Having taken a break from all-thing typology for a while, this is what I think. I've thought this before, but it's more obvious to me now.
- Type is a total fiction and people don't really appreciate that enough.
- The tests and quizzes you take, that you think reveal something special about you, don't. They just gather the information you feed them and try to draw conclusions.
- The idea that there is an internal, static type is the biggest misconception. We may exhibit some biases, but that's it. There is no reason to think those biases are unchanging. Your experience tells you that they change frequently.
- It's a fallacy to think that one personality theory has any more weight than others. For example, it's a fallacy to think that MBTI carries any more weight than Big-5 or any other way you could delineate personality. You could divide the world into pretzel-eaters and non-pretzel eaters and by asking the right questions, can create a descriptive personality scheme. The value of that scheme is subjective, not objective. They are all equally arbitrary.
- It's dangerous to box yourself up into a personality type because (1) it can cause you to act in conformance with your type when you otherwise would not have (2) it can cause you to stop developing in areas you should and normally would have (3) it will cause you to misread people and overlook information that runs in conflict with your assumptions (confirmation bias) (4) it can prevent you from looking deeper into the mechanics and architecture of personality, which is incredibly interesting and valuable.
Off the top of my head, that's it. Don't expect me to engage in a long debate about this. I lack the focus and drive. Cheers.