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    Default is Mbti becoming a religion?

    some people follow it just as strong as the bible to map lives and make decisions, is this wise? what are the possible pitfalls that people may occur up on following it?

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    They might end up in a depression.

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    If MBTI is a religion, I am like the lady who shows up at church just for the cake and the gossip.

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    Well, Atheism, Environmentalism and the Flying Spaghetti Monster have so who knows.

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    It's bad to be absolutist about pretty much anything in my opinion. Yeah, MBTI is really interesting but it's far from flawless. In that sense it's like most of the field of psychology. Really interesting and often helpful but far from the reliability and certainty of the older numerical-data-based sciences (e.g. physics).

    So yeah, use it as a tool and try to make connections and fill in gaps yourself when the theory falls short. The potential "pitfalls" of using MBTI as a code of life are near endless and seem pretty self evident to me. So that's just real neato I guess.

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    On a serious note, yes... that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yakimadude View Post
    if so what are the possible pitfalls people may occur up on?
    To take it too seriously. It can work well as a loose guide. You are basically grouping people who are similar so you can study certain human traits, or know what area they will be most comfortable in. The biggest trap is to assume two people of the same type are any more than similar. The best way to put it into perspective is that there are probably 100 million other INFJs on Earth. Either you are the same as 100 million other people and I am the same as a tenth of the world's population, or we are just statistically similar in some areas. It is easy to choose the second one because that is basically what the test does. It takes a set of traits (that are not a complete description of human behaviours) and it looks which people possess similar ones. People within a certain range are given the same letters and referred to as the same type.

    So the biggest hang up would be to believe what you can apply to person A of type X can be applied to person B of type X. Even if it applies to 90% of type X you can still only guess there's a good chance the person has the trait. Some people don't work well with probabilities and need things to apply or not apply, they get themselves in trouble. With most posts on here it is assumed that we are describing the more common attributes of a type, not all of its members.

    The other problem is defining functions in terms of actions, when cognitive psychology is about information processing styles. eg. saying Xi is mean to people and eats cheese on Tuesdays is meaningless. They are predisposed to doing things a certain way because of how they see the situation and their approach. Some actions can be seen regularly in a type when the underlying process corners them into acting a certain way, some can never be consistent across a type and are just a matter of interest and personal choice.
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    If it's becoming a religion, it's just another thing I'll be agnostic about.

    It's simply a tool - no more, no less. If it helps - fine. If it doesn't, it's not because you don't believe in it strongly enough.
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    We believe too strongly in it and over apply it.
    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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