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    It occurred to me that a lot of "type me" threads mention that the people being typed typed people.

    Here's a paraphrase: "Hi, I just joined this forum and wonder what my type is. Let me tell you about myself. Every day, I meet someone and want to know what his/her type is. I also spend a lot of time researching Socionics. Anyhow, here's my picture. Oh, did I mention that I type people a lot? Please let me know what you think my type is."

    I'm exaggerating of course. But there does seem to be a trend.

    Of course the vast majority on the forum type people. So any quick type deduction ("He's typing something...must be Ti," etc.) is quite tenuous.

    But here's a question to ponder (my apologies if this has already been asked): Why do you type people? Whether or not the response says much about ones type, it may indicate something about ones personality. I'm not saying that people will only have one reason, or that their reasons will necessarily be consistent. I just thought this is an interesting way for people to reflect on a rather ubiquitous behavior in this community.

    Here are a couple of different hypothetical responses:

    "It gives me something to do when I have to be around them."
    "It gives me a way to understand them; otherwise I'd be lost."
    "I'm just so fascinated by people; I want to know as much as I can about them."
    "It helps me understand people so I don't judge them negatively."
    ...
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    Hi, people keep thanking me for my posts even when they don't know what I'm saying and when they're laden with you know what. Type me.

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    idk, i'm just interested in socionics and it's part of my worldview now. when i notice possible types for someone it's often automatic, and similar to noticing other aspects of their personality and character traits. (e.g. this person seems friendly, a bit neurotic, and Ej temperament)

    i guess i'll consciously spend more time pondering types for people who especially catch my attention, for whatever reason - such as a potential friend, guys i find attractive, etc.

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    Even before discovering typology I've always been observational of peoples behaviorism and personalities so it wasn't really a big leap when I found out that there's a natural pattern, so to speak, involved. For instance, I've always felt uneasy or all out intimidated around types, I just didn't know they were "Se" types prior.
    It was really just putting a label on what I already seen. The only major discovery from Socionics I picked-up on is intertype compatibility, whereas now I get that people act in ways that are foreign to me in order to receive a subconscious requirement.
    For instance; Ep types have always come off as being sporadic, temperamental and less cautious than I could relate to, but from understanding Socionics, I've identified that as and neediness

    So to answer your question, I type people to understand them better, but I don't "type" people without sufficient evidence either; when I meet someone for the first time, it isn't "this person is this type", anything to do with Socionics comes out very gradually
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    It's mainly intellectual wankery.
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    Perhaps I'm just curious as to whether or not there are any distinct trends between certain types and myself.

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    because they won't all type themselves

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    to give words to some things that were a lot more complicated to describe before socionics. which is really only useful when i'm talking to people here.

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    What uwace said.

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    I make almost no effort to really type people these days, and if I do, it's usually this nonchalant after the fact hypothesis when I've known them for a good while (say a month or more). In some ways I'm grateful that I suck at typing since I think it allows me to get to know people without preconceptions until some observation sneaks up on me pretty late in the game. Totally in the vein of self disclosure though, I'm kinda prone to wondering about the types of women I meet a lot more quickly, but, like I've said I don't put much faith in hardly any typings I set down. If anything I tend to tritype people. This guy is an SLE/ILE/ESE or that one's an IEE/ESE/ILE or SEE/ESE/SLE, etc etc. My conclusions, if you can call them that, are pretty fluid and amorphous. However, they're for the most part irrelevant since regardless of type I can tell pretty easily who I find interesting and fun to hang around with.


    OH, I guess I do like to try to VI people when I'm drunk at a bar though. That's kind of hilarious.
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    To contradict Poli.

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    what marie said
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    I don't really type people in an active way. The type shows itself. After spending some time with a person I usually know their type. It's something that emerges by itself.

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    What nowisthetime said. I don't actively type people anymore, really.
    "To become is just like falling asleep. You never know exactly when it happens, the transition, the magic, and you think, if you could only recall that exact moment of crossing the line then you would understand everything; you would see it all"

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    "It gives me something to do when I have to be around them."
    Hahaha pretty much
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    Usually because someone asks me to.

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    I don't intentionally type people, but I'll sometimes notice something about them that will indicate what type they might be. Sometimes it's just obvious what type someone is and I can't help but notice.
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    I mainly just like recognizing other Deltas especially in the midst of a group, or when I'm with Betas I already know what to expect and know not to take them too personally. Though I tend to leave myself open to any type just to see what happens and because I'm not super-regulated about it. But I notice quadras or values grouping together a lot more than I used to, as well as the very simple conflicts of quadra differences that I wouldn't have been able to notice before, and I notice them finally going off and staying with their quadra by this natural magnetism. I can remind myself to be more Fi and Te around Gammas and lay off on the Ne and Si, or be more Ne and Si around Alphas and lay off on the Fi and Te; even though it's tough after a while, it can be rewarding. Socionics also allows me to understand a clearer difference between itself and a relationship based on other factors such as interests or upbringing similarities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekpyrosos View Post
    To explore modern superstition.
    And to produce endless typing lists. Makes sense.

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    To help them find their type. I may also try to direct them to some articles or other material so that they can get better informed, because ultimately they will have to decide on their type for themselves irrespective of what anyone else thinks.

    In real interaction sometimes types will just randomly occur to me, but generally I don't give it much conscious thought since this interferes with me thinking about other stuff that I find to be more relevant and interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    "It gives me a way to understand them; otherwise I'd be lost." ...
    I really don't find socionics to be of much use here. Many of the more fascinating and intriguing personality characteristics that one can run into with others aren't due to socionics information elements in the first place.

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    To use their weaknesses to my advantage and exploit helpless psyches... >:S AKA win friends and influence people.

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