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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.
 

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If you recognize that learning MBTI type is the FIRST step in the process of self-discovery and not the end result, then yes it can be a major help in your life. If you are someone who just wants a label and then to go about your normal business then you are vulnerable to using the type information in non-constructive ways. MBTI is really the gateway to the world of Jungian psychological theory. The real meat and potatoes is there (you begin to realize the functions may not be as important in determining how you are, and you learn of the strength of the other complexes).

If all you do is focus on the four letter type code, then you might as well have taken a SLOAN test and just gotten a psychometric evaluation of who you are in that moment and gone about your merry way. But if you want to understand the "why" of how you are, not just the what then MBTI is a great first step (many people are only interested in the what, and some aren't really in it for themselves but rather to figure something or someone else out).
 

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I find it helpful, because at first, I was a very shy and self-conscious person, and I didn't often see my qualities and gifts -- whenever someone would compliment me, I would get suspicious and assume they were saying nice things out of 'pity' -- but this objective test affirmed the praise I was getting from my 'suspicious' sources and gave me confidence. It also explained in great detail eveverything I couldn't verbalize about myself... It was great to see myself laid out in words on a sheet that I could internalize and share with others. I felt "found" after reading my results. Moreover, it explicitly stated what I needed to work on in my life.
 

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If you recognize that learning MBTI type is the FIRST step in the process of self-discovery and not the end result, then yes it can be a major help in your life. If you are someone who just wants a label and then to go about your normal business then you are vulnerable to using the type information in non-constructive ways. MBTI is really the gateway to the world of Jungian psychological theory. The real meat and potatoes is there (you begin to realize the functions may not be as important in determining how you are, and you learn of the strength of the other complexes).

If all you do is focus on the four letter type code, then you might as well have taken a SLOAN test and just gotten a psychometric evaluation of who you are in that moment and gone about your merry way. But if you want to understand the "why" of how you are, not just the what then MBTI is a great first step (many people are only interested in the what, and some aren't really in it for themselves but rather to figure something or someone else out).
Well that was the mindset I came in with, it's the one I want to hold onto, but almost subconciously it appears to be slipping away.
 
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