You are You

Today, I am going to indulge in one of my small obsessions: the Myers Briggs Typology Index, more commonly called MBTI or just personality testing. You may have heard of it; it’s the one with the four funky letters: E (extroversion) or I (introversion); N (iNtuition) or S (sensing); F (feeling) or T (thinking); J (judging) or P (perceiving).

Contrary to popular belief, you do not determine your type by deciding if you’re an E or an I, an N or an S, etc. No, there are these things called functions, based on the four middle letters, that basically explain how you greet the world. There’s not just iNtuition; you can introvert it or extrovert it. And that happens with Sensing, Feeling, and Thinking. Your personality type has an order of functions, with the dominant one being the primary one you use. E/I and J/P orders what order they come in. If you’re an extrovert, your dominant function will be extroverted (expressed). If you’re an introvert, your dominant function will be introverted (internal). EJ’s and IP’s share a pattern, and EP’s and IJ’s share a different pattern. What that means is that ESFJ is not the more orderly version of the ESFP; their functions are completely different! Here’s a really basic overview of the types. I will confess I’m not expert on this, and I still get confused deciding between Te and Ti (I’m best at determining Fe and Fi, because they are what finally helped me figure out the difference between INFP, my Dad’s type, and INFJ, my type). Image

Now, I know a lot of people think this whole typology stuff is a lot of silly nonsense. And I agree that we as people are waaaaay more complex and can’t really be defined as one of only 16 groups. But I think it does have its uses. It helps us see some of our weaker areas, and opens our eyes to parts of our personality that we hadn’t thought about before.

And for those of us in the rarer types, it helps us see that we’re not alone. It’s actually really kind of weird, because a lot of times I connected to characters in books that have the same type as me, and I didn’t realize it until after I learned about MBTI. And then I say, “OH. That’s why I had such an affinity for that character.” And then I go onto INFJ-tumblr posts and say, “OHMYGOSH THAT’S SO ME.” So, I appreciate it because I know there are finally others like me out there. 

In conclusion: here is a nice little overview of the types. And there are charts like this for pretty much any fandom you can think of, plus funny things like MBTI types saying “Sorry, you have to die.” It’s very amusing. If you know your personality type already or end up becoming as obsessed with this as I am (sorry), comment what you are! 

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 But never forget that you are an individual, way more beautiful and complex to be completely defined by these types. As Dr. Seuss said, “Today, you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” 

Have a lovely day and stay warm!

Epylle Spydre

 

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Why Different Is Delicious!

A friend asked me to blog about key lime pie. So here I go.

First of all, why do we call it KEY lime pie? Why are key limes so different from normal limes? According to Wikipedia, key limes have a more tart and bitter flavor, and that makes them more unique, and apparently, more delicious. I’ve never actually compared different types of limes, so I wouldn’t know.

But that leads me to a different thing that will take this from a blog about the mundane topic of food to the deeper topics of philosophy! Yay for philosophy! Sorry (insert name of friend who asked me to write about key lime pie), this might not be the direction you believed this post would take, but it’s my blog, so HA!

Okay. I was thinking about how I said that the key lime’s unique flavor makes it delicious. If you apply that to humanity, you could say that as a species, we value uniqueness and originality. Now, given our history, you may not think this. You see, there is this little thing called racism, and it tends to do the opposite of valuing differences: racism tries to get rid of people who don’ t look like you. But think about this: if we didn’t value uniqueness, would we have different clothes the way we do? Different houses? What about art and music? If we didn’t value uniqueness, we wouldn’t create. That is one of the beautiful distinctions of humanity: our creativity.

We are all different; of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, you are uniquely you. ISN’T THAT SO COOL? Sorry, that was off topic. But everybody is special, and as cliché as that sounds, it’s true. Recently, I’ve become only slightly obsessed with personality types. They’re so cool, and if you share my fascination, tell me so that we can be nerds together. But it’s kind of interesting that we can take all of the crazy, wacky, uniquely-you personalities of the world and try to confine them to only 16 personality types. Though, it is kind of creepy when you read your type, and you say, “OHMYGOSH MIND READING IS OFFICIALLY POSSIBLE!” Why am I getting so off-topic today? Sorry about that. Okay, so all of our brains are different, despite what we think after reading our personality types, and so that gives us the ability to contribute ideas to the world that are uniquely ours. Okay, that sounded weird. Let me rephrase that. We are all different from each other, which makes us all creative in our own special way. Our brains love to create, to innovate.

And because we love uniqueness, we do create. The wheel, the printing press, the smallpox vaccine, the Mona Lisa, Ziploc bags, facebook, modern art made out of wire hangers from our closet, jazz, Doctor Who. The list could go on and on and on and on… And we love these things! Actually, we don’t love all of these things, which is why we create our own version of it! You don’t like country, so you decide to write hard rock songs. My sister doesn’t enjoy modern art, but she’s an awesome photographer. We are all so different, but that is what makes us amazing. And, as I’ve said in other blog posts, we are loving creatures. As humans, we love other people, and we love to love them. And we love them (I know I said love waaaaay too many times, sorry) because they are different from us! If I was stuck with a million me’s forever, I would probably go crazy. But if you were in the same position, so would you. We love our differences, even though so many things tell us that that we shouldn’t. We love uniqueness so much that they even decided to make a pie out of a bitter, tart lime.

But it tastes delicious, so I’m glad they did.

Epylle Spydre