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Myers-Briggs Thing by Pseudolonewolf Myers-Briggs Thing by Pseudolonewolf
WELL. I bet nobody has any interest in this, but I thought I'd upload it anyway!1

I've been wanting to make something like this for ages, because I find this system so fascinating and useful, but a lot of people don't seem to understand it beyond doing a quick online test and getting a four-letter code to apply to themselves. I'm not fond of those tests; while they can give you a vague idea of your type, the only way to really know it for sure is to understand what the system actually *means*. And I think you can learn about yourself, others, and how to make other people happy by realising how these functions work!

So I spent a while making this... and while I hope that at least one person will get something out of it, even if nobody does, I suppose I got some personal satisfaction from doing it, or something.

I've only known about the system for a few months, and I wrote all this off the top of my head based on my understanding of it, so if you know about Myers-Briggs and see anything wrong here, I'll be happy to change it!
If there's anything that's unclear or which makes no sense, I'd love to hear about that, too, so then I can edit this to be more informative.

I know that many people have no interest in - or actively dislike - personality type model things, but I really do think that the world would be a better place if people at least *understood* them, so then they had a better idea of how to treat others...
I wish I'd known about this a few years ago, because it would have cleared up a lot of insecurities and concerns that I had!
The incredible usefulness of it is what makes me want to share it all the time.

Anyway, yes! Myers-Briggs! What's your type? Did reading this make you aware of your type, or how your type works if you already knew it?

If nothing else, it could be good for planning fictional characters' personalities in a varied and consistent way. That's one of the main uses I have for it.
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ForlanceAbice1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I might as well post this comment from the following.
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The MBTI system is by no means perfect. Far from it.
That isn't to say that it does not have its merits however.
It must be said though that the MBTI isn't a so called "personality test/quiz".
It is more of an evaluator/assessment sorter that defines how you gather, process and
act on the information from the world around you.

I.E: Though an INTJ and INTP may be listed as the stereotypical smart guy, it does not mean that the person
who has this type may be smart necessarily. Sure, perhaps in one area maybe. But the MBTI system has its flaws that must be taken into account
along with other factors and information from other similar assessment tools like the Ennaegramn, the Big Five, and so forth.

To me, the MBTI is a sort of tertiary/auxiliary assessment that should be used in conjunction with other systems that catalog other variables.
I.E: The Ennegramn would seem more along the line of defining core personality, where as the MBTI lays out processes of that.
It should also be noted that all systems are designed by humans, and will inherently have flaws that come with it, one way or another.


The MBTI also has some difficulties in account for when people may hold equal or near equal similarities between two or more so called "personality types."

I myself am a INTP/Ennegramn Type 5 for example. Though I am primarily an INTP, like the Ennegramn, I also have support/tertiary types as wings.
Those would be the ISTP and INTJ respectively.
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OnTheOffChance Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm an INFP (I took a bunch of different tests and read a lot) and I try to get a hold of how functions stack and I have to say, this helped a lot. Thank you!
Just one thing, in the "Finding your type" section you wrote "you should think about whether you extravert your perceiving or judging function". Okay, but answering the following questions I find it hard to tell that my perceiving function N is extraverted since S and N are kind of harder to grasp than F and T. And for the questions you listet my strong developed F would scream "I empathise! Feelings!" and it would ignore my N even though it is actually clearly Fi and Ne in my case and not Ni and Fe. But ultimately it would lead to a completely wrong stack/profile if I tried to follow the steps.
I know asking about which function is extraverted also gives an answer about which one is intraverted, but sometimes when following step-by-step instructions it's not so obvious. So maybe you could clear this up a little? With a question about whether or not your judging is extravert or intravert? Or is it just me and T won't differentiate as easily between Te and Ti for someone with high developed Thinking as F does for Feelers? Hm.

Anyway, on a side note, I found a lot of INFJs trying to help and explain MBTI and cognitive functions in some way on my research. I find this to be interesting and plausible, Fe on its finest so to speak. :)
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SecretKeeper33 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
I loved this explanation. When trying to decide your type, do you look at functions to get your 4 letters or vise versa?
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Pseudolonewolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear that you liked it. The four letters are just a shorthand way of saying what functions someone has, so you'd need to know your own functions before being sure of your four letters, and you can work out someone's functions by looking at their four letters.
I actually made a Myers-Briggs test recently that you may be interested in! personality.alorafane.com/?pag…
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Abstract-scientist Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing explanation!

Yay I'm INTP btw :3
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monkfishlover Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm an INTJ! :la: :dummy:
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Dancingtroughthefog Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I love how this post seems to attract INTP's :) very nice, thank you
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gigazelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic - I was just talking about this the other day with one of my coworkers. Prior to reading this, I was under the impression that I flop between 'I' and 'E', as well as 'T' and 'F', however I've realized I'm a bit more polar than that.

I am authentically an INTP, however more of an "extroverted introvert" - I thoroughly enjoy social interactions, however despite how much I love it, it still exhausts me. Just because I enjoy being around people does not make me an 'E' - I recharge by being alone, which makes me an 'I'. An outgoing 'I', but still an 'I'.
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Feraligate Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
This was really interesting to read. :D
I took surveys but apparently I can never seem to find an accurate one.
So it looks like I'm INTP. I wonder who else would get this.
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SpikelyWhiplash Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
There's a much simpler way to notate your personality type (which I made up just now). It only uses three letters, but it conveys the same amount of information.

Dominant Function, Social Type, Auxiliary Function

So, for the example of INFJ, I is the Social Type, F is the Dominant Function, and N is the Auxiliary Function.

Thus, INFJ --> FiN

You can also replace the Social Type "Extraverted" with "Outgoing", making each personality type phonetically distinct.

ISTP --> SiT ("seat")
ISTJ --> TiS ("tizz")
ISFP --> SiF ("sift")
ISFJ --> FiS ("fizz")
INTP --> NiT ("neat")
INTJ --> TiN ("tin")
INFP --> NiF ("knife")
INFJ --> FiN ("fin")
ESTP --> SoT ("sought")
ESTJ --> ToS ("toss")
ESFP --> SoF ("soft")
ESFJ --> FoS ("foes")
ENTP --> NoT ("knot")
ENTJ --> ToN ("tone")
ENFP --> NoF ("noff")
ENFJ --> FoN ("phone")
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SurverGhostdeviant Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Have you noticed the amounts of INFJ's are usually very artistic, and in some cases autistic?
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silvershoelaces Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The same could be said for basically any Myers-Briggs type, though; I've heard so many varied speculations on the subject, some of which claim that ISTJ and INTJ are the most common types on the spectrum...and some that say INTP is a better label for autism. But there is no clear evidence linking any one Myers-Briggs type or function to autism, and no clear correlation thereof (especially since there have been very few studies at all concerning Myers-Briggs itself, let alone correlations between it and developmental disorders). They are all speculations, after all. So unless you mean to say that roughly 1% of INFJs seem to be autistic (which would make sense, given the 1% of society as a whole that is autistic), then your "in some cases" statement...well, needs some cases as examples. To put it in less analytic and Te terms, watch what you say, because you might end up inadvertently insulting both INFJs and autistic individuals, regardless of your intentions with your statement. (If you are one or either of those things, though, then I hope I didn't offend you, as that was not my intention at all....then again, it might be typical of a thinky INTJ like me to accidentally offend people by warning them to try to avoid offending people. Whoops.)

As for art, well, that makes sense. INFJs have Ni and Fe, making them both abstract and expressive, two traits that are very good for artists to have. And since their tertiary Ti can be self-judging, it is a great blend of traits for an artist to have. Even their inferior Se can be useful, for inspiration, maybe!

In that way, I suppose Te/Fi individuals have to work harder to be artists; emotional expression does not come naturally to us the way it does to Fe/Tis, and thus we tend to be more calculating, precise, or technical with our art. And our inclination toward "objectivity" is probably not so conducive to the "subjective" practice of art.
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Eyecelphil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is interesting!! Really is! At some points alittle vague, and at other points nicely clear! I like how you did the style of the tutorial! Simple in a nice way :)
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Pseudolonewolf Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you! Do you know your type? Did this help to confirm it, or maybe it gave you an idea of what it could be?!
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Eyecelphil Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I don't.. I don't understand it.. But at some points I did. You have those.. no. >_< But reading it all is interesting.. It makes me wonder. I can recoqnize myself mostly in the introverted column. Yes, it did gave me a vague idea..
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phoenix3132 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A couple months ago I actually looked into this. It's definitely an interesting concept. I found out that my type is INFJ, and after reading this, I can say it's accurate.
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