Population Distributions

How common or rare are each of the 16 different personality type?  Does gender play a role?  Are there more puppies than turtles?  Read on for answers to these questions and more.

Here are interesting facts about the distribution of personality traits across the U.S. population:

  • The population of both men and women is equally split between turtles and puppies throughout the world.
  • Eagle eyes significantly outnumber psychics.  Approximately, 70 percent of men and woman are eagle eyes, while only 30 percent are psychics.
  • The judgment preference is the only personality trait with a clear gender bias. Approximately, 70 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the U.S. are bleeding hearts.  Approximately, 30 percent of women and 60 percent of men are pointy heads.
  • Tyrants (judging types) slightly outnumber hippies in both sexes.
  • Eagle-eyed tyrants (sensing/judging types or SJs) account for about 43% of men and 50% of women.
  • Eagle-eyed hippies (sensing/perceiving types or SPs) account for about 27% of men and 29% of women.
  • Pointy-headed psychics (intuitive/thinking types or NTs) account for about 15% of men and 6% of women.
  • Bleeding-hearted psychics (intuitive/feeling types or NFs) account for about 13% of men and 19% of women.

The table below shows average distributions of the different personality types across the U.S. population by gender.

Boss (ESTJ) 8.7% 11.2% 6.3%
Director (ENTJ) 1.8% 2.7% 0.9%
Enforcer (ISTJ) 11.6% 16.4% 6.9%
Engineer (ISTP) 5.4% 8.5% 2.4%
Guardian (ENFJ) 12.3% 7.5% 16.9%
Humanitarian (ISFP) 8.8% 7.6% 9.9%
Innovator (ENTP) 3.2% 4.0% 2.4%
Muse (ENFJ) 2.5% 1.6% 3.3%
Philanthropist (ISFJ) 13.8% 8.1% 19.4%
Poet (INFP) 4.4% 4.1% 4.6%
Politician (ESTP) 4.3% 5.6% 3.0%
Professor (INTP) 3.3% 4.8% 1.8%
Prophet (INFJ) 1.5% 1.3% 1.6%
Revolutionary (INTJ) 2.1% 3.3% 0.8%
Romantic (ENFP) 8.1% 6.4% 9.7%
Traveler (ESFP) 8.5% 6.9% 10.1%

Our personality quiz and educational materials are based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types and the research of Isabel Myers (creator of the Myers-Briggs), David Keirsey, and Paul and Barbara Tieger, and others.

Disclaimer: 2bme has no affiliation with the Myers & Briggs Foundation or its affiliate, Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc., and we do not administer the MBTI® instrument or the Myers-Briggs® assessment.