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    Wait, I don't even know where I read that. Just doing a quick googling now, but I keep seeing 8w9 instead.

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    I can only find 8w9 too. I found this in one description...

    Bruce Lee (8)

    "From boyhood to adolescence, I presented myself as a trouble-maker and was greatly disapproved of by my elders. I was extremely mischievious, aggressive, hot-tempered, and fierce. Not only my "opponents" of more or less my age stayed out of my way, but even the adults sometimes gave in to my temper. I never knew what it was that made me so pugnacious. The first thought that came into my mind whenever I met somebody I disliked was "Challenge him!". Challenge him with what? The only concrete thing that I could think of were my fists."

    Bruce Lee, quoted in a Taiwanese newspaper, ca. 1972


    It said somewhere else that 9w8 is most highly correlated with istp.

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    ^Well, fwiw, (and I'm not trying to say I'm just like Lee or so badass or whatnot), but I was not much different at the same age. I only mention it because I don't understand a lot about why I correlate with Fi now. Apparently, I'm not supposed to have any history of that, as if I'm supposed to take a lot of crap in life. Some people might project an image on to me and say "Oh, you're just kidding.. I know you're a nice person.." Bullshit! I had 3 assault charges and time in juvenile detention before 17, my parents sent me to shrinks for anger problems, I screwed around with the gang thing.. etc.. and back then, I didn't "mediate" well. If someone pissed me off, I'd hit them. It was going to be a fight. I especially loved to do that to smug people who thought it couldn't happen. It took a lot of spiritual stuff to calm me down, I guess. Like him it seems. So, I don't know.. Sorry for the rant. It's funny how people can change.

    edit: I voted in that recent poll elsewhere that I've somewhat given up on MBTI. I'm starting to think it doesn't answer all of these issues.

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    I know. I didn't really post it for any reason other than it was interesting. It does show eight pretty strongly in why he did it.

    I was looking at this other forum and they were claiming Bruce Lee as N because he talked about Taoism. I don't whether to laugh or cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post

    edit: I voted in that recent poll elsewhere that I've somewhat given up on MBTI. I'm starting to think it doesn't answer all of these issues.
    It doesn't. I don't think it's supposed to. Sort of how therapists and psychoanalysts aren't designed to "fix" you.

    I don't mean to put you on blast or anything because I like you (I think I told you that), I'm just trying to give a friendly warning to not put too much. ..stock into archetypes.

    The rest of your post endeared you to me some more. Bruce Lee is one of my favorite people, ever. Mostly because I can relate to his struggle with the race/success issue, my zodiac is also Dragon and I was/am also the same way. I was such a nightmare for my poor Grandmother and just about everyone but my dad. I have a tendency to be aggressive, argumentative, challenging (I will literally challenge anything), vocal, strongly opinionated, trying, I'm also really blunt and I tend to get physical when I get mad and when I get mad I get really, really "call the cops" mad. Most of which people find adorable and don't take seriously at all because I am quite small.

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    I knew that somebody would mistakingly equate "hard ass" with "bad ass", that's why I specifically pointed out the difference between fighting abilities and personality, yet you jumped out to protect your "bad ass" honor anyway.

    Like I said, don't read his prepared quotes. Read about his life.
    What a person does or how a person lives sometimes does not equate what they really are. This is especially true if you live in a not-so-safe or not at all peaceful environment and learn from an early age, in the words of Bill Cosby (about the same words, anyway), that "if you were thoughtful, you were something to eat". I'll get personal, I grew up in the projects. It was so easy for the people in power (teachers, the law, parents) to write off most of the kids as nothing more than thugs incapable of what would be considered Fi, or Ti abilities but that's just a mask they had to wear to survive. I see this vulnerability (the need to protect oneself from outside forces that are very real, very dangerous and completely out of our control) in Bruce. Doesn't mean he had no desires for or thought so peace.

    That "peace" (personal-inner and in the community) daydream is the most frequent daydream/longing of those who grew up where you could get jumped/killed/shot just for being smaller and/or alone.

    It's easy to say someone who had aggressive or violent tendencies could not possibly be peaceful if you don't take into account that some people spent their formative years in places where they had to put on a mean face/demeanor in order to be safer, often over riding natural needs/responses because they're learned how to survive. That creates a pattern of behavior and feelings of vulnerability that are hard to break, even in adult hood. Doesn't mean the person doesn't want peace, doesn't think about peace or is incapable of peace.
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    I'ld say isfp cause they are the ones, who next to intjs, entps and esfjs, just in a different form strike me with this unrestlessness seeker gene. While to an istp the quest for perfection would maybe be the goal, for a seeker its more the quest for a new quest and by all means whats the goal quest, which defines him.

    Other than that he was one of the greatest artists I know and thats isfp to me.
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    It seems that the early stuff with the gangs and fighting is pretty irrelevant. If you have someone that has that same experience and has studied type and has typed themselves as Fi then it becomes a moot point.

    I think the quotes have some relevance as does the Taoist stuff. He studied philosophy in university and wrote about all the types of philosophy at one point or another. I think it has some relevance that he chose to express himself in that way. I do not think it was solely image.

    What do you think of this that he wrote. It is on Pg 133 in The warrior Within.

    I have said before 'Truth is nowhere to be found on a map' Your truth is different to mine. At first, you may think that this is a truth, but later you discover another truth and the former truth is denied - but you are closer to the truth.


    I think the fact that he made a martial art that was solely for himself and that was designed specifically for him pushes me to Fi. An expression of self through the design of something.

    I say isfp.

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    he sounds isfp to me....i think it's just tricky to type people who use both fi and ti it's like they ti their fi...it's confusing as hell to people who are just fi or just ti but some do both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady X View Post
    he sounds isfp to me....i think it's just tricky to type people who use both fi and ti it's like they ti their fi...it's confusing as hell to people who are just fi or just ti but some do both.
    I know what you mean, just reading that sentence confused me and it makes perfect sense. I think I do both, I am pretty sure of it. I agree with Lenore Thomson on isfp using Ti as a back up. At least if I use myself as a case study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    It seems that the early stuff with the gangs and fighting is pretty irrelevant.
    That's what I said in way too many words.

    If you have someone that has that same experience and has studied type and has typed themselves as Fi then it becomes a moot point.
    You don't even have to know about MBTI to figure out that living in a jungle causes people to harden and may not actually reflect the humanity inside of them. Unless you're judgmental and also didn't take it into account.

    But in regards to Fi and what it does, it's obvious that he would not be pretentious or dishonest about what made him tick solely to create an image. If anything he was typically fire dragon honest, blunt and transparent to a fault. He was more about getting people to accept him, not creating a false image or bending himself to be accepted? But at the same time mindful of what people want to see/believe in and what's so cool it turns you into a legend over night.
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