• The Personalities of Political Identity The Personalities of Political Identity: Analyzing the Relationship Between the Myers-Briggs Indicator Traits and Identification with Political Liberalism and Conservatism

    Kelly Li (see profile)
    Political science, Psychology
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    Personality psychology, Political psychology
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    Previous studies recognize that political liberals tend to be more flexible and open to novelty, whereas political conservatives prefer clear answers and incline towards rigidness (Salvi et al., 2016). These preferences parallel personality characteristics found in the four Myers-Briggs Type Indicator trait dichotomies: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. Through original research, we expand on previous studies to investigate this parallelism in search for correlations between preferences of the four personality trait dichotomies and dispositions towards either political liberalism or conservatism. Utilizing voluntary response sampling, Pasadena City College students within the Social Science Division were surveyed to identify their Myers-Briggs personality type and political liberalism or conservatism on a sliding scale of 1 to 10. 101 responses were analyzed to reveal that introverts were more liberal on average than extroverts with a significance level at α = .1 and that perceivers were more liberal on average than judgers with a significance level at α = .05, while the traits of Sensing, Intuitive, Thinking and Feeling did not exhibit statistically significant results. Although this study’s statistical significance is limited to Pasadena City College students, the results remain applicable to other student populations possessing similar demographics. Through our research, we show a plausible correlation between certain Myers-Briggs personality traits and identification with political liberalism or conservatism. This revelation sparks a curiosity to utilize Myers-Briggs personality assessments as a universal indicator for political identity; however, further studies are required to determine a conclusive relationship.
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