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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Introvert/Extravert social humor

    I read this in a personality type book and I was wondering what everyone thinks about the validity of it.

    I read that when joking around and making jokes about people, extraverts tend to make jokes about other people and introverts tend to make jokes about themselves. I'm an introvert, and I've noticed that for me this is true...while I sometimes make jokes about other people, I'm a lot more likely to make jokes about myself.


    So I have two questions:

    1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

    2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post

    1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

    2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
    1. No. It's not true.

    2. I make jokes about anyone (myself included). Honestly though, my jokes often target things and organizations/groups and not people.

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    ISFP - The Artists

    It's pretty equal, mostly other people.

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    Unknown Personality

    I don't know what my MBTI type is, but if I make jokes they're mostly directed towards other people, not myself.

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    INFJ

    I suppose that would be based on the idea of introverts being focused inward and extroverts being outwardly focused. But the idea of making jokes about yourself or about others doesn't really make sense to me from my experience with my family. Their humor is more representative of their cognitive functions. My sister is an INTJ and usually uses sarcastic humor that is aimed at other people and some of the dumb things they do or say lol. My mom(INFJ) has a silly sense of humor that is obviously aimed at just getting people to have a good time and share a laugh with her. My dad is an ISTJ, and he'll usually make observations and try to get people to laugh, but he seems to base it off of what he thinks specific people will find funny from his experience. I haven't noticed that any of them seem to joke more about themselves. I just have random humor that can range from extremely silly, to self-deprecating, to irreverent, to sarcastic...I do joke about myself sometimes xD
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I joke about myself more, but I joke about others also.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries


    Quote Originally Posted by teddy564339 View Post
    I read this in a personality type book and I was wondering what everyone thinks about the validity of it.

    I read that when joking around and making jokes about people, extraverts tend to make jokes about other people and introverts tend to make jokes about themselves. I'm an introvert, and I've noticed that for me this is true...while I sometimes make jokes about other people, I'm a lot more likely to make jokes about myself.


    So I have two questions:

    1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

    2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?
    I joke about everyone, everything, and myself.

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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    Interesting. Of course, this is an extremely small sample group, but so far it appears that there's no direct correlation between E/I and the focus of someone's jokes.

    Since I'm an ISFJ, it's possible that the reason of my own focus could be due partly to my feeling nature (or the I and F together), maybe to my whole ISFJ type, or maybe factors outside of personality type. Hard to say which, though I think at least part of it can be attributed to me being ISFJ.


    I think for me the thing is that I'm very sensitive about hurting other people's feelings. To me that's one of the worst feelings in the world...to know that I've hurt someone emotionally, even in a little way. I think a lot of that goes back to my own experiences as a kid. Anyway...I think I have a tendency to joke about myself because I know what I'm comfortable with and I can make people laugh with full confidence I won't hurt anyone.

    That's not to say that I never make jokes about other people. But it's usually people that I'm extremely close with...people that I have confidence won't be hurt.

    The more I think about it the more I see how this relates to other ISFJ qualities, particularly the serving nature.


    Thanks everyone for the responses! I've found it quite interesting.
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I joke about everybody

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    So I have two questions:

    1. Is this true for you? (whether you're an introvert or an extravert)

    2. Do you think this is true in general, or do you think that the focus of people's jokes is dependent more on other things than the I/E function?

    1.) I'm an introvert, and I tend to make light of anything that has a consistently negative turn/feel. I try to get people involved and not isolated with a joke. I usually say something indirect because a direct joke isn't all that funny to me...doesn't get the brain fired up, or my intuition involved; remember, being and INFJ, you intuit...I usually laugh at my own impressions than that of the joke by itself it's kind of complicated lol

    2.) I also think that jokes are more based on perspective and experience not so much on I/E or any other cognitive function. An introvert can talk about generally the same things as an extrovert, and this comes from the berth and wideness of their experiences...actually when I open up to people about my experiences I try to 'make light' of them, and lay a scene/image in their mind of the situation...it works like a CHARM because alot of people I joke with can 'see' me in those situations....I use peoples sense of imagery/intuition/imagination to get them to see things.

    Slap-stick humor is situationally funny, but it's not funny in general to me...it's like someone puts a big sign over it, and says "IT'S FUNNY!! LAUGH" and I'm like, "Well, not to me, but I'll laugh if you need me too" and then I do laugh!
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