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    Default What compells people to create/study personality theories?

    I know that I've been studying them for a long time, but I wonder exactly what would contribute to it for others? I can tell you what it is for me:

    1. To understand myself.

    2. To know a little about a person's self-image/personality so I have a better idea how to deal with them, and understand them.

    3. It's fascinating and intricate, with so many variations and ideas.

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    1. An interest in behavioral taxonomy or self-discovery.

    2. Kthulu.

    a. That hand.
    b. The window! The window!

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    To attempt to understand people (Prognosis, not good so far).

    Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future.
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    1) Needed when I experienced a burnout.

    I wanted to do this when I experienced burnout and couldn't do my previous way of life. My personality experienced a forced discontinuity at the moment, as opposed to develepment. So I wanted to see what I could do and how to think about it, and if there where other things in me that I could do happily.

    2) People can be known better and faster and many problems bypassed if you know how people think, feel and act, and care and appreciate it.

    3) There are some tendencies in people to feel/think certain way, but without recognizing it, people can just follow outside pressure and adapt to the point of their internal emptiness and bad feelings. So it's better to know oneself and know where your real strengths and desires are in the long run.

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    To understand and accept myself.
    To improve myself.
    To understand and accept others.

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    In my case;

    As a child, to understand why I was bullied... what made people tick.

    As a teenager, to understand why I started to become like them.

    As a young 20s, to understand how to communicate.

    At late 20s, where I am now, to see how to make things happen - how to work in groups, how to communicate, how to help my SO, how to deal with my own shortcomings. Everything from before and a bit more towards "manipulation" now, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    In my case;

    As a child, to understand why I was bullied... what made people tick.

    As a teenager, to understand why I started to become like them.
    You mean you went around punching and threatening people and getting into trouble? Why didn't you say so earlier? Now I believe you're an xSTP.

    But anyway, those are good reasons.

    It seems as though most of us are doing this to understand other people and ourselves. I guess that's something we all have in common.

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    To understand my motivations better.
    To understand others' motivations.
    To better interact with others. (hasn't helped much with this though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    You mean you went around punching and threatening people and getting into trouble? Why didn't you say so earlier? Now I believe you're an xSTP.
    Heh, I wish. No, it was just verbal and it wasn't major. I can't let it go though, either... so when that cognitive dissonance ended, I made it a goal to understand how it had happened to me.

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