Ever talked to somebody about something and wondered why they just don't get it? Ever talked to others and had them understand immediately? Feel that you are in the minority with your beliefs? Well, I think personalities may play a big role in this.
I have been a fan of personality types of quite some time. One of the best personality indicators I know of is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. It does a great job at breaking personality types into 16 main categories with 4 different dichotomies. Your basic groups are:
While all these different types of dichotomies are important, I am primarily going to focus on your perceiving functions because I find that the most important when it comes with dealing with political leaders and bankers. It is important to understand how people bring in information.
Wiki gives a nice definition towards the difference between Sensing and iNtuition:
Sensing and iNtuition are the information-gathering (Perceiving) functions. They describe how new information is understood and interpreted. Individuals who prefer Sensing are more likely to trust information that is in the present, tangible and concrete: that is, information that can be understood by the five senses. They tend to distrust hunches that seem to come out of nowhere. They prefer to look for details and facts. For them, the meaning is in the data. On the other hand, those who prefer iNtuition tend to trust information that is more abstract or theoretical, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. They tend to trust those flashes of insight that seem to bubble up from the unconscious mind. The meaning is in how the data relates to the pattern or theory.
Another definition for the two:
The "SN" preference refers to how we gather information. We all need data on which to base our decisions. We gather data through our five senses. Jung contended that there are two distinct ways of perceiving the data that we gather. The "Sensing" preference absorbs data in a literal, concrete fashion. The "Intuitive" preference generates abstract possibilities from information that is gathered. We all use both Sensing and Intuition in our lives, but to different degrees of effectiveness and with different levels of comfort.
We are Sensing when we:
- Taste food
- Notice a stoplight has changed
- Memorize a speech
- Follow steps in a plan
We are Intuitive when we:
- Come up with a new way of doing things
- Think about future implications for a current action
- Perceive underlying meaning in what people say or do
- See the big picture
Within the context of personality typing, the important distinction is which method of gathering information do we trust the most? Do we rely on our five senses and want concrete, practical data to work with? Or do we trust our intuitions without necessarily building upon a solid foundation of facts?
These are extremely important definitions. You can see how these two types take in new data in very different ways. You can see how Sensing types are more "in the moment" while Intuition types look for "the big picture".
Now let's take a look at how these percentages break down with the population:
$header = array('Type', 'Percentage');
$rows = array('SJ: Guardians', '46.4%');
$rows = array('ESTJ: Supervisor', '8.7%');
$rows = array('ISTJ: Inspector', '11.6%');
$rows = array('ESFJ: Provider', '12.3%');
$rows = array('ISFJ: Protector', '13.8%');
$rows = array('SP: Artisans', '27%');
$rows = array('ESTP: Promoter', '4.3%');
$rows = array('ISTP: Crafter', '5.4%');
$rows = array('ESFP: Performer', '8.5%');
$rows = array('ISFP: Composer', '8.8%');
$rows = array('NF: Idealists', '16.3%');
$rows = array('ENFJ: Teacher', '2.4%');
$rows = array('INFJ: Counselor', '1.5%');
$rows = array('ENFP: Champion', '8.1%');
$rows = array('INFP: Healer', '4.3%');
$rows = array('NT: Rationals', '10.4%');
$rows = array('ENTJ: Fieldmarshal', '1.8%');
$rows = array('INTJ: Mastermind', '2.1%');
$rows = array('ENTP: Inventor', '3.2%');
$rows = array('INTP: Architect', '3.3%');
$output = theme('table', $header, $rows);
Take a look at these percentages. Sensors make up 73% of the total population. The facts clearly show that we are living in a world of Sensors. The Intuition people make up 27%. I would actually say it is probably closer to 80% / 20% these days.
Moreover, look at the words given to describe the various personality types. Most Sensors are the people would you probably want to trust least when it comes to accurate, complete information - and this is majority of the population! Would you rather listen to a Mastermind or a Performer when it comes to world conspiracies? Or how about a Teacher or a Provider?
I'm not saying that Sensors are bad, I'm saying they're bad at doing things they're not designed to do. A "Mastermind" shouldn't be performing or entertaining people, fine, but he should be figuring out who is running the show and why we are where we are as a society.
Now do you see why there is a huge imbalance when it comes to how people perceive things? Most people perceive things based off their 5 senses and are in the moment. They look at the quick facts and data but fail to connect the dots and see the big picture. In my opinion these are your bad scientists - the people who can crunch numbers and tell you useless trivia all day long but have no real world insight into actually applying it to something useful, tangible or real. For Sensors, the smaller truths are of greater importance than the big truth.
Now let's look at some famous people and their personality types:
Notice how some of the worlds greatest minds and most influential people are all Intuition? Does it seem as a surprise that the people who are able to rise above the masses are not living in the moment, but rather looking into the future?
Now you don't think the people high up know about this stuff? You don't think our society is geared to produce the Sensing type thinking? If you don't think so you probably are one. Sensors are clearly, easier to control and easier to fool. All you need to do is break the truth up into 1,000 pieces and they'll never figure out how to put it all back together. They'll tell you the size of the piece, they'll tell you the shape of the piece, but they won't know that it's a piece to global enslavement.
Whether you're born with it, or bred with it, I think people should understand that personalities play a big role in their relationship with the world and with others.
In general, the less developed an individual is the easier it is to predict their actions based on their personality. As people grow and become more developed it can become harder to predict their personality because they have more positives than they do negatives, and they may also learn to branch out and become things they are not. This, however, is rare and most people go through life with very little growth or change, therefore making their predictability fairly easy and methodical.
If you read this article and agree with it chances are you're an "N". If you read this article and disagree you're probably an "S". Go ahead and take the test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm. I am betting the majority of people who read this site and take the test will come out an N, even though S is the majority of people. Now why is that?Filed under: Misc, Personality