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two years ago I was 17. i turned 19 two months ago.

Your Type is
INTP
Introverted 100
Intuitive 12
Thinking 75
Perceiving 11


very expressed introvert
slightly expressed intuitive personality
distinctively expressed thinking personality
slightly expressed perceiving personality

based from the readout of the results, what can you say about the strength of my T preference?


did i ask that question correctly? XD
 

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It is generally assumed that your type will basically remain the same during your lifetime.

Bear in mind that not all those tests are equally reliable and that even your specific mood and condition of the moment may affect the outcome.

You could also be developing your secondary functions more.
 

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First question: Was it the same test all the times? Otherwise, that in itself could be enough of an explanation...

Secondly: as sarek pointed out, the tests are very unreliable, and can not be used to determine your type, without some kind of follow up. so while INTP could be wrong, also INFP might not be your true type, if you simply got that from a test, without any consultation.

Third: During your teens your tertiary function will develop more strongly. This will affect your test results.

However, the difference between INFP and INTP is actually the dominant function, so there should be an observable (for you) difference. Check http://personalitycafe.com/cognitiv...iled-descriptions-each-function-attitude.html and see if you relate more to Introverted Feeling (Fi) or Introverted thinking (Ti)... Also see which of Te and Fe you relate the least to.

INFP = Fi, Ne, Si, Te (in that order)
INTP = Ti, Ne, Si, Fe (in that order)
 

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I'm taking my information from here: http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/1037-how-personality-types-develop.html

Your tertiary function will not be totally non-existent before that age, but people generally start to develop a sense of their tertiary sometime during their teens, and refine it during their twenties. People on this forum tend to be more introspective than the general population, and are more likely to discover their functions earlier, in my experience.

This is very generally speaking, though, so in an environment that favours one function over the other tertiary may be stronger than auxiliary at the age of 19, or equally strong. Then again, if your auxiliary has not been favoured, it might be the auxiliary that is pushing through in your teens, though this would in most cases be during your early teens rather than the later.

What happens is that the tertiary and later auxiliary, helps the person to become a more well-balanced and rounded person.

However, in your case this would probably not affect the test results as you present them. What is more probably is that you either back then were, or now are, going through something which affects your test results.

I did also read in another of your posts that you do not relate the sensitive part of being an INFP. That is a warning flag for me, but of course not enough evidence in itself.
 

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can you elaborate this more please?

your reply was very helpful. :happy:
You can read this article on how cognitive functions develop:
personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/1037-how-personality-types-develop.html

And no you cannot change your MBTI type past mid-teens. It is generally believed that personality sets on at very early age <10 y.o. and it corresponds to how your brain is wired. It is not possible for your brain to re-wire itself at later age. Brain does change all the way into middle-age but these are not radical changes, such as change that would be required for you to become INTP.

Instead of doing tests you should read about functions themselves and use this information to determine your type. Tests posted online are very brief and often deliver inaccurate results. They are designed for those who haven't done any research into MBTI theory. The result is that they often mis-lead people. Some people get 3-4 different results when taking these tests! So I would suggest you spend a week reading up on MBTI theory instead of taking more tests to confuse yourself even further:
http://www.enfpforum.com/Wiki/tabid/56/Default.aspx?topic=Cognitive+Functions
Function Attitude
Fundamental Nature of the MBTI
MBTI Personality Type Dynamics
 

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Is it possible? Certainly. Keep in mind that MBTI is based on an outdated and incorrect theory that neural plasticity (the changing of your mind due to circumstances/learning) doesn't exist, which in fact it very importantly does. Of course, we can't blame the creators of MBTI for this, as neural plasticity research did not gain much ground until way after they had developed MBTI.
 

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Is it possible? Certainly. Keep in mind that MBTI is based on an outdated and incorrect theory that neural plasticity (the changing of your mind due to circumstances/learning) doesn't exist, which in fact it very importantly does. Of course, we can't blame the creators of MBTI for this, as neural plasticity research did not gain much ground until way after they had developed MBTI.
Would you say this plasticity is happening on high enough a level to affect the psysichal mapping of the Jungian functions (as I think you do)? Or are you talking about synaptic plasticity and function substitution?

I know very little in this area, but would like to understand recent research better... :happy:
 
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