Interestingly enough a friend of mine wondered why it is that I’m able to publish such prose with the thoughts that I do. Wondering why it is that whenever I talk on the phone I seem to be talking and making sense, but rather that I do not come off quite as refined, rather seeming to have a warm personality and yet a random sense of humor. I attribute this to my personality type, according to the Myers – Briggs Personality Instrument I am an INTP.
What is an INTP you ask? Well, after doing something that I do nearly as often as the average human blinks in an hour, I checked out what Google could tell me about my self, finding out if they could give me insights into my every day life. To quote one source:
“Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn theories into clear understandings. Highly value knowledge, competence and logic. Quiet and reserved, hard to get to know well. Individualistic, having no interest in leading or following others.” (The Personality Page).
Reading through this of course I take note of the information presented and begin to make an analysis regarding what it states. The first thing that hits me is “highly value knowledge, competence and logic.” This is somewhat of a kicker for me in that there have been many times where I will be prideful and in some ways arrogant toward others, not because they don’t understand something, rather because they have been incompetent in following through — definitely an area I’m working on in my life. The next thing that I can definitely say that I identify with is the next statement regarding that the person is quiet, reserved and hard to know well. As one of my roommates has mentioned, I’m hard to figure out, much like trying to nail runny jello to the wall. I admit to this as well and have attempted to make myself a more congealed jello mixture so that even though I may be hard to nail to the wall, I am at least able to be nailed.
Nevertheless, I guess you could say that being an INTP basically dooms me to my geekhood… or in essence should I say that it liberates me from fear of others condemning me. I bet it’s genetic 😉 Furthermore, I see in my own life different characteristics of the INTP that I wonder if they wrote the description specifically about me, namely where it refers to the fact that we’re absent minded and have problems with deadlines. Don’t get me wrong, I can pay my bills on time, rather it’s just engagements on a day to day basis that I typically don’t want to leave until something is made right which causes me most of my heartache. In addition this typically means that for me to show up to a dinner function at my parents I usually have to leave an hour early or at least tell myself that I’m going to.
Thoughts, comments, opinions?