Ok so this might be a thread which rubs some people the wrong way, but since discovering the MBTI theory, has it helped or hindered you in your progress to self understanding?
The reason I ask is that when I first found out about it, I was very interested, (you know; self discovery and all that noise), and I started to read up on the functions and the types and all this other...stuff that goes along with it.
At first I thought id found a guideline to help me understand myself as a person and why I feel and think the way I do, beyond just a simple nurture/nature explanation.
However after a while I started to become filled with self doubt, self doubt that was like an echo from when I was younger, which I spent an enormous amount of time and effort dealing with inside my own head, as I found out long ago that people dont want to hear your insignificant whining.
So now I doubt my type, my ennea, my own actions and feelings. Do I really feel that way or do I just believe I do because I expected myself to? You see ive always seen this as a theory used for guiding people, not a series of boxes to put people into and yet I am doing this to myself.
I didnt do it others, but it caused unnecessary conflict in my thoughts and emotions, to the point that it has driven me into a mild depression.
Im at the point where I now understand nothing of this theory and I am more confused that when I started, almost wishing that I had never found out about it in the first place.