You might think that it's silly to try and type an entire nation, but I think that there might be some merit in doing so.
The main reason why I'm so interested in doing this, is that I constantly struggle to relate to or understand the perspectives of most other Americans. I tend to find them extremely frustrating in terms of personality. The only time I feel like something works the way it should, is when machines do it, or it involves money. Everything else about dealing with the average person here tends to frustrate me.
I'm interested in understanding WHY I have difficulty relating to so many other people, and what perspective they're all looking at things from that I can't see.
I mean, I had always thought that perhaps I found most people alien in general, but I've found that I end up having the same misunderstandings and issues with the US that those who grew up elsewhere have... which means that there must be some fundamental key missing from my view of the world that prevents me from being in-tune with the way that the people around me operate.
Don't get me wrong... there are plenty of things I like about living here. Freedom of speech, for instance, so that I can whine about things like this. I also like the fact that we're not a third-world country, and have fairly clean drinking water, safe food, and police protection. I like the fact that we have fairly good technological infrastructure, for power, telephone, and Internet access. Finally, I like the fact that we're a fairly wealthy nation with a lot of resources... although, I find it more unbearable here lately because our economy is bad (though I don't imagine it's much better anywhere else). I just don't like the general attitude and character of Americans, and I'm not sure why.
Thus, I'm trying to figure out which function/type I need to meditate on in order to understand my fellow Americans better. All I can tell you is that from a semi-liberal Ni-Fe perspective, it doesn't make sense or look very good.
The three most commonly proposed types for the US are ESTP, ESTJ, and ESFJ.
So, I'm wondering if I need to work on understanding Se, Te, or Si, in order to lessen my frustration and relate better to people.
If you think that the US is another type, please select "other" and explain.
Tell me what type you think it is.