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    I was 12 or 13 when I discovered MBTI and how 'unique' I was. I did use it primarily at that time to validate my sense of self as I had confidence issues and didn't feel properly appreciated. I think I came across the subject while looking up personality tests because I liked reading descriptions of myself. Luckily I've grown and learned a lot since then. It's embarrassing to think about now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    I think I came across the subject while looking up personality tests because I liked reading descriptions of myself. Luckily I've grown and learned a lot since then. It's embarrassing to think about now.


    I originally liked reading descriptions of myself as well and I was 19!

    I have a feeling it is often precisely this which draws many people to personality theories involving types at first.

    Self-exploration has to begin somewhere after all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayshaun View Post
    Was the exhilaration of discovering the rarity of ENTJs a factor in becoming immersed?
    I didn't really think about how rare the type was at first, but my interest definitely stemmed from the fact that I didn't really feel that I knew myself. I think that if I were more like other people (that is, a different type), I may not have had that problem.. so perhaps I wouldn't have become as interested in it.

    I also didn't think as much about how rare my type was, so much as how rare certain traits (such as intuition) were. It just helped me make sense of myself and others.

    ENTJs love organizing and categorizing anyway, so it's a perfectly natural tool to use to help my understanding.

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    I took the test and tested as INFJ. I didn't know much about MBTi and the profile fitted okay so I went with it. After reading more I realised there was no chance that I was a J. Knowing I was clearly a feeler who lead with intuition, I chose the other intuitive feeler (ENFP). After reading more ENFP fitted to a T, and also incorporated all my not so good points, which INFJ did not.

    Being an ENFP I have a love for psychology and understanding people, and I had to know everything about it. I realise MBTi is quite an imperfect way of defining people, but never really needed a way to define people, just communicate what I saw. To define people primarily by something like MBTi actually goes against my cognitive process. But I do use it in getting to know them also, mainly to speculate on blind spots and as a guide to improve the speed of reading a person.

    ENFPs are normally quoted to be a bit lower in frequency than was suggested too, we just like to take surveys and our personality profile and attributes are attractive to choose. We're still the most common of the Ns though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greed View Post
    I also didn't think as much about how rare my type was, so much as how rare certain traits (such as intuition) were. It just helped me make sense of myself and others.
    Originally, I fell in a trap with the N/S dichotomy.

    It created two groups:
    the vast majority superficial, a small minority deep.

    This is of course is entirely wrong. Only, I am afraid that many are drawn to MBTI feeling like they belong to a small "enlightened" community surrounded by the crowd of Ss, ESXX in particular, for who the world is better adjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayshaun View Post
    For many, it seems that it's the impression of being dissociated from peers, or having society work against them, that drives them to exploring MBTI.

    Thoughts?
    Definitely definitely true.

    A lot of people that were rejected by their peers or somehow didn't feel like they fit in are drawn to systems like this because it gives them the external validation they could never get from other people.

    Unfortunately, this is probably the reason for all the S hate on this forum. A lot of Ns (especially INs) were rejected by/don't fit in with a largely S population, and now that they realize they're not just crazy (they're intuitive!), they realize how much they resent S types. Or, I should say, the people they perceive as S types. Unfortunately, it's never that simple. I think some N types are just as closed-minded as S types, and some S types are totally chill and accepting (and smart, and fun to be around). But some people, especially the ones with big resentments, take MBTI too far, and fall victim to confirmation bias, which, unfortunately, leads them even further from the rest of the population, only to get sanctioned more, only to build resentment more, which fuels even more confirmation bias, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noigmn View Post
    Being an ENFP I have a love for psychology and understanding people, and I had to know everything about it. I realise MBTi is quite an imperfect way of defining people, but never really needed a way to define people, just communicate what I saw.
    Wouldn't most on the forum, all N and I types, write "as an xNxx or Ixxx I have a love for psychology and understanding people".

    I was wondering in the OP if it all stemmed from of a feeling of not being understood?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Unfortunately, this is probably the reason for all the S hate on this forum. A lot of Ns (especially INs) were rejected by/don't fit in with a largely S population, and now that they realize they're not just crazy (they're intuitive!), they realize how much they resent S types. Or, I should say, the people they perceive as S types. Unfortunately, it's never that simple. I think some N types are just as closed-minded as S types, and some S types are totally chill and accepting (and smart, and fun to be around). But some people, especially the ones with big resentments, take MBTI too far, and fall victim to confirmation bias, which, unfortunately, leads them even further from the rest of the population, only to get sanctioned more, only to build resentment more, which fuels even more confirmation bias, etc.
    ....

    *reads on*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayshaun View Post
    Originally, I fell in a trap with the N/S dichotomy.

    It created two groups:
    the vast majority superficial, a small minority deep.
    I've always classified people into "intuitive" and "not intuitive," basically based on who would discuss and think about my [well-researched] theories about people and the world. Some of those who wouldn't I've since found out are classified as "intuitive" in MBTI, but I still think "not that intuitive." MBTI's baseline for intuition is way too low

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Ashley View Post
    I've always classified people into "intuitive" and "not intuitive," basically based on who would discuss and think about my [well-researched] theories about people and the world. Some of those who wouldn't I've since found out are classified as "intuitive" in MBTI, but I still think "not that intuitive." MBTI's baseline for intuition is way too low


    You just gave a glimpse of your cool personality there!

    Edit: Evan is making me wonder now. You were saying this with some self-derision right?

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