Re: memetics-digest V1 #1338

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Sat 10 May 2003 - 20:54:11 GMT

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    On Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 10:42 AM, Lawrence wrote:

    > I worry about labeling people generally, as the diversity of human
    > beings
    > well exceeds the variety of labels with which people describe each
    > other.

    Preaching to the choir, here. No matter what personality matrix one uses- astrological, Myers-Briggs, the four humours, Kiersey, Rorschach, et omnia alia ad infinitum- they are all reductions of these near infinite complexities of behavior, as well as denials, within cultural confines, of sociobiological processes and the effects of time and place.

    > The effect of the labeling, whatever else, seems to occlude the
    > distinctions
    > that characterize people from each other. If those distinctions are
    > important, label may then make it difficult for people to interact
    > effectively with each other.

    As subtle as it possibly is, personality testing is still a form of us vs. them- tribal in nature and intent.

    Who shall test the testers themselves? in a paraphrase of that old caveat.

    - Wade

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