# Thread: Personality Types in Population

1. ## Personality Types in Population

This is a basic question Ive never seen addressed: what accounts for the varying percentages of type distribution across the population?

Why ISTJ 11-14%, INFJ 1-3%, or ENFP 6-8%? What determines this?

2. Originally Posted by eternal recurrence
This is a basic question Ive never seen addressed: what accounts for the varying percentages of type distribution across the population?

Why ISTJ 11-14%, INFJ 1-3%, or ENFP 6-8%? What determines this?
My guess is one or all of the following:

1- It's impossible to know the exact number unless you type every person in the population.
2- If you did #1 then you would have to rely on the test being accurate and that the people taking the test knew what they were doing.
3- Most likely the people making up these numbers looked at a large sampling of a population and figured out the likely range of certain types given how prevalent they were in the sampling pool.
4- Pudding.

3. the accountant.

4. Originally Posted by eternal recurrence
This is a basic question Ive never seen addressed: what accounts for the varying percentages of type distribution across the population?

Why ISTJ 11-14%, INFJ 1-3%, or ENFP 6-8%? What determines this?
The original numbers I've seen were in Myers' book, and were just determined from her sampling from various schools (both college and highschool). The newer statistics I guess are taken from a much larger sampling, considering how many official tests are given out.

5. so whats your conclusion? given we cannot measure it. do you believe that there are still stable variances within a population of each type that could theoretically be determined?

6. it doesnt matter what the statistics are. my question is what accounts for the fact that there are at all...

7. http://www.celebritytypes.com/philosophers/

Celebrity types in the above link at the bottom of each page for each repsective personality type has the percentages for how common each type is.

8. The Myers and Briggs Foundation statistics.

I think these were taken from the official MBTI results.

9. Whatever the reason is, it's likely a complex and multivariable answer. But a thorough discussion and maybe even sociological study to try and explore different angles of "why" would make for some excellent reading.

10. i don't believe we have accurate statistics. we don't have accurate measurement of cognitive preferences. tests 'measure' traits or attitudes that are only loosely related to the typological aspect of cognition and that are also correlated with other patterns, such as stages of development and related cultural memes. especially the S/N percentage is most likely a mistake. we don't understand how type is created, so this thread is open for speculations, but there won't be a consensual answer.

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