Everyone’s a fucking Mis-type – The curse of hive mentality and narrow-mindedness.

How often has someone accused you of NOT being a real INFJ? How many times in MBTi forums, do you see someone who thinks they know everything, casually fling out an old, “Oh, you’ve probably been mis-typed,” and have therefore disregarded anything of intelligence someone has uttered? In social media groups, some “INFJ’s” masquerade as an INFJ, throwing out these sociopath disguised quips, which in turn infects an entire group, creating a suffocating atmosphere where the real INFJ’s are scared to air their thoughts on subjects that matter to them.

The hive-mind is a real thing. Wikipedia describes in point form:

 

  • Groupthink, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in a group results in irrational or dysfunctional decision-making
    • Sheeple, a derogatory term referring to groups of people who mindlessly follow those in power
  • Swarm intelligence, the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems, natural or artificial

But lets not rely on Wiki for all our data. How about Merriam Webster:

: the collective mental activity expressed in the complex, coordinated behavior of a colony of social insects (such as bees or ants) regarded as comparable to a single mind controlling the behavior of an individual organism

  • The tiny bees in a hive are more or less unaware of their colony, but their collective hive mind transcends their small bee minds.
  • —Sven Birkerts and Kevin Kelly
2 : the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind

  • … Mindy Kaling asks her Twitter followers for the best dinner spots in cities she’s visiting. Generally, people trust that feedback from the hive mind is correct and well-informed.
  • —Sarah Z. Wexler
  • While the building was being renovated, Jackson and his wife turned the design of the studio kitchen over to the hive mind of the staff.
  • —Mark Healy
  • … It’s just not rational to believe that people are able to read, let alone understand, all the privacy policies …. Instead, users now rely on the Internet hivemind to know if a particularly egregious privacy change is afoot.

I have seen this in action with regards to how a real INFJ is supposed to conduct themselves, with such quality “articles” as to be found in places like IntrovertDear , effecting a group on social media, creating a hive-mind mentality within the group, so if one should speak up about the fact that some of the points in that article does not apply to them, then they are automatically labelled “mis-typed” and thrown to the bowels of, “Just another INFP.”

The cognitive dissonance is strong in these groups,and honestly, I am sick of hearing it. Because the ones doing the accusing, are usually the ones who aren’t even INFJ.

MISTYPE

They are narrow-minded, often have a black and white mentality, engage regularly in small talk, and are without an ounce of empathy. Most INFJ’s I have come across online, are the opposite of the description just written. To be fair, there could be mental illness involved, and lets also be aware that we all are at varying degrees of cognitive function development. Unfortunately, I think that’s one of the key indicators that are overlooked in handing out the “mis-type” label.

As an repeated example, my Ti is very well-developed. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t stop using my Fe. In fact, I struggle with turning it off, because it’s always been there, and I don’t enjoy it, and it is definitely something I want to work on. However, that doesn’t make me an INFP. Nor does my Ti make me an INTJ.

On behalf of INFJ’s everywhere, please stop using “Mis-type” as an argument. It’s long past it’s use-by date, and you look like a fucking idiot saying it.

 

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