Has anyone seen this? It's pretty fascinating, although I haven't looked into it too deeply. For the tl;drs out there, it basically says that self-reporting on MBTI testing in certain religious groups (aka cults) shows a clear transition over time toward ESFJ/ESTJ/ENFJ.
Any thoughts? It appears to be from 1988. Maybe there are other studies like this?
This is interesting, Kahawa ! It makes sense to me! (haven't read the article). When I was very religious I was basically "trained" in Judgment, I think Extraverted Judgment in particular (though Fi too, massively actually) in the little community I was part of at the time.
Lots of routine, discipline (ie trying to conform to a pre-set schedule and standards). Confession weekly and mass every Sunday plus a few weekday masses, daily Rosary and Angelus, plus short morning and evening prayers. I was supposed to do a meditation (the Catholic, not Eastern or New age way) for 10 minutes a day at the same time every day and gradually increase it by 5 minutes till I reached half an hour or so. I never could meditate though. My mind was too much. I was supposed to read spiritual reading a short time everyday but I overdid that, reading voraciously whatever interested me.
I think it definitely made me more J than I could ever have gotten. I found it very unpleasant when I wasn't into it but this was explained in a way to make me push through (failing many times). I thought I was very imperfect (which I of course am) because I could never keep up with others who did all this well. If only I had known I was an Ne lead with Inattentive ADHD. Anyway, it never turned me Je but it sort of contained my Pe-ness quite a bit. Knowing cults are even more controlling than that, it doesn't surprise me that continuous involvement leads to more Je-ness (even if only in self-perception). There's tonnes of collective standards that individuals dedicate themselves to in cults and mainstream religion in general.