I'd say there's a spectrum with respect to various kinds of scientific standards, and I discussed the falsifiability issue in my first post. The phenomena under study in soft-scientific fields are typically ones where it isn't possible to make the kinds of 100%-of-the-time predictions that you often can in the hard sciences, and where setting up definitive experiments — with "control groups" and all that — is often not possible to the same degree as in the harder sciences because of the multiplicity of influences involved (with respect to, e.g., personality characteristics), among other complicating factors.Do you think there is legitimately a spectrum from hard, to soft, to pseudoscience? Or is there just science or non-science?
I'm not sure what you're getting at. As I understand it, the official MBTI can be taken in various ways, some involving greater or lesser follow-up involvement by a certified administrator.How do you "administer the MBTI"?
That last linked post of mine (that you indicated you'd be reading) — including the Reynierse article it links to — addresses this issue. And in case you're not an INTJforum member and so can't access the links in that post, you can find replacement links in this post.You said cognitive functions and MBTI dichotomies are different in scientific validity. I thought they are quite similar in function and administration? I thought they were inseparable ideas (Socionics - the16types.info - MBTI: Descriptions of cognitive functions from various sources)
That goes to the issue of the accuracy of personality test results, and that's a problematic issue that afflicts the MBTI and Big Five both. It's undeniably a significant source of error that all the respectable psychologists using the typologies understand and take into account, but it doesn't render the typologies useless or invalid.How does one determine whether someone is a Thinker and not a Feeler? Through a few simple questions?
The studies involve having twins — including those empirically invaluable twins who've been separated at birth and raised in different households — take the MBTI (or the applicable Big Five type test), and then comparing the similarity of their results with the results from less genetically-similar pairs.The twins studies: how can you differentiate whether their temperaments are the same because of the accuracy of MBTI or because of something else?