Myers Musings: In Pictures


It is a while since I had a post with graphs. So following on from my post on the relative frequencies of female types, I present the same information in nice pictures.

The table below shows the frequency of each type for women. The pink/blue divide shows the proportion of that type that is female. In this case, ISFJ is the most frequent type for women (i.e., most likely for a random woman). Of all ISFJs, the majority, but not all, will be female. In this case, 17.5 percent of all women will type as ISFJ; about 70 percent of all ISFJs will be women.

Type Frequency for Females

Myers-Briggs types by frequency in female population.

The next table sorts types by their frequency for men. Like the previous one, the pink/blue divide shows the proportion of that type that is male. ISTJ is the most frequent male type comprising 16.5 percent of all men. Perhaps two thirds of all ISTJs are men.

Types Frequency for Males

Myers-Briggs types by frequency in male population.

The next two graphs show type sorted by proportion of women (first one) and men (second one) within each type. ISFJ is a very “popular” with women (71 percent of all ISFJs are women), ISTP is not very “popular” with women (only 25 percent of ISTPs are women). The graph for men does the same thing. Indeed, it is merely a mirror image of the female one.

Girly Types?

Myers-Briggs types by proportion that is female.

Manly Types?

Myers-Briggs types by proportion that is male.

The last is a diagram showing the percentages of Keirsey temperaments for the US population. I was surprised to see the relative low turnout for SP Artisans. I would have expected they and the SJ Guardians to be much closer.

Temperaments in US population

Keirsey temperaments for the US population.


You can find a description of the four temperaments on
I just noticed that I used different colors to represent the temperaments than he did.

3 Responses to “Myers Musings: In Pictures”

  1. maurice Says:

    Interesting charts. Most unsurprising aspect: the top HALF of the female chart is all Fs, bottom half all Ts, and vice-versa for men. Brains to build the world, hearts to raise the next generation.
    [DU: I also find it interesting that some types are quite evenly split: ENFP, INFP, ISFP. INFP surprises me, as I expected that to tilt more female. I expected INFJ to be more balanced. The male slant of INTP and ISTP do not surprise me though. But, Feeling women and thinking men, thankfully the world doe not work they way feminist scholars want.]

  2. Hope Says:

    I have also seen fun breakdowns of S vs. N, P vs. J, F vs. T, and I vs. E. As I recall most people are S, more are J, and the other two are about even or close to it.
    [DU: The big divide is S vs. N. About 75 percent are Sensors. Us iNtuitives are a small (but wonderful) minority. Despite the extravert assumption for the United States, about half the population is Introvert (interestingly, there may be proportionately more male introverts) . I was a little surprised at the proportion of Feeling men. I expected a 66/33 Thinking/Feeling divide, but it could be closer to 50/50. I also expected the SJ/SP numbers to be closer. I am not sure how accurate the CAPT numbers are, but they are probably reasonable (large enough count and representative). However, it is possible they are not perfect (skewed by those who test, etc.)]

  3. Myers-Briggs » A Journey of Hope Says:

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