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For what purpose do you use typology?

  • Satisfying my curiosity about human personality/psychology

    Votes: 52 76.5%
  • Intellectual stimulation, having a theory to discuss and play with

    Votes: 40 58.8%
  • Understanding myself

    Votes: 49 72.1%
  • Improving relationships with family/friends/partner

    Votes: 27 39.7%
  • Becoming a better parent

    Votes: 4 5.9%
  • Personal growth

    Votes: 36 52.9%
  • Finding people similar to me

    Votes: 19 27.9%
  • Dating

    Votes: 12 17.6%
  • Professional development, e.g. improving my communication/leadership/teamworking skills

    Votes: 12 17.6%
  • Deciding who to hire or how best to use my staff

    Votes: 2 2.9%
  • Understanding my customers/students/patients/clients/etc.

    Votes: 5 7.4%
  • Improving my performance as a student, e.g. understanding my learning style

    Votes: 7 10.3%
  • Helping me figure out what I want to do with my life

    Votes: 19 27.9%
  • Understanding the psychological aspects of other disciplines, e.g. literature or politics

    Votes: 14 20.6%
  • Creating fictional characters

    Votes: 7 10.3%
  • Spiritual development

    Votes: 15 22.1%
  • Other (please specify)

    Votes: 2 2.9%

  • Total voters
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Please choose all that apply, and feel free to elaborate in the thread.

Some of the options may overlap with each other, but still seemed worth having as separate poll choices.
 

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A different perspective from which to view and analyze human behaviors and interaction.

I probably hang around here because there aren't a ton of people around me IRL who like to have deeper discussions with.

Voted for the top two.
 

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Voted for the second and third options.

I think I originally got into typology to understand myself, but now I just enjoy the theory.
 

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Personally I feel that above all it should be used for the personal growth, and to reverse the preconceived ideas that filter reality to our eyes.
Because, as I five I can relate too much to the intellectual stimulation (2nd option), and I'd feel what I am misunderstanding everything if I take it as a game, because literally this can change my life for the better, and that is TNT that would be lost if I only threw myself to do what I have always done haha. I'd only go back into the shell :/
 

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Started out as just being interested in taking psych tests online and reading about things like the Big 5 or even the greek temperaments. Became very interested in mbti and the enneagram eventually. Started out as something to examine myself but I love categorizing other people into these systems too. It's interesting to see how people tick
 

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I've used MBTI specifically quite a lot for professional development. Typology and MBTI hasn't been of much use to me on a personal level though.
 

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I chose the first one—people fascinate me.
 

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To make it easier to understand other people's motivations and help them walk together w/me towards a goal I guess.
 

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I felt all fit except creating fictional characters.
Jungian ideas and typology is on my mind every day.

I always factor it in regardless of what decision I'm taking.
I've yet to stumble across any better method of taking decisions in relation to people,
except perhaps rules of thumb, but those are of course heavily influenced by typology also.
They just stop me from over analyzing all the time.
They are basically prejudices I've developed to allow me to become more effective,
as I cannot waste my time in every single interaction getting to know someone fully,
just to make a decision.

Socionics type relations are marvelous in that regard.
Hence I have a big bias towards my own quadra Gamma,
and people with negative relations get discriminated against in my daily life.
Like if I have a choice between an interaction between my conflictor or my activator,
I will of course chose my activator, unless there is a good reason not to.
But when all factors are equal this weights in heavily.

For example I just ditched a service provider who was EII to switch to a LII.
The EII was in way over his head, refusing to admit it,
and hoping I wouldn't notice so I would continue giving him money for crap work.
He had started taking shortcuts, basically cheating and lying.

Before typology I might have given him the benefit of the doubt,
but knowing the moral chasm between Gamma and Delta, I took no chances,
and the information I got from the LII proved that he was under performing in an extreme way.

The LII on the other hand was very meticulous, going over all variables,
and giving me service and tips beyond my wildest expectations.
I would have spent much more money and time before I discovered the problem if not for typology.
 
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