Abstract

A novel approach to the quantitative analysis of psychological issues in design is formulated. It treats any quadruple of Myers-Briggs Personality Index (MBTI) scores as a four-dimensional vector decomposable into components in the usual manner of vector analysis. To make the MBTI scores more understandable to the engineer untrained in psychology, new coordinate systems are proposed in which the component axes point toward human personality types such as “Strategist” rather than the usual idealized psychological concepts such as “Introvert”. Also presented as a semantic aid to understanding is a tentative matrix of oversimplified word labels serving as a bridge between terse psychological designators such as “INTJ” and their corresponding detailed personality type descriptions. The methods are used to analyze results from two American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) faculty workshops on creativity in design education.

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