I have been pondering lately on the importance of a balance between forces and an equilibrium between F/T in an environment or person.
Knowledge of MBTI personality theory has positive consequences on an individual because it enables the realization of one's own preferences and how one can arrange life to better suit these. However, it may also comfort a person's preferences at the detriment of the exploration of opposite attitudes.
I have been brought to think that the dominance of one attitude over another is detrimental to an individual if that individual cannot experience confrontation with an opposite one. I think that romantic relationships play a key role in maintaining a person's balance by contrasting natural behaviors with those of someone else. If the people are sufficiently contrary on certain traits, a dialectic may occur which has the potential to foster progress for all parties involved.
This principle may be observed at a more macro level in social groups.
Settings that involve an overwhelming T presence have specific pitfalls. A strong T environment leaves people feeling dry, misunderstood emotionally, disconnected, and without any purpose. Strong T settings initially felt ideal to me. But I ended up feeling disatisfied and desperately lacking in true human contact. But T also has the potential to bring honest opinions, analysis less impacted by subjective considerations, a certain justice and an approach to objectivity.
Settings that involve an overwhelming F presence also have negative elements. In such case, the situation may bring people to be unable to offer an honest opinion, to feel pressured to show emotional responses when there aren't any, to slow down change to avoid creating negative feelings in others and to treat others depending on the perception that they are good/bad rather than on their rights. Strong F settings left me feeling positive about myself and others, but somehow I had the impression it was at the expense of truth and part of it was "fake" to get along. But F also has the potential to bring warmth, understanding, forgiveness, human consideration and the ability to connect with others.
Those settings which manage to combine both strengths seem to offer the most to all individuals involved.
I believe that we should avoid the pitfall of choosing to be with people that are like us. Diversity is what makes us stronger. The confrontation with someone who has polar attitudes may seem uncomfortable at first but it has alot to bring to the system in which the individuals place themselves. I think that our natural tendency upon learning our type is to comfort ourselves in our preferences and value them more. I believe that, on the contrary, we should explore what is not natural to us and our type should indicate us that is the opposite preferences that we need to work on.
That is the key to making us fulfilled individuals.