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    Hello,

    What are the trends of how MBTI distributions change over time? Is there any indication that certain types occur more frequently in one generation than in another?

    Thanks!

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    Fascinating question!
    Is this the nature-nurture question in an historical context?
    I have no idea, but I'd really like to know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    Fascinating question!
    Is this the nature-nurture question in an historical context?
    I have no idea, but I'd really like to know...
    Not really. Data shows the distribution of the MBTIs among the general population. ISFJ, ESFJ and ISTJ are the most common, while INTJ, ENTJ and INFJ are the rarest. I just wondered if there was a noticeable change in this distribution over time. If there is, you can debate whether nature or nurture determines personalities, but that wasn't really what I was getting at.

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    I think Guardians have their highest proportions in a society where security is a very high priority (places with high sectional tensions like South Africa), while their lowest proportions are in countries with relatively laid back crime laws like the Netherlands. As far as the world dynamic goes, I'm pretty sure it's Guardians v. other three.

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    No evidence that, say, the zealous baby boomers produced more extroverts, or that the computer age spawns more introverts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badlands View Post
    I think Guardians have their highest proportions in a society where security is a very high priority (places with high sectional tensions like South Africa), while their lowest proportions are in countries with relatively laid back crime laws like the Netherlands. As far as the world dynamic goes, I'm pretty sure it's Guardians v. other three.
    Most SAs I've met were Exxx types (different culture, remember; different societal expectations... also, most SAs don't have a lot of personal space such as their own bedroom, so they get used to not being alone because there's nowhere to be alone). I stayed with a rich Afrikaans ISxJ lady for a week in Pretoria, her IxFx black housekeeper lived there too; an ESFJ and ESFP couple in a city close to Cape Town for a week; an Indian family in Durban FULL of ESFx (that was a headache... especially because their entire house was only four times the size of my normal-sized bedroom at home and I was quite sick by that point).... I was there from Jan-April; we met hundreds and hundreds of people all over the country.

    but most of the people we met were interested in changing South Africa, and were doing something about it. I suppose it would actually be a very SJ thing to do--the whole country is in a time of change, so they'd adapt to that and join the cause?
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    There's a similar thread to this one called MBTI and the Ages.

    I posted a link to an article about generational archetypes on that thread.

    Here it is again:

    Strauss and Howe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jae Rae View Post
    There's a similar thread to this one called MBTI and the Ages.

    I posted a link to an article about generational archetypes on that thread.

    Here it is again:

    Strauss and Howe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks for that, it's certainly an interesting hypothesis. Looks I belong with the next batch of heroes

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