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What their type says about you

  • Published: 09-16-2017 Edited: 09-16-2017
  • If we consider that bonding positively affects our sympathy for other people, and sympathy is about understanding other peoples intentions and mindset, then we can deduce from this that if you lack bonding to someone then you will be less sympathetic towards this person, you will be less understanding of this persons intentions and mindset. From this it follows that, the longer the typological distance is between you and another person, the less bonding you probably have with this person.

    Typological distance between two people can be calculated like this:

    • Difference in E vs I, add one, otherwise do nothing
    • Difference in N vs S, add one, otherwise do nothing
    • Difference in T vs F, add one, otherwise do nothing
    • Difference in J vs P, add one, otherwise do nothing

    Then we get a minimum distance between two types at 0 and maximum distance at 4, mean value is 2.

    If you type people yourself, it is highly likely that you will type people based on how much sympathy you feel for them. The more you understand someone, the more similar to yourself you will type them. Your bonding with someone will affect your typing of them. In this way typology can become just a spectrum for how much sympathy you have for other people, like a self-centered science about your own values.

    So, I think a good personality typology, should type people not based on bonding / attachment / sympathy, and the types should have meaning, there should be things that can be communicated about types that correspond to our shared experience of reality. You should be able to be unsympathetic towards a person with your own type.