I know a "disproportionate" amount of NJs (except ENTJs). If I didn't know population percents & commonly held ideas about who is "rare", then my own experience would tell me that NJs aren't especially rare (although certainly not as abundant as SJs or SPs). It's particularly amusing that NFJ men pop up in my life rather frequently, and being male, they're supposed to be "extra" rare. Meanwhile, I can count all the male NFPs I've ever met on one hand.Discuss:
How you feel less alone/more alone now.
Why nature/natural selection/evolution would disperse the types like this.
The validity of the statistics.
I too would expect INFPs to be more visible if we're at 5% (and surprised we're about as numerous as ISTPs & ESTPs, who seem very visible to me), but then, I know I am a rather reclusive homebody, and that may account for the fact we're hard to find; we're in hiding . Although, when I go in public, I am not very hard to miss; I read an INFP description lately that gave tips on how to spot an INFP, and one tip was that we often cultivate a funky, offbeat style of dress. True enough for me.... But no, I don't feel "less alone" knowing numbers, as stats don't affect my real life situation .
Regarding the other FPs, I think ESFPs are pretty common in the wild, especially for women, and I suspect that many ESFPs test N (for example, my ESFP sister sometimes tests N, and some of her interests might tempt someone to type her N), because MBTI tests can have bias for Si in defining Sensing. Although I find it very comforting to know ENFPs are the most common N. This is a good thing people . On a side note, I notice the ENFP provides the archetype for the "bohemian woman" in pop culture & literature; probably because they are the most visible of the NF women. It echoes the fact that in real life, despite supposed numbers, they are certainly not viewed as "typical", but distinctly offbeat.
ISFPs may not be particularly unusual in number, but they tend to still be rather unusual in character. I suppose this is partly why their attitude is not a dominant one in society. For example, people are constantly remarking that my ISFP step-dad is "different" and that he "lives in his own world". An ISFP friend of mine gets similar comments made about him; he is often called "weird" by his friends. You'd think the higher number of a type would lead their behavioral patterns to be seen more as "normal", but it's not the case for the ISFP.
I am rather surprised that Fe-doms are about equal with Fi-doms also. I realize Fe-doms are more visible, and with ESFJs being one of the most common types for women, it certainly feels like a "Fe world" to me.