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    I found it interesting because it explained a lot of the behaviour in people I didn't understand, and some of my own behaviour I didn't understand. It seemed very, very useful in understanding people when I first really got into it, but eventually I saw that it could be just as limiting as it is useful, and now I see it as mostly arbitrary. The types and functions can apply to everyone at different times and all sort of melt into eachother I'm mostly here to discuss other psychology and general stuff these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Why are people (here, or elsewhere) so into MBTI? What need does it fill?
    I think it makes me feel like I'm more in tune with people, and myself. I can recognize patterns in other people and feel like I can understand them a bit better, and communicate with them better. I also feel like I have embraced my own personality more, because I don't feel like I'm just a weirdo....I feel like I'm a classified weirdo.
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    It is the master key to reading, understanding, and perceiving everyone. But other then that, I cannot explain it..
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    just because it's interesting i guess. i find it very helpful too in understanding people, particularly new people that i meet.

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    I agree what some of the guys have said. I use it as a good starting point to understanding people, but I am not limited by it. Before I used it I found it difficult to tie down a persons personality. In that way it is very useful and I'm glad to have found it.

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    I like anything that attempts to distill the chaos of human behavior and interaction into a simple theory!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    That seems to be one of the big themes, but do you really think this theory is well-equipped to offer explanations? MBTI doesn't really tell why why the preferences are there. It actually doesn't tell you anything since it's just a classification system.
    It's missing the 'why', sure. But the classification system is still useful for me. I'm kinda clueless with socialising and people skills - you probably couldn't really tell IRL if you met me now, but I have to really concentrate and work hard at it.

    Before I learnt about MBTI, I assumed that everyone had the same base personality and just varied on degrees of neuroticism, mental health etc (with multiple axes of those). People were always really confusing to me, probably because my first rough assumption of their personalities were that they were the same as me on the inside. Result: continuous frustration and misunderstanding. Then I tried to change how I acted (in hindsight, I was trying to become an ESFJ, although I didn't know it was called that at the time). Result: internal frustration and mental exhaustion.

    MBTI as a classification system has been really useful for me. The 16 types aren't the be-all and end-all of personality. But it's a useful first approximation of personality - a rough broad-brush impression of what makes people tick underneath. It's more accurate than assuming everyone is just like me.

    And I've (mostly) stopped beating myself up for not being like most people I meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Why are people (here, or elsewhere) so into MBTI? What need does it fill?
    I think two main reasons.

    1) socialize, relieve stress

    2) mbti seems to be a philosophy on human behavior that makes sense and gives people a point of reference when it comes to trying to figure out themselves or others and something that happened to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollyowens View Post
    I like anything that attempts to distill the chaos of human behavior and interaction into a simple theory!
    w00t! Exactly! My feeling was very similar: "OMG, everybody's behavior is based on a definite classification! People's methods of thought actually fit into neat little boxes! I'm not alone in my weird/obnoxious quirks!"

    Plus, you get to know everyone you know all over again. You learn things that you never thought possible. I still remember sending the test to a bunch of people after I took it and thinking they'd all have the same type as me, because I thought everyone thought the same way!

    It's pretty much life-changing. That's why I'm nerdy about it, at least.

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    I got into MBTI stuff to understand myself better.

    I stay here because I like most of the people and it's stimulating.

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