A common conversation I have with people who are “anti-typology” is that they don’t want to be put in a box. My suspicion is that there is often a secondary conversation that isn’t overt that says “No one is going to tell me what I can or cannot do.”

I agree with not wanting to be put in a box however I disagree that that is what type knowledge does. It isn’t “knowing” type that puts you in a box. What type does is bring awareness to what type of box you might already be in so that you have more flexibility available to you.

As for trying to control another person’s behaviour. I don’t think it works well – ever. God invented two year olds to teach us this. Knowing your MBTI preferences isn’t a prescriptive as in “All people with these preferences must do this.” However the MBTI does give you a guide for what are ways of working and being that are aligned and therefore are less demanding on your energy resources.

Call me crazy but I like my struggle to be optional.

What’s hard and a struggle in your work? Other than volume of work demanded, I suspect that if your work is draining your energy, you may be working against your type in some aspect of what you are doing.

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