In a nutshell, how would you say understanding these profiling systems has benefitted you in your life?
Yes I have found it very helpful. As a person with ASD, MBTI (and Jung) have helped me enormously by giving me a language to understand and differentiate parts of my own psyche and giving me a general idea about how others might perceive and judge the world around them.
Provided a glimpse into the diversity of human nature in a systematic way that I could understand. On many occasions it has been great for understanding differences in communication and conflict resolution. As someone with Asperger's Syndrome, I have found this system to be very helpful in understanding myself and others. I found it so helpful that I became a certified practitioner.
Personally, I find it helpful for a general understanding of where people might be coming from. For example, the woman walking 10 hours in NYC threads. One stance is about power, intimidation, and weakness. At first I want to reject and dismiss this point of view, but then I realize that this is a Feeling-based lens of the world. It is one way in which to determine what is agreeable or not. The opposing stance seems very much like a Thinking-based lens, objecting to what is being categorically associated with the word harassment. There's some introverted views in there too, where there is a belief that people should just leave other people alone in general on public streets. I just find different perspectives fascinating. In this case it is interesting because it feels like, even though on the surface they seem to be arguing about the same thing, but from an abstracted point of view, they are arguing two completely different things.
I like talking about MBTI. I can go on and on. I've gotten a few people interested in it that didn't know anything about it before. I've also changed people's views with the concepts. My ENFJ girlfriend used to judge introverted types as anti-social and weird. Now she understands that it's a normal personality type. I helped a psychologist friend see the differences too. It was especially important when dealing with autistic clients and their parents by setting the bar a little lower than expecting the norm to be extraverted social butterflies. I helped a couple of Thinking people realize and understand that their Feeling SO's are not just crazy and irrational people. The same for vice versa, that the Thinkers aren't just cold-hearted uncaring assholes. They both just have a different perspectives.
The MBTI gets a lot of flack for it's pseudoscience and general impracticality, which is a valid criticism. As far as I can tell though, it's a tool to promote recognition and tolerance of different personality preferences.I knew I'd be asked that sooner or later. To me, whilst it is interesting stuff to read, I have a hard time understanding how it could be put to any practical use.
Looking at your Enneagram, I definitely would have thought more ENFP. Apparently they are prone to mistype?This is MBTI 101, but it's amazing how many people IRL don't understand the difference between Introversion and shyness/anxiety. Learning this helped me put less pressure on myself to become an extrovert.
2nd most important thing is understanding my Fi. Having Fi can be annoying sometimes.
Therefore; might be extra important for INFPs/ISFPs to study up on this stuff?
Well they do say ENFP's are the most 'introverted of the extroverts' whatever that means.@agwood
7w6 describes me to a T at work. But when I'm at home, I'm all I. My Fi has gotten me in trouble with previous careers (just unwilling to do stuff that breaks values). I'm even theory-crafting about how to limit my time working with small groups, and replacing that with one on one time.