Scores below 30 are considered definitely "thick" and scores above 42 are considered definitely "thin". See where you are on the spectrum below:
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Boundary type turns out to have a relationship with several topics we’ll briefly examine here: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); one’s chosen occupation and other demographics; and perception of one’s own (and opposite) boundary type.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The MBTI is a well-known personality assessment tool (it may be the world’s most widely used). A person is scored via four pairs of opposites: Extraversion-Introversion; Sensing-Intuition; Thinking-Feeling; and Judgment-Perception. A four-letter code indicates the person’s preference within each of the pairs. Someone whose type is “ESTJ,” for example, reflects a leaning toward Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), and Judgment (J) whereas someone whose type is INFP connotes a leaning toward Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), and Perception (P).
A definite relationship has been shown between thin boundaries and Intuition and between thick boundaries and Sensing. To a lesser degree, thin boundaries are associated with Feeling and thick boundaries with Thinking. Also to a lesser extent, thin boundaries are associated with Perception and thick boundaries with Judgment. No correlation has been found between either boundary type and Introversion or Extraversion. So an intuitive, sensitive, thin boundary person is just as apt to be outgoing as a questioning, fact-based, thick boundary person is to be reticent.
Overall, people who take the BQ score all across the spectrum similar to a Bell-type curve. Women, however, tend to score significantly thinner than men – and older people generally score slightly thicker than younger people.
Interestingly – though you may or may not fit the profile – people in certain professions have scored markedly thinner or thicker than people in other jobs. In the thin category are artists, musicians, and fashion models. In the thick category are naval officers, salespeople, and lawyers.
Perception of Own and Other Boundary Type
As one might expect, people tend to consider their own boundary type desirable and may disparage qualities associated with the “other” type. Thin boundary people, for example, see themselves as “exciting,” “creative,” and “innovative” but can look upon those with thick boundaries as “dull,” “rigid,” and “unimaginative.” Thick boundary people, on the other hand, view themselves as “solid,” “reliable,” and persevering” while sometimes considering those with thin boundaries as “flaky,” “far out” and “unreliable.” What can we say but Vive la difference!