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Understanding MBTI

Understanding the Ultimate Human Dilemma

To truly understand MBTI, you have to go back to the root discoveries on which it is based...
The foundational work of ​​ MBTI is from Carl G. Jung 's work during the turn of the 20th Century. Katharine Cook-Briggs and later daughter Isabel Briggs-Myers turned it into today's most widely used personality assessment tool in the world. I am here to tell you that yes, it is one of the greatest enlightenments to mankind, however, it has been horribly delivered to the world. MBTI is misused and misunderstood and the test itself gets it wrong more often than correct. Not because the questions are poorly written, but rather the average person answers them how they want to be perceived, or feel they should be since most of the time, it is done through their company.   

MBTI is useful because it provides a statistical sketch; a composite of the personality traits found within each of the 16 types. It does not mean any one person is 100% that type, however, the description of that type should be the one that most personally resonates. The best advice is to read all sixteen type descriptions and see which one stares back at you. It doesn't have to be 100%, but it should stand out as quite familiar. It is like Jung said in his book the Collective Unconscious , "if the average weight of a pebble in the riverbed is 140 grams, looking for a pebble that weighs 140 grams might prove to be a disappointment. There might not be a single pebble that weighs 140 grams." 

MBTI is based on four dichotomies as seen below. One of the confusing parts is the very first one: Extroversion and Introversion. In reality, we are all a little bit of both. The fourth dichotomy is likewise confusing, Judging vs Perceiving. What is important is what you can read from interacting with people on a daily basis, which is their actual hardware and software. They are either Intuitive or Sensing and then Thinking or Feeling. Besides which one comes first, that is the majority of what you need to read and know throughout your daily affairs. 
By removing the confusing layers of MBTI you arrive at the simplicity of it. First, the hardware. We are each born with a dominant ability to either interpolate the world, or, extrapolate it. This corresponds to Jung's Sensing and Intuition. Another way to think about this is those that are interpolating/sensing "things need to make sense to them." Whereas, those that are extrapolative/intuitive "make sense out of things." With a small amount of practice, you will see the dominant hardware of others as quickly as any other nuance of their person. 

Next is the software, which is what the average person believes would be the easiest to read is actually the hardest. This is thinking vs feeling. It is hard because it doesn't imply that those with dominant thinking software are dispassionate like Joe Friday from Dragnet, known for their tagline "just the facts maam, just the facts." Sure that is a give-a-way if they are, but most are not that obvious. Just like someone who is most clearly in the best when dealing with people in any way, are likely donminant feeling software. Yet many people are calculated and hard to read. You would think that those that can manipulate and harm others are thinkers vs feelers where in reality, those that are feelings have a much great gift of reading the senses of others for which to manipulate. 

Point is, the hardware is the most important, and, the easiest to read. 

Another important shortfall of MBTI is how they present it. As you can see below, for each of the 16 types they show both the dominant and non-dominant hardware and software functions, as though they are simply a "priority" of functions. In reality, the non-dominant hardware and software only exist in potential. Potential to be developed throughout your life as you experience difficult Conditions & Circumstances. If you have the right people in your life to use these stresses as scaffolds for maturity and growth, you become "ambidextrous" with your non-dominant functions and therefore both valuable and "team-able."
The answer to explaining the UHD  happens to be elegantly simple.

It is "The Frictions between the Functions." 

This means, that the majority of our struggles is as simple as the failure to recognize the differences in our brain's hardware functions. The definitions of the mathematical terms "interpolating" and "extrapolating" can be read and visualized as:
Neuroscience also supports the differences in our hardware. Those that are interpolative/sensing use the Dorsal System and those that are extrapolative/intuitive use the Ventral System. 

MBTI profiles only tell you how your brain prefers to:

1) Absorb the surrouding environment's available information.

2) Process that information to form an opinion or decision.
 
3) How open, or lack thereof, you are to changing that determined position when new information is provided.

How you are born - the simplicity of functions

The reality of the disportionate concentration of brain hardware