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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    I was about 22/23 when I first found out my MBTI type. At that point, I had two decades and change worth of living that I could look back at and start to determine how my life up to that point fit in with what my "type" was suppose to be like. Also at that point there wasn't nearly the flood of information both supported or unsupported about personality and temperment as there is now. I didn't go back to college until I was 28 and then I truly studied psychology and particularly personality. My point is I had some time behind me when I seriously started contemplating personality....and what that meant for me.

    My question to you all is..What do you all think the age at which your type is determined has to do with your development. Is knowing what your type is suppose to be lead you one way or another?

    Thoughts...experiences.....strong opinions....thanks.
    I learned about my type when I was nineteen. I tested as an IXFP. My best friend (intp) encouraged me to take this MBTI test and well, needless to say, I was intrigued. I'd consider it the highlight of my sophomore year of University.

    At this point in time, my parents were getting divorce, I despised my living situation with my roommate, hated all my classes, was broke and unemployed, and was in a stage of re-evaluation. Those days consisted of waking up in the afternoon, making some ramen, getting my laughs from watching some Christian Broadcasting Network and browsing the internet. Furthermore, I needed to discover myself.

    I have an older ESTP brother whom is only older by less than a year and a half. Growing up, I was his shadow. We always played together, we had the same interests and we were inseparable. I never wanted to let him down, so I developed in the sense to appease him. He was the older brother I wanted to be. As high school approached, I began to develop my individuality slightly, but it wasn't until our separation that I truly began to find some path, any path to my individuality.

    Despite conforming my values to my older brothers', deep down, I knew I saw things differently than him. In fact, his values disagreed with mine substantially. I would only catch a glimpse at these values every so often. I was trapped in a box and only had a few breathing holes. Sometimes, I would look through these holes and see a world outside this box of mine, but most of the time, I was concerned with breathing and surviving. I could see these images but they weren't in the slightest bit clear. What was this reality I was breathing but couldn't see nor reach? One day, my box was left open but my older brother was no where to be found. That was rather careless of him, he'll be back. Well, he'll be back soon. He's just gone away for awhile. In the meantime, I'll emerge a little bit from this box to see what this brave new world has to offer - don't want to overstimulate myself. He's gone and the box is gone. I've been thrown away and tossed out into this wasteland rather than this grandeur vision I once had.

    I was naked, sheltered and inexperienced. I was scared. He has abandoned me. I am alone. I tried to reconstruct the box but much like the two little pigs, my ingenuity to create a stable structure was lacking. I had no foundation. Why couldn't the world be like the world I could envision outside of the box? Then MBTI came along...

    I read both of profiles of an ISFP/INFP. At last, it seems as if I've found something that describes these visions I've had. For awhile, I wasn't very sure of what type I was. I knew for the most part, that I heavily identified with the Fi as my primary function. I wasn't sure about my auxiliary function. I knew only one thing for sure though, I didn't want to be my brother. Forget about abandonment, how could I of fallen for this trap of being kept in a dark box? I'm an individual! A different individual than him. I wanted to find this idealism and channel its creative force into this wasteland constructively.

    Throughout high school and the first two years of University, I began to notice a pattern of how well I would do on written assignments vs. definitions on exams. I always like the sound of words, the construction and etymology of words and how words help shape the overall concept, finding the right word to say at the right time, planning out my sentences, etc. I knew after reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance that I was an INFP.

    Even though that Spring semester was quite shitty academically, much like a wayfarer, I was happy to be walking on some metaphysical path. After that semester, I tried a few English courses and have been an English Major ever since. MBTI is a mountain a part of a much larger mountain range and this wayfarer intends to travel through it to see what remains to be yielded.
    I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.

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    I learned about the MBTI test in sixth grade. I forgot about it mostly after that year...still remembering my results and I wish I could remember the results of my classmates. I tested INFJ then, and I test the same now, but I didn't pick back up on studying the subject until last year. I wish I had sooner, though, and I wish we had learned about functions and usage back in sixth grade. I'm curious as to how my life would have been. (Probably no different, except fewer sensations of being alienated and backwards.)

    I'm not sure it's done anything to change how I've grown other than to give me a better understanding of how my brain works, which is always handy to know. It's a nice tool in figuring out how other people work in comparison to myself...and learning that they aren't "wrong" in their natural behavior, they're just operating and thinking in a completely different way. (This has mostly been the case with E's. For a long time I didn't have a very good understanding or perception of E's.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrielle View Post
    It's a nice tool in figuring out how other people work in comparison to myself...and learning that they aren't "wrong" in their natural behavior, they're just operating and thinking in a completely different way. (This has mostly been the case with E's. For a long time I didn't have a very good understanding or perception of E's.)
    Word.

    (I found them annoying and overbearing and intrusive, especially because I felt judged because I wasn't extroverted. The MBTI concept helped me adjust and accept them as they were and see value in it...)
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kyrielle
    It's a nice tool in figuring out how other people work in comparison to myself...and learning that they aren't "wrong" in their natural behavior, they're just operating and thinking in a completely different way. (This has mostly been the case with E's. For a long time I didn't have a very good understanding or perception of E's.)

    Word.

    (I found them annoying and overbearing and intrusive, especially because I felt judged because I wasn't extroverted. The MBTI concept helped me adjust and accept them as they were and see value in it...)


    That's really funny because sometimes...I still feel a bit judged by I's. I personally love I's and get along quite well with them...but I do think that E's are much more willing to allow for differences than I's. I'm always surprised when I hear I's on this board say that E's judging them....I feel the same way.
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Originally Posted by Kyrielle
    It's a nice tool in figuring out how other people work in comparison to myself...and learning that they aren't "wrong" in their natural behavior, they're just operating and thinking in a completely different way. (This has mostly been the case with E's. For a long time I didn't have a very good understanding or perception of E's.)
    Originally Poster by Jennifer

    Word.

    (I found them annoying and overbearing and intrusive, especially because I felt judged because I wasn't extroverted. The MBTI concept helped me adjust and accept them as they were and see value in it...)

    Originally Posted by Littlelostnf
    That's really funny because sometimes...I still feel a bit judged by I's. I personally love I's and get along quite well with them...but I do think that E's are much more willing to allow for differences than I's. I'm always surprised when I hear I's on this board say that E's judging them....I feel the same way.
    Well I'm prob going to get slayed by bringing this up again but I recently had a conversation with someone regarding this very thing. We've recently made each others acquaintance and she couldn't believe that I was an E besides my ability to be at ease in most social situations. Other than that she feels that sometimes I appear more introverted than she does. She considers E's to be loud, overbearing, totally inflexible and on and on.

    I really think that E's are alot more likely to accept I's than I's are to accept E's. The things I think about when I think about I's are much more positive then the things I hear said about E's. What's the deal...why are I's so down on E's?
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    I really think that E's are alot more likely to accept I's than I's are to accept E's. The things I think about when I think about I's are much more positive then the things I hear said about E's. What's the deal...why are I's so down on E's?
    Maybe because if the E find the I too quiet, they can move on to another person... where as when the I find the E too exuberant, they can't get away at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightning View Post
    Maybe because if the E find the I too quiet, they can move on to another person... where as when the I find the E too exuberant, they can't get away at all.
    Ummm I don't think so. I've never found that to be the case in my experience. I don't think I've met someone who was too quiet. In fact I think I'm more intrigued with a quiet person because I think perhaps they have something to say. (at times that been true and sometimes it's just because they are boring) E's can be boring having to much to say) I've met boring people both E and I.


    As for not being able to get away from an E. I would think you'd simply walk away. It works for me when someone is getting on my nerves or they are draining my energy.
    for my life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    As for not being able to get away from an E. I would think you'd simply walk away. It works for me when someone is getting on my nerves or they are draining my energy.
    Really? I tend to be stuck listening to whatever junk they ended up saying while trying to find a way of escaping without offending the person.

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    If If someone is too quiet I consider him or her to be rude. At least that's the feeling I get. I figure they don't care to talk to me and I move on usually thinking what an asshole that person is f-them.

    But then again I wont say anything to someone that seems to be in his or her own world. You know the glassed over eyes, staring into space. I figured they’re already having a good time without me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlelostnf View Post
    I was about 22/23 when I first found out my MBTI type. At that point, I had two decades and change worth of living that I could look back at and start to determine how my life up to that point fit in with what my "type" was suppose to be like. Also at that point there wasn't nearly the flood of information both supported or unsupported about personality and temperment as there is now. I didn't go back to college until I was 28 and then I truly studied psychology and particularly personality. My point is I had some time behind me when I seriously started contemplating personality....and what that meant for me.

    My question to you all is..What do you all think the age at which your type is determined has to do with your development. Is knowing what your type is suppose to be lead you one way or another?

    Thoughts...experiences.....strong opinions....thanks.
    I wish I would have got into MBTI in my 20ties. I learned about this stuff in my thirties after I have graduated and worked in business that really is not best suited for me!
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