RickD wrote:Nicki wrote:I brought this up again because I've been reading a good book about the 16 personalities relating to career choices - finding a good career for you. It doesn't include a test - it just describes all the personalities really well, and confirmed to me that I'm an ISFJ. It gave me one new career idea at least. The personality descriptions helped me understand why I'm attracted to Christianity in some ways (I'm a traditionalist) and why I have trouble with it in other ways (being a Sensor, I tend to trust information from my five senses over what I can intuit or what might be behind the obvious).
To the skeptics like RickD, comparing it to astrology - so do you think everyone's just the same really - there are no personality types? Or do you think everyone's so unique there's no point trying to sort personalities out? As I said earlier, some people fit into the boxes more easily than others, but I've no doubt we all have different personalities and some people are much more like each other than others.
So perhaps your thinking is along the lines that there are at least 7 billion personality types? That's probably true in a way, but I think even the snowflakes could be grouped into a finite number of types. The difference with astrology is that I could probably choose one of the star sign personalities which was most like me but it's not likely to be the same one as what I was actually born under - I seem to remember thinking I was not much like an Aries which is what I'm supposed to be. It's pointless basing your personality assessment on when you were born - better to look at all the personality types someone's worked out (or take a test which will help you decide) and see what that can tell you about yourself.
I'm not saying it's the most fantastic thing ever - it just makes me feel kind of normal and special at the same time and helps me understand some of my reactions to things. I know my reactions to a lot of things already - that helped me know my type - but some things became clearer to me.