Which type do you think that is?
I've seen a lot of NFPs on this site talk about how they have slight problems with MBTI because it boxes them in or somehow prevents them from fully expressing their individuality. That really doesn't make sense, but that's how some people feel about it. Although, my point with that is that even people on this site may still have a problem with it in that regard.I don't really agree with the NFP thing, although the reasoning makes sense. Before it was taken off, this site showed the number of viewers for each temperment and NF's always tore shit up in quantity by something like 5 to 1 over SJ's. If we don't like being boxed in, how come we're the most likely to USE the tool overall? I think SJ's can think it's all theoretical BS, SP's are interested but think it's too abstract, NT's think's its cool but wonder if Robots have a type, and NF's think "SHIT YEAH, Now I can finally be SEEN?!" I personally can't predict who would feel boxed in.... Maybe introverts in general?
It's probably dual, or perhaps a bit of a conflict for them. They want to search for their unique identity, so it looks good for self-understanding, but then some (especially those who are not as strong in their preferences, or are coming across bad descriptions of types, temperaments and functions) might feel boxed in.I've seen a lot of NFPs on this site talk about how they have slight problems with MBTI because it boxes them in or somehow prevents them from fully expressing their individuality. That really doesn't make sense, but that's how some people feel about it. Although, my point with that is that even people on this site may still have a problem with it in that regard.
And it's just an observable trend, not a rule...
I am an INFP, and personally, I have my own personal riot towards MBTI although I can't stop reading about it and somehow I'm a bit obsessed.Which type do you think that is?
I think people make this connection because there are so many "infps" on personality boards, and they are most in the spotlight. Usually the first type that comes to mind when assorted qualities are brought up, regardless of whether they fit, is infp! infp! infp! (whose the most sensitive type? infp! whose the most volatile? infp! who desires love the most? infp!) it's like... there are several other types to consider in all these equations, and yet the focus is always on infps'.Not NFPs :dry:....this "theory" does not hold water in reality, as NFPs are two types which embrace MBTI so wholeheartedly their presence on boards such as this is overwhelming. Many prominent MBTI authors identify as INFP, and Isabel Myers, the one who created these categories, was INFP herself. To suggest that we reject MBTI and claim being type-less is ludicrous in face of the facts. I mean - just look around, this place is crawling with self-identifying INFPs!
I agree with the INFPs in here that it was a relief to discover my type. It's comforting to fit into a box! My whole life I've felt alienated - I felt strangely connected to other people & "understood" by finding my type.
My observation: often, when a supposed NFP questions the MBTI "boxes", it turns out they mistyped. Of course the "box" did not resonate when they were picking the wrong one....
I read in some MBTI book (not one of the better ones - can't remember what it was) that INTPs are supposedly the most skeptical of the system and will reject it and its "boxes". However, we all know INTPs get pretty into MBTI also....they are probably the next most common type around here, after INFPs.
I also notice that when people don't choose to list a type, it turns out they are/were NTs or Sensors. There are a few possible reasons for this - S and T functions may be more skeptical for different reasons (distrust of theory or determining flaws in it, respectively); Sensors get a bad rap around here and may not be taken seriously with that S badge.
Anyhow, I am tired of this stereotype, because what happens is, when someone who cannot decide on a type asks for help, if they note that they have considered an NFP type, then people use this erroneous idea as the reason they are probably NFP. It is very, very poor reasoning and should not be used to type people. Labeling someone NFP based on not being to decide on a type is reinforcing the idea that MBTI is just unfounded stereotypes. Now you have made it into the very box they are avoiding.