I've always been curious about people. I ended up on a related site because I was a bit lonely and was trying to learn about certain types of people, and then after events not worth restating, I ended up here around the time the site was created. I was gone for a while, but came back because I've already done the work of getting familiar with posters and I don't have the social energy to start that again someplace else. I'm not much of a believer in typology, but have low social energy and have already put a lot of it into this site and some of the people here. I'm trying to be more social here and irl.
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Secondly, if we can isolate what type of people we are it should be possible to figure out what function (traditionally speaking) our types have filled within society throughout the ages. What would your best guess be as to what that function is?
I came here two years ago because of an interest in MBTI. I'd learned about it a number of years ago and use it to attempt to understand people better as well as myself.
I think reasons why I stay are 1) It's a hobby and something I'm interested in 2) Intellectual challenge of the dynamics related to understanding people - Enneagram was one discovery here and 3) Being part of the community. I'm on Facebook and it's nice for sharing pictures but the dialogue is pretty inane. Youtube is mostly passive.
With respect to the role in society, I'm not sure there is some compelling similarity between people on the forum. Maybe it's a group of members who are interested in people and the dynamics between them, who are intellectually curious and interesting in somewhat leading edge thinking with respect to understanding people's thought processes and motivations and how they may be different than theirs. Most of us are looking to learn or further our thinking. As far as what role the members will have in society - I think it's pretty varied. There is some focus on the theory, understanding it and educating each other and how it can be applied practically but we don't seem to be totally there. That is, many of us know the theory but there is a gap between that and how it can be applied on a daily basis. So like for Enneagram, I believe there is some really useful stuff related to personal growth and understanding people's motivations. Some of us understand pieces of it better than others but we haven't fully captured how to use it for personal growth and communicated that among each other yet.
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I think I originally came here via INTPc, which I stumbled upon with a random Google-search unrelated to typology. I'd known about Myers-Briggs/Keirsey for quite a while, recognized the "INTP" site, and spent some time poking around INTPc. My first exposure to INTPc wasn't long after MBTIc split off due to what was apparently a political mess (glad I missed it :p), and I started reading both sites. For one reason or another I spent more time here. I started as an almost pure lurker (and probably would have stayed that way and drifted off in time), but actually got called out for lurking in a certain thread that I found entertaining ("Hey, someone named kelric is reading -- jump in kelric!"), and started posting a bit. Four+ years later I still read *far* more than I post, but hey, I'm still here.
Mostly these days I stay because I like the people, and am interested in random conversation with people who are (with notable and rare exceptions) pretty reasonable, insightful, and fun. I've got a lot in common with some folks here, very little in common with others, but we all play together pretty well.
Feelers, as they like learning and talking about people and intertype relations. Thinkers, as it serves as a useful tool/paradigm to help understand others, and better perception drives better (re)action.
I think there are more intuitives that sensors, as this is largely academic, and a bit apart from the mainstream.
I'm here because of my interesting in personality typing. Actually, my interest is waning, but I still hang around. It all started in 2003 when a teacher intern had me take a test. I lied the first time and got ISTJ, but then I went back and did it properly and got INTP. I then found the Paul James description of INTP (intp.org), and was completely floored. Started googling the type, and intpcentral led to this place.