Blogtember: What's Your Type?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Someday, I swear, we'll be caught up. Until then, here's Day 5 of Blogtember!

Day 5: Take this short personality test and respond to your results. (at the end, find the detailed profile of your personality account - click "click to view" under "You" and "self awareness and personal growth." You can even Google your type and find more info on it!)

Shocking no one, I'm an INTJ. For those of you who have never taken such a personality test and have no idea what I'm talking about, INTJ stands for Introverted-iNtuitive-Thinking-Judging. The first time I took this type of personality test was in 2008 when I started med school. As part of the super fun (insert eye roll here) orientation activities they planned, we all had to take this personality test. Something about how knowing ourselves would help us to be better students or whatever. Frankly, I think they needed something else for us to do for an hour or so, so they picked this. ANYWAY, I was classified as an INTJ and that has stuck thus far.

From 16 Personalities:

"The INTJ personality type is one of the rarest and most interesting types – comprising only about 2% of the U.S. population (INTJ females are especially rare – just 0.8%), INTJs are often seen as highly intelligent and perplexingly mysterious. INTJ personalities radiate self-confidence, relying on their huge archive of knowledge spanning many different topics and areas. INTJs usually begin to develop that knowledge in early childhood (the “bookworm” nickname is quite common among INTJs) and keep on doing that later on in life."

I didn't know that it was the rarest type, but that's pretty cool! I was definitely a bookworm as a kid, and I wish I could read as much as I wanted to now, but I'm just too busy (or tired).

"INTJ personalities are perfectionists and they enjoy improving ideas and systems they come in contact with. As INTJs are naturally curious, this tends to happen quite frequently. However, they always try to remain in the rational territory no matter how attractive the end goal is – every idea that is generated by the INTJ’s mind or reaches it from the outside needs to pass the cold-blooded filter called “Is this going to work?”. This is the INTJ’s coping mechanism and they are notorious for applying it all the time, questioning everything and everyone."

I've been a perfectionist all of my life, and to a certain extent, I've been able to train myself to be less of one. I am also notoriously bad at just "going with the flow" and have to constantly question what's going on, how things are happening, and whether things will work.

INTJ Strengths

High self-confidence. INTJ personalities rarely doubt themselves or care much about their perceived social roles, expectations etc. Consequently, they are not afraid to voice their own opinions. This exudes confidence and reinforces the INTJ’s self-esteem even further.
This is one area I don't necessarily agree with. I doubt myself CONSTANTLY. That being said, when I know that I know something, I am not afraid to share it. Also, I've been told that I'm a very confident person, which means my disguise is working! ::evil laughter::

Quick and versatile mind
. INTJs are very good at improving their knowledge of (often diverse) topics and fields that interest them. People with this personality type take pleasure in tackling intellectual challenges and their natural curiosity pushes them forward as well.

I am definitely in love with learning. I didn't think I'd like going back to class as much as I do, even when I don't feel like being out until 9:30 at night after a full day of work. I guess it's a good thing that I enjoy "improving my knowledge" because there will certainly be a lot of that in med school!

Jacks of all trades
. The most important strength of any INTJ is their mind. Other personality types pride themselves in being artistic, intuitive, convincing, athletic etc. In contrast, INTJs excel at being able to analyze anything that life throws at them, uncovering the underlying methodology and then applying it in practice. Consequently, INTJ personalities are usually able to become what they want to become – be it an IT architect or a high-flying politician.

I don't know if I would label myself as a "jack of all trades". I certainly couldn't do ANYTHING, although I will say that I am probably able to tackle most things. Things I would avoid like the plague include teaching math and/or physics, finance, economics, politics, and engineering. That being said, a lot of that is because I have no interest in the field, so I don't think I'd excel at it. If I'm interested, I usually do very well at whatever it is I'm doing.
Independent and decisive. People with the INTJ personality type are ruthless when it comes to analyzing the usefulness of methods or ideas. They could not care less if that idea is popular or supported by an authority figure – if the INTJ believes that it does not make sense, only overwhelming rational arguments will convince them otherwise. This strength makes them efficient and impartial decision-makers, often at a very young age. INTJs also tend to be quite resistant to conflicts, usually remaining rational and calm in an emotionally charged situation.

If it doesn't make sense, I don't do it. Or, if I have to do it, I will not silently participate; you will know that I'm not happy. Of course, this somehow also turns into how I hate making decisions, even (and perhaps especially) when it is about where to eat dinner. 

Hard-working and determined. INTJ personalities can be very patient and dedicated if something excites or intrigues them. They will work hard to achieve their goals, often ignoring everything else. That being said, INTJs may also appear lazy in situations that do not require them to flex their mental muscles – for instance, they may take risks and not study that hard at school, knowing that in all likelihood, they will be able to tackle the tests anyway.

Ha, I kind of mentioned this above. If I'm interested, I can usually succeed at whatever it is I'm trying to do. The converse of this, however, is that if I'm not interested in it, I really don't like doing it. I do think that being hard-working and determined is one of my strongest attributes, though.

Imaginative and strategic. INTJs are very good strategic thinkers, often using this strength to devise multiple contingency plans in both professional and personal situations. They like to plan ahead and be prepared, imagining all the potential scenarios and consequences.

THIS. I am the queen of contingency plans. In fact, I have contingency plans for my contingency plans. If there isn't a plan, I'm a disaster.

Honest and direct. People with this personality type hate playing social games and putting comfort or social expectations above honesty and facts. INTJs tend to see these activities as pointless and irrational, preferring inconvenient truth over a comforting lie.

And this is how I've lost friendships or chose to end friendships. I refuse to play mind games andI don't really see the point in not being honest. Of course, you should never be MEAN, but you should always be honest. If being honest has the potential to hurt someone's feelings, then you should be as careful as you can to minimize the fall out. Sometimes, as I have learned firsthand, it is unavoidable. I wouldn't trade this trait for the world, though. 

Open-minded. INTJ personalities do not mind being proven wrong and enjoy being exposed to something they were not familiar with. They will embrace a competing theory if it makes more sense, regardless of the existing traditions or expectations. Not surprisingly, INTJs also tend to be fairly liberal in a social sense, believing that many social norms are outdated and unnecessarily restrictive.

Definitely me. I don't really like being wrong, (who does?) but I admit that it's always a possibility, haha.

INTJ Weaknesses

Arrogant. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Some less mature INTJs may overestimate the importance of their knowledge or analytical skills, seeing most other people as irrational or intellectually inferior – and often making their opinion known.

I know that I definitely come across as arrogant at times, so I try to temper that as much as possible. I like to teach and inform people, but I never want to make someone feel inferior. If this happens, please tell me, because I didn't mean it!

. INTJ personalities loathe inefficiency and imperfection, trying very hard to iron out all the flaws and analyze all possibilities – if left unchecked, this trait can easily become a weakness, slowing down their work quite significantly and frustrating people around the INTJ.

Apparently, this is a strength and a weakness. As I said before, I have trained myself to be less of a perfectionist, but I think I'll always retain some part of that trait. To me, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Only when it impedes my work does it turn into a negative.  

Likely to over-analyze everything. INTJs tend to believe that everything can be analyzed, even things that are not necessarily rational – e.g. human relationships. They may seek logical explanations and solutions in every situation, refusing to rely on improvisation or their own emotions.

Ding ding! I over-analyze everything to death. It's gotten me into trouble more times than I can count, usually because I end up practically giving myself an ulcer worrying about something that wasn't even supposed to be an issue in the first place.   

Judgmental. INTJs reach their conclusions very quickly and stick to them. Even though people with this personality type tend to be open-minded, they have little patience for things they consider illogical – e.g. decisions based on feelings, irrational stubbornness, emotional outbursts etc. An INTJ is likely to believe that someone who behaves in this way is either very immature or irrational – consequently, they will have little respect for them.

Somehow, INTJ's are both open-minded and judgmental.  Figure that one out, huh? That being said one of my least favorite things about myself is my "little patience for things I consider illogical". I'm especially bad at dealing with people who ask for advice, but really don't want advice, and then proceed to tell you all the reasons your advice won't work. Then they usually make what I perceive to be a terrible decision, and then they complain about it, and in the end, no one is happy and I want to punch someone in the face. See what I mean? Not a great trait. Sorry, world. I'm working on it. 

May be insensitive. INTJ personalities often pride themselves in being brutally honest and logical. However, while their statements may be rational and completely correct, they may not take into account another person’s emotional state, background, individual circumstances etc. Consequently, the INTJ’s directness and honesty may easily hurt other people, thus becoming a major weakness in social situations.

I would say that I am definitely NOT an insensitive person. I will tell it how it is, and I understand that sometimes, people just need to vent (and then I will restrain myself from giving advice). I could see how this could be a problem, though.  

Often clueless when it comes to romantic relationships. Many INTJs are likely to have difficulties dealing with anything that does not require logical reasoning and this weakness is especially visible in interpersonal relationships. They may overanalyze everything and get frustrated trying to understand how the other person thinks, try to use a nearly scientific approach to dating, or just give up altogether.

Eh, I wasn't too terrible at dating. I didn't like it, but I managed to do it. I think I drive Ken crazy though by asking, "What are you thinking?" especially when his answer is, "Nothing...? Don't you ever STOP thinking?" (Answer: Only if I'm unconscious.) Relationships are definitely not the most logical things in the world, but I think I'm pretty good at them... maybe.

Loathe highly structured environments
. INTJ personalities do not respect rules or regulations just because they are there, they need to be confident that those restrictions make sense. Consequently, INTJs strongly dislike environments that are built on blind obedience, traditions or respect for authority – they are likely to challenge the status quo and clash with people who prefer stability and safety.

Eh, I'm okay with rules. It bothers me when people blatantly break the rules, in fact. I would say this definitely is not me.

So there you go. Me, in a neat, little package with a few exceptions. What is your type? Post it in the comments, and check out the link-up here!

- A

1 comment:

  1. I am apparently an ESFJ. I know I've taken this before, and honestly I can never remember what type I am, so I never know if it's changed or not. I know I've always been an E for sure, but I don't know about the rest. this seems to be a good description of the traits, and I'd say a lot of it describes me pretty well.


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