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There were some comments of the nature “MBTI is bogus, Big Five is real.”

I strongly disagree, they both have elements of reality and bogusness woven into them.

The most real and true personality research was done quite some time ago by H.J. Eysenck, yes he’s the same guy who did a lot of research into intelligence. Just as he believed that intelligence was a biological concept that could be measured, he applied the same ideas to trying to measure personality.

The two biggest factors he discovered, Extraversion (E) and Neuroticism (N) are thus the two most basic personality factors, with E being more dominant. The H.J. Eysenck explanation of Extraversion is more real than either MBTI or Big Five or HEXACO. More recent personality research is mired in political correctness.

With E, one could say that just as there is a general factor of intelligence, g, there is a general factor of extraversion, E, which correlates with being sociable, active, lively, impulsive and sensation seeking.

Later on, Eysenck added a P factor. People who score high on P are aggressive, antisocial, cold and egocentric. Eysenck’s P was then ignored by personality research, until recently when the HEXACO model got created with an “Honesty-Humility” factor, which sounds like a sub-factor Eysenck’s long-ignored P super-factor.

So is MBTI bogus? It’s bogus that MBTI assigns people to either-or, because personality traits are distributed along a normal distribution and most people are average. And I am sure that H.J. Eysenck could measure E a lot better than the MBTI questions. But as I wrote in the previous post, I feel that the S-N (Sensing vs. iNtuition) and F-T (Feeling vs. Thinking) dimensions, although confusingly named, are measuring something more useful and more distinct than Openness and Agreeableness which they are said to correlate with. As I’ve written several times before, I believe that Openness is the most bogus of the Big Five personality factors.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Psychology

MBTI types of people who read this blog

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I believe that most of my readers are INT-

The E-I axis is a typical measure of extraversion vs. introversion, the most dominant of all personality factors. No matter what type of stuff is published on the internet, introverts are more likely to be reading it. Reading stuff is, generally, an introvert activity.

Neuroticism is the second-most important personality factor, but it’s missing from MBTI.

The S-N axis (Sensing vs. iNtuition) is said to correlate most with the Big Five factor of Openness, but I believe that there is a huge difference between the two factors. I don’t believe that Openness is a real personality factor because it primarily measures SWPLness which is a social class and not personality factor. On the other hand, the MBTI test does a much better job of isolating a factor relating to intellectual curiosity and creativity. People high in curiosity and creativity are “N,” so most readers are N. I suspect that the racist readers are more likely to be “S.”

The F-T (Feeling vs. Thinking) axis is a poorly named factor. It corresponds to Agreeableness which is also a confusing name (so maybe Accommodation is a better name). People who are type T (or low in agreeableness and accommodation) are less susceptible to peer pressure and groupthink (in other words, they Think for themselves), which is necessary for being a believer in HBD. I think that just about every reader is going to be T. Donald Trump is a strong type T.

The J-P (Judging vs. Perceiving) axis is correlated with conscientiousness and orderliness. For example, J types like formal to-do lists and always keep their bathroom clean, while P types are the opposite. I personally fall in the middle, which is why the concept of 16 personality types is bogus, because most people will be average for each personality axis. There should really be at least 243 MBTI types, acknowledging three levels for each axis instead of only two. And then if you add neuroticism into the mix, there would be 729 types.

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July 15, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

The benefits of psychopathy

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In a 1946 article, [American psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley] wrote that the typical psychopath will have ‘often outstripped 20 rival salesmen over a period of six months, or married the most desirable girl in town, or, in a first venture into politics, got himself elected into the state legislature’. [source]

The article I wrote about yesterday talked about psychologists who taught psychopaths “cognitive morality.”

In order to be successful, normal people must learn what we might call cognitive psychopathy. For example, PUAs are teaching a type of cognitive psychopathy to their clients, especially with respect to shady PUA tactics like “negging.”

It’s too bad we live in a society where it’s beneficial to be a psychopath.

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21% of corporate CEOs are in the top 1% of psychopathic traits.

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July 13, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

When your child is a psychopath

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One of the best reads this week. (And a rare Atlantic article that has nothing to do with bashing Trump.)

Psychopaths not only fail to recognize distress in others, they may not feel it themselves. The best physiological indicator of which young people will become violent criminals as adults is a low resting heart rate, says Adrian Raine of the University of Pennsylvania. Longitudinal studies that followed thousands of men in Sweden, the U.K., and Brazil all point to this biological anomaly. “We think that low heart rate reflects a lack of fear, and a lack of fear could predispose someone to committing fearless criminal-violence acts,” Raine says.

The psychopath is the total opposite of someone like Elliot Rodger. As I previously explained, Elliot Rodger had extreme high neuroticism (one of the so-called “Big Five” personality traits, but really the most important trait after Introversion-Extroversion). I also remind you that kids with extreme high neuroticism are commonly misdiagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome.

Extreme high neuroticism is obviously bad, but what happens when someone has extreme low neuroticism? The result is not as good as one might think, it would appear to be one of the key components of a psychopathic personality.

Psychopath Carl explains how he enjoyed hurting his mother:

I remember when I bit my mom really hard, and she was bleeding and crying. I remember feeling so happy, so overjoyed—completely fulfilled and satisfied.

Psychopaths can be placed into two buckets: (1) those so unable to control their urges that they end up in prison; (2) those who develop a “cognitive morality,” meaning that they still don’t care about whether or not people get beaten up or killed, but they understand it’s to their personal benefit not to do that.

I have an issue with the goal of the people in the article to turn type 1 psychopaths into type 2 psychopaths. At least the first type is safely locked behind bars, while the second type is set free to do evil.

Carl was “rehabilitated” and had his own funeral home business (a great occupation for people who aren’t disturbed in the least by dead bodies) and a wife and a kid, but then when the reporter went to visit Carl, he was in prison again for domestic violence. Seems to me that Carl’s wife would have been a lot better off if Carl had been kept locked away his whole life. Carl probably also rips off his customers while he fakes empathy for their loss.

Psychopaths do not get truly rehabilitated, they just learn how to control it enough so that the evil they do doesn’t get them put back in prison.

PUAs would surely tell us that women like psychopaths because they confuse their fearlessness for confidence, and confidence is confused with having high social status.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 12, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

65% of Americans believe they are above average in intelligence

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I”m surprised that it’s only 65% and not higher.

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July 5, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Psychology

Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?

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Atlantic Magazine asks “Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’”

The question isn’t answered in the article, but the answer is simple. We live in a gynocentric world, so what women do (spend hours a day looking at FaceBook or Instagram on their smartphone) is considered normal, but what guys do, especially nerdy guys, is considered abnormal behavior.

Also, I remembered that around the year 2000, people were worried about “internet addiction,” but that idea disappeared after it became “normal” for everybody to spend hours a day surfing the web.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 3, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Dungeons and Dragons is not autistic

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D&D is a social game, and autistic people aren’t social.

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Also, D&D requires imagination, and autistic people have a deficit in imagination.


GondwanaMan writes in a comment:

New proposed definition of autism: any activity where the male:female ratio is more than 5:1, and doesn’t involved athletic ability.

So that means that this all-female D&D group isn’t autistic!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 1, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Videogame addiction in the New York Times

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A year ago, there was an op-ed in the NY Times written by two psychology professors saying that videogames aren’t addictive.

But last week, the NY Times reversed course. Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office

Now, the World Health Organization is saying players can actually become addicted.

On Monday, “gaming disorder” will appear in a new draft of the organization’s International Classification of Diseases, the highly regarded compendium of medical conditions.

But if a man has surgery to make his reproductive body parts look female, that’s considered perfectly normal these days!

I would point out that the average American supposedly spends 30 hours or more a week watching TV, so if that time is spent playing videogames instead, I don’t see the big deal. The sad reality of humanity is that the vast majority of people don’t have anything profound or self-actualizing to do when they aren’t working.

On the other hand, if people think they have a problem, then they probably do, and it demonstrates the total stupidity of our psychological/psychiatric community that they can’t get any help for it.

My advice for young people in high school or college is that they shouldn’t play videogames, it’s more important to get good grades, work in a career-related internship, exercise, and do other things for self-improvement so they can have better future lives.

On the other hand, for people my age, there really isn’t anything to improve for, there is just a downward spiral into retirement and then death. If it’s OK to retire to spend your time fishing, why isn’t it OK to retire to spend your time playing World of Warcraft? Actually, I predict that in another ten years or so, hearing about people retiring to play videogames is going to become a lot more common and one day replace fishing as the ultimate time sink for retired men.

For me personally, I get addicted to stuff for a short period of time, and then it passes and I quit doing it. The only thing I’ve done constantly for a really long time is blog. I have a theory that successful people are successful because they become addicted to grinding for success the way some people might get addicted to grinding for experience points in WoW.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 25, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff, Psychology

Psychology of belief in global warming

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As I wrote yesterday, people believe stuff because other people believe it.

The introduction to Tim Ball’s book on global warming:

This book examines the claims of human induced global warming made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) using proper journalistic and investigative techniques. It explains how it was a premeditated, orchestrated deception, using science to impose a political agenda. It fooled a majority including most scientists. They assumed that other scientists would not produce science for a political agenda. German Physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls finally decided to look for himself. Here is what he discovered.

Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data—first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it.…scientifically it is sheer absurdity to think we can get a nice climate by turning a CO2 adjustment knob.

What happened with global warming is that a small group of “scientists” decided to promote this theory for political rather than scientific reasons, and they were able to create a belief cascade, so as more people believed it, even more people then believed it based on what has become overwhelming social proof.

The physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls admits that he initially believed in global warming because he just assumed that if other “scientists” believed in it, then it must be true, but then when he looked into it himself, he realized that global warming was fake science.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 20, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Psychology, Science

Psychology of belief

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As a logical and rational human, I can only believe things that are scientifically, logically, or factually true. But I appear to be an oddball. My blog attracts a lot of readers who similarly are oddballs. For most people, what they believe is strictly a social thing, they believe whatever other people believe, or specifically whatever other people in their peer group believe. It doesn’t have to make sense or be logical, and the vast majority of people seem to have no problem holding beliefs that are contradictory with each other, and if you try to point out the contradiction, they just get pissed at you and believe even more strongly than they did before.

I often read comments where people profess some grand conspiracy theory about typical left-wing beliefs. For example, they might say that liberal don’t really believe that immigrants with low-IQ genetic material will become brilliant physicists and stuff like that after the come to the United States, they just are saying that because they have some ulterior purpose. But nope, that’s wrong. Of course there will always be a tiny minority of people making false arguments in order to benefit themselves personally, the vast majority of people saying that actually believe it.

And the very same people saying that liberals can’t believe what they say they believe, will themselves believe in dumb stuff. For example, they may believe that Jesus was resurrected and that he walked on water. If my next-door neighbor said that he was resurrected and walked on water he would immediately be called out as a mental case (probably suffering from schizophrenia), but because they come from a peer group where everyone believes in the literal truth of the Bible, they just believe that crap.

And liberals make the same mistakes. For example, Obama’s treatment of Iran was based on the liberal assumption that the religious nuts ruling Iran don’t really believe that the “Death to America” slogan and that they are preparing the world for the coming of the Twelfth Imam. They figure that smart people couldn’t possibly believe that stuff and that it’s just something they say for the dumb masses. Well I believe they believe it. The ability of humans to believe in dumb stuff knows no bounds.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 19, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Psychology

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