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    Has there been any observation made on predictability of a child's type based on the parents' types? Or is it kind of random? Not that I plan to have kids any time soon, but what would you expect from an ISTJ and an INFP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RansomedbyFire View Post
    Has there been any observation made on predictability of a child's type based on the parents' types? Or is it kind of random? Not that I plan to have kids any time soon, but what would you expect from an ISTJ and an INFP?
    from what i understand, if there's any correlation, it's minimal.

    perhaps the introversion/extroversion, as that seems to be physiologically related.
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    Not sure that this works realistically. Isn't type supposed to be nature and nurture?

    Anyhow in my case ENTJ + ISFJ = ENFJ & INTP
    Go figure.
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    Your children could end up being any "type" but will definitely be influenced by having ISTJ and INFP parents and your relationship with each other.

    The good news is that you have all the bases covered, except for extroversion. (So you will have to both work to make sure your children get enough contact with others and that you do not unnecessarily squelch any extroverts born into your family.)

    And you also have to make sure that both of you work on developing relationships with all of the children, regardless of type. Often parents find it easier to deal with some personalities than others, and since you and your husband are almost opposites in terms of pure type, it would be very natural to see you gravitating towards different children. You just have to remember to work on the relationships that are harder. (But based on your beliefs and values, that is probably something you already have in mind.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    Not sure that this works realistically. Isn't type supposed to be nature and nurture?

    Anyhow in my case ENTJ + ISFJ = ENFJ & INTP
    Go figure.
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    I'm from the house of Fi, if a member doesn't have it as Dominant it's in the Auxiliary. I don't think it's hereditary though, the stuff in my family that was files more along the lines of mathematical and musical ability. For a bunch of Fs we had no problem grasping the concepts past BEDMAS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RansomedbyFire View Post
    Has there been any observation made on predictability of a child's type based on the parents' types? Or is it kind of random? Not that I plan to have kids any time soon, but what would you expect from an ISTJ and an INFP?
    Find some data here.


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    Two people of above-average intelligence, regardless of their type, are slightly more likely to have N children as Ns are statistically more likely to be of above-average intelligence. Other than that, I really don't think there's any correlation whatsoever.

    (I am, admittedly, going on what I have divined from the data PTGatsby has posted as, for one thing, jumping to conclusions is a favored N pastime and, secondly, I'm too lazy to search for relevant statistics myself.)

    Edit: I've also read a few articles to the effect that introversion and extraversion are also partially hereditary.
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    N's do not have a typically higher IQ if that is what you are implying.

    T's do have an averagely higher emotional intelligence. Go figure.



    E/I is indeed heriditary, but not in the way MBTI operates with E/I. Instead take a look at eigther Eyseck's or Jerome Kagans books.
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