This time we'll continue looking at the relationships between the facet scores on the MBTI Step II Interpretive Report and the six themes of the Strong Interest Inventory. This month it's with the five facet scales involving Sensing and Intuition. The sample size used was quite small and mostly male engineering students, so we cannot generalize too much from these results. Still, it's interesting to see the patterns.
As a quick review, a correlation might be positive or negative. That means scores either move in tandem or in the opposite direction on the two tests. The direction is not the same as the strength of the relationship. It could be strong or weak in either direction.
Let's start with the Realistic theme. The strongest relationship was positive with the Realistic - Imaginative scale, which means someone who was on the Imaginative side of the facet scale likely scored on the Realistic theme on the Strong. This is not what we would expect to find. The only negative correlation was with Traditional - Original, which means those who came out on the Original side were less likely to show up on the Realistic theme.
The Investigative theme has the greatest positive correlation with Traditional - Original, meaning those on the Traditional side of the facet where likely to show up as Investigative types. The greatest negative correlation was with Experiential - Theoretical, meaning it was likely for Theoretical types to test as Investigative on the Strong.
For Artistic types, all but one correlation were positive. The greatest was on the Practical - Conceptual facet, meaning they were likely to be on the Conceptual side. The only negative correlation was on the Traditional - Original facet, which means they were likely to be Traditional. This is not what we would expect for Artistic types.
For Social types, all the correlations were negative. The greatest effect was on the Traditional - Original facet, meaning they were likely to be Traditional. The smallest effect was on the Concrete - Abstract facet.
Enterprising types had the greatest correlation with Realistic - Imaginative. They tend towards the former. The greatest positive correlation was with Experiential – Theoretical, and they towards the latter.
Finally, Conventional types had all negative correlations, with the Traditional - Original facet scale the strongest and the Experiential – Theoretical the weakest. This means Conventional types are likely to come out as Traditional and Experiential.