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    Default How do you define "preference"?

    Seems to be a poignant question at present.

    I was just thinking that there's a lot of difference between a present preference, a general preference, preference in regards to which one is favourite, preference in regards to which one if is most commonly used.. the list is quite long.

    So anyway how do you interpret this most central concept to the MBTI?
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    Seems to be a poignant question at present.

    I was just thinking that there's a lot of difference between a present preference, a general preference, preference in regards to which one is favourite, preference in regards to which one if is most commonly used.. the list is quite long.

    So anyway how do you interpret this most central concept to the MBTI?
    The definition of consciousness precludes choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    The definiton of consciousness precludes choice.
    Very well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    The definiton of consciousness precludes choice.
    There is always choice oh architect. That is why we have the one.

    You do see how the word "preference" can be perverted though right? With some people it seems to be "I prefer this functions description, ergo it's my preferred function" whilst others analyse from the standpoint of "I do this a lot and that seems very Xx ish so I must be an XXXX". I just figured that since preference pervades all levels of the MBTI that it warranted more investigation.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    There is always choice oh architect. That is why we have the one.

    You do see how the word "preference" can be perverted though right? With some people it seems to be "I prefer this functions description, ergo it's my preferred function" whilst others analyse from the standpoint of "I do this a lot and that seems very Xx ish so I must be an XXXX". I just figured that since preference pervades all levels of the MBTI that it warranted more investigation.
    The choice is already there.
    The beginning is second hand.

    To see is to zero the irrelevant.
    The outcome precedes the election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    The choice is already there.
    The beginning is second hand.
    The sun is already there but your perception of it (your beginning) is extremely important to the accuracy of your outcome and it's relevance on a larger stage.

    I'm not sure which one of us is being obtuse. The question seems perfectly logical to me.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    I'd describe it as: which one naturally comes out first when you act/react in a healthy way?

    It's not necessarily the one we like best, it's not necessarily the one we use most (because we could be stuck in an unhealthy pattern for some reason, for example), it's not necessarily the one that appeals to us most. Those are all potential pointers as to our true preference (especially if they all point to the same function/letter), but they don't define it.

    JMO, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering View Post
    I'd describe it as: which one naturally comes out first when you act/react in a healthy way?

    It's not necessarily the one we like best, it's not necessarily the one we use most (because we could be stuck in an unhealthy pattern for some reason, for example), it's not necessarily the one that appeals to us most. Those are all potential pointers as to our true preference (especially if they all point to the same function/letter), but they don't define it.

    JMO, of course.
    I love that bit. Very true
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    I love that bit. Very true
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
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    You do see how the word "preference" can be perverted though right? With some people it seems to be "I prefer this functions description, ergo it's my preferred function" whilst others analyse from the standpoint of "I do this a lot and that seems very Xx ish so I must be an XXXX". I just figured that since preference pervades all levels of the MBTI that it warranted more investigation.
    What's with people anyway.
    "I prefer this functions description"
    I know you would never do that. People do that?!


    The "preference" as used in MBTT refers to a person's natural, most automatic tendency.

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