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Two interesting articles discussing common MBTI types seen in 'gifted' individuals.

According to the first study, INFP's are the most common type found in gifted children.

http://www.educationaloptions.com/resources/documents/x-PersonalityandSchoolAdjustment.pdf

Anyone have any thoughts as to why this is? Do you think INFP children exhibit precious intellectual development more often that other types?


Another study claims that the N-P arrangement was the most common amongst gifted individuals. It also talks about 'N' learning preferences and teaching methods that should be utilized by a largely 'SJ' teacher population in order to better accommodate N-P learners.

http://personal.ashland.edu/~jpiirto/mbti.htm

Thoughts...?
 

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Nah, disagree. (Though I'm an INFP) There are numerous gifts in the world and I think every type can have special abilities and different approaches to talents, especially if they embrace what they love. I think many INFPs would really shine if they had more confidence and motivation. I totally have learned too many intelligent ideas and contributions from each type. I know as a child I really cherished wisdom and had special relationships with many people older (and younger than me).
 

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If you say "gifted" as in mathematics, the sciences, the arts...then yes, I believe N-Ps are the ones that possess this gift the most, but I wouldn't say exclusively INFPs. N-P types tend to be curious about their physical environment and have an appreciation for the arts and intellectualism, more so than other types.
 

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It seems to make sense that the largely SJ teachers would admire the NP children's use of Ne more than the more enigmatic Ni. So it's entirely possible that this is a biproduct of animus/anima.
 
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