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This is a discussion on How does Personality Cafe's MBTI population compare with global statistics? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; I'm pretty new to Personality Cafe, so perhaps there's a thread hidden somewhere that I haven't found on the subject.. ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    How does Personality Cafe's MBTI population compare with global statistics?

    I'm pretty new to Personality Cafe, so perhaps there's a thread hidden somewhere that I haven't found on the subject..

    Why does it seem like there are so many less Sensing types than Intuitive types on these forums?? Is there a counter somewhere that keeps track of the statistics for member types? I'd really like to know how Personality Cafe compares to the global statistics in regards to relative type representation..

    If I am right, and there is indeed many more N's than S's on Personality Cafe, then why is that the case? Is it merely that N's are more interested in personality theory? Or is it that so many members are getting inaccurate test results for their types??

    Or maybe it's just because I am new, and maybe it's also because I frequent areas of the forums that are biased towards Intuitive types.. Idk?? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!!
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    @Discovery -

    I don't have the site statistics to hand - I'm sure somebody does, they're usually posted in threads like this fairly early on - but INxx types by far outnumber other types, and ISxx and ENxx types typically outnumber ESxx types as well. The general consensus is that a few factors play into it - largely, it's level of interest, but mistyping could be playing a part, large or small, as well.

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    As I noted in a recent thread that posed the question, Which type is interested in MBTI? —

    Quote Originally Posted by reckful View Post
    An N preference is the most important factor — and keep in mind that the general population is around 30% N (per the official MBTI database) — and introversion is the runner-up.

    June 2013 membership stats for PersonalityCafe:

    INFP 3723 — 21%
    INFJ 2580 — 15%
    INTP 2228 — 13%
    INTJ 1876 — 11%
    ENFP 1352 — 8%
    ENTP 1112 — 6%
    ENFJ 514 — 3%
    ISTP 527 — 3%
    ISFP 506 — 3%
    ISTJ 437 — 2%
    ENTJ 401 — 2%
    ISFJ 314 — 2%
    ESTP 159 — 1%
    ESFJ 102 — 1%
    ESFP 117 — 1%
    ESTJ 97 — 1%

    August 2012 membership stats for TypologyCentral:

    INTP 17%
    INFP 17%
    INFJ 16%
    INTJ 12%
    ENFP 10%
    ENTP 8%
    ISTP 4%
    ENFJ 3%
    ENTJ 3%
    ISFP 3%
    ISTJ 2%
    ISFJ 1%
    ESTP 1%
    ESFP 1%
    ESTJ 1%
    ESFJ 1%
    Here's a table (from the official MBTI folks) of Estimated Frequencies of the Types in the U.S. that also includes separate male and female frequencies.

    And here's a second table (with some supplemental breakdowns).

    And here's a third source with separate male and female percentages for the individual types and some discussion about possible skews in the samples they've used.

    According to the second page, these statistics are based on "a variety of MBTI results from 1972 through 2002, including data banks at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type; CPP, Inc; and Stanford Research Institute (SRI)."
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    The real life statistics and the Perc statistics are actually almost reversed. The reason there are so many Ns and Is on Perc and in real life it's Es and Ss that are the majority, is because of the level of interest. Ss are out there doing stuff, enjoying life, while Ns love internet. Though I can only speak of why I love it - the almost infinite amounts of information.
    Also Is find great comfort in internet and internet communication.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Interesting.. so there truly is a massive discrepancy. Thank you @reckful for posting the stats! I suppose I should have done a deeper search before making a new thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by SplitTheAtom View Post
    The real life statistics and the Perc statistics are actually almost reversed. The reason there are so many Ns and Is on Perc and in real life it's Es and Ss that are the majority, is because of the level of interest. Ss are out there doing stuff, enjoying life, while Ns love internet. Though I can only speak of why I love it - the almost infinite amounts of information.
    Also Is find great comfort in internet and internet communication.
    Makes sense.. in-depth discussions on a forum centered around the dynamics of personality theory is probably not the best place to find S's xD. I can definitely relate to the comfort the internet provides in communication, as well as the seemingly infinite accessibility of info to feed my Ne. I do wonder though, the percentage of people who are mistyping themselves.. I know for a while I misstyped as an INTJ :P


     

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