Hey, mates. Here's a quick intro about me.
Not too long ago I became interested in the MBTI and it's practical applications. I figure that this iss natural, as my type (ESTP) is inclined not to sympathize or reason with others' feelings, but rather to identify/classify/categorize and understand their roots. I also became intrigued by Socionics and it's analysis of intertype relations not long after that.
I'm having no trouble with the shift from MBTI to Socionics at the moment. My form of ESTP seems to identify almost directly with an SLE/ESTp type.
I've been spreading the word about MBTI and Socionics, and have recieved generally positive responses from my friends (as expected). One response that I occasionally hear from my friends, seeing how occupied I have been in learning and understanding the system, is "You shouldn't let this define you."; this somewhat displaces me a bit.
My question to you:
How do I truly grow in personality as an ESTp/SLE?
I've read that it's healthier to work towards the centerline of the 4 dichotomies rather than to stray too far to either side.
The truth is, though, that I enjoy every moment of being an SLE. I don't at all mind it, and since it's a concept concerning natural tendencies, I don't really see how others wouldn't enjoy "being" their respective types. I enjoy being an Extroverted Sensor, and applying my time-tested logic to adapt to new situations rather than relying on past experiences. I enjoy being able to scan through information and only maintain information relevant to my interests ideals, or arguments. I enjoy being able to identify how someone is feeling using my senses and understanding of body language.
But what of my weaknesses? After thoroughly reading through articles detailing shortcomings of ESTp's/SLE's, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that they're weaknesses. One trait common of most SLE's is to be unable to show empathy. However, for me, it seems as though issues that are really troubling to others would seem really easy to brush off or "get over". In that case, I not only enjoy but really value my ability to look forward to a better day tomorrow rather than have my mind rooted in the past. Another trait that is often criticized of SLE's is their ability (tendency?) to use their personability to manipulate others. However, this is, once again, a trait that I value and am glad to have at my disposal.