Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? It’s a little more insightful than anything that most blog quizzes have to offer, which is appropriate considering it’s development in psychology. Regardless, bloginality has offered up a much shorter and less painful version of the test online. It’s actually a pretty accurate boiling down of all the questions.
My friend Josh Shaine once had me take this test in a class for HSSP over at MIT, and at the time I came out borderline. INTP/INFP. What’s a little scary is that it still reads that way today for me.
INTP:Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
What’s interesting is that this is a lot of the things about me that everone finds frustrating (if you follow the link there’s a much more lengthy and eloquent description). Basically it means I have a tendency to over-correct people beyond their own limits because I think it worth making a point, and try to refrain from major confrontation and making a scene. The other really big one going on there is fear of failure. There are some areas where I’ve gotten better. I am constantly waiting for someone to tell me where I am going wrong with my art or writing, and these things used to be unshared and “untouchable” to me. Now I will give away artwork without secretly wanting to spite the person I gave it to. This probably shows a lot of why I like languages and occasionally shock myself at being good at math.
INFP:Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving
Pretty much this is my internal sappy side that is always being stuffed back in the box, but is most certainly the more fantastical side of my writing and most certainly a creative home. Maybe this is why when I read and get started on an editorial, there is no way that I can go back to my fiction work. The gears just don’t switch that easily. The one that caught me in the profile was that some INFPs can take tech info and put it into everyday language. That’s most definitely one of my stronger points. Actually, I can’t write the highbrow other stuff just because it feels fake on some level. It’s not the way I think, and I hate writing any other way.
Overall, between the two desciptions you’ve got me pretty much 100% of the time. I’ve “acted” more extroverted as situations have required, but it’s always a lot of work and requires a good shower afterwards. It’s an interesting overall way to think about things for sure. Worth thinking over.