Emulating type stereotypes
Wow, I completely agree. Especially for some people who are somewhat experienced with Socionics. I've noticed that once people pin themselves to a specific type, they sometimes go out of their way to act in correlation to their "type." If this rings true, it could cause manipulation on tests, resulting in wrong answers, thus confusing themselves even more.
Now, for example, if I get put on the spot, embarassed, or annoyed at something, I tend to act physically, or if I can't, I have a strong urge to.
A real life example: My mom is my supervisor, and she always puts me on the spot. When she does that, I always either yell back, wave my arms around, kick something, or pace around quickly. (I do that with other people too, and if I am indeed ESTp, that would ring true to type, I'm guessing).
If my INTj brother is put on the spot, he'll try to prove how illogical the person who is putting him on the spot really is. I've seen this many times.
I've seen my (most likely) INFp friend being embarassed a few times, and he does that sheepish smile that you mentioned. I find it quite funny, actually.
I think a situational type of test, particularly if the participants didn't really know what you were testing for, would be far more accurate in assessing type. I think the only things paper and pencil tests are good for is testing a person's perception of thier self which can be far different from who they actually are. I can imagine feelers who grew up in families and environments where logic and reason were considered far superior to emotionality and feelings typing themselves as thinkers simply because their own internal value system has come to see feeling as something bad. A situational test would defeat such things by forcing them to act instead of just pondering a choice between potential answers.
Doesn't it seem like the people who claim to "have no type" are the easiest to type ESPECIALLY using this method?
INTJ on the spot(from me, this evening):
i was invited to a 'dinner' party(just a bunch of early college kids trying something out) that my friend was hosting. it was 'semi-formal' so everyone dressed up but me. when confronted i said "i think our society puts too much emphasis on aestetics." sort of smirky. my friend who's type is unknown(funlovin guy) said ironically, "that's stupid you thought of a phrase instead of an outfit."
i really didn't win
If a guy touches me, I have the overwhelming urge to slug him for some reason.
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