I was thinking that people who are weak in Ti probably have the most trouble typing themselves. I don't think it's about some people just not knowing who they really are - because let's face it, you'd have to be quite a simpleton if you don't, after so many years living within yourself. It seems to be more about arranging your knowledge of yourself into patterns and categorising everything correctly and orderly. Filing that under Ni, this under Fe etc. Like to me, I'm just a whole bunch of miscellaneous details in a big heap, sort of like my room. Does this detail go with that one or with this other one? I guess it could work with either really. Should I group things according to their different colours, to how much I use them, or maybe according to their different shapes? Am I an introvert or an extrovert? Well, depends really. Sometimes social activities infuse me with energy like you wouldn't believe - but many times, I just want to get away from everyone. But then, I have to consider the reasons for wanting to leave ... which come to think of it, shed a strange-coloured light on the situation .... uh, what was the question? There's just so many variables to take into consideration.
And I know that we can only really type each other based on behavioural patterns ... but that's disturbing to me being that I can have entirely different reasons for doing an identical thing twice. And being that some incident can cause me to completely change how I act - not that my thought processes have changed, but people can't read my mind, so they're not really relevant to the typing process. All people can see is how I act, what I say. They don't know that I was acting one way 'til I encountered this problem which caused me to alter my behaviour thusly until I met with this incident which made me start acting like this, then etc etc. until I'm virtually unrecognisable to 'who I was' originally. If someone actually sat down with the person they were trying to type and questioned them in detail about their life story, how they think, about their whys and wherefores ... then a plausible typing may result. But it seems that none of us do that. To the point that we butt in with type hypotheses while people are in the midst of explaining themselves - trying to be open and honest about their motivations! If we really want to type someone, we should be listening with both ears pricked, not breathing for fear of missing something of importance! lol Because all we can do is go by what the person is telling us, not by patterns in their posts or the way they act. It's easy to form an internally-consistent persona that doesn't stem from intrinsic personality traits. Patterns in someone's behaviour doesn't necessarily point to what their motivations are. Maybe it does - but most probably it doesn't, being that none of us have grown up in an opposition-free environment. Most of us have been spun in circles so many times that we don't know which way is up anymore. Some major occurrence can change us for life in an instant, an annoying drip, drip, dripping over time can slowly mold us into completely different people, or even just a gentle prod can send us off in another direction.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that we can only really type ourselves and those we know inside and out, and even then it can be a dubious process. lol