I have schizotypal and my therapist said me making everything about typology was an example of odd beliefs ahdhajshdhdhs I hate this
It’s not lol. This will be a long answer since it’s a frequent topic between my therapist and I.
My therapist and I understand it in a very different way:
typology helps a lot of people who have difficulty understanding others on the typical “human” level most people experience. People with low empathy autism, people with generally low or absent empathy with PDs (such as schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial and narcissistic) would be included in this lol.
A generally accepted and backed by science belief (which continues to be proven correct) is that something that makes humans different from animals is the ability to intuitively connect to an understand a person by synthesizing emotional states, and seeing things from their perspective as a person, not just logically (the logical ability to see from another persons perspective is cognitive empathy, which many low affective empathy people are very capable of, though often use it for detrimental or self interested purposes, thus the generally true stereotype that antisocials and narcissists are manipulative).
Emotional or affective empathy is pretty standard, and people without it are seen as “risks”, since they lack what is seen as the intuitive, though subjective moral compass based on affective empathy. Think “what would stop this antisocial person from murdering me since they won’t feel much, if anything about it?”. A surprising amount of people feel this way. That, or they pity us.
This brings me to my main point. Typology is a great system for being able to understand another persons point of view. It’s a very adaptive strategy. Typology helps you remember that other people are, well, people, with their own feelings, thoughts and motivations. Understanding typology gives you the intuitive insight that most people already have, but we have been deprived of. Instead of saying “oh my fucking god this person is so fucking dumb”, it becomes “man I hate fi. They have such weird reasons for doing things.”. “I fucking hate this person, they just keep stepping all over everyone, something is seriously wrong with them” becomes “ok, it’s an enneagram three, I don’t like threes or how they behave but I understand their emotional reasons for doing so”. “Why does this idiot keep ruining their life” becomes “SP blind spots are so odd, I don’t envy that lol”.
It’s not an odd belief either. People use stereotypes to understand others on a regular basis, a topic frequently explored in social psychology. I mean, it’s one of the main psychological reasons racism exists, or political ideologies and political loyalties. We just choose different stereotypes than most people. Same strategy, different system. It’s not an odd way of thinking. How often do you hear things like “liberals :/” and etc? Often. Very often. It’s just how people work.
Leads me to my annoyance with people that go “ugh why do you have to classify people with typology so much?” If I didn’t, I would continually think it’s a personal fault of someone whenever I didn’t like them, instead of “people with this function or type exist whether I like that or not”. It shifts your perspective to a more healthy one. If didn’t use typology, i would have absolutely no reference (other than my own) to understand someone’s emotional or non-logical subjective personal reasons for doing things.
Also, many low empathy people just lack the motivation and desire to get to know people as a way of discerning their motivations. “That person is an ISFJ and is probably doing that because they care about someone” is way easier for us than “oh let’s get to know this person and maybe then I’ll understand them.”
Also, for us sx users w/ low empathy out there, it’s a very helpful way of adjusting our behaviour towards specific people since we don’t get the “sense” of that person like other people do. OTHER sx users just kind of “know” the other person, we have to draw on frameworks so understand them, and the sx makes us want to do this– to adjust our understanding of the other person.
Thus why sx blinds with low empathy are so frequently distrusted… because they should be ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ they have no motivation to adjust their behaviour towards other people at all other than social acceptability, which is transparent and shallow.
Sx blinds with low empathy are very empty people, honestly… but without typology, how would I know that? Wouldn’t they just come across as distrustworthy and shallow for no reason? With typology, you can go “oh, that explains that” and not “HOLY shit this person is PRETTY EVIL”.
Ti users are fond of typology since it is a system of logical frameworks that work together to produce a coherent picture. Te users are fond of it as a quick efficient reference to understand a subject. Etc.