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    Default MBTI: Descriptive or Predictive?

    Which is it/ how should it be employed?

    Should it be a label that defines what you are capable of or merely communicates general parameters?

    Oh and I'm asking for your beliefs as well as this whole "proven theory" hogs wash. I take the word of a madman as equally liable to be true as a scientists.
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    Welcome back after not seeing you for a long while!

    I would say communicating general parameters. It doesn't define us; it's just a general categorization of preferences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric B View Post
    Welcome back after not seeing you for a long while!

    I would say communicating general parameters. It doesn't define us; it's just a general categiruzation of preferences.
    Yep, this.
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    Could you define "descriptive" and "predictive" as you wish us to use them in this context?

    Otherwise, I'll just use these:
    descriptive: factually grounded or informative rather than normative, prescriptive, or emotive <descriptive cultural studies>

    predictive: to declare or indicate in advance; especially : foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason
    I think predictive, because it doesn't make any sense to base it on what you've done so far specifically. There's no way of controlling for variables other than personality type, like upbringing, circumstances, etc.

    However, I do find that the type becomes more predictive when applied to a longer span of time, while it isn't necessarily descriptive of how a person is at any given point in time.

    Unless you wanted to use different definitions of prescriptive and descriptive, in which case my answer will change.

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    I'm pretty sure what he meant was that "Predictive" would mean that you could easily predict how people will be just based on their type, versus "Descriptive" being just descriptive of how they are somewhat. Like, you can't "Predict" how someone will be using this system, but you can have a good description of them.
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    Predictive as in the definition found by the esteemed Athenian and descriptive just as Eric suggests.

    The thing is the system is obviously a combination of the two. One cannot exist without the other when referring to temporal creatures such as we but the use of the system and what people expect from it.

    Many seem to expect prediction and overlook the descriptive qualities. Is it a language or an answer?

    The point being there is a whole lot of extrapolation going on based on someone's type. Surely then that means the type is an answer and is more predictive. If not then surely the extrapolation is shakey at best?
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Descriptive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Descriptive.
    Well as long as you're sure.

    Another INTP 9?
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    I'm going with descriptive. The types don't match up well enough for it to be predictive.

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