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    Default Gosh, I don't know what to say... it's just like real life

    Hello world.

    This is my MBTI Central coming out party. I identify as an INFP. I've been obsessed with MBTI (and the Enneagram) for, oh, the last 15 years or so. But I never talk about MBTI in real life unless someone else brings it up.

    I have a question for everyone. Does anyone wish they could go back to their pre-MBTI days and just take people as they are instead of always seeing them as this type or that type? Sometimes I wish I could. As it is, I'm always studying people and thinking I can figure them out. I've made major life decisions based on typing people and typing myself.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking MBTI. I love it, but there are moments when I hate it and I think I'm living too much in my head in the world of theories instead of where real people live. I just can't help it!
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    Apparently, you figured out what to say.

    I have no problem seeing people as individuals and still being aware of types. MBTI knowledge has helped me better communicate with people and better understand their motivations and not get so stressed in certain situations. You can be more aware of people and still live "where the real people live."
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    Your title is cute. I hope you enjoy the forum.

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    Neat, are you a "hello world" program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa73 View Post
    I have a question for everyone. Does anyone wish they could go back to their pre-MBTI days and just take people as they are instead of always seeing them as this type or that type? Sometimes I wish I could. As it is, I'm always studying people and thinking I can figure them out. I've made major life decisions based on typing people and typing myself.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking MBTI. I love it, but there are moments when I hate it and I think I'm living too much in my head in the world of theories instead of where real people live. I just can't help it!
    I too am working on de-MBTIing my perspective. I've gotten pretty good at it, but I think it still influences my perceptions in ways I haven't identified. It's good to be able to flip the MBTI switch off to be able to fully understand different perspectives, and how MBTI influences our own perspective and perception of people.

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    Hi there Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa73 View Post
    I've been obsessed with MBTI (and the Enneagram) for, oh, the last 15 years or so. But I never talk about MBTI in real life unless someone else brings it up.
    Heh. My friends aren't nearly so lucky.

    Oh, and welcome

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    Thanks for the hellos and welcomes. They are truly appreciated.

    Yes, I guess I flip the MBTI switch off sometimes too, as JAVO put it. I like that idea; sometimes I think looking at people as a certain personality gets in my way of seeing them. But maybe it doesn't. It's hard to say. But it is something I think about, how MBTI is incredibly useful but that sometimes I need to just roll up my sleeves and forget my theories about people.

    I do know that I had a very difficult time as a child because of my extreme shyness. People always said two things about me: that I was nice (feeler) and that I was SOOO quiet (introvert). Neither of these things really felt like compliments.

    When I was introduced to Myers Briggs by a friend in college, it was like a light went on for me. Suddenly I felt that I wasn't just a weirdo, that I had strengths that other people couldn't see because I kept them to myself. It helped me see where other people were coming from as well. So I'm incredibly grateful to MBTI for that.

    I have lots more to say, but I'll shut up now.

    I'm glad this forum exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa73 View Post
    Hello world.
    I've been obsessed with MBTI (and the Enneagram) for, oh, the last 15 years or so.

    As it is, I'm always studying people and thinking I can figure them out. I've made major life decisions based on typing people and typing myself.
    Ha ha, are you sure you're not an INFJ? You just described me.

    Welcome, always good to have another INFP around. I'm looking forward to you sharing any insights you've gained in your 15 years of MBTI obsession.
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