar personality traits, they still have distinct personalities. This suggests that genetics may have some influence on personality, but are not the only factor in determining personality. One study measuring genetic influence on twins in five different countries found that correlations for traits between identical twins were 0.50, while for fraternal twins were about 0.20. These findings suggest that heredity and environment interact to determine an individual's personality.
    I remember watching a documentary on a study involving twins that were separated at birth and when brought together were found to have many of the same personality traits despite growing up in completely different environments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinniebob View Post
    good question, I wonder if the NT's will become extinct at some future date. I just heard on the radio that the gene that is responsible for coding the ''red head'' will be no more as of 2060 meaning no more red heads, is our fate the same.
    That sounds quite absurd. The red head gene is recessive, meaning that there are a lot more people who are capable of producing red headed offspring than there are redheads. Considering there are some areas of the world that have redheads as a large minority, I don't think it's remotely feasible that the gene would die out in the near future.
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    according to the study the gene pool has become too diluted, I heard the report on NPR and was just relaying info


     
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