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Question #1244893535Saturday, 13-Jun-2009
Category: Statistics INTj
How common is the INTJ personality type? -- Anonymous
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A1 I'm not sure about the MBTI INTJ type, but the socionics INTj type is, from what I understand, about as common as any other type. In other words, the socionics types are distributed fairly evenly. -- Krig (INTj)
A2 A1: I don't think so, I think it's about 1% -- Simon the INFp
A3 @A2 - I checked, and from what I can tell that 1% figure comes from David Keirsey, who based his work on MBTI. MBTI statistics are unlikely to be accurate, due to the intrinsic inaccuracy of its typing system, which is based on categorizing external behaviour (which can be influenced by societal pressure) rather than analyzing the internal psychological structure. See here for more information: -- Krig (INTj)
A4 A3: Still, I don't think all types are spread out equally... Anyone can notice there are more extroverts and introverts... -- Simon the INFp
A5 @A4: Are there really more extroverts than introverts, or are the extroverts just louder and more noticeable? Also, like I said, societal pressure can play a role in the perception of different types. America, for example, is a very extroverted society, so introverts tend to act more extroverted than they really are, in order to fit in there. It's been my own experience that extroverts and introverts are spread pretty evenly - most married couples that I know, for example, are composed of one extrovert and one introvert. The only exceptions that I can think of are both introverts. -- Krig (INTj)
A6 A4: Possibly because extraverts are on TV and tend to be found walking down the street instead of hold up in their rooms like introverts? -- INFp guy
A7 Hmm... I'd say about two thirds, maybe more, of my friends on facebook are extroverted, and I know them well enough to know that they prefer to be with other people than on their own... Or do I misunderstand what 'extroverts' are? -- Simon the INFp
A8 In socionics, whether someone is an introvert or an extrovert is based on whether their main function is focused inwardly or outwardly. For example, an introverted Thinker like an INTj or an ISTj spends a lot of time focused inward, logically sorting his database of knowledge. An extroverted Thinker like an ENTj or an ESTj is focused outwardly, applying logic to external situations in order to find practical and efficient solutions. Whether they enjoy the company of others more than being alone may be a side effect of that, but it is not a very reliable way of discerning between introversion and extroversion. -- Krig (INTj)
A9 INTj not rare among NTs, but one of the rare types among all types, we must think again in statistics because many many typed as INTjs specially the coming generations, i think ENTjs are more rare, and many missed typed, also INTps missed typed too, INTjs become no rare type anymore. -- EI-NS-TF-jp
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A10 I'd read on a couple of Socionics websites that the 16 types are distributed fairly evenly in population (unlike the internet users on THIS site, where over 50% answered on a poll that they believe they're some INXx type). According to, MBTI INTJ's comprise of roughly 2% population in males & 0.8% population in females. (My MBTI type, according to that same site, is approximately 3% of the male population.) Oddly enough, the only ex I've ever had took a Socionics test a few months after our paradoxically-ongoing legally-involved breakup. She's my MBTI "Mirror" (ENTP), but tested as my socionics ESFj "Dual" with a '99% as likely chance' of being a "Conflicting" ESFp according to her results (which she fwd to me in email). Go figure. -- Soc INTj, MBTI INTP, SLOAN rcoei, Enne 5w4
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