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    Default What is the point of the MBTI?

    Just so you don't get the wrong impression, I think the MBTI is awesome and enormously useful, but just to play devil's advocate, one could argue this:

    You take a test with no right or wrong answers and get a result based on your answers. If you already know enough about yourself to answer those questions accurately, then what other information can you get from the test?

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    One possible answer: an appreciation of how your interactions with others will be perceived differently according to variations in their type.

    Of course, your DA argument could still apply here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dufresne View Post
    You take a test with no right or wrong answers and get a result based on your answers. If you already know enough about yourself to answer those questions accurately, then what other information can you get from the test?
    Lots of things. What Langrenus mentioned and for some of the rare types, I think it's nice to know that there are others who's minds works in a similar frameset. I found that putting names and definitions on the different function was a nice experience as well.
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    For me, MBTI was valuable in hammering home the point that I shouldn't try to be somebody I am not. It gave me "permission" to be who I am. I learned, through much pain and suffering, that I do not fit well into an SJ or SP oriented career or lifestyle. Only since learning MBTI do I now understand why. It has helped guide me toward a profession and lifestyle in which I am happier ... while at the same time helping me understand possible weaknesses and work on them.

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    Type dynamics: changes that happen as you age and (hopefully) mature. For example, why your ISFJ spouse suddenly gets fixed on philosophy at age 40.

    Better understanding of stressers and how you might react to temporary and chronic stress. (And how others might, so you can better work with them.)

    Better appreciation for your unexpected strengths and awareness of unexpected weaknesses. For example, as an INTP, have you developed Feeling-function skills or Extraverted Thinking skills--these are skills that would not be expected in a typical INTP. Or, as an INTP, are your Introverted Thinking skills of logical analysis unexpectedly weak?

    Better ability to communicate to different audiences. Are you engaging and interesting to people who are not like you? (Great thing about INXXs--most everyone isn't like us, so we get a lot of opportunities to practice )

    Better appreciation of how others view things. Honestly, I am amazed that my ISFJ husband can be in the moment and aware of details without the symbolism that my iNtuiting perception snags. He always notices things like if the milk is going sour. I don't.

    Humility and wonder at it all. Type, the diversity of humanity, the flexibility of the mind, the Type/MBTI system itself. For when you Ti/Ne off, anyway.
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    Oh--and you get to meet some very interesting people who are Type geeks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthawk View Post
    For me, MBTI was valuable in hammering home the point that I shouldn't try to be somebody I am not. It gave me "permission" to be who I am. I learned, through much pain and suffering, that I do not fit well into an SJ or SP oriented career or lifestyle. Only since learning MBTI do I now understand why. It has helped guide me toward a profession and lifestyle in which I am happier ... while at the same time helping me understand possible weaknesses and work on them.
    Exactly. I don't try so hard to 'fix' myself anymore. It's not meant to be an excuse, mind you, but I am more accepting of myself than I used to be. Being old probably helps too. lol. I found I didn't care as much about 'fitting in' anymore.
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    There are a lot of interesting things that are pointless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niffer View Post
    There are a lot of interesting things that are pointless.
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    Nightwing and RC covered most of the bases.

    There was the "personal validation" issue for me... I no longer had to feel bad about who and what I was in regards to personality... and it also gave me freedom to give OTHERs flexibility.

    There's also the idea of taking some common qualities and projecting the probable ramifications of them (i.e., when you have a certain combination of functions, here is how they tend to interact and play out and create a particular type of personality... so "personality modeling" I guess). The framework was just really useful in understanding behavior and motivation.
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