Gender Correlation Of The Myers Briggs Type Indicator

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Gender Correlations in Regards to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Mary E. Pyper Aquinas College Abstract One hundred seventy-eight anonymous participants (120 females, 48 males, and 10 non-specified genders) between the ages of 18 and 26 participated in a fifteen question survey regarding how portions of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) relate to age and gender. The participants were selected by convenience sampling. Using questions designed to determine two aspects of each subject’s personality type—whether they relied on Intuition and Sensing, and Thinking or Feeling—and comparing this data with gender, no significant correlation between MBTI score and gender were found. A significant positive correlation between age and Sensing…show more content…
Based on a theory proposed by Carl Jung, the test measures four aspects of personality tested using semantic differentials; Extrovert (E)-Introvert (I), Sensation (S)-Intuition (N), Thinking (T)-Feeling (F), and Judging (J)-Perceiving (P). Jung suggested that the foundation of one’s personality is rooted in four of these functions—iNtuition, Sensing, Thinking, and Feeling. This theory was further developed by Isabella Myers and her mother, Katherine Briggs during WWII as a measure to help women find jobs that would fit their personalities, and has been modified and used for professional and personal development (2015). Because the test was written with women in the workforce in mind, we thought there may be gender differences among types. Given the significance of each feature, we chose to focus our study on Jung’s original functions, S-N and F-T. Our hypothesis was that gender would have a significant correlation on personality type. More specifically, males would positively correlate with Sensing and Thinking attributes, while females would have a positive correlation with Intuition and Feeling. In Bak’s correlation, he found that there was a significant correlation between gender and the Thinking-Feeling aspect, and more specifically that men correlated positively with T, while women were more likely to be an F. We tested college age students, and assessed correlations for both age and gender.
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