Re: Personality types (was: uncontrollable suffering)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Wed Nov 14 2001 - 13:24:09 MST

On Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 11:37:05AM -0500, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Amara Graps wrote:
> >
> > Many different 'systems' for typing personalities exist. Myers-Briggs
> > is one typing system. Enneagram is another. I was using the Enneagram,
> > in my description of the "Artist". The "Artist's are usually much
> > more in tune with the "suffering" elements of things...
> I consider myself neutral good, with minor leanings toward chaotic good
> and true neutral.

Like many libertarians, I consider myself chaotic good :-)

Back to the thread, I think the idea that artists are "in tune" with
suffering might be due to the correlation between bipolar disorder and
artistry. My guess is that the suffering per se isn't the important part
here, but rather the mania. However, I seem to recall other results
analysing famous artists and their work, and apparently reaching the
opposite conclusion. Bipolar disorder is likely (IMHO) some form of
dysregulation of the neuromodulator systems, so strictly speaking it is
not about the cortex (some personality typing systems try to connect
personality with neuromodulator levels - c.f. C.R. Cloningers work).

In any case, there are obviously plenty of great artists who aren't
depressive in any way. So depression doesn't seem to be necessary for
art. Maybe it helps by providing wrenching dark hues to the composition.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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