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    Default MBTI and feeling special

    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
    INTJ 2-4%
    ENTP 2-5%
    ENTJ 2-5%
    INTP 3-5%
    INFP 4-5%
    ESTP 4-5%
    ISTP 4-6%
    ENFP 6-8%

    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.

    Thoughts?

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    That's an interesting site you provided.

    The most common type is apparently ISTJ, consisting of 11-14% of the overall population. ISFJ is not far behind, with 9-14% overall.

    Most common in males is ISTJ, of which men are 14-19%.

    Most common in females is ISFJ, of which women are 15-20%.


    Anyway, to answer your original question, yeah I was surprised to not see that many S's here on this site, because I thought S was more common (and I was right). It could be the misfit theory that you bring up, but I take the tests just for the fun of it anyway. By the way, what's PRFV, are those random letters you just threw in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChosenOne View Post
    By the way, what's PRFV, are those random letters you just threw in there?
    Yes, to express how what you first see is four seemingly random letters that make no sense yet.

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    I study MBTI because it's one of the many ways of understanding others, and it's theory. I like theories and researching theories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Ashley View Post
    I study MBTI because it's one of the many ways of understanding others, and it's theory. I like theories and researching theories.
    Was the first step self-exploration or understanding others?

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    I'm surprised ISxJs are so common. I thought it was ESxJs that were the most common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayshaun View Post
    Was the first step self-exploration or understanding others?
    I have similar motives (understanding others), but I wanted to try to reach a greater understanding myself first before I sought to use the model to understand others. It just made sense to progress in that way, since I began to see traits in myself that could be explained by the model.. which in turn helped me understand the model better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayshaun View Post
    Was the first step self-exploration or understanding others?
    A couple of acquaintances introduced me to it, separately. The first one asked me to take it because she wanted to know my type. She figured I was IN of some sort. I got INFJ and said to her, "Great. There it is." I didn't think much about it. Then another wanted to know, and she explained it a little better, so after I took the indicator she sent me, I researched it. It proved to be a solid way to understand different types of people, so long story short, here I am. I had many other ways to understand myself before MBTI, which I still use primarily, but now I just add in MBTI/Socionics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greed View Post
    I have similar motives (understanding others), but I wanted to try to reach a greater understanding myself first before I sought to use the model to understand others. It just made sense to progress in that way, since I began to see traits in myself that could be explained by the model.. which in turn helped me understand the model better.
    Was the exhilaration of discovering the rarity of ENTJs a factor in becoming immersed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Ashley View Post
    It proved to be a solid way to understand different types of people, so long story short, here I am.


    An interesting thread on its own merits: "How did you end up here?"

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