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    Default Is there a hereditary component to MBTI?

    My understanding is that your type is an innate part of you, something you are born with. Nature, not nurture.

    Possible causes for traits we were born with:
    1. Genetic
    2. Mystic explanation. It is part of your soul.
    3. Environmental condition while we were in the womb, medications our mother took, etc.
    4. Other: I can't think of any other right now, but I am open to suggestions.

    For right now I want to discuss the genetic possibility. This seems to suggest that your letters would match one or more of your parents letters. For example: If one parent was N and the other was S, you could be either one. If both parents were S, you should be S. But maybe it is more complicated then that. Maybe N is recessive or traits skip a generation. Maybe you are not like either of your parents, but you are like one of your granparents.

    Would genetics explain why the majority of women are F and the majority of men are T? There are some traits/conditions that are recessive in females but not males, such as colorblindness. Could T and F work like that? Maybe T is recessive for females and F is recessive for males.

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    Yes, there is a hereditary component.
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    of course there's a bit of a hereditary component.

    but i'd say most of it is nurture. it's why you don't see twins with the same type.

    For right now I want to discuss the genetic possibility. This seems to suggest that your letters would match one or more of your parents letters. For example: If one parent was N and the other was S, you could be either one. If both parents were S, you should be S. But maybe it is more complicated then that. Maybe N is recessive or traits skip a generation. Maybe you are not like either of your parents, but you are like one of your granparents.
    well i'm an F and both my parents are Ts. my brother is E and both my parents are I. i can think of so many more examples.

    it certainly is not as simple as that. seems too complicated to even attempt to break it down in this manner.

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    I feel that for me, personally, my ENFP-ness was entirely genetically ingrained.

    Since the age of three I have been an ENFP.

    I will say this though, having two older sisters deepened or further stimulated my Ne and Fi traits.
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    Hmm.

    My mom is an ISFJ and my dad is an INTP.

    This leaves us with Si, Fe, Ne, and Ti to work with.

    I ended up INTJ -- Ni, Te, Fi, Se.

    So... I'd say no.
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    There isn't an Fi gene, or an Se gene you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChick View Post
    There isn't an Fi gene, or an Se gene you know.
    I know, but otherwise how are we going by 'hereditary'? Dichotomies doesn't make any more sense than function order.

    People do tend to be somewhat like their parents, but I don't think MBTI can be thought of as being 'hereditary' in such strict terms.
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    Some biological inclinations (such as towards extroversion/introversion -- based on the sensitivity of the body's nervous/chemical system) exist and have been discussed here before.

    As far as the other function sets, it's complex (a set of biological initiatives coupled with environmental factors such as culture and upbringing). Note that behavior that creates calm rather than anxiety will be favored by an individual, if you want to look at the function pairs that way. as to why it causes anxiety to use certain functions? I suppose that's what we're discussing.
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    The truth of this matter is unknowable, and so I'm going with the mystical approach.

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    Human ethology is an interesting thing.

    We inherit a suite of genes that correlate to our propensity to engage in certain complex behavioral characteristics/patterns.

    There is *definitely* a genetic component to our personalities.
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