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    Default Explaining MBTI?

    I have a lot of friends who have absolutely no idea what MBTI is all about; many have never even heard of it.... but several are very interested. everyone always wants to know what i'm talking about when they hear me talking in MBTI-speak to some of my friends who do get it.

    I am wondering how to explain MBTI to them in the simplest terms (then maybe build from there).

    soooo, i'm your guinea pig! pretend i'm a kindergartener... or slow... or from mars lol and i just heard you babbling about ISTP this and ENFJ that, Te and Si and the four temperaments etc... explain, as best you can, what all this psychobabble means in an organized and simple fashion.

    thanks!

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    I wish my friends were interested.. most of them think I'm crazy because I spend time on a forum talking about it

    Whenever I try to explain it, I start with the what each of the 8 letters means. Then maybe give an example by describing what their type means to them. Then if they're still interested(which they never are ) I would go into functions and whatever else I could think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheerchick23 View Post
    I have a lot of friends who have absolutely no idea what MBTI is all about; many have never even heard of it.... but several are very interested. everyone always wants to know what i'm talking about when they hear me talking in MBTI-speak to some of my friends who do get it.

    I am wondering how to explain MBTI to them in the simplest terms (then maybe build from there).

    soooo, i'm your guinea pig! pretend i'm a kindergartener... or slow... or from mars lol and i just heard you babbling about ISTP this and ENFJ that, Te and Si and the four temperaments etc... explain, as best you can, what all this psychobabble means in an organized and simple fashion.

    thanks!
    MBTI was made by a mother and daugher, Mrs Briggs and Mrs Myers.

    They plagerised it from the book, "Personality Types", by Carl Jung.

    Mrs Briggs and Mrs Myers had no training and no qualifications whatsoever.

    So it is no surprise to find MBTI is an invalid and unreliable personality test.

    And further, Carl Jung was a free and enthusiastic collaborator with the NAZI Party.

    And Carl Jung wrote, "Personality Types", to complement the NAZi Somatic* Types such as Aryan, Jew, Slav, Asian and Negro.

    The purpose of Somatic Types and Personality Types is to reify the person. That is, to turn the person into a thing so they can be manipulated and disposed of.

    Of course Somatic Types were popular in your country before the war. But now they are too embarrassing so you have switched to Personality Types.

    And as any beauty queen will tell you, "It's not about the body any more, it is about the personality - Cool!"

    I am told two and a quarter million Americans do the MBTI test every year. So I can only conclude MBTI is a very successful cult. And like any cult, it has its own jargon and its own guru, Carl Jung. And of course it is completely impervious to any evidence whatsoever.

    So MBTI has no more truth value than astrology or alchemy or creationism.


    * The soma means the body. So Somatic Types are body types.

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    Thank you for that, Victor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenocyde View Post


    Thank you for that, Victor.
    I was expecting brickbats rather than bouquets.

    After all, it is only recently that our name has been changed from MBTI Central to Typology Central.

    However I think it is important to say that personality types are a legitimate form of study in the discipline of Psychology. Indeed a group of Australian psychologists have recently published a book on the measurement of personality types.

    Thank you for the bouquet.

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    i always like to persuade people into interest of MBTI with this propaganda......

    Jung invented and developed the idea of preferences in individuals for the sake of compassion due to being aware of the nazi partys labels of people by there race. It was to shift the popular belief that race was more important an issue to something more constructive. Although it didn't work then to influence some characters out of stupidity, it did turn into something of a tool for someone to get to know themselves better no matter thier race.
    everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by professor goodstain View Post
    i always like to persuade people into interest of MBTI with this propaganda......

    Jung invented and developed the idea of preferences in individuals for the sake of compassion due to being aware of the nazi partys labels of people by there race. It was to shift the popular belief that race was more important an issue to something more constructive. Although it didn't work then to influence some characters out of stupidity, it did turn into something of a tool for someone to get to know themselves better no matter thier race.
    This would be very nice if it were true. However there is a mountain of corpses to testify to the opposite.

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    most propaganda is half true
    everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?

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    One amendment, good sir. The mother was a psychologist, the daughter was not qualified in any respect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    MBTI was made by a mother and daugher, Mrs Briggs and Mrs Myers.

    They plagerised it from the book, "Personality Types", by Carl Jung.

    Mrs Briggs and Mrs Myers had no training and no qualifications whatsoever.

    So it is no surprise to find MBTI is an invalid and unreliable personality test.

    And further, Carl Jung was a free and enthusiastic collaborator with the NAZI Party.

    And Carl Jung wrote, "Personality Types", to complement the NAZi Somatic* Types such as Aryan, Jew, Slav, Asian and Negro.

    The purpose of Somatic Types and Personality Types is to reify the person. That is, to turn the person into a thing so they can be manipulated and disposed of.

    Of course Somatic Types were popular in your country before the war. But now they are too embarrassing so you have switched to Personality Types.

    And as any beauty queen will tell you, "It's not about the body any more, it is about the personality - Cool!"

    I am told two and a quarter million Americans do the MBTI test every year. So I can only conclude MBTI is a very successful cult. And like any cult, it has its own jargon and its own guru, Carl Jung. And of course it is completely impervious to any evidence whatsoever.

    So MBTI has no more truth value than astrology or alchemy or creationism.


    * The soma means the body. So Somatic Types are body types.

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