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    Default Cognitive functions vs. umm... the other thingy =)

    When typing someone, do you more compare E vs I, F vs T, etc., do you go by the cognitive fuctions, or both? Which would you say is more reliable? I've noticed a pattern in online test taking... with functions, I come out as ISFP, but with simple J vs P test, or whatever, I get ISTP. Why is that? Is it just because my F and T are very close?

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    I actually use both. I first see if I can identify what letter they are in each of the four MBTI categories (E vs. I, N vs. S, F vs. T, J vs. P). If I can't get one or two of these categories down, then I refer to the cognitive functions to help me out - I'll see which cognitive functions are highest for a person. Then I can usually narrow down their type.

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    The other thing would be dichotomies.

    I used to rely on dichotomies, and still fall back on them if I can't see the functions in a person. But lately I've found that functions are more helpful in determining the personality.

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    Dichotomies, temperaments, Interaction Styles, cognitive processes. You get an idea of what fits from each, and then zero in on the best fit type. (Probably good, and sometimes even suggested to do it in that order, as that is starting from the more simple to the more complex.
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    Ahhh! Dichotomies!! Thanks guys. Yeah, I'm just torn between Fi and Ti at the momment.

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    I USED to go down the variables one by one like you describe.... it worked out HORRIBLY for me.

    Now I don't do anything. TRYING to type someone just forces you to make presumptuous guesses that cloud your future judgements. Just make no assumptions and LET a person's collective, cohesive type land in your lap =)

    That's what I do, anyways, but I'm a Ne-cokehead and been looking into this crap for 2 years now, so i don't have to try to use anything anymore

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    I start with dichotomies.
    I don't usually get all four down unless the person acts pretty stereotypical of a type. I get definates based on that. So then I get it down to something like.

    "Inxx- i'm thinking maybe INTP but it could be any of the four IN."
    I think of all four, which one makes the most sense, then try to observe for functions and make changes as necissary.

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    Gut feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGeek View Post
    Why is that? Is it just because my F and T are very close?

    No, you're just broken.



    But seriously- I think this is pretty common.
    At that point you just have to read the descriptions and decide for yourself what your type is. There is a lot of variability with the tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet View Post
    No, you're just broken.
    Haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by shortnsweet
    But seriously- I think this is pretty common.
    At that point you just have to read the descriptions and decide for yourself what your type is. There is a lot of variability with the tests.
    It's just so confusing. I read the descriptions, and I seem to identify with Fi more than Ti, but looking at the dichotomies, I think I use T to interact more than F.

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