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    Default I STILL don't understand MBTI.

    Okay, I've found that I have a real problem when it comes to interpreting MBTI types in terms of applying them to people. There are really only two ways I've found I can do it.

    1. Stick rigidly to the wording of a particular set of official definitions and refuse to go outside them in determining what makes a person a particular type.

    2. Rely on my subjective impression of how other people seem to determine type.

    Now, I know that if I do the first one, I'm being extremely imperceptive and closed-minded, and applying a vague ruleset in a personal way that will likely be disagreed with by a lot of people as my failing to see the "essence" of the type.

    If I do the second, I find myself accepting rather biased, irrational ideas that often don't make sense, and which are tacitly accepted but openly disavowed.

    The funny thing is, I understand the theoretical structure and have no problems when it comes to interpreting the functions of type relative to each other as functions and perspectives. I'm good at that. But when it comes to application of the functions and types to a person, my ignorance and prejudice is obvious and downright embarrassing.

    From what I usually see on typing threads, it seems like most people rely on either affirming that test results make sense, affirming what the person thinks they are, or trying to question things based on irrational personal standards. Rarely, you'll see someone trying to measure things against the official definitions in the way that they personally think fits, but this is usually criticized.

    So, now I've got a question... is there something going on underneath all of this that I'm too stupid to see, or are we actually typing people in ways that don't really make any sense?

    The thing is, I like using MBTI, but I still don't understand how to apply it fairly or in a way that makes sense. So, my thought is that I should limit myself to talking about the function's theoretical natures, and avoid applying them to people or their behavior at all.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that I haven't figured it out after 3 years. Obviously I'm too stupid to understand or use this system. Yet my curiosity and tendency to try and interpret patterns in terms of MBTI makes me want to keep using it.

    What does all of this mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    What does all of this mean?
    nothing.

    no, sorry. what i meant to say is that MBTI was designed for application, and may thus have misalignments in its theory. i take every type with a grain of salt, and i think people that are following MBTI by the book are completely missing the point of its potential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentura View Post
    nothing.

    no, sorry. what i meant to say is that MBTI was designed for application, and may thus have misalignments in its theory. i take every type with a grain of salt, and i think people that are following MBTI by the book are completely missing the point of its potential.


    I don't see that at all. I don't see how it applies in application. It doesn't seem applicable at all. I actually see the theory as being consistent internally as a set of functions and perspectives, but the application as making no sense and being subjective.

    How can I be missing the "point of it's potential" if my main problem is that I can't see how to use it? I see the potential, I just don't see how it can be used reasonably right now.

    Sigh. I guess I just don't get it, and can't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    or are we actually typing people in ways that don't really make any sense?
    Bingo. MBTI type is supposed to be decided by personal exploration/validation, it makes no sense to be able to type people you hardly know accurately as you're dealing with underlying processes, things that are easily hidden from outsiders, external behaviour is influenced by many factors that lie well outside of MBTI type, it can be hard enough for someone to unravel their own external social conditioning/influences to figure what their "true" type is, let alone someone else trying to do it for you.

    I'm coming to the conclusion that I haven't figured it out after 3 years. Obviously I'm too stupid to understand or use this system.
    You're not too stupid, you're actually intelligent enough to realise your limitations and the limitations of the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentura View Post
    nothing.

    no, sorry. what i meant to say is that MBTI was designed for application, and may thus have misalignments in its theory. i take every type with a grain of salt, and i think people that are following MBTI by the book are completely missing the point of its potential.

    Application to the self, not the the other.

    As far as I know it was designed to help people personally with career choices, it wasn't designed for other people to pigeonhole you into whatever box they decide.
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    Nvm I was never god with sect talk myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    Bingo. MBTI type is supposed to be decided by personal exploration/validation, it makes no sense to be able to type people you hardly know accurately as you're dealing with underlying processes, things that are easily hidden from outsiders, external behaviour is influenced by many factors that lie well outside of MBTI type, it can be hard enough for someone to unravel their own external social conditioning/influences to figure what their "true" type is, let alone someone else trying to do it for you.
    Right. The thing is, how can we know what "true" type is? Isn't it possible that it's just... confirmation bias that makes it seem like there's such a thing as "true" type? I mean, forgive me for saying it, but personal exploration and validation of self hardly seems like a systematic, objective, measurable process that can be considered truly valid in terms of categorizing people. You can't measure personality like you can measure skill/aptitude.

    The most positive thing about the system itself, is that it gives people an opportunity to reincorporate/rediscover parts of themselves that their environment and upbringing might have repressed. Do you suppose... that's really all MBTI is supposed to be? It's not supposed to be an accurate or meaningful way of describing people's personalities (though that's what it purports to be on some level), but rather a starting point for personal development?
    You're not too stupid, you're actually intelligent enough to realise your limitations and the limitations of the system.
    Thanks. It's just hard not to feel stupid when so many other people seem to have it figured out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post


    I don't see that at all. I don't see how it applies in application. It doesn't seem applicable at all. I actually see the theory as being consistent internally as a set of functions and perspectives, but the application as making no sense and being subjective.

    How can I be missing the "point of it's potential" if my main problem is that I can't see how to use it? I see the potential, I just don't see how it can be used reasonably right now.

    Sigh. I guess I just don't get it, and can't get it.
    a) i wasn't referring to you. i was referring to people who go by it as the bible.
    b) it was made as an application for businesses to use. it was build on a foundation of finance and not on research (even though it does contain research - you get the semantic)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Right. The thing is, how can we know what "true" type is?
    Well I suppose we can assume that there is a state of being that is most comfortable/natural even if the preference is only slight. The question with mbti is not "what am I like?" but "how do I prefer to be?". I prefer to be ISFP, it is the closest description out of the 16 that matches my natural way of being but there are many many circumstances where I cannot act "ISFP" some external influences will pull you away from your type and you will resent that and some will pull you towards your type and that will be a relief.

    Isn't it possible that it's just... confirmation bias that makes it seem like there's such a thing as "true" type? I mean, forgive me for saying it, but personal exploration and validation of self hardly seems like a systematic, objective, measurable process that can be considered truly valid in terms of categorizing people. You can't measure personality like you can measure skill/aptitude.
    I don't think the system was ever intended to meet those standards.

    The most positive thing about the system itself, is that it gives people an opportunity to reincorporate/rediscover parts of themselves that their environment and upbringing might have repressed. Do you suppose... that's really all MBTI is supposed to be? It's not supposed to be an accurate or meaningful way of describing people's personalities (though that's what it purports to be on some level), but rather a starting point for personal development?
    Yes absolutely, though if someone else feels certain that they prefer to be a certain type, you can then you can make some assumptions about how they might best like to be treated/interacted with. I would say MBTI has very little to do with external behaviour, which is all what most of us have to go by when typing others.

    Thanks. It's just hard not to feel stupid when so many other people seem to have it figured out.
    I wouldn't be so sure that they have.
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