Re: [bafuture] What sort of people are BAFuturists?
- My shallow understanding of the theory is that everyone starts out with
innate preferences from childhood, but as people grow older they tend to
become more adaptable - so usually drifting towards the centers of each
scale, or towards a mode of behaviour which fits better with their
environment (usually their job). A good M-B test is supposed to identify
these original (and presumably underlying and persistant) preferences,
rather than learnt behaviours gained later.
On Wed, 20 Aug 2003, Kevin Keck wrote:
> 12 years ago, when I was entering college, campus
> housing sent everyone a Myers-Briggs test to help pair
> up incoming freshman roommates. There was a clear
> tendency for CS and Engineering majors to be INTx. I
> believe I scored INTJ.
> On the test linked below, though, I just scored as
> weakly feeling (11%). I think this is probably
> reproducible, i.e., I think my personality has
> actually changed somewhat over the past 12 years. I
> think for the better. Which prompts me to wonder
> whether some, if not all, of these dimensions wouldn't
> be understood as pairs of competing traits rather than
> single continua, a la androgyny vs. male/female:
> "In Piirto's studies using the Myers-Briggs Type
> Indicator (MBTI), she found a reversal of preferences
> from the norm: gifted adolescent girls preferred
> Thinking (T) to a greater degree than in the normal
> population, and a greater number of gifted adolescent
> boys preferred Feeling (F) than in the normal
> ...Jane Piirto. Talented Children and Adults
> Wayne probably was unable to control for gender, as
> I'd guess most of the programmers were male. The same
> was true of my CS and Engineering classmates in
> Kevin D. Keck
> --- wayne radinsky <spodware@...> wrote:
> > One time in 1996, when I was at Microsoft, someone
> > posted a URL to an online Myers-Briggs personality
> > test. Much to my surprise, ALL the programmers on
> > the list (about 10 or so people), except me,
> > reported
> > their personality type was INTJ. So, I think it's
> > fair to say, the "computer programmer personality
> > type" is INTJ.
> > I had another similar experience one time, when,
> > after
> > work, I'd gone to a party at someone's apartment to
> > watch "The Simpsons". This was in 1992. There, a
> > person made the claim that "All Microsoft employees
> > can juggle." We went around the room -- everyone
> > there
> > could juggle (including me).
> > In 1998 I asked my fellow employees at Vigilance,
> > a start-up here in Silicon Valley, but none of them
> > could juggle. In fact, most of them thought I was a
> > kook because I could juggle. What was different?
> > Most of them were from India, China, Taiwan, Sri
> > Lanka,
> > Hong Kong, Indonesia -- anywhere but the USA. So I
> > have
> > to wonder, is it only American programmers that
> > learn
> > to juggle? Or is it that, during the "dot-com" boom,
> > people learned to program who didn't have the
> > "typical"
> > personality type of a "geek"? None of them took the
> > Myers-Briggs test. Maybe INTJ is just the USA
> > "computer
> > programmer" personality type, or maybe it is just
> > the
> > pre-dot-com "computer programmer" personality type.
> > Or
> > maybe all programmers everywhere are INTJ's.
> > Anyway, I mentioned all this at a meeting some time
> > ago with our BAFuture conference promotion
> > volunteers,
> > and we started wondering, is there a "Futurist"
> > personality type? Or are we all different? I said I
> > would post a Myers-Briggs test on bafuture to find
> > out.
> > Well, I'm finally now getting around to doing it.
> > So,
> > take this little quick online Myers-Briggs test and
> > find out your personality type. (This isn't the same
> > test. And in fact, they call it the
> > Jung-Myers-Briggs
> > test here. I don't know why, but it gives the same
> > 4-letter result code. So it should work just fine.)
> > http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm
> > This webpage summarizes what each letter is supposed
> > to mean.
> > Wayne
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