...and 9/10 times regretting it.
Who else has had this experience? Even when someone else brings up the MBTI on their own (their company or whatever had them take it), I almost always end up regret talking about it.
I listen to what type they got and how much they know about the test. Then usually this happens:
1. They totally misinterpret:
<> E vs I. They often don't get that cognitive extroversion is different than social extroversion
<> J vs P. They see J and P as an actual dichotomy with its own deciding criteria (which is totally divorced from the underlying jungian theory). They don't understand how the J/P has to actually be tied into their other letters.
<> N vs S. It's as if the average person sees N as chiefly correlating with "being smart" (and of course everyone thinks they are a genius), where as in reality it much more correlates with high Openness (OCEAN big 5).
2. Obviously, there are reasons why the test has become watered down into a dichotomy not actually based on jungian functions. However, the problem is then when people try to talk to me about MBTI, I almost can't handle it.
<> Its like I feel so compelled to discuss what they're missing. Like if you heard someone mispronounce your language!
<> I try to be cordial and "gently" walk them towards the functions and explain where the test came from...but alas...
3. Who else feels like this: I'm considering just keeping my mouth shut from now on when the topic of MBTI comes up irl, because I always end up feeling like a crazy person when the topic comes up.