MBTI Correlation Project
by, 08-20-2012 at 04:13 PM (1254 Views)
EDIT: I've had the polls up for a few months now, and based on the number of responses I was getting it just hasn't been worth the time to keep posting polls. Even though for some types I was getting dozens of responses, I just didn't have the data points I needed to draw good conclusions from the study. If you want an Excel file updated with all the info I got, send me a PM.
If you're reading this blog entry, then you've probably clicked the link from my signature or one of my polls. I'm writing this entry to explain what I hope to do with the poll results.
There is a significant lack of statistical data on the MBTI, especially data where a) the specific questions used are explicitly stated so readers know exactly what each participant answered, and b) the participants are well-versed in MBTI and understand their types rather than just taking a test and calling it good. c) There is also a lack of data on correlations between MBTI types and non-basic statistical categories (such as gender or prevalence in the overall population). What if you want to know the correlation between type and ADHD or income percentile? Sure, we've probably all seen statements like "ENTJ's have the highest average income" and stuff like that floating around the internet, but what if you want hard data?
With this project, I hope to kill all of these birds with one stone. I'm going to be posting new sets of polls on a regular basis at PerC, and of course the questions asked and info gathered will be publicly available (solving problem a), folks here at PerC by default have made it a goal to undestand their types better (solving problem b), and I have over 50 different correlations I hope to study, from OCD to sexual orientation to narcissism, and the list is growing (solving problem c).
After I've gathered enough data, I'll put together a report with all of the data and the conclusions drawn from it and then post it here on PerC, where it will hopefully serve as a resource for anyone seeking to learn more about MBTI.
But if I'm going to do this, I need to do it right, and doing it right means getting lots of data points. This is where you come in! If you are interested in helping this project be as effective as possible, here are some ways you can contribute:
- Keeping an eye out for and answering the polls I post in your type's subforum. Even if the poll is about something unrelated to you (for example, atheism, but you're not an atheist), please answer. Data from people like you is just as important as data from people who do have the traits I'm asking about.
- Putting a link to this message in your signature.
- Spreading the word about this project on other social networks, particularly those with a focus on MBTI.
- Sending me suggestions for new topics to study in conjunction with MBTI. A Google doc with the complete list of suggestions is below. If you don't see something you'd like to be researched, let me know.
Thank you for reading, and I hope that you strongly consider helping out. After all, the more data I get, the more accurate the results will be, and the more accurate the results are, the more you and everyone else interested in MBTI will benefit. Thanks again.
MBTI Correlations - Complete List