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    Default What Difference Would It Make if You Were Mistyped?

    I'm curious what others think.

    EDIT If you mistyped yourself. If you went through life thinking you were another type.

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    It depends on
    1. by whom and
    2. for what purpose

    the information is used.

    The more critical the situation in which the wrong information is used,
    the more dangerous the wrong information is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    It depends on
    1. by whom and
    2. for what purpose

    the information is used.

    The more critical the situation in which the wrong information is used,
    the more dangerous the wrong information is.
    You're right. I was wondering what difference it would make if you were say ISFP but mistyped yourself as say ENTJ how much would you screw up your own life.

    Every time I changed my type I could feel myself adjust my behaviour slightly to fit with the type. Not consciously but more like checking whether it fits whether it is congruent.

    I don't do that now.

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    By others? I could live with it. In fact I would probably like that.If everyone knew about MBTI, I'd be roaming the streets with an ISTJ t-shirt.


    If you mean bad self-assessment....well...I like what I see when i read the ENFP profile, so even if I was adjusting myself to fit the ENFP mold...I reckon it's a good standard.


    This is something I've often wondered about, though. What if there's something fundamentally wrong with self-assessment and most people subconsciously choose a type which is not theirs? I often have doubts with the F vs T divide for example...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    By others? I could live with it. In fact I would probably like that.If everyone knew about MBTI, I'd be roaming the streets with an ISTJ t-shirt.
    What about by yourself?

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    To further elaborate... it does concern me when I read that some people believe that they have been pigeonholed at work based solely on the MBTI rather than a more broad evaluation of their true skills and talents because those kinds of judgments can't possibly take into account every possible nuance of every job and every other person in that particular workplace. MBTI and its application is an imprecise science at best. If that person's test results were wrong, then suffering those types of consequences would be a great injustice indeed.

    Another drawback I've seen on this forum is that there seems to be no shortage of mis-information on type as MBTI becomes more and more popular with the masses. Therefore you have S types being treated as though they're not as intelligent as N types, for example, when nothing could be further from the truth. Out of all the "highly intelligent" people I know irl, only one of them is an N. And so it saddens me greatly that many people have false stereotypes and what's worse - negative stereotypes - of MBTI types. I'm grateful that I learned about type from Barron and Tieger. Their profiles are much more kind and encouraging. So yes, when MBTI is used to harm other people, that's bad.

    On the other hand, when one holds such MBTI information loosely, and uses it as a guideline for understanding and harmony in relationships, then I believe it serves a great good. I am convinced I could not have been as good a mother to my children if I had not understood MBTI and had not had the books by Barron and Tieger to help me with that. MBTI helped me with my own self-understanding immensely and I have benefited greatly from just understanding myself better. I have no doubt that is mostly because I'm an INTJ and INTJs really need help in the realm of self-acceptance and in understanding others.

    So I personally am a great enthusiast of MBTI when used in positive and encouraging ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    To further elaborate... it does concern me when I read that some people believe that they have been pigeonholed at work based solely on the MBTI rather than a more broad evaluation of their true skills and talents because those kinds of judgments can't possibly take into account every possible nuance of every job and every other person in that particular workplace. MBTI and its application is an imprecise science at best. If that person's test results were wrong, then suffering those types of consequences would be a great injustice indeed.
    What do you mean by this? Is MBTI used, in some way, in job interviews or something? In the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    You're right. I was wondering what difference it would make if you were say ISFP but mistyped yourself as say ENTJ how much would you screw up your own life.

    Every time I changed my type I could feel myself adjust my behaviour slightly to fit with the type. Not consciously but more like checking whether it fits whether it is congruent.

    I don't do that now.
    See, I find that hard to relate to. I didn't know that people did that until I spent some time on this forum. Some people describe how they have a tendency to act like what their profile says they're supposed to act like. I have never done that or been tempted to, so I haven't faced that personally. But I can imagine what chaos and confusion it would cause, though in the end if you're only acting out the positive traits, what harm can it really do? It just goes to show, we're capable of a lot more variety than we think we are.

    On the other hand, if you think you're an ENTJ and you choose a career path and college courses based on that, and it turns out you're really an ISFP, THAT would be a problem! I mean eventually, you would hate what you're doing, and you would have wasted all that time and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    What do you mean by this? Is MBTI used, in some way, in job interviews or something? In the US?
    I'm sorry I can't be very specific. It was something I read in this forum last year. I would have no idea how to find it again. It could have been in Canada... I think it was used in the context of promotions though, that the person was angry about.

    I wasn't given an MBTI test, but I do recall answering personality "types" of questions at a couple of job interviews.

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    All I know is that I'd effectively lived kind of like an unhealthy ISTJ for a long time.. I was withdrawn and misanthropic, I stifled my own feelings, I was perfectionistic, and I felt the need to structure and plan everything. I was also miserable.

    In fact, when I first got on board with my research center, others used to remark that my ISTJ boss's personality and mine were quite alike. I believed it to be true, but something about that didn't sit quite right with me. Had I been "officially" typed as an ISTJ or something similar, I might have thought that I was playing to my strengths and that I was just condemned to be depressed.

    There were subtle hints at my natural strengths along the way, but it took me a long, long time to recognize them because of the damning perception that I had of myself. I guess I didn't accept myself because I wasn't myself.

    I've been jumping from type to type since I found this forum because of the clash between the skills I've developed and those I'm finding to come more naturally to me. In fact, I'm probably wrong about my type now! At this point, I don't think being mistyped would cause much damage.. I'll probably be on the search for personal identity forever anyway

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