The effect of the thinking and feeling preferences in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) on perceived stress levels in Asian adolescents


Author: Anjali Paul
Page Range: 171-186
Published in: International Public Health Journal, 15#2 (2023)
ISSN: 1947-4989

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Prior research has indicated that personality can influence an individual’s level of stress. A quantitative survey was created to determine a possible correlation between the Thinking-Feeling Dichotomy characterized in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the perceived stress levels in eleventh grade Asian adolescents in Nassau County. The survey measured socio-demographics and used the Myers-Briggs TypeFinder Assessment as well as the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) to measure each participant’s preference in the Thinking-Feeling dichotomy and level of perceived stress. After gathering and reviewing the responses, 48 participants were categorized as either feelers or thinkers. Their stress score was calculated, thereby allowing a comparison between the perceived stress levels in feelers and in thinkers. An independent t-test was performed to statistically determine if there was a significant difference between feeler and thinker participants and their perceived stress, but the null hypothesis (which stated that there was a significant difference) was not rejected, suggesting that there is no correlation between the Thinking-Feeling dichotomy and perceived stress in eleventh grade Asian adolescents.

Keywords: Asian, adolescents, perceived stress, personality, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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