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Step II Facet Scales & the Strong, Part IV

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.  We'll continue with the five facet scales involving Judging and Perceiving. 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.  For example, all six Holland types came out on the Pressure Prompted side of that facet scale.  This might be more a reflection of how busy people are, rather than true preferences.

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 relationships were mixed, with three facets on the Judging and two on the Perceiving side of the scale. The strongest correlation was with Early Starting – Pressure Prompted scale, meaning Realistic types are likely to be Pressure Prompted.  The weakest relationship was with Methodical - Emergent, which was essentially flat, meaning little or no correlation.  Realistic types tend to be Systematic and Planful.

The Investigative theme correlations were also mixed. The strongest relationship was again on the Early Starting – Pressure Prompted scale, with Realistic types tending to come out on the Pressure Prompted side.  The weakest correlation on the Planful – Open-Ended scale.  Investigative types tend to be Systematic, Scheduled, and Emergent.

For Artistic types, four correlations were negative.  The greatest correlation was on the Systematic - Casual facet.  They were likelier to be on the Systematic side.  This is probably not what one would expect from Artistic types. The only positive correlation was on the Early Starting – Pressure Prompted facet, meaning Artistic types are likelier to score on the Pressure Prompted side.  They also tend to be Planful, Scheduled, and Methodical.

For Social types, only one correlation was positive (Early Starting – Pressure Prompted).  The greatest effect was on the Scheduled - Spontaneous facet, where they were likely to be Scheduled.  The smallest effect was on the Early Starting – Pressure Prompted facet.  Social types tend to be Systematic, Planful, and Methodical.

Enterprising types had three positive correlations, meaning they tend to show up on the Perceiving side of the scale.  The greatest correlation was with the Early Starting – Pressure Prompted scale, the smallest on the Planful – Open Ended facet.  Enterprising people tend to come out on the Systematic, Planful, Pressure-Prompted, and Spontaneous facet scales.

Finally, Conventional types had four negative correlations, with the Systematic - Casual scale the strongest and the Scheduled - Spontaneous facet the weakest.  Conventional people tend to be Systematic, Planful, Pressure-Prompted, and Methodical.


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