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Personality and Esthetic Sensitivity USPHS MBTI

Carlson, Rae; Parker, Janet
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ETS Research Bulletin
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United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Aesthetic Education, Affective Behavior, Allport-Vernon-Lindz Study of Values, Art, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Personality Studies, Pictorial Stimuli


In an exploratory study of affective responsiveness as a component of aesthetic sensitivity 62 college Ss took the Allport-Vernon- Lindzey Study of Values and described on an antonym checklist their affective responses to photographs portraying "forces of nature". One-third of the group with extreme high and low AVL Aesthetic value scores were compared on measures of affective responsiveness and on Sensation-Intuition and Perceiving-Judging scales of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As predicted, high esthetic value Ss were more acceptant of stimulus materials (p = 005), more often perceptive (p = .025) and intuitive (p = 05) types on the MBTI Results support a typological conception of esthetic sensitivity, and suggest that direct, "pre-artistic" emotional responsiveness to phenomena expressed in art forms is a component of this personality pattern.

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