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    Varied results, honest on all tests ....

    I have taken the MB tests at various times and I come out as:
    ISTP
    INTP
    INFP
    This is after multiple times, different tests, and I am being honest on them.

    What I find odd is that I display traits of all three clearly and strong. It depends on god knows what, which I align with more, stress and emotional state don't control it. People have always used words like "Two faced", "Dual personality" etc to describe me. I can see when I am acting one way or the other, and it is not a conscious decision, just something I notice from time to time. I am also a nightmare for the opposite sex to understand, even when I directly tell them things like " I am feeling really aggressive, please leave me alone" or "Can we save this discussion for later, right now I won't be able to help". Most women don't get it, I am scattered and there is no way that anyone can keep up lol.

    What I am wondering is:

    Is it possible to match 3 types and have all 3 be accurate depending on my mental state at the time, even though I am being honest to myself during the testing?

    Is it a sign of some sort of emotional disorder to be so scattered?

    Could this simply be a factor of how I interpret the questions and respond?
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    What are the percentages that you normally get on these tests? It could be that your N/S and T/F are quite balanced.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Is it possible to match 3 types and have all 3 be accurate depending on my mental state at the time, even though I am being honest to myself during the testing?
    Absolutely. I think the key words here are: 'at the time'.

    Is it a sign of some sort of emotional disorder to be so scattered?
    It could be, but then again, it could be not. ENFPs, for example, are somewhat known for varying how they behave depending on the person they're with, and may be called 'shallow' or 'lacking a personality' because of that - and due to that, they may also begin to doubt or confuse themselves on who they truly are inside.

    Could this simply be a factor of how I interpret the questions and respond?
    Yes. That's where tests fail - answers vary and are not always cemented. If you're looking to find your true type, I would recommend study and ditching the tests entirely. They're a nice starting point, but when it comes down to the condition of 'it all depends' and when people begin to believe they can't be a type because they don't act the same in every situation, they're beyond the testing phase.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    As SC86 is getting at, balance is normal and actually a desirable trait. When imbalance obtains, the other side slips off into the shadow and one forgets how to use it. I would count your blessings that you seem to have a balanced S/N and F/T.
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    Well thank you all for the responses.

    I had assumed that one of the major limitations of MTBI testing was the interpretation of the questions by the test taker.

    As far as the percentages go:

    I vs E = between 10 and 20 %, I am very I, but with close friends I become the most outgoing of the group usually.

    S vs N = usually about 15% N, pretty deeply N most of the time, except when it comes to irrational acts that induce huge adrenalin dumps (sky diving, bungee, sports bikes, going to iraq :)

    F vs T = No more than 10% towards T or 5% towards F, I do have the trait of internally "feeling" that I am right vs "knowing" I am right. However that feeling is usually based purely on fact, and I take my assessments VERY Personally when based in solid fact.

    P vs J = 99.999999999999999999% P lol, just kidding, its around 40% P, yep, a little lazy, and don't so much care about it or being late, or being messy etc etc lol.


    Honestly, my balance is not a good one, and I don't wish my personality on anyone else.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    For everybody the percentages vary a little over time depending on some factors, which to me, I have noticed, are mostly related to what's been happening in my life the last couple of weeks before I take the test.

    When your percentages are close to 0, (around 20 or less) then yes, sometimes you can change a letter. But that doesn't mean you completely changed your type. It's just that the letters of the MBTI change when they pass 0%.

    My own percentages are all ranging between 50 and 100%. My T sometimes hitting 100%, and my I is the most steady at always 89 % (humanmetrics test). Since some of your percentages are low, you end up sometimes changing letters but again, that doesn't mean you all the sudden changed your personality.

    Also doesn't mean you´re unbalanced. Actually, you can even argue that you´re very balanced, since your preferences are equally spread.

    There are only 16 types, but within each letter you can vary from 0 to 100%. That means there exist more combinations than there are stars in the Milkey Way.

    So you´re pretty normal after all!

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Emo I can identify with feeling scattered. I understand it is a common INTP trait (don't know about ISTP/INFP); you are not alone. In psychology I believe it is what they call "dissociation." It means to split off mentally and it can be pathological if it is interfering with your life. Dissociation may be minor and normal like getting lost in a daydream, or severe and pathological as dissociative identity disorder.

    The scattering is a confuzzling curse and a madness but it is a gift as well. I think INTP's may have a natural ability to partition their brains. It is a mechanism that allows people to survive extreme trauma without being completely destroyed psychologically. It allows you to step outside yourself to be more objective and to maneuver around mental spaces examining different sides of a problem. And if you ever get trapped under a rock and have to remove your own leg with a pocket knife, your natural ability to cut yourself off from yourself might be very useful.
    This is just my opinion though, a tentative explanation. I don't really know why the scattering is.
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