[INTP] How do you know another person MBTI type?

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This is a discussion on How do you know another person MBTI type? within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; I just had to make this thread to ask you guys because as I continuously read this forum. I notice ...

  1. #1
    INTP - The Thinkers

    How do you know another person MBTI type?

    I just had to make this thread to ask you guys because as I continuously read this forum. I notice people referring to other people as their MBTI. Whether it's their girlfriend, boyfriend, coworker, friend, whatever they always seem to know what type they are and the type of others.

    I'm curious do you guys just go up to people and ask them "Have you ever heard of the myers briggs type indicator test?... "Yes I have".. "What's your type?"... "Oh yes I believe *insert type here*".

    Is that how you know everyone's type that you come into contact with?

    Very interested to know your secret.

  2. #2
    INTP - The Thinkers

    No, we just pretend that we have it all figured out by ourselves.

  3. #3
    INTP - The Thinkers

    we start by knowing the function order of each mtbi type and then we find correlation between the person and the functions and go from there
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    We analyze their personality as we know it and from there compare our findings with the various types... Although to be fair I probably will ask if they'll take the test when I next see them

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I start with letters and then move on to functions. I know the letters alone (with the exception of I/E) are in the words of davesuperpowers* "complete and total crap" but they give me a place to start. From there I can see if I observe the functions I'd expect someone of that type to have and tweak my typing accordingly.

    I find it's harder to type introverts because you cannot see their dominant functions in action. With extroverts you can at least narrow it down. If an extrovert clearly has a lot of Ne then you know they're an ENxP. Just type what you see and you can have a pretty good stab at someone's type. When you know someone well you have past experiences with them to add to your data collection.

    Sometimes I ask. I don't assume that other people know what MBTI is though, so I talk them through the functions of the type that I think they are and see if they agree. If not then I'll tweak it depending on what they say. I thing that this is the best way as I can sort through their bias and they can sort through mine.

    The more you try, the better you get. You begin to see patterns between functions and types. Plus I find typing people an interesting challenge. Some people are very difficult to type.

    * in this video
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    ESFJ - The Caregivers

    my hubby and I took the test on the same night, so that's how I know. haha! and I haven't referred to anyone else by type.

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    Unknown Personality

    DO NOT rely on tests to determine one's type. At best they can give you a decent perspective on what traits they might lean towards (given they answered honestly/objectively), but the best and most accurate way is by studying the principles behind the 4 letter code: the cognitive functions. The way I tend to type others is by first identifying their dominant/inferior function, then figuring out the most likely combination of the auxillary and tertiary function. It's a bit more complicated with that, but if you wish to make the most out of the MBTI tool you have to understand the theory behind it and what it was intended for. Also, only type people when you're confident of your understanding of MBTI and of the person in question.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Quote Originally Posted by confuddled View Post
    DO NOT rely on tests to determine one's type.
    This. Learn the cognitive functions, people.

    Mis-typers. Mis-typers everywhere.
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  9. #9
    Unknown Personality

    I mainly go off of iNtuition

    But yea, like others above have said, just learn the functions and start picking the person apart piece by piece in your mind until you believe you have a good handle on their personality type. Then, start telling yourself why they aren't that type and keep going until you can say that after harsh scrutiny they are that type then they very well could be that type.

    Lately, I've found that I've been trying to get away from type and to general traits instead. I think that general traits can give you a better feel for what makes a person tick, but typing them can also aid in your thoughts as well.

    The biggest problem I have at the moment is a very lax understanding on how the Enneagram types work, that's on my list that I've been working on a little bit and will aid me further in understanding people.
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  10. #10

    Do I know that person's type?
    Yes - what's the problem then? Everything is solved!
    No - Observe them.
    Do I know their type already?
    Yes - [go to first yes]
    No - Ask them.
    Do I know their type already?
    Yes - [go to first yes]
    No - [go to second first no]


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