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While exposure to the ideas of MBTI led to greater personal awareness and growth, I still seem to be stuck with the legacy of the MBTI language, since I first learned about it at a fairly early age. Then when I try to talk about things along these lines with someone who has not been i̶n̶d̶o̶c̶t̶r̶i̶n̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ educated with MBTI, I sometimes struggle for words as I am so used to the MBTI related language.

At the same time, I often don't really feel it is helpful to try and explain a whole set of MBTI ideas just to explain something.

I am curious as to how others use some of the insights they may have gained from knowledge of MBTI in day to day discussions without resorting to either the language of MBTI (and the explanation that goes with it)?

Ideally I would actually like to stop using this specialised language in general and move back towards language that everyone understands.

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It's very easy. The awareness of MBTI helps in a very great deal.

The easiest example ever: You go to some interesting place or attend to some interesting event, the following set of types will very generally be interested in following things:

xSFx: Was it fun, did you have a good time?
xSTx: Why did you go there, what did you do at that place/event exactly?
xNFx: What kind of people were there, what was the overall atmosphere of the place?
xNTx: Where was that place, how did it look like, what was the lineup of the event?

Following the dominating cognitive functions, with first questions in mind, it goes also like this:

Te: What convinced you to go there, what sort of fun was held in that place, how did you end up there?
Ti: What was the lineup of that event, when did it take place, what did you do there and how did you do it?
Ne: How can you describe this event, how where the performers like, any sort of incidents you encountered?
Ni: How did the night go, from beginning to the end? Would you go there next time if you got the chance?
Fe: How was it? Did you meet any interesting people there? Should we go there together next time?
Fi: What was the overall atmosphere of the place? what did you like and what did you not like there?
Se: What did you see or heard there? Were you having fun there? Was it awesome?
Si: Do you regret going there, or was it worth your while?

MBTI and cognitive functions theory offers limitless number of possibilities, especially on how to socialize with people in a way to engage and get to them. To understand their motivations, reasons for doing something and why they want something.
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