I am not going to identify too much with my type. because then there is really no room for personal development. Being chauvinistic about one's type serve nothing about than giving yourself an ego boost in the internet world. Knowing what type you are makes no difference in the real world. I still very much prefer to be typeless.
I would very much prefer using my own power to suceed in the real world. This would be much more tangible than saying "my type has this kind of power" in the internet. We all know the MBTI means nothing to a majority of thre population in the real world.
If you use type as a guideline rather than a rule, it may serve more purposes. No MBTI type group is homogeneous and there are experiences & idiosyncrasies that contribute additional influences to the individual, causing them to identify less with their peers. Your functional preference does provide a clearer reflection of your personality.
"I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers -- only to hope it keeps asking the right questions." -- Grace Hartigan
I've generally had the same type all of my life, the functions just became much more pronounced as I have grown older.
I went from INFP to INFJ to currently ENTP. Once I hit highscool, I realized how I really didn't care about the people here, or their feelings, and that my ideas and talents were much more worth pursuing than being concerned with their feelings.
I used to care so much about their feelings, and I was the stereotypical quiet nerdy kid who didn't dress properly that no one wanted to talk to other than to laugh at the sheer insanity of it.
S is a perceiving function just like N. I'm not trying to be flip but wouldn't it be the judging function that makes what is perceived real.
Actually I've been having an email conversation about this with a friend.
He and I both agree that we have no problem using both N and S.
We can have our head in the clouds with our feet firmly on the ground.
We have the ability to see the big picture AND the details at the same time.
Do you want to suggest only J's could manifest their dreams?
I don't want to. It's unfair, and incapable of being proven.
But then I don't really buy MBTI .
J and P are artificial constructs created by that housewife, not Jung.
I think suggesting only 16 types, all with a predetermined function order,
should be used as a litmus test to determine whether one is capable of operating heavy machinery.
If anyone believes it, stay off the road.
MBTI demands polarity, rather than synthesis.
To someone like me that's a sacrilege.
Think of N as a theory, and S as the practical application of said theory.
Now, MBTI suggests a person would be interested in one or the other.
I say, utter bullshit. No, utter *ucking bullshit.
Anyone could teach a theory,
while also teaching the practical applications of said theory.
To think otherwise is actually insulting to the intelligence.
What are we, people who can shit but incapable of wiping our own asses?
We can think, but cannot feel?
We can imagine, but not make it real?
IMO MBTI covers up individual potential, rather than unleashing it.
Edit: Frank, this quasi-rant is not aimed at you personally. It's aimed at MBTI.