What’s Your Personality Type?
I’ve been an INTP with INFP tendencies for as long as I’ve been taking the Myers Briggs Type Indicator; a psychological assessment used to measure personality preferences based on a series of 2 answer questions. The times I’ve taken the test have been mostly out of curiosity and as a undergrad student taking a few low level Psych classes. This test determines personality traits based on 4 primary dichotomies:
How they focus their attention or get their energy (Extraversion or Introversion)
How they perceive or take in information (Sensing or iNtuition)
How they prefer to make decisions (Thinking or Feeling)
How they orient themselves to the external world (Judgment or Perception)
Both of the personality types I’ve tested at are considered rare, with less than 1-3% of the population testing similarly. Those numbers drop even further when men and women are compared separately. As far as I’ve researched, INTP is the 2nd rarest out of all 16 types for women. Although the results are subjective they do serve an objective means to an end as long as the answers are given truthfully or to the very best of our internal and external knowledge. They’re also lots of fun for an analytical freak like me.
INTPs are called the Architects. While there are plenty of people who do not find any validity or accuracy in personalit tests of this nature, I’m not one of them. I have a solid background in Psychology so I know there is truth to be found in the search for ourselves, inner and outter workings. I encourage anyone who happens upon this post to take the Jung Typology|Personality Test by clicking the previous link. Remember, even if you don’t agree with the premise, you can still take the test just for fun and post your results here!This is what is said about INTP’s:
Architects need not be thought of as only interested in drawing blueprints for buildings or roads or bridges. They are the master designers of all kinds of theoretical systems, including school curricula, corporate strategies, and new technologies. For Architects, the world exists primarily to be analyzed, understood, explained – and re-designed. External reality in itself is unimportant, little more than raw material to be organized into structural models. What is important for Architects is that they grasp fundamental principles and natural laws, and that their designs are elegant, that is, efficient and coherent.
Architects are rare – maybe one percent of the population – and show the greatest precision in thought and speech of all the types. They tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies instantaneously, and can detect contradictions no matter when or where they were made. It is difficult for an Architect to listen to nonsense, even in a casual conversation, without pointing out the speaker’s error. And in any serious discussion or debate Architects are devastating, their skill in framing arguments giving them an enormous advantage. Architects regard all discussions as a search for understanding, and believe their function is to eliminate inconsistencies, which can make communication with them an uncomfortable experience for many.
Ruthless pragmatists about ideas, and insatiably curious, Architects are driven to find the most efficient means to their ends, and they will learn in any manner and degree they can. They will listen to amateurs if their ideas are useful, and will ignore the experts if theirs are not. Authority derived from office, credential, or celebrity does not impress them. Architects are interested only in what make sense, and thus only statements that are consistent and coherent carry any weight with them.
Architects often seem difficult to know. They are inclined to be shy except with close friends, and their reserve is difficult to penetrate. Able to concentrate better than any other type, they prefer to work quietly at their computers or drafting tables, and often alone. Architects also become obsessed with analysis, and this can seem to shut others out. Once caught up in a thought process, Architects close off and persevere until they comprehend the issue in all its complexity. Architects prize intelligence, and with their grand desire to grasp the structure of the universe, they can seem arrogant and may show impatience with others who have less ability, or who are less driven.
In retrospect, I’m an INTP woman – a rare type, second only to INTJ women according to the website here. They make it known that the figures are only estimates so they’re open to interpretation. Although there have been some unique challenges presented to me in life as a result of the way I think and process those thoughts, I have always been fortunate enough to have supportive people (mom, et al.,) who’ve placed great value on developing and further expanding my attributes andcharacteristics. Through it, I fostered a fond love of knowledge and learning, internal analysis, research and debate and not to mention the all out love affair I have with wordplay and language, especially love. I was encouraged more than I was discouraged, although that didn’t stop me from at times turning away from my goals for fear of failure. Thankfully, that roadblock has diminished and been substantially rebuilt over the years.
I used to be very introverted, shy and hesitant to speak up. I wasn’t naturally gifted in the art of small talk, but I was and continue to be the person my friends come to seeking advice, inspiration, or understanding on just about any and every topic. I’m much better at writing on my feet than thinking on them and considering how most of my thoughts are focused internally, even the formation of my words must be evenly thought out before I consider sharing them with anyone. I always hated playing “the dozens” because by the time I’d come up with a great comeback the subject had already progressed onward. Somewhat of a lazy quasi perfectionist I am. The truth is, I could go on and on all day long talking in complicated rhyme schemes, but I’ll save all of that for my poetry and leave you with this instead. Thanks for reading all the way to the end and be sure to take the test and post your results. It’ll only take 10 minutes or so to finish. Get a little enlightened today.