[INFP] What did you think of people before you discovered MBTI?

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    INFP

    What did you think of people before you discovered MBTI?

    Before you knew what types were and that we were all wired differently, what did you think of people?

    I'll get the ball rolling with my own thoughts.

    I used to think people really didn't care, didn't care about other people, didn't care about beauty or anything that the eye couldn't see, didn't care genuinely for anything. I used to think people either thought art was stupid, or didn't know why art was cool and that they just liked the confusion of it, and I started to not like the word art because it sounded like a word that defined something useless, Art, ugh, lol. I also thought people didn't care much for complex things, and always wanted things to be short sweet simple and instantly gratifying. So I guess I thought people were shallow, some arrogant, some stupid, some blind to their own shallowness and others needy for popularity and attention. This was my idea of most people before I knew about MBTI and that we process the world differently. I used to think we all processed the world the same and that people just didn't care about the things I cared about, and I used to think what is wrong with everyone, why can't they see this, or appreciate that as much as I do. Now I'm much more understanding because of MBTI and try to be sensitive to the way of life for other types.

    Geez, I feel like I really didn't think well of people before MBTI 0_o.
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    "Who/what are these strange creatures around me..."



    Okay, serious answer: I think that somewhat depends on how old you were when you discovered about mbti and the functions. I was around 13-14 so it had a larger impact on how I viewed people because I didn't have a lot of experience to begin with. At that age, people on average tend to be less aware of others being different and maybe a little less tolerant of or understanding. Maybe... lol

    I used to have a feeling that everyone was always bothering me by wanting to talk to me and stuff which I perceived to be annoying because I made it clear I wanted to be alone and I was worried they had some ulterior motive. I wondered why some were more social than others. I used to believe that everyone started out quiet and then they would grow out of it. All I knew is that everyone kept calling me private, "mysterious" and shy which made me feel like I was different in a negative way. I felt like the way I was was a bad thing. I guess learning about the types kinda helped me be more tolerant because I learned that some people are just different and they function and perceive things differently. It helped make sense of some things.
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    Yeah i thought negatively of others for sure... thought everyone was just stupid annoyances concentrating on things that really didn't matter. I still feel the same way but I think im less critical from understanding how people work.

    Id like to be more accepting of people, so this has helped. I just need to master how to manage myself in an extroverted world.
    Last edited by tryingtodobetter; 06-26-2017 at 08:39 AM.
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    What an interesting question !
    I first took a mbti test when I was around 14 (I'm 17 now so not that long ago) but I didn't studied functions and mbti in depth, I just read the description of my type (I mistyped as an INTP) and found that it was corresponding. So as I didn't go much further, I didn't apply this to my daily life. As @LittleDreamer said, I found myself having a low awareness of people, most of them were just pissing me off :')
    After, like at 15 I began to be more tolerant with people and (finally) got out (slowly) of my shell to talk to them a bit more. During this period I guess I began to truly understand that people were different and that it was okay. I think I was trying to understand each person separately since I had no clue to understand them better, and I believe that this approach was a bit superficial because I wasn't truly understanding how different people are. I probably made links between some behaviors different persons exhibited and thought they had stuff in common, but it never went any further.
    I re-discovered MBTI earlier this year and I am still trying to apply it in my relationships and self development, but it made a big change, especially with my INTJ friend I wasn't undertanding at all :') (it's a bit better now ahah) But yeah I'm glad I discovered the theory, it's helping a lot (because there's still a lot to do) !
    (btw sorry for the language I'm not a native english speaker ^^' )
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    INTP here, just thought I could also give a viewpoint.

    Some are bullies, Some are quiet, Some are basically lazy.. That's what I thought. There were different personalities of everyone for me, but I could only group them in my own way because I thought just some people cared. Then, while I was just exploring, I found the MBTI types. Was really interested in it.
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    @Eefant
    Hey first post! Welcome:)
    I was the same way when it came to noticing individual differences and understanding people separately. I didn't really categorize much into larger groups.
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    MBTI has put my life into words. I am so grateful. It honestly has changed my world - telling me who I am and helping me to understand and appreciate others so much better. I knew I was introverted, and I could sense differences, but that was about it. I was unable to explain it. My own categories were broader - but, now it's like, OH, I GET IT! I GET YOU! There are words for it. In my real life, it's like my little secret understanding of people. Love it so much!
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    PS. I used to try to share my knowledge of MBTI with people - because I mean it was like the BEST THING to ever happen to me - but now, I am selective in sharing as many, I have found, "don't like to be put into boxes." Sigh.
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    @LittleDreamer
    Thank you :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by twirler View Post
    MBTI has put my life into words. I am so grateful. It honestly has changed my world - telling me who I am and helping me to understand and appreciate others so much better. I knew I was introverted, and I could sense differences, but that was about it. I was unable to explain it. My own categories were broader - but, now it's like, OH, I GET IT! I GET YOU! There are words for it. In my real life, it's like my little secret understanding of people. Love it so much!
    I relate to this so much but also in some way I can feel as if I think about how other people think more than other people do, and consequently, there's a little bit more of a barrier between me and others now than there used to be... (or at least that I'm aware of)...not sure if that's a good thing or not...


     
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