Re: Personality types (was: uncontrollable suffering)

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Nov 15 2001 - 15:24:51 MST

> > I wonder how these RPG references look to outsiders?
> Probably around the same way that Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram look to
> me: Darned silly. Which is the point I was trying to make with all
> this. Any system of phrenology works about equally well, whether it's
> Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, the AD&D alignment wheel, or White Wolf's
> Nature/Demeanor system.
> Actually, I consider the gaming systems to be superior, since they were
> created by highly creative people, with a sense of humor, who had
> customers to satisfy; this in contrast to ivory towerfolk who take
> themselves far too seriously. I'd rather know whether someone is lawful
> or chaotic than introverted or extroverted, and the Natures and Demeanors
> strike me as being more specific (they more clearly fit or not fit a given
> facet of a given personality) than the Enneagram types. When creative,
> smart people try to have fun, useful ideas can come out of it; but Ifni
> preserve me from social scientists.

I wouldn't place Myers-Briggs quite in the same camp with homeopathy,
but I do agree that what it measures is pretty arbitrary. It does,
however, clearly measure _something_, as evidenced by the fact that
so many of use here are *NT*, and many other self-selected groups of
people similarly have high correlations.

On the other hand, one of my fellow editors of <>
is a devout Christian who lists himself as an INTJ with comment "I *live*
to make rules". I invited him to ponder me, a fellow INTJ who is a
radical anti-intellectual-property anarchocapitalist and atheist.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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