If when taking a test I disagree with the statement that my thinking is abstract, but I am in spite of that evaluated as a type with a preference for intuition, which way is it? - is my thinking abstract or is it not? Where lies the authority?
(A) If we suppose that I am correct in my assessment, and that my thinking is not abstract, then those parts of type descriptions which imply and are implied by the statement that my thinking is abstract, must not apply to me. A consequence of this would be that an outside observer could not, with the knowledge of my type, conclude that I have any specific trait of the particular type, but only that more traits of that type fit me than do those of any other type. This would also mean that an outside observer could not, based on a few traits which he has observed in me, conclude with certainty that I am a specific type.
This possibility implies that in all cases, my own judgement overrules any authority which my type would have to describe me, and it leaves us with the question of what possible knowledge I can gain about myself from finding out what my type is. (This is discounting any knowledge gained in the process of finding the type out). If, in the case of a test, the only knowledge about myself it can give me I had already provided in answering the test's questions, what is the added value of knowing my type, in terms of self-knowledge?
(B) If I was not correct in my assessment, and my thinking is in fact abstract (because this is what my type dictates), this would imply that all the answers I gave which were not in line with the type I ended up as were also incorrect and that the answers which happened to be in line with the type were correct. For example, if I take a test and in the questions asked to determine whether I have a preference of iNtuition of Sensing, 7 out of 10 of my answers point to me having a preference for Sensing, three of my answers (the ones pointing to iNtuition) must have been incorrect. This would mean that my self perception is correct 7 times out of 10. But how does the test know which answers are right and which aren't? If the 3 answers which were incorrect instead were all answers indicating a preference for Sensing, then in reality I would have a net preference for iNtuition.
In any case, how could the type ever have authority over one's self-perception when it is only accessible through that very self-perception?
So which is it? Is it A or B, or perhaps some combination of the two? Or am I just completely not getting this stuff?