There are some questions out there that we will never know the answer to.
This should sound obvious, but the questions that may come to mind are what is the meaning of life?
What I’m talking about is what might be perceived as broad, but easily accepted when people are told there is an answer.
How many personality types are there? Are personality types even a thing? Can we put people into categories?
Surely I’m touching a lot on personality types, but that is something we like to read about and feel like the answers are accurate because we want them to be. They are about us.
We want to learn what we think there is an answer to
I’ll be using personality types as an example because it is something talked about a lot recently and continues to be accepted with no real science backing to it.
If you’ve ever heard of the MBTI personality types, you might have taken the test and got your results.
I did this a while ago and got INTJ.
I read about INTJ’s and what they are like, and while of course those all seem to be very accurate about me, they are more pinpointed and tell me things about myself that others would be the complete opposite toward.
It makes it seem real. It makes it seem personal and like the results of the test are who you can be compared to.
To some essence, yes you can be compared to those people.
But MBTI has been disregarded because although it may place someone in one of the 16 categories, even if they are accurately placed, the categories don’t mean a lot.
Introversion and extroversion, being the main differentiating factors here, are the closest categories in the test to being accepted as real.
But again, are they? Someone can be extroverted around a certain group and introverted around another. Someone may want to spend as much time as possible with people for a whole week, then the next week want to spend all their time alone.
Typically in society, we may be able to say, “He is an introvert.” And that may be acceptable to both parties, the one making the statement and the one being talked about. But that is because we like to know things about ourselves. Things that might not even have meaning to them.
Personality types might not be a thing at all.
We may all just have the same exact way of thinking at birth and slowly through our childhood and adolescence form our own way of thinking, yet have the result of 7 billion different personality types.
To categorize them into 16 is almost pointless. I say almost because the reason for it for most people is that… it’s fun.
I liked reading about INTJ’s and who else scored the same result. It was fun seeing which celebrities chose the same answers to the questions as I did.
But am I like them? Probably not at all.
We ask too many unanswerable questions
Other unanswered questions can be things such as am I on track to reaching my goals?
Someone might tell you, yes you are or no you are not. Yet their answer to that question shouldn’t necessarily shape what you do.
It’s an unanswered question because you won’t know if you are on track to reach your goals until you do or don’t get there.
The input taken from someone who gave you an answer is their opinion, but it’s definitely not a fact.
Maybe they did something different to get to where they are, but that doesn’t mean that is the only way to get there.
We look too easy for answers to questions that we have that we think there is a simple answer for. It’s a human flaw.
Unfortunately, we can’t help it. We’ll always take input, but it’ll hit us harder than it should. All answers to questions that we can assume are not 100% answerable should just be input that we pool with all the others.
Should I have done that? How would yes be a definite answer and not just an opinion based on what happened afterward? You don’t know what would have happened if they didn’t do it?
We all tend to think magic 8 balls are random but that a person can give an answer to a question that will be more helpful. But will it?
We’ve run into those times where someone gave us an answer opposite to what we excepted and just disregarded it. But if they agreed with us, it might’ve strengthened our pursuit for that future decision to be more confident in answering.
Take the time and notice, a lot of questions we ask are pointless. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask them. Just realize that a lot of the time, answers are opinions and opinions aren’t always a real answer to your question.