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    Question Are you born with it?

    I've discussed this with many of my friends, and I've come to the conclusion that one's personality type is hereditary. For example I believe I get the NF from my mother, and P from my father, and E from my grandfather. I've found predominantly observant families do not have Intuitive children, and vice versa. What do you think?

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    I think it's maybelline.

    I don't know if it's hereditary, but to a certain extent it's probably fixed (ie, I'll be ENFP for the rest of my life). Also, P and E aren't traits/functions in themselves. P means your perception function (N or S) is extroverted. E means your dominant function (N, S, T, or F) is extroverted.

    Btw, according to Myers Briggs theory, there are 8 cognitive functions:
    Introverted Sensing, extroverted sensing,
    introverted and extroverted intuition,
    introverted and extroverted thinking,
    introverted and extroverted feeling.

    The four letter code indicates which functions one has and what order they're in (dominant, auxiliary, tertiary, inferior). The P/J in particular was invented by MyersBriggs for this purpose. Check it out: Understanding the Eight Jungian Cognitive Processes / Eight Functions Attitudes

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    This idea came to my mind aswell and I am still not sure, if you are born with it or not.

    My mum is iSfJ , my dad is iStP. I was raised by my grandpa until the age of 10, who is iNTp.

    I tend to go with the idea that you are born with personality.
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    I too think it's genetic... something actually encoded in our DNA... like eye, hair, and skin colour.

    Side note: My dad's an ISTP, too. ;P

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix13 View Post
    I think it's maybelline.

    I don't know if it's hereditary, but to a certain extent it's probably fixed (ie, I'll be ENFP for the rest of my life). Also, P and E aren't traits/functions in themselves. P means your perception function (N or S) is extroverted. E means your dominant function (N, S, T, or F) is extroverted.

    Btw, according to Myers Briggs theory, there are only 8 cognitive functions:
    Introverted Sensing, extroverted sensing,
    introverted and extroverted intuition,
    introverted and extroverted thinking,
    introverted and extroverted feeling.

    Check it out: Understanding the Eight Jungian Cognitive Processes / Eight Functions Attitudes
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    Quote Originally Posted by SparklingImpediments View Post
    I too think it's genetic... something actually encoded in our DNA... like eye, hair, and skin colour.

    Side note: My dad's an ISTP, too. ;P
    I doubt it's as simple as that (like the existence of a thinker/feeler allele located on chromosome 13.) Is that what you meant? Do you think it's a purely genetic phenomenon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparklingImpediments View Post
    I've discussed this with many of my friends, and I've come to the conclusion that one's personality type is hereditary. For example I believe I get the NF from my mother, and P from my father, and E from my grandfather. I've found predominantly observant families do not have Intuitive children, and vice versa. What do you think?
    I think that's a gross oversimplification. Not even close to true.

    There are certainly nurture factors.

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    I began showing signs of being INTJ-like after a head injury as a child.

    So no, I don't think it's hereditary...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dissonance View Post
    I think that's a gross oversimplification. Not even close to true.

    There are certainly nurture factors.
    And where are they for a N in S-world ?

    What does a madman keep up his faith, through aeons of time and through incountable proofs of being wrong ?
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    There may be a genetic component, but I don't think it's purely genetic. I have a big family and our types are all over the place.
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