MBTI: The Groups as a Body

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I can’t say I’m a fan of the different sites that are intent on relating different MBTI types to inanimate objects, or what state each would be. While I’ve got certain articles that are definitely reaching, I’d like to think most of the information I present clarifies what’s already been put forward, and does so in an entertaining, understandable, and informative way.

That being said, instead of relating the different groups to toasters or Wyoming, here’s one way to explain to your friends that just “have to know” about MBTI how the types differ by group. Associating different terms will be easier to remember when they’re paired with something you’re already familiar with. There’s not much to this, but that’s part of the point.

So here are the parts of the body that best fit each group, based on that part of the body’s function to the rest of it, as the groups and their role in society.

Guardians (SJ), ESFJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ISTJ- SPINE

spine

By far the largest group, the Guardians really are the backbone of society. As negative as the line they’re seen in is online, this is the group that, once they have embraced a method or way of doing something make it tradition and/or routine. In the same way that the spine supports the body’s weight, SJs are the key to a functioning society as we know it. While not everything they do is strictly for everyone else, their main role as it stands often relies how useful they are to their careers, family, or social institution.

While the same could be said for most people, SJs make it an especial priority. Though most wouldn’t identify themselves as this, it is the most likely result for most, statistically speaking. Upon asking an ESTJ friend which part of the body he most identified with of the four mentioned, he told me “I’m the spine. Because I’ve got backbone when everyone else falls apart.”

It’s the “can-do” attitude of the Guardian that made Keirsey liken them to the beaver, which works hard all day and doesn’t feel like resting until they’ve done everything they can to deserve it.

Fun Facts about the spine-

-The biggest cause of disability in the workforce is attributed to spinal injury

– Both humans and giraffes have seven vertebrae in their neck.

– The spine can handle the pressure of hundreds of kilograms, making it extremely resilient.

– Infants have 33 vertebrae but as adults we have 26. What happens to the nine remaining bones is that four of them will fuse to make our tailbone and five fuse to make the back of the pelvis.

Artisans (SP), ESFP, ISFP, ESTP, ISTP- HANDS

hands

Would it surprise you that the Artisans are the only group with a corresponding body part is external as well as internal? While the others’ chosen body parts are all internal, SPs need to be out and about, changing things with their own hands, making things happen and doing everything themselves. For this reason, I’ve chosen hands as their related body part.

If you know an Artisan, you know that even the most laid-back of them still has a wild edge to them that can seem at times, like they’re being purposefully disruptive. This can range from hilarious to exhaustingly annoying but there’s rarely a dull moment no matter what the situation. You’ll notice that on the site, many SPs characters are typed, specifically ISTPs who are highly prominent in Action genre. It’s only natural seeing as the groups’ need for immediacy.

Another major reason for choosing the hands as the SP bodily representative is that they’re the only ones mentioned that one can live without- but who would want to? Without the excitement of the SP bravado, society could go on living and maintaining but what a dull state we would be in. From music to movies, literature to healthy living, it’s the Artisans that often take what could be forced and uninteresting- and instead make it fun and entertaining.

Fun facts about the hands-

– Fingertips have the maximum amount of feel receptors in the entire body. It only makes sense seeing as how its what we use to touch in the first place.

– 80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touching of hands, while handwashing is the most effect way to combat receiving a disease when done properly.

– Fingernails are modified hairs. Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

– The greater the length of the ring finger is a result of more testosterone and the more “masculine” the resulting child – be it male or female

Idealists (NF), ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, INFP- HEART

heart

You saw this coming. While not all NFs are an everyday Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., people still find their way to the center of NF lives in the metaphorical way that the heart is the center of a person. That’s not true, the center is actually around your belly button but you know what I’m trying to say. Even if the NF you know hates people *COUGHINFPCOUGH* there’s still the fact that people are on their mind in the first place that separates the Idealist from all other types.

Name a purveyor or crusader for the human cause throughout history and you’ll probably have an Idealist on your hands. Name a dictator famous for their cruelty toward all those that didn’t have the same beliefs as their country and it’s possible they will also be an Idealist. You see where I’m going with this.

Whatever their cause is, be it to save humanity, kill them, or escape them, no one does it more vigorously than the Idealist. And since passion in love and hatred is so often connected to the heart, it all comes together quite nicely. Even though it’s only the size of your fist, it still keeps blood pumping throughout the entire awkward flesh sack that is your body, much in the way that even though Idealists are small in numbers, you can’t escape their effects on the world.

Fun facts about the heart-

– The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, 3,600,000 times a year and 2.5 billion times in a lifetime.

– As long as its given an adequate supply of oxygen, the heart can continue to beat even when separated from the body due to it’s own electrical impulse.

– The “thumping” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.

– Cardiac catheterization was invented by German surgeon Werner Forssmann (1904-1979) when he examined the inside of his own heart by threading a catheter into his arm vein and pushing it 20 inches and into his heart. He did so at age 25.

Rationals (NT), ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP, INTP- BRAIN

brain

Standing at the head of it all (Har har), the brain is about the only thing a Rational could be. Many NTs might actually forfeit a body if it meant more brainpower to them. Okay, not really but still. Okay, so INTPs might.

With the Rationals’ primary goal of acquiring as much knowledge as they can throughout their life, the brain is one of the most intriguing aspects of the human body, with its ability to store a “mind.” Not physically of course, but the awareness and the consciousness of all things experienced makes it a strange and fascinating component. Rationals tend to be something of a strange being in their own right, wowing people with their knowledge and insight into their chosen areas of expertise while aggravating them to no end with their odd ways and (often times) lack of social skills.

While at the center of the nervous system for all vertebrae, the brain isn’t much good without the rest of the body to function much like Rationals and their role in society. Though many NTs have played a major role throughout history, their work wouldn’t be possible without those to help in achieving their vision, once again playing to the truth that each body part plays a unique role in and of itself, while also strongly relying on seemingly unrelated parts to achieve its own goals.

Fun facts about the brain-

– Harvard has a brain bank of over 7,000 brains in store for research purposes.

– You can’t tickle yourself because the brain can distinguish between your own touch and unexpected physical touch.

– The weight of the average human brain is 3lbs while your skin weighs twice as much.

– The average number of thoughts in a day that humans are estimated to have is around 70,000.

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8 Responses to “MBTI: The Groups as a Body”

  1. fatalfuryguy Says:

    60000 of my thoughts are about my dick. Also, that’s the part of the body that I am. The dick. Not a dick, THE dick.

  2. Arthur Says:

    It’s so great, but I wonder if I can show to my friend about this, I promise I’ll add link of your page if I can. and even if you don’t want, can I add your link to this page?
    Thank you first! ^_^

    • Taylor Says:

      Yeah, that’d be cool. Thanks for reading.

      • Arthur Says:

        Thank you very much!! @@ But I wonder where you can learn about this all things??? And do you know about acupoint or acupressure, in Asia or oriental medicince, we think foot has some kind of very important acupoint, so it’s almost as good as hands ^_^ And I tell you first it’s just my thought, ok?? ^^ thanks again -o-

        • Taylor Says:

          Don’t know much about acupuncture, sorry to say. Though I can see how the feet are just as important as hands. I wouldn’t want to lose any of them!

          • Arthur Says:

            I mean I think both are needed then artisans can be both too. Leg is free to walk where it want, right @@ but I just explain it like what I think about it ^^

  3. Hello, Taylor! I just subscribed to your blog, but I’ve been reading it for some time, and it’s good to finally see someone who’s as into MBTI as I am. I especially love your short stories. I used to use Keirsey’s temperaments when analyzing MB, but I realized that they didn’t really seem to fit(i.e., the ISFP’s opposite is the ENTJ, but they’re not in opposing temperament categories). However, I then found an article concerning an alternative temperament theory that I think is much more efficient. Not trying to assault your style of discussion, just want to see what you think: http://www.rogerbissell.com/achillestendencies/atmirror.html

    • Taylor Says:

      Hey, thanks for reading and for the link. I read the comment yesterday but it took me a second to read the article. No, I don’t think of it as an assault. The best way is the right way and if I can see it working in the real world, I can accept it.

      There are a couple other ways mentioned in the article that seem to be sensible enough groupings. Like ST and SF instead of SJ and SP. I think it makes more sense in many ways than Keirsey’s method. One reason for myself using the Keirsey names as much as I do is that it was easier to remember when I first became interested in MBTI and saw no reason to question what I was only beginning to understand.

      Of the different perspectives from Keirsey, this one has definitely made more sense. Also, thanks for reading the short stories, I’d kind of forgotten about them.

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