Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Been Awhile

I guess I'll come back here.

I've been on Tumblr lately, though I've found it to be an exercise in frustration. I've created and deleted accounts three times now.

Sometimes talking about type stuff feels like playing a constant game of whack-a-mole. The sheer amount of misinformation out there is astounding. I've criticized how overly simplistic a lot of official MBTI info is, but then I see how a lot of people don't understand basic things: like how your type doesn't change or what the basic attributes of the preferences are. Then I notice how people misunderstand what I'm trying to say and it makes me realize why they might simplify things. I think I'm much more of a " deep sea diver" intellectually speaking but a lot of people approach information at the surface level, regardless of whether you try to go in depth with them or not.

That sounds like snobbery, but it's not. It's weary resignation.

Anyhow, I have a lot I want to say, particularly about function fever and the danger of getting into complex stuff without understanding either the basics of the system or the fluidity that accompanies something that abstract. (It does not tell you what color you'll dye your hair or whether you'll prefer philosophy over neuroscience. I'm sorry, it just doesn't.) l'll save that for another time, though.

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1 comment:

LSolia said...

From the perspective of someone who isn't already proficient with MBTI theory, trying to learn more from online resources/communities is also incredibly frustrating. Simplified stereotypes are EVERYWHERE and it's pretty bloody ironic how die-hard some self-typed NTs are about typing others based on tangible interests (such as academic major or whether you like philosophy). I have to be very critical of every post I read online and it feels like while I may be able to rule some things out as being blatantly wrong, I'll never really know what is *right*.

p.s. I just found your blog recently but it's been a very interesting read!