What do you think of cognitive types and MBTI? What type are you? What do you think is the percentage of the 16 different personality types on LessWrong?

post by NikoTM · 2019-07-18T20:20:58.050Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW · 1 comment

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answer by Bucky · 2019-07-18T22:51:55.733Z · score: 23 (6 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

My own feelings on MBTI are similar to this SSC post - it's unscientific but manages to kinda work as long as you don't expect too much of it. I wouldn't make any life decisions based on it!

For the third part of the question we don't have to guess - the 2012 lesswrong survey [LW · GW]included an MBTI question. Of the people who answered, 65% were INTP or INTJ, compared to 5-9% of Americans according to the MBTI website.

comment by NikoTM · 2019-07-19T01:25:32.325Z · score: 5 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Wow! I did not this! Thank you for your answer Bucky! Has lesswrong done more surveys? Will they be doing more in the future?

comment by Bucky · 2019-07-19T09:24:12.838Z · score: 4 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The last one appears to be 2016 [LW · GW] (this was a slightly wider survey which included other rationalist communities) which was before the lesswrong 2.0 relaunch. I haven't heard of any plans for surveys - maybe a mod can fill us in.

Slatestarcodex does an annual survey of its readers. Scott pre-registers some investigations and then reports on results. This year, for example, he got a negative result on "Math preference vs Corn eating style" and more interesting results in the ongoing birth-order investigation.

answer by Said Achmiz · 2019-07-18T20:29:59.579Z · score: 14 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

MBTI is basically nonsense.

(My MBTI type is, of course, Twilight Sparkle.)

comment by NikoTM · 2019-07-19T01:22:50.258Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Thank you for the answer Said!

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comment by Pattern · 2019-07-19T17:36:57.773Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)
What do you think is the percentage of the 16 different personality types on LessWrong?

This gets more interesting when you realize that types can change.