I started the exact same thread on a socionics forum. So thus I proceed. Here are some people who were child prodigies during their childhood. What do you think is the MBTI type of each? Also, do you think that there is any correlation whatsoever between MBTI type and child prodigies?
Norbert Wiener, mathematician
Terrence Tao, mathematician
Blaise Pascal, mathematician
Brian Greene, theoretical physicist, mental calculator
John von Neumann, mathematician (among other things)
Daniel Tammet, mental calculator, linguistic savant
H.P. Lovecraft, writer
Pablo Picasso, visual artist
Jeremy Bentham, philosopher, social reformer
John Stuart Mill, philosopher, social reformer
Bobby Fischer, grandmaster, chess prodigy
Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician
Ruth Lawrence, mathematician
William James Sidis, polymath, mathematician, scholar
Paul Erdos, mathematician
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Thread: Child Prodigies

02162008, 06:06 PM #1
Child Prodigies
"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..."  G.H. Hardy
"Another roof, another proof."  Paul Erdős
INTJ (I = 100, N = 100, T = 88, J = 43)
Solitary/Idiosyncratic, 5w6 sp/sx
RL(x)EI (RlxEI) Inquisitive Dominant
Reserved Idealist
ILINi/INTp

02162008, 06:12 PM #2
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Erdos, at a guess, INTP.

02162008, 06:18 PM #3
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Bobby Fisher: ENTp
H.P. Lovecraft: INTp
Daniel Tammet: ENTp or ISTp
Brian Greene: INTj
Blaise Pascal: ISFj
William James Sidis: ESTp
Ruth Lawrence: ESFj
Terrence Tao: ENTp
Best guesses...
I don't want to use MBTI types here because then they would all be stereotypical NTs.
And keep in mind, I'm not very good at Socionics, so take my types with a grain of salt.

02162008, 06:52 PM #4
John von Neumann strikes me as an ENTJ, from what little I've read of his biography.
Erdos  INTP.
Dunno much about the others.

02162008, 08:03 PM #5"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..."  G.H. Hardy
"Another roof, another proof."  Paul Erdős
INTJ (I = 100, N = 100, T = 88, J = 43)
Solitary/Idiosyncratic, 5w6 sp/sx
RL(x)EI (RlxEI) Inquisitive Dominant
Reserved Idealist
ILINi/INTp

02162008, 08:06 PM #6
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02162008, 08:08 PM #7
Aha. I thought you were sociotyping them by using model A blocks. In my opinion, V.I. is very dubious. I would not be surprised if there were a correlation between facial expressions and voice tone, yet a correlation between facial structure and personality sounds like rubbish to me.
"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..."  G.H. Hardy
"Another roof, another proof."  Paul Erdős
INTJ (I = 100, N = 100, T = 88, J = 43)
Solitary/Idiosyncratic, 5w6 sp/sx
RL(x)EI (RlxEI) Inquisitive Dominant
Reserved Idealist
ILINi/INTp

02162008, 08:17 PM #8
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I think Bobby Fischer was an MBTI INTJ, if that makes you feel better.

02162008, 08:18 PM #9"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..."  G.H. Hardy
"Another roof, another proof."  Paul Erdős
INTJ (I = 100, N = 100, T = 88, J = 43)
Solitary/Idiosyncratic, 5w6 sp/sx
RL(x)EI (RlxEI) Inquisitive Dominant
Reserved Idealist
ILINi/INTp

02172008, 12:19 AM #10
Care to name a few more nonmathematician prodigies? I only say that because this is a cool idea but I don't find mathematicians interesting for the most part.
I'll take a stab at Picasso though, but I'll need to look at some of his works and read about him a bit more.
Cool idea!
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