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    Default Do animals have types?

    I have a pet parrot who acts sort of like an ENFJ and an INTPish ferret. Do animals have MBTI types? They have brains just like people, so I would think that they would; then again, their minds work differently. Or perhaps the smarter creatures have types(I can hardly picture typing a snail or a housefly). What do you think?

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    I think the more developed animals definitely have personalities, though their minds are not as complicated at all as the human psyche. (That's why I like animals.)

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    My bunny is ENTJ, no doubt about it xD I am her minion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Royal Xavier View Post
    I have a pet parrot who acts sort of like an ENFJ and an INTPish ferret. Do animals have MBTI types? They have brains just like people, so I would think that they would; then again, their minds work differently. Or perhaps the smarter creatures have types(I can hardly picture typing a snail or a housefly). What do you think?
    Trying to fit animals onto an MBTI system doesn't really make sense. Are animals intuitive? Do they make decisions based on logic? Do they have a preference for closure? It's all projection, imo.

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    I think animals quite clearly exhibit E/I (sociable - reserved) and J/P (clean and picky - messy and dirty). But I think that basically all animals are SF.

    Perhaps the smarter animals are thought to be T, but that's probably just anthropomorphism.

    If animals somehow can be fitted to MBTI, their types certainly are much more simple than the people types

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    If they do, are INTP dogs less likely to want to play fetch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Trying to fit animals onto an MBTI system doesn't really make sense. Are animals intuitive? Do they make decisions based on logic? Do they have a preference for closure? It's all projection, imo.
    Indeed.

    An animal's mind is not made to fit within a human typing system.

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    But nonetheless, we could make comparisons with humans. For instance, elephants's brains are three times larger than ours, and the area dedicated to memorization is beyond compare. Their memory knows no equal, it's probably eidetic. Thus, somehow, their minds would probably look very S to us.

    The more clever the animal, the more sense the comparison makes. Dolphins, chimps and elephants might be good candidates.

    Though I always thought crabs were very INTPish... Lonely, feed on corpses, not very expressive, hard-shelled and communicate only with their claws. But that would rather be a metaphor, of course...
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    I used to breed dogs and actually experimented with this in terms of astrological signs and they do seem to fit their birth sign. MBTI?.. probably a stretch but it would have to be modified down to three functions I think. I've lived with animals... multiple at a time and currently 10 of them... and, as I said, they do seem to fit astrological signs.

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    Do animals have types?

    Some do, I think they're called Homo sapiens sapiens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    If they do, are INTP dogs less likely to want to play fetch?

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