I'm a lefty, and a very strong one - I write, kick footballs and throw basketballs with my left, and my right eye is strongly dominant. Despite trying to use my right hand as much as possible when I was a kid, the only thing I habitually do with my right hand is use a mouse. I used left-handed scissors in primary school but eventually learned to use the evil right-handed scissors that are shaped exactly to dig into my thumb when I use them :-) I find some things that are biased towards right handers very awkward - I was terribly bad at Guitar Hero even after activating the lefty flip, as the controller is still designed for right handed use and I couldn't reach a couple of the controls playing left-handed. Or maybe I'm just a bit unco!
Personality types(43 posts) (16 voices)
When I play FPSs, I still invert the Y-axis, but only on consoles.
Why all the hate on psychology? Measuring something like a personality is very difficult. Nobody thinks it's definitive.
And honestly, if I thought psychology was that worthless I would just save myself the pain and shoot myself. I'm betting my life on the efficacy of therapy. I think it's a reasonable bet to make. Even if it's a very young field of science.
@Elemenope: what kind of personality type is FPSS? =P
@zach: I'm in the same boat, but I went to four accredited psychologists before the fifth diagnosed me with anything significant.
Unlike the first four, the fifth was a psychiatrist, ie, a real doctor.
Zach: I'm not hating psychology. I love psychology. I have a degree in it, trained in treating mental illness, and work with all sorts of people all the time. This test is not good for anything real. When you do extensive neuropsych testing on someone, this isn't that. Myer-Briggs should never be used as a pre-employment screen to see if you'll be a good fit there. My employer used a similar test not for hiring, but to attempt to color-code name badges with personality type. There, I am "direct" and labeled "red". I'm told this is a common label for the docs. Many people who know the color scheme see my badge and exclaim that I couldn't possibly be red because I'm all calm and nice. I'd say both are a delicate act of how I finesse my job balanced with who I am. But it also belies a misunderstanding of those who assume things about me based on a personality test. I don't believe there is any evidedence that it should or even can be used this way. It was never meant to.
Kinda like asking why I hate animals when I tell you flying pink unicorns aren't real. Or asking why I hate antibiotics when I tell you I rarely prescribe ampicillin.
@noelle sry that was mostly a kneejerk to custador lol. his comment just stung a little cause i'm in a rough spot and i'm banking so much on therapy doing me some good.
@zach: yeah, it's hard to commit to a therapist when you doubt if it's the right one, especially when you are in a difficult situation.
Been there, done that.
After a few meetings, you should be able to get an idea if it's the right therapy for you.
Eventually it will worth it.
It was for me.
My psychologist is very analytic I think which is something I'd expect I'd prefer but I'm not so sure at this point. It's mostly been me explaining stuff to him, giving him my background and all. Thanks for the encouragement though. I get terribly pessimistic pretty easily now.
Zach, I've found that even a therapist who's generally pretty useless will at the very least be there to listen. Just having someone there to listen while you talk things out can really help you work things out in your own mind. Hang in there, you're not alone. (hugs)
@zach: I feel you.
Stick with your current therapist for a while.
If you have doubts, ask him and let him explain you the path he wants to take with you.
If you are not satisfied with the answer, change therapist.
I had to try several before I found one that actually made any difference, but that difference was very significant and has greatly improved the quality of my life.
Looking back, it was a very difficult and frustrating process but ultimately worth it.
Further, consider that 1) your current life is hard and 2) you are young and with the years you will learn a lot about yourself.
Things will improve, so be strong.
In my family at least, there is a corelation between F and Christianity, T and atheism. That is to say, everyone in my family that's a confirmed thinking type is an athiest, and everyone that's a confirmed feeling type is some variety of Christian.
Out of curiosity, Julie, have you looked at the enneagram?
I've looked at the enneagram. I found it to be very confusing, especially once it goes into levels, directions, and instincts. I couldn't find a test to take, but I think I'm a type five with a bit of four. It was funny reading the description because it mentioned Fives hope that eventually, as they understand reality on their own terms, they will be able to rejoin the world and participate in it, but they never feel they know enough to participate with total confidence.
That is exactly what I've always felt, but I've never known how to describe it. It just always felt like I was missing something that everyone else instinctively understood. Like, I've always felt embarrassed about music because other people always know what music to listen to and which new bands are good, but I'm always very out of touch with that and it feels like it's something I have to spend time on and teach myself when other people just naturally know. It always seems like there's a right or wrong answer to "What music do you like?"
Just an example.
But I don't really know how to figure out what my whole personality is with that thing.
This'll identify a possible tritype, but I think that you'd be better off looking at the core fears.
Anyway, I ask because it seems to me that some enneagram types would also be more likely to cling to a religion, for various reasons, 6 in particular.
"We have named personality type Six The Loyalist because, of all the personality types, Sixes are the most loyal to their friends and to their beliefs. They will “go down with the ship” and hang on to relationships of all kinds far longer than most other types. Sixes are also loyal to ideas, systems, and beliefs—even to the belief that all ideas or authorities should be questioned or defied. Indeed, not all Sixes go along with the “status quo”: their beliefs may be rebellious and anti-authoritarian, even revolutionary. In any case, they will typically fight for their beliefs more fiercely than they will fight for themselves, and they will defend their community or family more tenaciously than they will defend themselves.
The reason Sixes are so loyal to others is that they do not want to be abandoned and left without support—their Basic Fear. Thus, the central issue for type Six is a failure of self-confidence. Sixes come to believe that they do not possess the internal resources to handle life’s challenges and vagaries alone, and so increasingly rely on structures, allies, beliefs, and supports outside themselves for guidance to survive. If suitable structures do not exist, they will help create and maintain them."
Since any MBTI type can be any enneagram type, I'd imagine that it's the combo between the two that's more important than one or the other.
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