Is MBTI only appealing for those who feel unusual, misunderstood, or like they 'do not fit in''?
According to CAPT the rarest types are:
INFJ 1-3% of total population
95% of forum presence is filled by types which represent about 25% of the total population.
A common interpretation is that their type is so uncommon that they are most likely to be interested in personality theories. Perhaps it's the magical N-intuition, which can realize the potential of classifying personalities unlike the oh-so unimaginative S, which allures to them?
Could a general feeling of being misunderstood, unrelated with personality type, be responsible for such enthusiasm?
To refresh some memories:
- An individual takes an MBTI assessment.
- Several dozen answered questions later, four seemingly random letters show up. "PRFV, hmm..."
- Then comes the type description "except for a thing or two, that's pretty accurate!"
- PRFV are estimated to account for 1-3% of the U.S. population. "It's true, there aren't many like me that I know", "that explains a lot!"
For many, it seems that it's the impression of being dissociated from peers, or having society work against them, that drives them to exploring MBTI.