This issue 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. We'll continue with the five facet scales involving Thinking and Feeling. 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. Most of the Strong themes correlated with Thinking on the Myers-Briggs.
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. All the relationships were negative, meaning all the facet scales were on the Thinking side of the scale. The strongest correlation was with Logical – Empathetic scale, meaning Realistic types are likely to be Logical. The weakest relationship was with Questioning – Accommodating, but it too was negative, meaning Realistic types are likely to show up on the Questioning side of the scale.
The Investigative theme correlations were also all negative, once again meaning Investigative types are likely to score on the Thinking side of the scale. The strongest relationship was on the Logical – Empathetic scale, and the weakest on the Questioning – Accommodating.
For Artistic types, three correlations were positive. The greatest correlation was negative, on the Questioning – Accommodating facet, meaning they were likely to be on the Questioning side. This is probably not what one would expect from Artistic types. The greatest positive correlation was on the Critical – Accepting facet, meaning Artistic types are likelier to score on the Accepting side.
For Social types, only one correlation was negative (Logical – Empathetic), which is surprising. One would likely expect Social types to empathetic rather than logical. The greatest positive effect was on the Critical – Accepting facet, meaning they were likely to be Accepting. The smallest effect was on the Questioning – Accommodating facet.
Enterprising types had all negative correlations, meaning they tend to show up on the Thinking side of the scale. The greatest correlation was with the Logical – Empathetic scale, the smallest on the Questioning – Accommodating facet.
Finally, Conventional types had all negative correlations, with the Logical – Empathetic scale the strongest and the Questioning – Accommodating facet the weakest.