Are men really from Mars and women from Venus? Are the differences between the sexes best explained by their separate planet heritage? Is it really that simple?
We often hear this lament from American conservatives: the majority of our universities are run by liberals, attended by liberals, and turning out more liberals by the thousand. Theories abound as to why this is. Perhaps we're dealing with a vast conspiracy of power-hungry eggheads, masterminding schemes of liberal indoctrination from ivory towers full of pipe smoke.
Perhaps—but we don't think so. We think there's a reasonable explanation for all of it: science. Specifically, personality psychology.
In a study of University of Wisconsin Colleges students, participants with Feeling preferences were more likely to believe in creationism, while students with Thinking preferences favored secular evolution.
According to a study of over 6000 students at Elon University in North Carolina, students with Judging preferences have higher average GPAs than students who prefer Perceiving. In addition, the study’s authors found that Introverted and Feeling types had grades that were higher than average, except in the Business major.
A study of undergraduates at Mercyhurst College found that students in the Intelligence Studies program were significantly more likely to prefer Intuition and Thinking, and slightly more likely to prefer Extraversion, when compared with the general population.
A study conducted among female college students found that women who prefer Intuition and Feeling are significantly more likely to have tendencies toward binge eating. The study was conducted with women who were considered to be at risk for an eating disorder, but not diagnosed with a full-blown disorder such as bulimia.
People with a preference for Sensing are more likely to be politically conservative, and are also more likely to be disinterested in politics, according to a study led by researcher Robert W. Boozer. Conversely, those with a preference for Intuition are more likely to be liberal and have more interest in politics.
The diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome may sometimes be a misinterpretation of a personality type of ISTP or INTP, according to researcher Robert G. Chester in an article published in the Journal of Psychological Type. Many of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, including a preference for solitude, visual and intuitive thinking, and a critical and objective communication style, are similar to characteristics of normal type development among ISTPs and INTPs.
Intuitive Thinking personality types are the most likely of all of the types to be argumentative, according to research led by Donald Loffredo, Ed.D, at the University of Houston. ENTJs in particular tended to score as highly argumentative. Intuitive types are more likely to approach argument as a means of exploring possibilities, while Thinking types often enjoy argument as an exercise to think things out logically and analyze a situation.