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    Hello there, I've been wondering if typology could have played a role in history. And I also have been asking myself whether the current distribution of types has a evolutionary meaning or not.

    Maybe some of you have thought of this before, maybe I'm asking the wrong questions, ...

    Your thoughts please! (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobe View Post
    ...I also have been asking myself whether the current distribution of types has a evolutionary meaning or not.
    Interesting... This makes me wonder 1) if personality types confer inherent advantages or disadvantages for survival, and 2) if there is a genetic component to personality type.

    I want to say "no" for number 2, but cannot really do so without experimental data to defend the conclusion.

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    ok, i'll the take the easy points.

    stone age society: you need mostly people with keen instincts and people to uphold the traditions (ancestral customs (= taboo on incest / which plants not to eat etc.)) i.e. sensates

    knowledge-based society: take a guess...
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    I often think of the possbile evolutionary adaptiveness of the NF temperaments, because its difficult to see how a bunch of "clutter" known as values, that seek to restrict and limit human behavior, would be adaptive. Its like NFs are the "voice of empathic reason" or something, but its a stretch to see why thats useful, unless you think people are just inherently immoral and we need NFs around just to keep the rest of us in check....

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    I think that we evolved largely as tribal creatures, living in groups of around 150 or so. Within these groups you'd need a certain amount of variation/specialisation to achieve maximum efficiency. So in every human population there would be rough tendencies towards different areas and different focuses. We aren't too specialised though, as there would be a need for balance as disease and conflict could reduce large proportions of the group quickly.

    So we have rough tendencies towards certain ways of being but we're also adaptable, and we try to put this into boxes/labels and there you have the mess we call typology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    I think that we evolved largely as tribal creatures, living in groups of around 150 or so. Within these groups you'd need a certain amount of variation/specialisation to achieve maximum efficiency. So in every human population there would be rough tendencies towards different areas and different focuses. We aren't too specialised though, as there would be a need for balance as disease and conflict could reduce large proportions of the group quickly.

    So we have rough tendencies towards certain ways of being but we're also adaptable, and we try to put this into boxes/labels and there you have the mess we call typology.
    something like that.
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