The problem is that we delude ourselves so easily. Why, it was only a short time ago that we all were deluded enough to think that the Sun went round the Earth.
thats what im saying though. it doesnt matter if its real or imaginary, all that matters is if you believe it or not. im not saying that you shouldn't question it and i think that most smart people would question it, but even if its proven that the cognitive functions are total nonsense there will still be people who believe in it and therefore it is real to them.
personally, i think mbti is just a cool way of categorizing different thought processes and styles.
Computers were (once) imagined. Therefore, computers are imaginary. Folks, there is a huge difference between being real and being valid. The interesting discussion is about whether or not MBTI is valid.
I'm starting to agree with Victor on this one, but my mind is still open on the matter. MBTI is verry useful, especially for catagorizing and for highlighting certain thought processess. But, the more detailed it gets it seems to become less useful. Most people are learning cognitive theory on confirmation bias alone... MBTI theory is correct, because I have Fi, this process must be some sort of consequence of having Fi.
I can't say that some people don't function exactly as MBTI describes, I just don't so far believe it to be universally applicable. And why should it be? Supposedly MBTI is useful in describing a healthy functioning mind. Even if this is true, how different from healthy must you be before MBTI is no longer useful in describing your processess. How many people are 'normal'? Is it really likely that unhealthy types end up being unhealthy in a predictable way? To many things going on here.
Logically, I keep coming back to this (that it's imaginary) so yes I do think it is, but is fun to play around with. You know like as an exercise in using your imagination, and of course it's fun to discuss with others.
It's a slippery slope when you start to agree with me, for I factor your disagreement into every post. It's as though I stretch the elastic in one direction and I rely upon you to stretch it back. If you agree with everything I say, we have a positive feedback loop that can go into runaway. It's like a dance, I take one step and you take a counter step., and so we dance one step after another. And after a while the dancers become the dance.