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    i bet it's pretty well balanced between genetics and environment.

    i don't think you'll see any real consistent patterns in MBTI types within families, though. MBTI is just shorthand for a hugely complex system of thought and processing.

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    probably not. but i have an enfp mom and intp dad, so in my case i turned out a combination of both.

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    Can you show which genes code for which traits? No. No you can't.

    Therefore you can't say that MBTI is genetic.

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    hmmm...I've always thought that was an interesting idea, but a bit shaky. How would DNA code for personality type? It could certainly work within my family, though.

    Dad: ISTP
    Mom: INFJ
    Sister: ISFP
    Me: INTJ

    ...we're a family of hermits.

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    I don't think it's genetic in a way that you will inherit your parents' cognitive function preferences. However, you can tell if a baby is extroverted or introverted almost straight away once they are born -- so something has to be 'there' before the nurture even begins. I think nurture plays a huge part, though. My mom (ISFJ) and dad (INTP) always stressed the importance of communication, caring for others, being principled, etc. so perhaps that helped shape me and my sister's preference for Fe. I'm INFJ and she's ENFJ -- same genetics, same environment, so perhaps that means something...
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    I know from my psychology days that extraversion/introversion has a pretty strong correlation right from birth to adulthood. (As 21% points out above me as well.)

    I am not sure where it comes from, but I feel that in looking back at myself throughout my life I came out of the gate as an INFP. My parents both got typed and my dad is an INTP, and my mom is an ENFP.

    My dad has spent a lot of my life trying to make me into an INTP like him (not consciously but I don't think he knows how to parent otherwise ), and my mom spent most of my life trying to turn me into an ENFP like her.

    There is probably some kind of genetic component to it. My dad's family, extended and immediate, has an abnormally high rate of NTs in it.

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