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Introspection, Typing, and the like

Posted by 0_0dbo_o on 2008.08.11 at 00:27
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It's been - what, nearly a year since most people here have posted anything? I suddenly feel a desire to.

How many gifted teens spend a lot of time in introspection? Examining your own thought processes? How do you feel about forms of 'typing' them - such as the Myers-Brigs Type Indicator, Socionics, or the Enneagram of Personality?


thedeadqueen at 2008-08-30 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
Great question!

I remember reading several places that as IQ goes up, the percentage of the population that is introverted increases (sg. like 70% introverted/30% extroverted in the highly gifted range iirc). I don't have a strong opinion on this; most of the high-IQ people I know are extroverted, but most of the high-IQ people I'd think of as gifted are introverted.

I would expect the population that is intuitive to go up dramatically, but I've never seen that in gifted literature. Isn't that weird? Gifted people are supposed to be good at seeing "what could be" not just what is, and at abstract concepts--intuitive not sensing attributes. Yes, some are supposed to have keener senses than other people, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't filter sensory info primarily through their intellects.

I have mixed feelings about typing. On the one hand, especially when dealing with nongifted people who need labels to solve their problems, it can be really helpful. "You're mad at me because I leave piles of papers all over the place while I maintain that that's the easiest way for me to find things. You're a J--you care about things being neat, orderly, and conforming to social forms. I'm a P--I don't really care about that, I just care about getting things done. We're both right. Let's work out a solution." (OK, bad example, but you get the idea....)

On the other hand, it tends to be too dualistic. For example, a lot of the questions imply that either you're a strong thinker or a strong feeler, but lots of people, including me, are both. I feel like the problem could be solved by eliminating the either/or and replacing it with "which do you rely more on in this situation?" which is the real point of typing anyway.

Of course whenever you put people in boxes, you risk seeing the box rather than the person. But that's a problem with the human mind, not any particular typing system.

Another potential problem: you identify so much with your type that you don't try to make up for its weaknesses. i.e. instead of trying to overcome being overly critical of others, an extreme J might say "well I'm an INTJ and that's just how I am." But that doesn't make the entire system invalid.

(I'm very familiar with Myers-Briggs and I recently learned a bit about the Enneagram. Never heard of socionics. So ymmv. What is socionics like?)
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