Personality vs medical specialty: Myers-Briggs Revisited

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This has been tackled before in some of the other forums in the past, but I thought it would be interesting to at least some of you.
MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) aka 4 letter personality test, tweaked by Jung et al, available free here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

So what does your 4 letter personality index mean? There have been literally hundreds of studies linking the MBTI with specialties in almost every career field. It has even been shown (originally in 70's, but updated in 1999 by Wallick, Cambre, and Randall) to correlate (with significant p-values mind you) MBTI with physician satisification for corresponding specialties. Here's the match up based upon a study of almost 5000 physicians (however this data only lists likelyhood ratios for TWO not FOUR letter personalities). One of the advisors at my school has the specific four letter personalities with top 3 specialties somewhere, but I am currently trying to find it. I will post it when I do: http://www.gesher.org/Myers-Briggs/MBTI Chart and specialty.html
What are you? I'm ENFJ, if memory serves me correctly from my advisor's list, the top 3 choices for happy ENFJ's were Surg, Peds, Psych.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Talk amongst yourselves...

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Forget what the top 3 specialties were for your personality type. Those data points are generally not statistically significant, and they are mere correlations and no way indicate success in those specialties.

Myers-Briggs may be useful in getting some insight into how you think and act, but I strongly caution anyone against using it for the purposes implied here. Not only can very different people end up with the same alleged personality type, but just because some other people with your type do something is not a good reason to do it too.
 

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Telemachus said:
Forget what the top 3 specialties were for your personality type. Those data points are generally not statistically significant, and they are mere correlations and no way indicate success in those specialties.

Myers-Briggs may be useful in getting some insight into how you think and act, but I strongly caution anyone against using it for the purposes implied here. Not only can very different people end up with the same alleged personality type, but just because some other people with your type do something is not a good reason to do it too.
You're definately right. I don't mean to tell anyone that there is a hard and fast rule here.
These were only correlations, and medicine has changed since the original research. However, Myers-Briggs Type Index is still used extensively and has shown correlations with well recognised statistically significant p-values (<0.05) in the past. Its interesting and fun. Don't be broken hearted if you were yearning to be a pathologist but your personality matches up with peds. There are lots of happy physicians with unmatched myers briggs/specialties, but I challenge you to keep an open mind...

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Another intj here.
 

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silverjelly said:
Intj, baby! Anyone else see a trend?
Heh! I was thinking the same thing... but maybe that's just our personality type talking ;)
 
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Telemachus said:
Forget what the top 3 specialties were for your personality type. Those data points are generally not statistically significant, and they are mere correlations and no way indicate success in those specialties.

Myers-Briggs may be useful in getting some insight into how you think and act, but I strongly caution anyone against using it for the purposes implied here. Not only can very different people end up with the same alleged personality type, but just because some other people with your type do something is not a good reason to do it too.

I will have to disagree with you...but I must be an exception...I took this many years (almost ten) ago when I was in undergrad and it was fairly accurate. Still in Psychiatry and Research.
 

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sscooterguy said:
This has been tackled before in some of the other forums in the past, but I thought it would be interesting to at least some of you.
MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) aka 4 letter personality test, tweaked by Jung et al, available free here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

So what does your 4 letter personality index mean? There have been literally hundreds of studies linking the MBTI with specialties in almost every career field. It has even been shown (originally in 70's, but updated in 1999 by Wallick, Cambre, and Randall) to correlate (with significant p-values mind you) MBTI with physician satisification for corresponding specialties. Here's the match up based upon a study of almost 5000 physicians (however this data only lists likelyhood ratios for TWO not FOUR letter personalities). One of the advisors at my school has the specific four letter personalities with top 3 specialties somewhere, but I am currently trying to find it. I will post it when I do: http://www.gesher.org/Myers-Briggs/MBTI Chart and specialty.html
What are you? I'm ENFJ, if memory serves me correctly from my advisor's list, the top 3 choices for happy ENFJ's were Surg, Peds, Psych.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Talk amongst yourselves...

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I'm ENFJ too! How cool!
 

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snapshot said:
enfp...

stands alone :oops:
Man, I was scrolling down and thought I'd be alone. ENFP over the course of two years (different MBTI tests and taken a good amount of time apart). Noticed a lot of J's so far in relation to P's...
 

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the specialties actually matched up well with my interests, too...child psych, neurosurgery, psych, public health, preventive medicine
 

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the specialties actually matched up well with my interests, too...child psych, neurosurgery, psych, public health, preventive medicine
where do you see these?
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I'm an ISTP/INTP split from last time I took this and two of the bizarrely different specialties I've been thinking about are on top for those two.

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Ha, OBGYN is third on the list and that's what I'm interested in right now
 

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enfp...

stands alone :oops:
not alone anymore!

enfp

i think we're 3%? i always think mine is gonna change because the questions are so weird but i always end up enfp.
 

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baylormed said:
Me, too!!!!!!

I am an INFJ. :p
Me too. Yay for us "counselor idealists". We're the original Mother Teresa/Nelson Mandela type yo. Not to mention Martin Van Buren. ;)
 

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ENFJ, nuf said.
 

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Another INTJ here :D
 

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Interesting, bc I hate psychology/psychiatry
 

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Interesting, bc I hate psychology/psychiatry
yeah, i'm infp too but i never even considered psychiatry! i was thinking internal medicine, 10th on the list..
 

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angietron3000 said:
yeah, i'm infp too but i never even considered psychiatry! i was thinking internal medicine, 10th on the list..
i guess i'm you're total stereotypical infp because i so want to do psych. im seems very cool, too.
 

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goodeats said:
Man, I was scrolling down and thought I'd be alone. ENFP over the course of two years (different MBTI tests and taken a good amount of time apart). Noticed a lot of J's so far in relation to P's...
we p's are always the minority. :( i think j's make up something like 75% of the population, and we have a societal preference for j's because j's are the good people who do stuff on time and are neat. p's on the other hand have messy desks, trouble making big decisions and turn in stuff late. :)
 

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I'm ENTJ does that mean I should look at Neurology, pathology, and psych?
 
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