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Among the various types I know, I see many variations within each type. So I'm wary of over-relying on MB. I want to appreciate people for what they are instead of what I think they are. Too much MB profiling might muddle my perceptions. Does anyone feel that way, too, or am I asking in the wrong kind of setting, given that this is an MBTI-based forum? Do you think you can know too much about MBTI?
03-29-2008, 01:24 PM
I don't think it's possible to know too much, but it is possible to rely too much on any kind of social profiling.
Approaching somebody as an individual is always good, but knowing about MBTI can help with figuring out how people tick. It's a tool, just like anything else.
MBTI does not describe someone with unerring accuracy. It is a basic slate which a person can write observed traits on or connect to enscribed traits. Keep in mind that everybody is different and that MBTI is just a stereotyper.
Yes, I hear what you guys are saying. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I wonder whether knowing "too much" MBTI can subconsciously affect your perception of people.
03-29-2008, 04:28 PM
As with many things, it's both a blessing and a curse.
03-29-2008, 05:37 PM
MBTI is a tool. It is not the end-all to ultimate self-knowledge or insight into others. Other factors like how a person grew up, the values of their family, faith, prosperity, hardship, etc. all tie into how you live your life and respond to outside stimulus or introspection.
Just my $.02
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