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AA suited 10-28-2005 09:34 AM

Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
Is there one Myers-Briggs category that best fits a poker player?

10-28-2005 10:15 AM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
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Is there one Myers-Briggs category that best fits a poker player?

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I am an INFP, which apparently is not all that common among poker players.

jskills 10-28-2005 12:47 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
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Is there one Myers-Briggs category that best fits a poker player?

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No.

People of various personality types play and are successful at poker.

One thing to be aware of is that Myers Briggs letter types mean less than the actual numbers associated with them. for example, you and I could be be ENTP, but my E score could be 50 while yours could be 5, making me a much larger extrovert. So I think if you're really looking to correlate Myers-Briggs w/ poker, you may want to look at the individual traits measured rather than the perfect letter type.

I'd have to say it would probably be better to be a "T" (thinker) rather than an "F" (feeler), since emotion can get in the way in decision making. However, you wouldn't want to high of a "T" score, since that lack of empathy could be deterimental in reading people. Having a higher "P" score is clearly better for people who wish to multi-table online, since this score indicates how well you handle multitasking. Is it better to be an "E" (extrovert) or "I" (introvert)? Not sure there is anything definitive we could point to in terms of success at poker here. Some of the best players love to talk constantly and others don't say a word.

So I think it needs to be looked at at a more granular level than just overall category ...

SNOWBALL138 10-28-2005 04:04 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
good poker players think quickly, use logic, have good focus, and good emotional control. Myers-Briggs doesn't measure this. In addition, that test was created by a Jungian dillatante homemaker, and psychologists don't take that test seriously.
Studies show that, according to test results, your personality type can change a week later, and people also get different results based on the time of day.

krimson 10-28-2005 04:08 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
I would bet that a number of internet players are INTP. It seems to fit the mold.

Perseus 10-28-2005 05:32 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
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I would bet that a number of internet players are INTP. It seems to fit the mold.

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This is exactly what I tested as in high school.

deacsoft 10-28-2005 05:39 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
There was a big thread about this quite some time ago. You can probably find it in the archives. I believe the findings were that a high number of members of this forum (at that time) were iNTj. Wether or not they are good poker players is a whole different story.
For the record, I'm an iNTj and fit the description 100%.

SNOWBALL138 10-28-2005 07:23 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
I came out INTP also.

But I also think the test is given too much legitimacy. See my above post.

10-28-2005 09:36 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
The Myers-Briggs is a quick and dirty test that does not measure much of anything. It was created in Isabel Myers' head and normed on no one. It's junk gutter social science.

10-28-2005 09:38 PM

Re: Myers-Briggs type for a successful poker player?
 
Well put, Sir, it has no validity and no reliability. You should see the way teachers embrace it. It's quite depressing.


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