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    Default Which types really are into personality theory?

    I'm pretty sure I'm an ENTP and lately I've really been looking in depth into MBTI and Socionics and even told a bunch of my friends to see what type they were. Some were much more interested than others, and some even said that they can't be classified according to the tests.

    To me, this personality stuff seems very relevant and has helped give me some perspective on the way I look at things and also on personal interactions, but some other people I know just acknowledge it because I bring it up, but don't really show interest in personality stuff.

    Have any of you found that certain types are more interested in personality theory than others?

    In general I've found more N's interested, but I had a really long, interesting conversation with an ESTJ about it who seemed very intrigued.

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    I guess people with open mind and interest in psychology and world of human relations in general, in science, abstract mind because first you need ability to understand the thoery before you start applying it.
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    Types? I'd say any person wants to understand one the most unique parts(erm, people) of the world around them will take an interest in personality theory. Also count the self-obsessed, the other people obsessed, those trying to 'find themselves in the dorkiest way possible,' maybe even people looking for love. All sorts of different types in that bunch. Self obsessed are obviously ESTps, other people obsessed are obviously ENFps, those trying to find themselves in the dorkiest way possible are obviously xNTxs, those looking for love, well, everyone's after that(they are trying to use 4 letters to 4 letter someone).
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    Have any of you found that certain types are more interested in personality theory than others?
    I'm quite sure that ENFp is the most common type among MBTI practitioners. But they are often not that good at the theoretical parts. The know how to use the model to help people, but they are usually not interested in the theory. They only use the model as a tool. Maybe that is one reason they have not noticed or bothered to correct its internal flaws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soggy-flakes
    Only problem is, she hasn't passed the test to become certified to administer the MBTI because she failed the statistics portion.
    As in the whole "75% sensors, 25% intuitives thing?"

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    Socionics created primarily by Aushra Augusta: an 'ILE' alpha quadra member.

    MBTI created primarily by Isabel Briggs: an 'INFP' type (Idealist).

    To all intents and purposes we can loosely equate an MBTI 'INFP' to a Socionics 'IEI' beta quadra type. As far as i know, since we have two incompatible models it does not equate to a straightforward match.

    It would seem to me that Introverted iNtuitive types have more interest generally then Extroverted Sensory types.

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    all the INTP's I know of, are highly interested in MBTI/socionics

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    Although we've never really had time to discuss it in any great detail, my ESFp workmate seems interested in personality type theory. I'm not sure how far she'd study it if she knew more, but she seems genuinely intrigued when I bring the subject up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus
    Have any of you found that certain types are more interested in personality theory than others?
    I'm quite sure that ENFp is the most common type among MBTI practitioners. But they are often not that good at the theoretical parts. The know how to use the model to help people, but they are usually not interested in the theory. They only use the model as a tool. Maybe that is one reason they have not noticed or bothered to correct its internal flaws.
    Yeah i would bet ENFp's are among the most likely to be interested. We often have perplexing lives, we like self improvement and we are interested in people.

    Maybe that is one reason they have not noticed or bothered to correct its internal flaws.
    Yeah unfortunately ENFp's aren't generally that good at inconsistencies in systems etc. Years ago i used to follow MBTi and even back then i wasn't happy with some parts of it. I agreed with the ENFp description for instance, but the relationships made no sense whatsoever to me. When i found socionics it was love at first sight :wink:

    An ENFp doesn't need to know all the theoretical bits and peices to be good at personality theory etc. For instance i would say we are among the sharpest typers once we are trained. I seem to be able to type many people almost instantaneously now.

    An ESTj once explained he thinks socionics is bullshit and flawed. He liked that i was under the illusion we were "activity friends" though LOL.
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    IRL, I have explained Socionics at length to

    an ENTp
    two ISFps
    and an INFj.

    The ENTp has become thoroughly annoyed with Socionics, and I could really only see the INFj taking a serious interest in it.

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    I would have thought intuitive types would be most drawn as they have a need to understand things as a whole. ENTP is candidate for most interested due to PoLR. For an ENTP socionics can save a lot of heartache and "oil" a lot of cogs. I doubt there is an ENTP out there who hasn't at one time or another been dismayed by the state of their social situation and not having a clue as its cause. For an ENTP Socionics effectively gives the game away. Similarly INTP with PoLR may find a lot of use for Socionics. ENFP would probably be next ... theirs would be a thirst to make an already astute faculty in reading (and utilizing the skills of) others even better.
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    People who for some reason need answers to their problems is likely to be interested. It's not type related, I think, altough some types tend to look for answers reading.

    If I were to make a list, I would say that introverts are more likely to be interested than extroverts, intuitives than sensors and ethicals than logicals. So:

    1.- INFp
    2.- INTp
    3.- INFj
    4.- ENFp
    5.- INTj
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemex
    People who for some reason need answers to their problems is likely to be interested. It's not type related, I think, altough some types tend to look for answers reading.

    If I were to make a list, I would say that introverts are more likely to be interested than extroverts, intuitives than sensors and ethicals than logicals. So:

    1.- INFp
    2.- INTp
    3.- INFj
    4.- ENFp
    5.- INTj
    Aside from the order, that list seems accurate. Socionics is inherently Alpha-biased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    Socionics is inherently Alpha-biased.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eunice
    Quote Originally Posted by thehotelambush
    Socionics is inherently Alpha-biased.
    Why?
    A la Rick: "[Socionics] is a typically Alpha Quadra field with lots of explanatory value on a theoretical level but significant difficulties in building an empirical base."

    http://www.socionics.us/celebrities/ile_2.shtml

    Plus the mere borderline-ness of it is attractive to Alpha NTs. That is not to say that Delta NFs are less inclined to be socionists, it just makes it more appealing to Alpha NTs than other social sciences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLauritson
    Although we've never really had time to discuss it in any great detail, my ESFp workmate seems interested in personality type theory. I'm not sure how far she'd study it if she knew more, but she seems genuinely intrigued when I bring the subject up.
    I also know of an example of ESFP woman that is interested in MBTI/socionics and specially the relations part of the theory.

    Although I also know of an example of ESFP that started to giggle immidiately and changed the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket
    I would have thought intuitive types would be most drawn as they have a need to understand things as a whole. ENTP is candidate for most interested due to PoLR. For an ENTP socionics can save a lot of heartache and "oil" a lot of cogs. I doubt there is an ENTP out there who hasn't at one time or another been dismayed by the state of their social situation and not having a clue as its cause. For an ENTP Socionics effectively gives the game away. Similarly INTP with PoLR may find a lot of use for Socionics. ENFP would probably be next ... theirs would be a thirst to make an already astute faculty in reading (and utilizing the skills of) others even better.
    spot on. i agree with this.

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    personality theories is interest of mostly INT types because as they are the most socially percieved "weird", they are the most concerned by personality theories... eventually, they can be INF or ENT

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