So it came up in another thread that a lot of people of other temperaments tend to view SJ's as pretty rigid and stuck in their ways. I know that for me, in some ways this is true and in some ways it's not. I do think the IF in me does make me hesitant to try new things and have new experiences, but I also think I'm good at empathizing with people and using that to see another side of an issue, making it easier for me to change my mind about something in discussions.
I have an ESTJ friend that's kind of interesting in that regard. For a while I thought he was a P because he seems pretty open to experiencing new things. However, when he took an MBTI assessment, he came out to be a very strong J. He kind of explained it to me a little...he's gone through a lot of different transitions in life, and that's made him more adaptable. He's also a major people person, so I think the E in him really motivates him to meet new people and enjoy doing things with them.
However, he does so many things that he uses a lot of organization and planning to fit everything in, and that's where you see the J in him come out. So I think he doesn't mind doing new things, it's just that he has to have them planned out really well, and there's only so much he's willing to change at the last minute.
So in general, how open to change are you? I know this is dependent on what you're talking about, so we can look at it from multiple angles.
So first off, how easy is it for you to try new things and have new experiences?
Second, how set in your habits are you?
Third, how adaptable are you when it comes to how you work and how you relate to other people?
Fourth, how open are you to new ways of thinking? Like, if you're having a discussion (especially a "big picture" one that's really theoretical), how easy is it for you to consider what the other person is saying and try to think about things in a new way?
And finally, do you think other people tend to find you overbearing or too rigid for them?
So I'm just kind of curious how different SJ types are similar and different when it comes to our comfort in structure and order, and how that affects our ability to change.