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    Default Personality development (MBTI)

    My first question would be can one's personality preference permanently change?

    My second question would be can a person as a child have a totally different mbti type preference then when he has fully developed?

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    These are good questions. I don't really have answers to them, but I do have thoughts that relate to the questions.

    Type itself is an approximate concept. But if you believe there is something innate in you when you are born, personality inventories and theories can help you reflect on (and perhaps discover) your innate qualities.

    I read that young children tend to be easier to type in terms of the first and last dichotomies: EJ vs EP vs IJ vs IP.

    Myers in Gifts Differing says that healthy individuals differentiate between S and N as well as T and F. She further says they develop primary and secondary function that have opposite attitude (external vs. internal focus), and are opposites in terms of being a judging vs. perceiving function.

    Later in life, it seems like the needs of the other functions become more important. Marci Segal seems to encourage the use of all your functions to enhance your creativity. Lenore Thompson suggests first developing your "left-brain" (Te,Fe,Ni,Si) or "right-brain" (Ti, Fi, Ne, Se) functions* depending on your initial preference. John Beebe has a much more complex picture in how the functions affect you throughout life.

    *I don't think there is any basis for calling them left-brain or right-brained functions.

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    I see. Interesting thoughts. And the book seems interesting so I'll give it a check.
    These questions been asked many times but it seems no one can really give a proper answer to them. I've read many articles on personality changes but there doesn't seem to be any solid answers. Where research says something another research says otherwise.

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    Sorry for bringing back my old thread. I was wondering if other people could state their thoughts on the questions. It's still something I'm curious about.

    EDIT: Please do not answer to this thread. If you please, answer to the one with the more appropriate title.
    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...ml#post1071339

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