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    Default Does mbti take away the idea of free will?

    I find that the more I learn about JCF, enneagram, mbti, etc... The more easily I can parse why I make the decisions I do, or react the way I do. At times it feels like it's less about what I want to do and more about "well, I'm a Fi-Dom, so of course I will do x."

    Does this make sense? I'm hoping for discussion from others with their own thoughts and experiences about themselves.

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    You make sense. Overlooking free will on psychological grounds is common, both in the theories that the brain controls the mind and that the mind rules the person who owns it.

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    It shouldn't. The way I see it, MBTI/enneagram tells you about why you have tendencies to act in a certain way, and how you can work with/against those tendencies. It shouldn't give you an excuse. It might explain stuff, but if some of the tendencies are bad, you shoudl still work against them.

    I find it's been most helpful in helping me discern patterns of behaviour and reactions etc and trying to break the bad ones. But I do know what you're saying.
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    Physics takes away the idea of free will

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    It shouldn't. The way I see it, MBTI/enneagram tells you about why you have tendencies to act in a certain way, and how you can work with/against those tendencies. It shouldn't give you an excuse. It might explain stuff, but if some of the tendencies are bad, you shoudl still work against them.

    I find it's been most helpful in helping me discern patterns of behaviour and reactions etc and trying to break the bad ones. But I do know what you're saying.
    I'd write a similar post, but don't have to now. /lazy INTP

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    It shouldn't. The way I see it, MBTI/enneagram tells you about why you have tendencies to act in a certain way, and how you can work with/against those tendencies. It shouldn't give you an excuse. It might explain stuff, but if some of the tendencies are bad, you shoudl still work against them.

    I find it's been most helpful in helping me discern patterns of behaviour and reactions etc and trying to break the bad ones. But I do know what you're saying.
    I'd write a similar post, but don't have to now. /lazy ISFP

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    I believe too much in the freedom of choice to let MTBI rob me of my free will.
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    Knowing someone's or your own type doesn't mean you can predict behavior so I think there is a lot of room for free will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    It shouldn't. The way I see it, MBTI/enneagram tells you about why you have tendencies to act in a certain way, and how you can work with/against those tendencies. It shouldn't give you an excuse. It might explain stuff, but if some of the tendencies are bad, you shoudl still work against them.

    I find it's been most helpful in helping me discern patterns of behaviour and reactions etc and trying to break the bad ones. But I do know what you're saying.
    I'd write a similar post, but don't have to now. /lazy ISTP
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