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    Default Giving People Personality Tests When You Meet Them

    Does anyone do this? If you go about this the wrong way, I'd imagine you'd have better luck making them feel welcome by sanitizing everything they touch and the ground they walk on wearing a hazmat suit.

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    no that's insulting to even think about. it's basically saying to the other person I only hang out with xxxxxxxxxxxx and if you're yyyyyyyyy than i hate you cuz i'm a bigot
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    IRL I usually have a pretty good idea about peoples' types...
    If we start talking about psychology-related topics, which pretty much generally is an interest of mine, I sometimes mention that I have been dabbling with this for years.
    Sometimes that leads to them asking where they could take a test, etc, and I usually prod them in the direction of the free version of the MBTI test on OKCupid.
    Used to send them to the humanmetrics test before. Both are OK, I guess.

    But using it the way Prplchknz seems to think is freaky is not a good idea, no.

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    Whipping out an MBTI test and forcing it on people you've just met seems pretty fucking weird. Call me old fashioned, but I'm happy enough talking to people to figure out what makes them tick.

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    Issuing out personality tests to people you aren't properly acquainted would not only create a bias based around loosely defined stereotyped attributed to various types, but would be further teeter on that unhealthy, dismissive line some typology enthusiasts fall into in which they view the behaviors commonly associated with certain types to be definite and fully encompassing, rather than simply viewing MBTI as a very basic framework. There's a ton of diversity amongst even those of the same type.

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    Um that would be weird but I do introduce people to the tests if they seem interested in what I'm saying.

    Some people are interested, some aren't. I generally tend to type people in my head or talk to them about it way before I'd actually ask them to take the test. There haven't been that many people to whom I'm just like "here's the test, take it please." I could probably count the number on two hands, and I know a lot more than ten people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stigmata View Post
    Issuing out personality tests to people you aren't properly acquainted would not only create a bias based around loosely defined stereotyped attributed to various types, but would be further teeter on that unhealthy, dismissive line some typology enthusiasts fall into in which they view the behaviors commonly associated with certain types to be definite and fully encompassing, rather than simply viewing MBTI as a very basic framework. There's a ton of diversity amongst even those of the same type.
    This is why you and I are friends.

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    What was really neat though is that I know this guy who I *immediately* thought was ESTJ from our first conversation and when we finally got around to discussing personality theory just last night, without even taking the test or reading any books, just from what I briefly told him he said, "I'm definitely an extrovert, a sensor, and a judger." Ha ha.

    Some people are so easy to type, others not so much.

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    I'll work it into conversation first. If we're inevitable facebook friends, then I'll warn them that I'll post a test to them just for my own knowledge and if they are further interested in hearing about it. It hasn't bothered anyone yet, and gives another topic to discuss and delve into .
    It really depends on how one goes about it. I have many other ways to make people feel uneasy that I'll easily touch upon and are unrelated to mbti
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