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    Here is my story on culture/race and mbti. Yesterday I went to the gym and it was all african americans, and you know what, I felt much more comfortable around them then your standard white guy. This is my thinking. The african american culture seems to be a much more XSFP culture. I'm not saying there are more XSFP's, I'm just saying they have a very XSFP outlook on life. When in the gym, I wanted to use a bench and there was someone on it so I asked if I could work in. As he looked up I realized he was an ISTJ but he happily chimed "sure man no problem, let me just finish this set". Now usually if I ask a guy who is a white ISTJ, he has to pull the whole macho thing (this is in my gym, I'm not saying all ISTJs are like this) and and tell me to wait till they are completely finished, usually in a very rude manner (not that I care that much). In white corporate America, you dont necessarily need to be extremely smart to get ahead, as long as your a hard worker. To me, white corporate America tends to seem to look well upon the XSTJ culture. Even some XSFP white guys I know have this XSTJ mentality. When in the gym with all of the african americans, even the XSTJ's put me at ease because of what I see as a culture that accepts XSFP.

    That's just from personal experience. Wouldn't mind hearing other ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlittrell View Post
    Here is my story on culture/race and mbti. Yesterday I went to the gym and it was all african americans, and you know what, I felt much more comfortable around them then your standard white guy. This is my thinking. The african american culture seems to be a much more XSFP culture. I'm not saying there are more XSFP's, I'm just saying they have a very XSFP outlook on life. When in the gym, I wanted to use a bench and there was someone on it so I asked if I could work in. As he looked up I realized he was an ISTJ but he happily chimed "sure man no problem, let me just finish this set". Now usually if I ask a guy who is a white ISTJ, he has to pull the whole macho thing (this is in my gym, I'm not saying all ISTJs are like this) and and tell me to wait till they are completely finished, usually in a very rude manner (not that I care that much). In white corporate America, you dont necessarily need to be extremely smart to get ahead, as long as your a hard worker. To me, white corporate America tends to seem to look well upon the XSTJ culture. Even some XSFP white guys I know have this XSTJ mentality. When in the gym with all of the african americans, even the XSTJ's put me at ease because of what I see as a culture that accepts XSFP.

    That's just from personal experience. Wouldn't mind hearing other ideas.
    The one "official" study I know of is a paper by Dan Robinson, African American and head of higher education at Iowa State. He describes his culture as ESP but found that successful African American males tend to "mask" ESTJ. He prefers ENFP himself.

    I do a lot of work with urban schools and when we can get teachers to reframe behaviors as "extraverted" rather than disruptive, they start learning how to change the classroom environment to help these students succeed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Really? I thought Swedes and other scandinavians were known for being a little introverted or shy, and goofy.
    No, sir! Most people try to be extroverted over here, it's kind of the "ideal" to behave in ESTJ manner. ISTP and ESTP are also hugely popular. Male NF's and male introversion is very much discouraged. If a guy is introverted over here, at least where I live (way up north) it is seen as kinda gay to be silent and goofy. :rolli:

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    Quote Originally Posted by murkrow View Post
    Canada is pretty fuckin' F.
    I also think it is as a whole much more laid back than the United States for example. But that is very vague:


    I don't agree that culture will determine type all that much. It will determine to some degree how the type expresses itself, but not the type itself. And in a place like Canada, culture is different from one town to the next depending on the demographics (i.e. french or english, large asian/arab/ect population, average income and standard of living/education, east coast, southern ontario, prairies, west coast, north, ect). The difference even in one town between two different high schools could be completely different, so I say it makes no difference because culture can mean too many things and have too much variation.

    I think pretty much every country will be some kind of SJ, most likely STJ, just because those are the kinds of people that make the laws that govern the culture. But as Murkrow said, there are non STJ's that have a large effect on culture and law, and I guess that could be different in different places. Like In Canada I guess it would be some kind of F, maybe INFJ or ENFP.

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    I suppose here in italy we're ESFPs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlittrell View Post
    Here is my story on culture/race and mbti. Yesterday I went to the gym and it was all african americans, and you know what, I felt much more comfortable around them then your standard white guy. This is my thinking. The african american culture seems to be a much more XSFP culture. I'm not saying there are more XSFP's, I'm just saying they have a very XSFP outlook on life. When in the gym, I wanted to use a bench and there was someone on it so I asked if I could work in. As he looked up I realized he was an ISTJ but he happily chimed "sure man no problem, let me just finish this set". Now usually if I ask a guy who is a white ISTJ, he has to pull the whole macho thing (this is in my gym, I'm not saying all ISTJs are like this) and and tell me to wait till they are completely finished, usually in a very rude manner (not that I care that much). In white corporate America, you dont necessarily need to be extremely smart to get ahead, as long as your a hard worker. To me, white corporate America tends to seem to look well upon the XSTJ culture. Even some XSFP white guys I know have this XSTJ mentality. When in the gym with all of the african americans, even the XSTJ's put me at ease because of what I see as a culture that accepts XSFP.

    That's just from personal experience. Wouldn't mind hearing other ideas.
    Quote Originally Posted by edcoaching View Post
    The one "official" study I know of is a paper by Dan Robinson, African American and head of higher education at Iowa State. He describes his culture as ESP but found that successful African American males tend to "mask" ESTJ. He prefers ENFP himself.

    I do a lot of work with urban schools and when we can get teachers to reframe behaviors as "extraverted" rather than disruptive, they start learning how to change the classroom environment to help these students succeed...
    When I learned about temperament, I early on expanded it to societies in a similar fashion, especially since Tim LaHaye's book on temperament mentioned caucasian civilization as being very "Choleric". I was more familiar with his take on the Galen temperaments, which would probably correspond more to the Interaction Styles. So here's how I saw them (to translate):

    Caucasian: In Charge (aggressive, serious)
    African and African American (aggressive, fun loving)
    Asians: Chart the Course (withdrawn, serious)
    Jews were perhaps Behind the Scenes or Phlegmatic, because of their humorousness, as well as being influential in a less aggressive way.

    This wasn't looking at Keirsey temperament, but it is obvious thay the dominant Caucasian society is SJ, making ESTJ. (LaHaye would call this "Choleric Melancholy" or ChlorMel). I never thought about what African American society would be in the "conative" area. Their influence is probably what is softening the country down from it's strict ESTJ model. (Didn't Jennifer or someone also mention it becoming more P now?) So perhaps it is some sort of E_FP. But then, on second thought, there is traditionally a lot of Fe in the culture, especially regarding families, along with tradition. Could it be ESFJ? Or possibly ENTP?

    Asians would also seem to be very SJ. So, overall, ISTJ. I would think Jews are also SJ, so that may be ISFJ?

    It seems SJ is the dominant model in the world, because it maintains the people's identities and institutions (in addition to it being the most common temperament for individuals to begin with).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric B View Post
    When I learned about temperament, I early on expanded it to societies in a similar fashion, especially since Tim LaHaye's book on temperament mentioned caucasian civilization as being very "Choleric". I was more familiar with his take on the Galen temperaments, which would probably correspond more to the Interaction Styles. So here's how I saw them (to translate):

    Caucasian: In Charge (aggressive, serious)
    African and African American (aggressive, fun loving)
    Asians: Chart the Course (withdrawn, serious)
    Jews were perhaps Behind the Scenes or Phlegmatic, because of their humorousness, as well as being influential in a less aggressive way.

    This wasn't looking at Keirsey temperament, but it is obvious thay the dominant Caucasian society is SJ, making ESTJ. (LaHaye would call this "Choleric Melancholy" or ChlorMel). I never thought about what African American society would be in the "conative" area. Their influence is probably what is softening the country down from it's strict ESTJ model. (Didn't Jennifer or someone also mention it becoming more P now?) So perhaps it is some sort of E_FP. But then, on second thought, there is traditionally a lot of Fe in the culture, especially regarding families, along with tradition. Could it be ESFJ? Or possibly ENTP?

    Asians would also seem to be very SJ. So, overall, ISTJ. I would think Jews are also SJ, so that may be ISFJ?

    It seems SJ is the dominant model in the world, because it maintains the people's identities and institutions (in addition to it being the most common temperament for individuals to begin with).
    This is a very interesting way of looking at it. I, personally of course, always saw the japanese cultrue as accepting NT's much more. Specifically XNTJ. Other asian cultures may differ. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edcoaching View Post
    Type experts in India point to theirs, saying "We have a billion people, a million gods in our pantheon, and the goal of Hinduism is to go beyond what is seen." That last bit is the kicker toward N.
    No way!! No way in hell is India N. It might have been at one time, and sure, I think if you equate India with Hinduism, Jainism or Buddhism, as religions in themselves - whcih would be an almost fundamentalist thing to do, and very wrong - then perhaps India could be called N. And yeah, Gandhi, the Father of the nation, was N, but his vision for India and the India of today are so very very different.

    I've lived here all my life, and Sensors thrive. You need to be street smart, you need to be alert, you need to know how to talk to people and use every opportunity you get to get what you want and to get where you want. You need to know how to sell yourself here. Right from the bosses in the big corporates to the beggars on the street to the swamis on dope - everyone is marketing themselves and everyone's on the move. The education system depends on how much you can 'mug' up - that is, learn things by heart, which can be torture for right-brained people like me! Employment in a good place or government position more often that not depends on whom you know rather than what you know.

    And as for the J-ness? There's a running joke in India that IST (Indian Standard Time) stands for Indian Stretchable Time. NOTHING is on time, people. If your bus/train is scheduled for 7:00pm, it's bound to leave only at 8:30. Oh yeah, by the way, all timings are always rounded off for convenience. The only time they aren't rounded off is for the writing of a newborn baby's birth certificate, for astrological purposes.
    The bureaucracy can kill you (this is what we really have to blame the British for ) but it isn't efficient at all (the way a bureaucracy is meant to be.) This is mostly because the bureaucrats themselves have no idea of what is going on or if your form reached them or if your passport got made or not, and worse, they don't care anyway.
    India is P. Very P. So P that J people are constantly cursing.

    Oh yes, and it's a very F country. There's a lot of feeling and 'brotherhood' amongst people, most of the time, that is. The fact that there's suffering and poverty makes closeness very important to any given community. Festivals are celebrated with great splendour, people fall at the feet of their gods, it's all very F with a feeling of emotional saturation.

    I've made India sound so terrible. But this is everyday-India I talk of. Not how it used to be 2000 years ago. And you know what, it's not so difficult to live here once you're used to it! I looovvvve my country! It's ESFP-heaven. It's just one big party, people!
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    i think that probably all cultures have preferred personality types, which represent the "ideal" members of that society, and which influence the individuals within it when they take MBTI tests; but the true distribution of personality types is probably similar across cultures.

    it seems to me that most people in any given culture tend to prefer whatever traits are preferred culturally, whether they really have them or not (they may even really believe that they have those traits when they don't). i think this is true of sub-culturally preferred traits too (and i think this is why there are so many N's online but not in real life--i think most online N's are really S's--they post like S's at least).

    this is one of the problems i have with MBTI results, i think they reflect more often what people wish was true about themselves than what actually is true.
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    Originally Posted by murkrow:
    Canada is pretty fuckin' F.
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    But as Murkrow said, there are non STJ's that have a large effect on culture and law, and I guess that could be different in different places. Like In Canada I guess it would be some kind of F, maybe INFJ or ENFP.

    I'm curious to know what it is that makes Canada seem F to you. As for the S-N dimension, I live on the west coast, and although I find that, probably like everywhere in the world, we have a fair share of Sensors here in the general population, the general "atmosphere" is quite N. I don't know about the east coast, though. Never been there.

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