Monday, 21 July 2014
UNCracked Monday: Personality Types, Brain Functions, Paradigms and Politics
So for today, first of all, there's a fun little test you can do, based on a fairly old code for personality types from Jungian Psychology, the Myers-Briggs Types:
Now, the typical list of the MBTI types are like what you see in the middle boxes above; e.g., "you are innovative, independent, strategic, etc. etc.". In other words, about as useful as the standard newspaper horoscope.
But someone decided to come up with a really awesome concept: how the MBTI explains exactly what kind of really awful person you are:
For the record, the RPGPundit is a "Smug Rabblerouser" (by default, see below!).
But this is only half of the Monday fun; because this whole thing got me to thinking about how actually so much of everything from U.S. Politics to Internet Hobby Wars can be chalked up to the radically different fundamental world views of these different types. There are things which are just basic reality to an INTJ-type that make no sense at all to a INFP type, or vice-versa. There may be some actual biological element to these differences, which researchers think explains some of the basic differences between Conservatives and 'Liberals' in U.S. politics.
The link above is from "Mother Jones" so no surprise that it takes a slightly pro-left tact; but what the research itself shows is fascinating: self-described Republicans (conservatives) use the Amygdala, which is the part of the brain that assesses external threats/risks, when making decisions. Democrats (liberals) use the Insula, the part that monitors one's internal feelings.
What this actually explains is both Conservatives' paranoia, and Liberals' tendency to envision fantastical utopias that have little grounding in reality. Conservatives base their choices on what is actually going on in front of them, attempting to perceive the risks/rewards involved; liberals, on the other hand, base their choices on their 'feels'.
The good news in all this is that you can change your paradigm. If you get what's going on you can make the choice to treat your 'type' as more of a default than a binding trap that limits how you experience the world. Magicians and mystics have been doing this since forever; shit, that's where Jung got all his #1 hits from.
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