Ne-Fi ramble, read at your peril, yadda yadda. Sorry for the academic-thesissy thread title.
At first exposure, I was skeptical of MBTI, cognitive functions, and particularly the Enneagram (which seemed like hokey new-agey BS). However, PerC has taught me a lot about people -- in particular, why they react to things the way they do and the nature of their ethical code (the structure behind it and how it was formed).
Sure it's qualitative and full of holes, but I don't think this knowledge would have been feasible before the internet. A very diverse group (in just about every sense) forming a network where good ideas slowly bubble to the top and bad ones thud through a hole in the floor. Where people (mostly...) challenge each other and support each other's growth. Anyway, it certainly wouldn't have been feasible for me to have this knowledge, with my "I have to experience it to understand it" brain. Prior to PerC, I certainly noticed patterns behind others' thinking, but I didn't have this rich an understanding of them.
I often think about how online text, as a medium, influences the nature of interactions here.
Smileys are a symbol for how words are intended. They're much simpler to decode than body language/vocal tone, even when used ironically. And if smileys are absent and it's not carefully spelled out in words(/font styles/gifs/creative punctuation), it's easy to make errors in gauging emotional subtext, even for people who offline are great at figuring that sort of thing out. Therefore, online, those people are (generally) more aware that misreading emotional subtext happens. I think that helps level the playing field in an interesting way.
Another thing that I think does is knowledge of typology. If an INTJ says a comment that sounds jack-assy, you learn that it quite possibly actually...isn't. That certain things need to be spelled out when addressing an IxTP that wouldn't need to be spelled out when addressing an ENFP (and vice versa, I'm sure).
Anyway, I'm curious about your thoughts on this. (All types welcome to comment.)
Oh! Also curious to hear your observations about the different writing styles of the various types. That I find fascinating. (Like this "oh!" bit edited in at the end of my post. Pretty xNxP of me. The constant parentheses too. And is the expressive punctuation and formatting especially common with ENFPs? Hm.)
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