While there is strong evidence that MBTI helps people understand their
preferences, it does not explain at all why people differ in their
preferences. My question was in the context of recent findings that
certain skill development actually creates differences in the brain, and
it was posted in reply to comments regarding the widely experienced
phenomenon of forgetting how you learned something once you have learned
it. My hat's off to Isabel Briggs Myers and her professional progeny, who
have mapped the preference territory so well. However, all that research
tells us nothing about the biology of preference. Are you implying there
(PS - I've always wanted to be a teacher, but have never done so. Do you
suppose I'm just fooling myself, and my INTP nature prevents it?)
>J. Hirschfeld asks; Does biology support the widespread notion that those
>who are truly skilled "do" while those less skilled "teach".
>It seems to me that SKILL level could very well be equal in two
>individuals, but their preferences could be the determining factor as to
>who does what best (doing vs. teaching). The difference that is
>historically represented by the research of C. Jung, Myers-Briggs and
>Keirsey-Bates is in personality type. After doing a quick check of the
>statistics given in the MBTI Development Manual (Isabel Briggs Myers, Mary
>McCaulley -- Consulting Psychologists Press) The ESFJ and ISFJ types
>prefer and are attracted to the Teaching occupation. That does not mean
>that they cannot DO -- it only means that they may prefer Teaching. So, I
>contend skill level is not the determinant.
>What do you think?
-- Jack Hirschfeld With the clear undertanding that firstname.lastname@example.org this kind of thing can happen, shall we dance?