I think an awful lot of us don't fall into distinct categories. I'm not an extrovert or an introvert, I'm an extroverted introvert. I'm not exclusively a feeler, I'm a thinking feeler! I think personality types are interesting up to a degree, as guidelines, but I think we generally exist on sliding scales, a smattering of this, a percentage of that, rather than exclusively inhabiting a single pigeon hole. Or do I only 'feel' that way because I'm over 'thinking'?

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spencertimmerman says...

There's more to mbti then the four letter code. Your four letter code is actually a simplified version! Jungian typology is based off of four functions which each have an introverted and extroverted variant. I could explain it, but this article from personalityhacker does it much better than I could: http://www.personalityhacker.com/are-you-an-ambivert-personality/

-INFP

Guest (not verified) says...

As with all things - a center of gravity may be found (& it's useful) for personality types but the border is going to be fuzzy (likely fractal.

Bard says...

I think these "types" are tendencies, what we feel comfortable with and tend to revert to, if you will. And maybe the traits where our firmest strengths lie. Somewhat related to your comment, I didn't keep records of when I first took a Myers-Briggs test years ago, but I'm fairly certain that I'm less extreme on all the dimensions now (at 65) than then, especially introversion. We're meant to learn and grow as we live, and part of that is both accepting ourselves as we are and incorporating new skills and approaches.

velvetcactus (not verified) says...

A university professor wrote a book somewhat recently on his hypothesis that we have fixed and free traits. Using his own experience, he gives an example: His classes are so popular there are waiting lists to get in. He is funny and very animated while in class but often right after can be found recharging his battery in the washroom! (He hates it when others recognize his shoes!) For some of us we identify as ambiverts- we change with the situation. As extroversion is highly prized in our society, we had to learn to be more extroverted. You can go to a party and mix and mingle but you are likely to leave early because you would rather be curled up on the couch reading in front of the fireplace,
with Fido by your side. Does that sound familiar to anyone?

kennhinds says...

Partynader thanks for the link. I actually just posted something much on the same subject, not knowing about the true theory

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