Hehe. Apologies for the cop out, by not writing something eloquent along similar lines. I think RT Carroll doesn't need my help.
The article generated a fair amount of feedback at the scepdic website. One assumes that much of the feedback (or at least some of it) comes from regular readers of this most rational of rationalist websites.
The readers' retorts and Carroll's replies are more relevant to the problems of MBTI™ than can be found here on Typo-C.
There's 3 pages of readers replies, all of them oozing dissonance.
To me, MBTI is just a language, like mathematics.
I use mathematics to describe physical phenomena.
I use MBTI to describe characters. It didn't change my life.
Before I knew of it, I might say I'm creative, disorganized, easily distracted, enthousiastic, compassionate...
Now I would use words like perceiving etc... What's the difference? There is no difference in my general behaviour. There is a difference in the description of it - it's more accurate.
Just like physics is more accurate if you can use the mathematics language.
I like the MBTI language and will continue to use it.
I find it hard to be offended by people exploring what fits and what doesn't.
I also find it hard to be offended with people exploring ideas for fun. That's how I view most discussion on this board. I think the people who dislike MBTI on this forum may be the ones taking it too seriously. I go though everyday life hearing conversations being shut down because it's not "real" enough...
Even when I type people in my real life for amusement, it does little to affect my real view of a person as an individual. They are who they are - although it's fun when you type them and see them consistently do/say things that you'd expect their type to do. It's even more fun when they do/say stuff you wouldn't expect them to do.
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure
People expect that typology will give them answers to all their life questions , when that doesnt happen they remain in love-hate relationship with it. but typology is just like a lady, human, imperfect. we barely can accept imperfect humans, so typology has even less right on imperfections, or simply not knowing what will happen tomorrow, whats the best for me, or who i am. how does she dare!!!