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    If MBTI makes no more sense than astrology, why is it so compelling and so successful?

    On the individual level libido makes an awful lot of sense as an explanation.

    And on the social level the control of recruits and employees also makes an awful lot of sense.

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    more meat..less gravy.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    Sociology and psychology do provide an adequate explaination of MBTI.

    But what is amazing is that MBTI taps into our most compulsive impulses. MBTI works like astrology or a religious cult or a national narrative.

    We are all raised within a national narrative and so it is taken for granted and is invisible to us but informs our very perceptions. All of us move, feel and think to the national imperatives that inform us.

    Is there any way out of this blind alley?

    Well yes, and we are on the path right now, for the internet connects mulutiple natiions together. So we can discover what other nations are like, and even more important, we cqn discover what we are like.

    And of course there is a backlash against discovering who we are.

    When we discovered there were more religions than our own in the world the backlash took the form of Fundamentalism. And in the political sphere, it t6ook the form of Fascism.

    And so as we discover ourselves on the internet there are those who delight in discovery and those who seek to suppress the truth, such as the attack by the Nation States on Wikileaks.

    MBTI was created seventy years ago by a couple of middle-aged women to induct adolescents into the war machine. And MBTI has remianied the same ever since.

    Shall we remain the same?

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    I completely disagree with you, but your writing is compelling.
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I completely disagree with you, but your writing is compelling.
    I am always pleased to hear from you, although the sign on your coffee gives me pause.

    And I am delighted you completely disagree with me, and would be even more delighted if you felt like telling us all where. After all, I may be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    I am always pleased to hear from you, although the sign on your coffee gives me pause.

    And I am delighted you completely disagree with me, and would be even more delighted if you felt like telling us all where. After all, I may be wrong.
    Well, okay, I'll give it a go. I don't think MBTI was created with any such sinister purpose. The "two middle aged women," I think, were just on a quest to better understand themselves and others. It's a quest we all follow to some extent. It may be true that MBTI is more suited for the American mindset, since it was created by Americans. It probably does have a bit of a cultural bias. But clearly many people from other countries find it relevant, and useful for their quests, and if it resonates with someone, who's to say that resonance is misplaced? I think most of us know it's not the be-all-and-end-all - it's a tool. But not a tool for world domination or sexual repression or indoctrination. It's a tool that can help us understand ourselves, if we feel it is relevant.

    As for my coffee, I can't decide if I like this avatar. I like coffee, and I like the skull and crossbones, but for some reason I don't love the photo. I think it's the background. I might change it.
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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