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

From: Aleks Bromfield (aleks at cs.brown.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 26 02:16:56 EDT 2008

I think this article sums up my opinions on the MBTI:


Many published studies on personality are based on the five factor


A model is no good unless it's predictive. The five factor model tries
to answer this question: what are the independent variables (traits)
that determine someone's personality? Based on this, we can make (and
verify) claims like "openness to new experiences is positively
correlated with level of education", or "agreeableness is negatively
correlated with the rate of divorce".

The MBTI groups people into "types". The problem is, there's so much
variance within any given type that it's virtually impossible to make
any useful predictions.

~ Aleks

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 09:14:08PM -0400, Todd O'Bryan wrote:
> 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.
> Todd
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM, Noel Welsh <noelwelsh at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Gene Sullivan <gene_sullivan at yahoo.com>
> > 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.
> > >
> > >  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INTP
> > >  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INTJ
> > >
> > >  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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