Body-Type and Myers-Briggs Type Invenotry

There are serious structural problems with the MBTI.  The best you can say about the MBTI is that it is very popular.  As always you can find the critical  information on google.  Do a search on  MBTI  along with the terms bimodal, dichtomous dimensions.  Because typologies do touch on peoples sense of self I don’t want to throw any of them on the garbage heap.

In dividing the somatotype triangle into MBTI areas you start with Fat (endomorphic) people in the Feeling zone.  The Muscular/Athletic bodies occupy the Sensation zone.  The Linear ectomorph is the thinking area.  Finally the middle is the area of Intuition.  When endomorphy, mesomorphy and ectomorphy are in close balance then the sensory system becomes very active in search of novelty to break the stalemate of  balance and reorganize priorities.

Body-Type Map of 16 MBTI Types













It needs to be repeated with all of these diagrams that the lines are not like geographical boundaries.  The main take away is that types that are close together can appear as any type adjacent without extreme pressure.  Quite often a person will take a job that is not ideal but tolerable and the effect will cause a minor adaptive change.   However if someone has a body type of an  ISFP and their test results indicate they are an ESTJ  then it is likely that some maladjustment is involved.

The aim is to establish a bench mark and then observe in a meditative way how accurate the test results reflect the bench mark.  The question that needs to be asked is what has moved in the hierarchy and how much.  If the movement is strong (opposite) compared to the bench mark somatotype, then a person needs to search their environment for the kinds of events that could be a minor or major trauma.

Here are the worst and fortunately infrequent  cases of maladjustment.

  • ISFJ With BL Somatotype
  • INFJ With MB Somatotype
  • INFP With ML Somatotype
  • ENFP With LM Somatotype
  • ISTP With BM Somatotype
  • INTP With MF Somatotype
  • INTJ  With MB Somatotype
  • ISFP With BM Somatotype

 A therapist would be interested in these maladjustments  and could uncover some useful information to explore with a client.