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    Senior Member AzulEyes's Avatar
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    Question When MBTI becomes your entire identity

    Have you ever known anyone to take MBTI too far? To relate SO much to their type(s) and all the tests that are online and to interract with other enthusiasts online that it becomes their primary source of identifying who they are? I know this sounds extreme- but I'm being sincere in wondering about this. Interested what people think.
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    My sense of self has changed significantly since learning that I'm not NeSi. On the one hand, it gives me an opportunity to embrace my actual strengths, while on the other hand, it makes me feel inadequate in certain areas that I once considered myself proficient at.

    It's also strange feeling as if you relate to NFs and their personal journeys, and then realizing you're part of the very group you've perceived to be the reason for your social disenfranchisement (sensors).

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    Of course, but it's far more common place than people realise.

    If a person isn't careful it can colour their entire approach to the world and create prejudice based on assumptions of what a type means about them and others.

    After all a skimming view of a person which puts them into a framework to be judged by, is easier than an in-depth examination, then again people do that without MBTI, but this is just one more tool in the box.

    If misused that way.
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    When that happens, you add extra's, like enneagram and socionics
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    I've gotten to where the entire theory is abstract, I have all the tools I need to synthesize an infinite combination of realities independent of conscription.

    I do think there are heavily entrenched egos regarding even topical implications of type. People tend to fall into the fallacious attitude of, "I am This, I am X, X is This," and it is particularly irksome when the theory doesn't intend to define X or This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amargith View Post
    When that happens, you add extra's, like enneagram and socionics
    Yup. Enneagram > MBTI

    Get with the program OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzulEyes View Post
    Have you ever known anyone to take MBTI too far? To relate SO much to their type(s) and all the tests that are online and to interract with other enthusiasts online that it becomes their primary source of identifying who they are? I know this sounds extreme- but I'm being sincere in wondering about this. Interested what people think.
    Socionics can be even worse. Not only does it detail personality types, but it details which personality types are, according to it, attracted to each other.

    This website basically bubbles over with what you're describing, but if you go over to the16types or some other socionics oriented site, the cult-like atmospheres are even more pronounced.

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    I have experienced on various forums individuals REALLY taking this stuff to heart to the point that they are biased though try to hide it to appear politically correct- but they very clearly create boundaries for themselves and "like" types and exlude "outsiders" and very much create an "us vs. them" mentality. Women stalking men of a certain type- certain it is the salvation to their loneliness and desperation for love. Men feeding off the type tests to inflate their ego saying, "Yes. I am this number and this combo of letters and I'm this and I'm that- therefore, I fucking rock!" I had to walk away from this stuff but then I get pulled back in. I guess it's like anything. Too much of any good thing starts to stink. Moderation is key. And when did we forget that we are all individual people defined by a myriad of things like our birth, our family, our experiences SO MUCH. Just because you might take information in via "sensing" and use Fe when you interact with people --- so? It's really stupid. And we ALL use ALL the functions. I guess I got into a loop of people in various networking groups and forums that very much have made it "cult like" as another person called it. Great description. I feel like a lack of sense of identity perpetuates this. And I'm sort of getting sick of it. Sorry if this was sort of a VENT. I hope we can carry on in this topic. I think it's a "reality check" type of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffirmitiveAnxiety View Post
    After all a skimming view of a person which puts them into a framework to be judged by, is easier than an in-depth examination, then again people do that without MBTI, but this is just one more tool in the box.

    If misused that way.
    People make all kinds of (pre)judgements about others, based on gender, race, age, appearance, and many other categories. I find assumptions based on type distinctions, for me at least, are much more accurate than the others - not perfect, but it will get you in the ballpark, while the others will be way off the mark.
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    I have a great deal of fear that my hobby will generally color my world and make it so that I see everything in that context. In that sense I am constantly pulled to study more about the enneagram (even if it's just passively going through internet articles) yet also I generally have a sense of dread that my effort has been pointless and I can't really share myself to others because it's all I have.

    I honestly wish that I hadn't taken up the hobby, because I find that every other hobby out there is too physically taxing and chaotic for me to enjoy. Though it's honestly my fault that I'm simply just not a very expansive person to begin with, and that I'm an absolute WHORE for categorical definitions.
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