Greetings, in this short article I address the benefits and limits of the MBTI as I see them.
On the Meyers-Briggs test I am given the result of a marginal ENFJ. This means I am somewhere between an ENFJ and INFJ. Conversely, I am adept at mimicking ESTP, ISTP, and at times ESFP.
The results make sense because if you knew me you’d see how people-oriented I am.
For those of you who study the functions: I am a heavy Fe and Se user. Thanks to having STJ parents I have been adept at developing my Fi, Ne, Si and Te functions. Learning this on Meyers-Briggs test helped me put my weaknesses in concrete terms.
The test is very insightful and conceptual. However, that is where its usefulness ends; people CAN be understood in a logical pattern but in the end people are not mere collections of blocks to be studied. Such an objectifying approach can dehumanize the very people the test aims to understand.
The test is a guide, nothing more.