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    When you meet someone how do you guys figure out their personality type so quickly? every time I read in here the writters are always sure the person they just met are "blank" type of personality.

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    It really takes a bit of experience in application of type if one is to do it relatively accurately. You need to have been acquainted with someone for more than just a moment and have been interested in what their interests are, their communication style, their work style etc.

    I would really question anyone's assessment that doesn't take these things into account. I type watch in my classes and am around 90% accurate, but that is through lots of observation and allows me to gauge students' strengths and weaknesses from a training perspective, and to tailor their training and learning resources accordingly.

    I also type watch colleagues to assess inclusion in project work so that we have a good mix of skills, aptitude and talent in big projects..
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    with different people i notice different things first. someone might come off clearly F instead of T for example, someone might come very I instead of E etc. Then ill just building their type from there. And some people i find incredibly hard to type, and some people ill notice almost instantly, but even with those there is usually some letter that im not 100% sure about. If there is a single function that pops out more than others then its easier to type that person. For example if i see someone with really strong Ne, he has to be enfp or entp, then ill just have to figure out if he is t or f and thats usually pretty easy with these two types
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    For example if i see someone with really strong Ne, he has to be enfp or entp, then ill just have to figure out if he is t or f and thats usually pretty easy with these two types
    Hmm not quite accurate - I test with very strong Ne followed by Ti and Fi and I tip to the INTP side of XNTP in most testing including the official MBTI Expanded Interpretive Report???
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    Quote Originally Posted by InsatiableCuriosity View Post
    Hmm not quite accurate - I test with very strong Ne followed by Ti and Fi and I tip to the INTP side of XNTP in most testing including the official MBTI Expanded Interpretive Report???
    its usually easy to see if that Ne comes from first or second function. i was talking about strong Ne coming from first function. there is no such thing as xntp, people are either intp or entp with strong second function compared to first. and when people are borderline entp/intp there is strong Ti coming along with that Ne, this will make me think if the person is entp or intp, so im not going to get to conclusion that he is entp even if he would show strong Ne if he shows strong Ti with it. In these cases you have to look at third function and thats not as easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by refreshe123d View Post
    When you meet someone how do you guys figure out their personality type so quickly? every time I read in here the writters are always sure the person they just met are "blank" type of personality.
    I often, I think it's over confidence. Typing people can be hard, a leaping to conclusions can be foolish.

    That said, some people are harder to type than other. Generally, I find that introverts (who hide there prime function to an extent), the elderly are the hardest to type. Those people who's function preferance is unhealthy can also be hard to type.

    There was one women who I thought was an ESFJ at first, because I saw so much Fe and Si in her. It was only when I started to realise how much stress thinking in these days bought her that I realised that she was actually an unhealthy ESFP caught up in the critical and opposing functions. She was always at her happiest when acting in an Se + Fi manner.

    I guess the take home message from that experience was to look at how people use the functions, rather than just how much they use them. The functions which make them happiest are the liable to be the first four, even if they don't use them so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Typing people can be hard, a leaping to conclusions can be foolish.
    you dont have to jump into conclusions, you can start building a theory about his type. theory > conclusion, because you can change theory, but conclusions are set until proven false.
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    Quote Originally Posted by refreshe123d View Post
    When you meet someone how do you guys figure out their personality type so quickly? every time I read in here the writters are always sure the person they just met are "blank" type of personality.
    I didn't realize so many people were like me.
    Ti = 19 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Te = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ne = 16[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fi = 15 [][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Si = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Ni = 12 [][][][][][][][][][][][]
    Se = 11[][][][][][][][][][][]
    Fe = 0

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    It's really just a collection of everything that gives you a certain vibe from the person, and then you can just fill in the rest of the blanks. Temperament is often an easy way to do it, I can always spot an NF or an SP in my surroundings. Also their attitude, you don't need to watch a person for very long to determine that they are EJ over IP. Functions will sometimes be very prominent (I can physically FEEL Fe from people heh). Oh, and also language choice helps too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by refreshe123d View Post
    When you meet someone how do you guys figure out their personality type so quickly?
    They don't. They just think they do.
    Linda V. Berens makes a really good point in all of her books which teach type:
    We have 3 parts of "self."

    1) Core self
    2) Developed self
    3) Contextual self


    The latter is what trips up people, and fools them into thinking they know another person's "type." The contextual self is who we are in any given situation. That means if you go to a TypeC meetup and talk with someone, you're meeting who they are in that LIMITED CONTEXT only. And furthermore, if someone thinks they can type someone from meeting them once, or even from their posts in this forum, which is another LIMITED CONTEXT, then they really are what I call a "cowboy," which is what I call people who don't know what they are talking about. They just think they do.

    Jung said it took him years (yes, you read that right) to type his patients. We have so many aspects of ourselves moving in and out of view in any given moment, both conscious and unconscious, that who-or what-you are seeing at any moment in time is highly unlikely to be an accurate reflection of one type. In reality, you could be seeing a reflection of many types all at once. We really are that complex. People don't want to hear that, though. They would rather rubber stamp a label on every Tom, Dick, and Harry, assume 1000 things about them that aren't even true, and live their life in "blissful" ignorance.

    I will leave you with a comment from someone who works with Typing, for a living:
    "Keep in mind that, ethically, one never tells a client what their type is—it's not even a good idea to suggest a type for them."
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