I was wondering how studying MBTI has helped the rest of you NTs develop as human beings.
The inspiration for this post happens to be a video I listened to on youtube. A Canadian in his 20s, probably an NT (seems like INTJ or ENTJ) was trying to get into the United States, but ended up creating a lot of unnecessary conflict with the border security personnel, mainly because they were asking him inane, detailed questions without providing reasons for doing so. Really, he was upset because he wanted reasons. The guy ended up detained in jail for a while, but insists he's an "independent thinker" victimized by fascists and thugs. Somehow he recorded the conversation for ten entire minutes, but deludes himself into believing he wasn't causing any trouble.
I've never had a problem going over and back over the border, and I even crossed once with a Swede with Iranian ancestry in the passenger seat.
A feeling type, for example, might realize that these are just regular people working a crappy, boring job-- some of them may even be underemployed because of the current economic times. But no-- the Canadian just interrupts the border security, as if he's smarter than the dumb Murican peons and therefore has higher status. Instead of looking for a win-win, giving the people the info they're looking for (they just asked where he was going to shop at the shopping mall), he got himself in a win-lose situation and escalated the conversation, especially by raising his voice and continually interrupting. Why was he fighting for? What did he hope to win-- a bucket of hassle? Oh yeah -- his "reasons."
I haven't had a conflict like this in forever. Has MBTI changed my life? Maybe I'm just getting systematically lazier as I get older.
So as NTs, has MBTI improved your social ability? Opened doors? Smoothed things over? We'd all like to hear!