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    Default An observation regarding N-types and their apparent abundance on the 1ntarw3bz.

    I've been into MBTI for a couple months now, and have spent plenty of time lurking on and contributing to forums, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos made by people of various types. During this time I've noticed something: there are a lot more N-types represented (or people who claim to be N-types) than there are S-types. Also, there seems to be more INxx types than there are ENxx types, but the reason for this is pretty obvious, in my opinion.

    I did a quick search on YouTube and and could find only three videos made by or depicting non-xNxx types; one ISTJ, one ISTP, and one ESFP. There are plenty of INxx and a couple ENxx videos, though.

    A look at MBTI Central's main page shows this:

    The NF Idyllic: 337 threads and 21,190 posts
    The NT Rationale: 328 threads and 28,238 posts
    The SP Arthouse: 80 threads and 2,627 posts
    The SJ Guardhouse: 64 threads and 2,645 posts

    I checked out a poll-thread on this forum asking for peoples' types. Granted, not every forum member participated in this, but it still shows some interesting percentages:

    ENxx: 17.2% of voters
    INxx: 63.2% of voters
    ESxx: 2.77% of voters
    ISxx: 7.63% of voters
    The rest of the votes were cast by borderline, unsure, or uh, type-changing people.

    So what do I gather from this? That S-types don't care about basically useless activities such as posting on forums? That N-types are more interested in talking about whatever on the internet? That they are more likely to spend time on forums? I can understand this. I'm more comfortable talking with people online than I am in real life (usually). I can be more articulate in conversation, and post videos of flying penises attacking chess masters. Plus, there many internet sites devoted to many interesting things that are fun to discuss. Is this an "N" thing to do?

    Or is it that people like to think themselves as N-types? xNxx descriptions sure sound nice. You get to be a genius, or have premonitions, or be rare, or unique, or any number of things many people can't claim. Right? I'm not a genius. Smart? Sure! But not a genius. It's like when people talk about their IQs or SAT scores online. It's very easy to claim these things.

    Hmm...I am a very suspicious person. I'm suspicious of myself at times. Always questioning, and analyzing, and refining. "Checking facts and comparing notes".

    But the numbers I found are interesting (to me at least).

    So, basically, has anyone else noticed this abundance of N-types?

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    Heh. Yes. We INs don't tend to have real lives.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    That definitely accounts for bunch of the INs. But, I think a percentage of the INTxs on the internet are full of it. The "claimers" I bring up in my original post LOVE to talk about their inherent genius, as if being an NT automatically makes you one. They like the descriptions and follow the letters rather than learn about cognitive processes, which just isn't helpful at all. The cog-pros are much more interesting and helpful than the letters.

    In retrospect, it's mainly the apparent INTs that I'm suspicious of. I'm sure that most of the INTs on the internet are genuine, but, there are definitely some that have no idea what they are talking about.
    Last edited by Bear Warp; 05-25-2008 at 04:56 PM. Reason: Mixing of basically unrelated discussions I've read, detracts from whatever vague point I'm making.

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    So you claim Forer Effect?

    I would say that there's probably an overabundance of N-types interested in MBTI as compared to S-types (as demonstrated on this forum) but by now, everyone uses the internet. Ns are probably the ones more poking around the forums and searching through random topics of research on Google and Wikipedia, though, while Ss mostly come to find advice, things to buy, and games. Oh, lots and lots of games...

    So, if you look on this site, yes, I'd say most of us actually are N-types, but if you look on youtube, music forums, yahoogroups, etc., most would be Ss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Warp View Post
    That definitely accounts for bunch of the INs. But, I think a percentage of the INTxs on the internet are full of it. The "claimers" I bring up in my original post LOVE to talk about their inherent genius, as if being an NT automatically makes you one. I even read a post somewhere in which some kid was talking about how cool and advantageous it is to have "no emotions". What? Damn noobs! It's about as maddening as people diagnosing themselves with a mental illness because it seems cool to them.

    In retrospect, it's mainly the apparent INTs that I'm suspicious of. I'm sure that most of the INTs on the internet are genuine, but, there are definitely some that have no idea what they are talking about.
    Hmm. I guess I'm too old to have picked up the dynamic. If you notice a high number of INTs on this forum in particular, though, I think the fact that this is a spin-off of an INTP forum probably has more than a little something to do with that.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    All good reasons, folks. It's all summed up for me.

    And cafe: these...cases I speak of a pretty few and far between. Just run-of-the-mill internet pseudo-intellectuals that have discovered MBTI. Nothing really worth talking about.

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    There isn't an overabundance of N's on the internet, there's an overabundance of N's interested in discussing the MBTI.
    No offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Warp View Post
    All good reasons, folks. It's all summed up for me.

    And cafe: these...cases I speak of a pretty few and far between. Just run-of-the-mill internet pseudo-intellectuals that have discovered MBTI. Nothing really worth talking about.
    Hmm.

    Did you come from INTJ-fourms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6sticks View Post
    There isn't an overabundance of N's on the internet, there's an overabundance of N's interested in discussing the MBTI.
    Not necessarily a bad thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Hmm.

    Did you come from INTJ-fourms?
    Yeah. Place got stale for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Warp View Post
    Yeah. Place got stale for me.
    Ah, me too. I can see how somebody who stayed there for a while would get sick of people calling themselves INTxs. Well, I did, anyway.

    This place is better, albeit much, much slower.
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