Myers-Briggs Type & Culture

Cultural norms may influence the way that Myers-Briggs Type is expressed, that is how it “looks” however type distributions for different countries are fairly similar (Source: MBTI Manual, Chapter 14). For example, based on behavioral expression (and some stereotyping), it would be natural to suggest that Italy is a nation of extroverts and Finland is a nation of Introverts. However, type distributions in Italy and Finland suggest that these countries have similar percentages on the Extroversion-Introversion dichotomy.

This was proven to me recently when attending my MBTI Certification where I discovered an Asian man whose Extroversion preference was higher than mine (a highly extraverted white female). What is the so-what of this? Don’t assume that all people from a certain culture have the same personality type. Treat people as individuals.

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