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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Well, it can get absurd. That's why I created the satirical thread: "Typing by urine color."
    I know it can...

    And I know there are some people here who, have used it as an excuse for failure, an excuse for acting like an ass, hell, an excuse for anything you can think of.

    I like the absurd. Which is one reason I hang out here. There are a few more reasons. But the most prominent in my mind at the moment is, the hot wimmens...

    Purely in the interest of science, of course...

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    One of the great things about MBTI is that I have used it to learn more about myself. Learning about cognitive functions, and each of the aspects of the system has made sense to me as far as applying it to my own behavior. Knowing about the 16 different types is interesting, and identifying myself as ISTJ has really shown how frighteningly accurate the system can be.

    Having said that, the system should not be abused, and must not be used to constantly explain every last detail of one's personality because, as others have said, there are so many other behavioral factors at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    I like the absurd. Which is one reason I hang out here. There are a few more reasons. But the most prominent in my mind at the moment is, the hot wimmens...

    Purely in the interest of science, of course...
    I respect a man who tells it like it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta223 View Post
    If its just one tool then the problem is not knowing when to use the other tools, because MBTI tries to be a comprehensive guide. I regularly see you guys explaining every last detail about a person's behavior with typology, and sometimes I find myself doing the same also.

    When trying to understand people, maybe MBTI hurts more than it helps.
    Multiple tools are useful for for personal development. Outside of personal development, I think it is hard enough to use one tool reasonably well, and use it for what it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta223 View Post
    I agreed with the vast majority of the MBTI as it related to me... but at the same time I see a common complaint that it conditions us to put labels on people instead of see them for the unique individuals they really are.


    What do you guys think of this? Frankly I'm confused. We can not have the MBTI be too artifical to be true, and yet accurate at the same time. MBTI either accurately portrays the human condition or it doesn't.
    I am right-handed, but I can use my left hand reasonably well. In fact, I prefer to use my left hand for some things--it's my preferred "mouse hand," and the hand in which I hold my phone. Some right-handed folks are more ambidextrous than am I, and some less...

    I am left-eared, right-eyed, and right-footed, yet again, can use my non-favored ear, eye and foot.

    I presume you have similar preferences?

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    Duh.

    MBTI=LARGER THAN LIFE!!!
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    i've had a terrible problem with mbti and similar typology explanations of people i know, meet or live around (the only place it matters for me). i want to tear up all the volumes of hard and virtual text written about personality i've perused over the years since i found out about it! i feel i've wasted valuable time on the internet, lost countless relationships while i've been trying to figure myself out, killed billions of perfectly good brain cells on wine so i could simply post trivialities on the net to strangers who don't even have bodies (and don't get me started on photographs). it's a difficult painful process.

    maybe i should have posted this on the LOVE/HATE thread?

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    I prefer neither my left nor right leg. I use both to walk.
    I prefer neither my left nor right eye. I use both to see.
    I prefer neither my left nor right ear. I use both to hear.

    I don't get suckered into the used car salesman's pitch: "I prefer my right hand, so MBTI is valid."

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    Quote Originally Posted by wren View Post
    i've had a terrible problem with mbti and similar typology explanations of people i know, meet or live around (the only place it matters for me). i want to tear up all the volumes of hard and virtual text written about personality i've perused over the years since i found out about it! i feel i've wasted valuable time on the internet, lost countless relationships while i've been trying to figure myself out, killed billions of perfectly good brain cells on wine so i could simply post trivialities on the net to strangers who don't even have bodies (and don't get me started on photographs). it's a difficult painful process.

    maybe i should have posted this on the LOVE/HATE thread?

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    Although it's very simplistic, the most helpful aspects of typology for me have been J/P and N/S.


    Knowing that someone is an MBTI I/E or F/T hasn't helped me to understand anyone, because the way they work in MBTI does not reflect reality for me.


    But I see N/S and J/P differences repeatedly play out in life, and taking notice of this helps me to be more informed about human tendencies. I'm really grateful for this knowledge, because it has proven its use.


    For self-improvement and self-awareness, MBTI has been useless for me. Enneagram has been more helpful for that.
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