Re: [plt-scheme] The affect of statically typed languages…

From: Todd O'Bryan (toddobryan at
Date: Tue Mar 25 21:14:08 EDT 2008

I'm actually quite a fan of Myers-Briggs, and a pretty typical INTP.

As to whether it's well-founded, apparently people have the ability to see
themselves in whatever description you show them, much like horoscopes, so
studies where they've had people take the test and rank how accurate the
description is show that people don't see much difference between one that
matches their score and one picked at random.

On the other hand, I've had the experience of someone being borderline on a
couple of things and getting the wrong type. You read the description and
think okay. Then you find the right one and realize, OH! I have a friend
that I always called Puddleglum because he's a terrible pessimist. Sure
enough, his type listed literary characters of that type and right next to
Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh stories was dear Puddleglum the Marsh-Wiggle
from the Chronicles of Narnia.


On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM, Noel Welsh <noelwelsh at> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Gene Sullivan <gene_sullivan at>
> wrote:
> > Seems to me that virtually all the programmers I've worked with would
> qualify as MBTI type INTP or INTJ, each only about 1% of the general
> population.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >  Do you have any intuitions or nascent thoughts on this?
> >From the above descriptions one could argue that programmers are
> predisposed to statically typed languages, or to arguments over the
> virtues and perils of same.  Or perhaps just to bad fashion sense.
> I'd like to know if the Myer-Briggs typing has been shown correct.
> I'm not sure it is well-founded or complete.  *cough*
> N.
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