October 2008 Poll - Discussion
The Mental Functions Groups and Political Orientations
The combination of a preference for a particular function of perception (S or N) and a particular function of judgement (T or F) produces a mental functions group or pairing. The four mental functions groups thus are: ST, SF, NF, and NT. These four groupings form the columns of the MBTI® "type table".
Isabel Myers considered these mental functions groups to be quite significant, particularly in terms of career choice. Qualitative work relating the effect of the four mental functions groups to organizational politics perceptions suggests a clear link between these subtypes and politics, at least in the organizational arena.
In general, the effect of the mental function types was significant for all of the political orientation measures. The primary differences for each dependent variable seem to be:
A general trend across the temperaments also may be of interest. In general, scores on the social self-perception and social attitudes measures were the most liberal; scores on the economic self-perception and economic attitude measures were more moderate. Scores on the Liberal-Conservative Self-Perception: General fall in the middle.
|Note: Higher scores indicate more Conservative responses. Scores above 5.0 indicate Conservative orientations and scores below 5.0 indicate Liberal orientations. Results for the analysis can be found here (ANOVA) and here (Kruskal_Wallis). (Note: Higher scores in the ANOVA printout indicate more Conservative responses, except for the Liberal-Conservative Attitudes-Economic where higher scores indicate more Liberal responses.)|
Summary of Significance Tests: Mental Functions
|Liberal-Consevative Measures||F-Test||Kruskal_Wallis Test|
|Self: General||p = .000*||p = .000|
|Self: Social||p = .000*||p = .000|
|Self: Economic||p = .000*||p = .000|
|Attitudes: Social||p = .000*||p = .040|
|Attitudes: Economic||p = .000*||p = .000|
|*Test assumptions not met|