Autism Spectrum and Myers-Briggs Types

Maybe this is a weird thing to wonder (as even all of us on the autism spectrum are different), but I wonder if those on the autism spectrum mostly fit into just a few Myers-Briggs types.

I would imagine most (if not all) of us are introverts as well as judgers (i.e. have a preference for structure and order). The middle two letters might be able to go either way but if I was a betting man I’d bet that a vast majority of us fit into those four personality types (INTJ, INFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ).

For me, I don’t fit into a neat little box. I strongly lean I and J, lean moderately N and, depending on the day and set of questions, I flip-flop between T and F. I guess that makes me an INXJ but overall about half the time I wind up an INTJ and the other half INFJ. I know, I’m just weird like that.

I should say that I don’t take the MBTI as gospel truth in any sense of the term. I don’t think we should let our type dictate what careers we pursue or anything, but it’s just interesting to me.

So to my fellow spectrumites, what is your Myers-Briggs type? Also just generally for my other blogging buddies, what’s yours? I’m truly curious.

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9 thoughts on “Autism Spectrum and Myers-Briggs Types

    • Interesting that you’re a P. That actually surprises me since desire for structure is more often than not a trait consistent with ASD.

      I know not all of us are the same or have all the criteria but that one just surprises me somewhat.

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  1. While I think only the I/E bit has strong supporting research behind it, I’ve always found the MBTI scale intriguing since I was introduced to it through some training at work more than 25 years ago. It’s important to remember that the J/P only captures the way you extravert your interaction with the outside world. I had a highly unstructured, some might even say chaotic, early childhood and adulthood. I’ve probably lived much of my life in one degree of crisis mode or another. I had to take in information and decide how to respond, which can appear flexible and adaptable. Internally, I have a host of strategies. I develop tiny plans that I assemble into macro-plans but which I can switch out in small increments as circumstances change. Sometimes, especially in crises that no plan can cover, I reduce my view of the horizon down to deciding what I need to next, doing that, and then taking in enough information to decide what I need to do next, and so on. I create small patterns of order or structure for comfort and so I don’t have to think about them. When something unplanned happens or things change unexpectedly, I deal with the anxiety in the moment and find a way to set it aside so it doesn’t build up and overwhelm me.

    All of that combines into a way of interacting with the world that looks very much oriented toward perceiving. It’s also one of a number of reasons I never even thought about being autistic when I would encounter superficial information about autism. It took something closer to home to make me dig below the surface and understand it better. And decide to seek an evaluation.

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  2. I’m an INFJ, and true to form a natural activist. The problem their is between my autism and my introversion, it is sometimes hard to get my views and things heard. I wouldn’t be surprised if alot of autistics fit into the same few personality types. Although there are sometimes a few extroverted autistics out there, one of my friends included.

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  3. I’m INFJ. I’m not ASD, but I do have Sensory Processing Disorder/ADHD/Anxiety and was told it’s a lot like having ADHD. Regardless, I have been really wondering since discovering my personality type, how many on the spectrum would fall into this type, because it not only sounds a lot like me, but many of my friends on the spectrum…

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  4. I’m an INTJ but have always feared mental health diagnoses, so although I wouldn’t be surprised by any number of diagnoses applying to myself, I choose to remain ignorant. The one exception was when I came to realize I was suffering from PTSD and sought help and was, not surprisingly, correct in my self-diagnosis. Found this post very interesting!

    Cheers,
    LG

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