Wednesday, August 29, 2007

And the personality test

I think I've come up as INTP before when I did this last time I was putting off work. Yeah, always slightly introverted. I can't guarantee it always comes out this way, but roughly. Introverted is rather misleading, however. While it is true that I like a fair amount of solitude and silence, this is not the whole story. In my visions of research, I love the idea of being a bit like a spider in which I have relationships with lots of other people with whom I develop ideas and learn things. However, I then do find it necessary to go away by myself and think about what I've learned from my network and then spit out an idea without anyone bugging me for a bit. If the other researchers can then go implement the idea, that's great -- as you will see in the personality descriptions below.

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And here are some of the different descriptions of INTPs:

"INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to most anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves."

"INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They see everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. They live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to analyze difficult problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations. They seek clarity in everything, and are therefore driven to build knowledge. They are the "absent-minded professors", who highly value intelligence and the ability to apply logic to theories to find solutions."

"INTPs contribute a logical, system-building approach to their work. They like being the architect of a plan, because of the scheming and thinking involved, far more than being the implementer of that plan. Implementation tends to be drudgery. They are content to sit back and think about what might work, given their view of the situation. INTPs may ignore standard operating procedures. The hours that they spend are not what is important to them, but rather the completion of their thought process"

I can buy these as partial descriptions of me, but there are additional versions of the INTP, which do not fit at all. In fact, some of them are borderline contradictory, which makes one wonder if they are all that insightful at all. (And the fact that I'm worried about issues of non-contradiction in a discussion of personalities which label me as logical does not pass unnoticed here.)

"The Architects' distant goal is always to rearrange the environment somehow, to shape, to construct, to devise, whether it be buildings, institutions, enterprises, or theories. They look upon the world -- natural and civil -- as little more than raw material to be reshaped according to their design..."

"likes solitude, not revealing, unemotional, rule breaker, avoidant, familiar with the darkside, skeptical, acts without consulting others"

Hmm... well, it's not as inaccurate as I thought. Acts without consulting others, check. Avoidant, check. Not revealing... kinda. I'd rather keep many of my most intimate thoughts to myself. Privacy and all. However, unemotional... not so much. Familiar with the darkside? Don't even know what that means, but if I get a red lightsaber out of it, I'm in.


J said...

I'm an INTP, too.

Cool Beans!

Ello said...

I am INTJ. I'm apparently more judgemental and hypercritical and scheduled and overbearing and bitchy... oh wait, that's what my husband says...

Courtney said...

its all about the lite saber!!!!