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spy23
Pleb
posted 01-30-11 05:15 ET (US)         
Hey there, over the past week I've been asking this exact same question to several internet forums that I frequent, and so far the results have been interesting. There's definitely a trend toward a certain personality type, but I won't mention which type that is just yet. Anyway, if you fellows would be so kind as to take a relatively short online quiz and post your result in this thread, that would be much appreciated! Here's the quiz:

http://similarminds.com/jung.html

Thanks!

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Eswen
Pleb
posted 02-02-11 20:29 ET (US)     1 / 31       
Introverted (I) 80% Extroverted (E) 20%
Intuitive 61.54% Sensing (S) 38.46%
Thinking (T) 67.65% Feeling (F) 32.35%
Judging (J) 51.35% Perceiving (P) 48.65%

INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.


Hahahah, I guess when I marked very accurate on "I am weird" I scored a lot of points

PS.
I've been told that I'm more "Perceiving" than "Judging" but I'd never actually taken a test, so it was kind of fun

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spy23
Pleb
posted 02-08-11 02:25 ET (US)     2 / 31       
Thanks for the reply, Eswen!

Any others?
Julia_Minerva
Pleb
posted 03-26-11 16:48 ET (US)     3 / 31       
Oooh, interesting! I'm a registered MBTI practitioner & I've always been curious about this type of stuff...

I'm ENTP. Clear N, very clear P!

You'll have to reveal what the stats are from your research
Novicia20
Pleb
posted 03-26-11 22:10 ET (US)     4 / 31       
That was fun!

I'm ISTJ
Introverted 56%
Sensing 53.13%
Thinking 63.64%
Judging 63.41%

"ISTJ - Trustee. Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time-honoured institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population."
Julia_Minerva
Pleb
posted 03-27-11 11:43 ET (US)     5 / 31       
ENTP - "Inventor". Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative. 3.2% of the total population.
Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 03-30-11 12:02 ET (US)     6 / 31       
I have done these before and had the results professionally analyzed by those trained in MBTI interpretation. The results are usually the same with only one characteristic flip-floping from time to time. Companies often have their executive teams complete these tests not to weed out "misfits" but more typically so one executive will understand how to work with another. If you know, for example, that Executive A is an introvert and you are an extrovert, the best approach to Executive A is not to invite him to a social occasion to discuss the next project. Executive A will not be comfortable and the extrovert's efforts will be less productive. Executive A will be happier if you go to his office and talk quietly with him one-on-one after giving him a written proposal he can analyze.

My results from the linked test:

ISTJ: "Trustee" - Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time-honored institutions. Dependable. Approximately 11.6% of the total population.

Introverted: 60%
Sensing: 71.43%
Thinking: 81.48%
Judging: 66.67%

The probability of a member being other than an introvert if happy in a real time strategy gaming internet site like HG would be unusual. The attraction of playing one-on-one against a computer and not a real player voids the social aspects of board gaming and is the introvert's cup of tea, as is the anonymity of the internet itself. Further, no RTS player is likely to be other than Thinking "T" since an orderly approach to this kind of game demands the kind of thinking which is the hallmark of a someone who is an analytical-minded person. If a city-builder, doubly so.

Keep in mind in evalutating these test scores that the test only suggests a tendency, not an absolute. The higher the score, the greater the tendency. Thus, if you score 51% in a category, that doesn't imply it's your exclusive type of response simply because it's in the majority. In fact, it actually suggests a degree of unpredictability as to how you might respond situation to situation.

Where I flip-flop from time to time is in the category of Sensing "S". I've come to the conclusion that this characteristic is influenced by my current environment when I take this kind of test. In a few past iterations, I have leaned towards Intuitive "N" in place of Sensing "S". In my case, with a 60% score in Introverted, it means I will tend toward that behaviour, but will surprise people by breaking out of my shell and behave as an extrovert with only minor stimulation in a social situation. However, my circle of friends will typically be smaller than an extrovert's as I won't go out of my way to introduce myself to everybody who is a stranger to me in a group of 100. It would be my tendency to wait for extroverted strangers to introduce themselves to me.

That's why I never pursued a working career in sales. An ISTJ or INTJ is highly unlikely to ever succeed in a sales or marketing career because those fields beg for a different kind of personality profile. My career is in business operations, including manufacturing/warehousing and distribution. This is fertile ground for a person with the ISTJ or INTJ profile.

[This message has been edited by Civis Romanus (edited 03-30-2011 @ 12:15 PM).]

Julia_Minerva
Pleb
posted 03-31-11 11:46 ET (US)     7 / 31       
Interesting post Civis.

It's important to remember that everyone can and does do both sides of the dichotomies, but one comes more naturally than the other and the less 'preferred' of the two takes more effort. Also, Jung et al theorised that as we get older, we get more proficient at our weaker areas.

Obviously no-one can be completely introvert (well, very few people ), there must also be an extrovert element to your personality which allows you to interact with the world. An introvert-preference type can be quite comfortable in any social situation, even in a job role such as a trainer (particularly an 'F'), it's just that they would need time out regularly to recharge and reflect.

Likewise, even extroverts like to reflect. For me (ENTP), the attraction of city-building games is that I like patterns and designing the best city 'system' possible. As my Thinking is introverted, it suits that too.

As you've observed though, some situations and positions seem to be made for some personality types and some would be quite stressful for others, I think the most important thing is to know yourself and MBTI is a useful tool to help with that.
Jayhawk
Eminence Grise
posted 04-14-11 00:38 ET (US)     8 / 31       
Last time I took one the results were:
E (74/26) N (56/44) F (53/47) P (60/40)

PS. I just realised that puts me diagonally across from Civis =)

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Prefect Marty
Pleb
posted 04-14-11 13:51 ET (US)     9 / 31       
Introverted (I) 67.86% Extroverted (E) 32.14%
Intuitive 72.22% Sensing (S) 27.78%
Thinking (T) 67.65% Feeling (F) 32.35%
Perceiving (P) 75.86% Judging (J) 24.14%

INTP - "Architect". Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 3.3% of total population.


I did not know Im an intuitive person, but the real shock for me is that I am introverted according to this test. Ive never had any problems with communication and public speeches. Maybe introversion and outgoing is not in contradiction. Im a podium type actually,although Im more of lecturer than entertainer type , so the description above fits very well with my understanding of myself.

PS: why does that thumb down picture appears after word intuitive, if its a persons dominant quality, whenever he/she coppies result from the similarminds site?

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Eswen
Pleb
posted 04-14-11 14:44 ET (US)     10 / 31       
Prefect Marty,
The thumb down picture is appearing because ( N ) in the post "language" means it is a thumbs down like ... : ) is smiley it's just a emoticon generated by the forum scripts ... Now I have confused myself too ...

Btw, I don't know what profession are you in, but you should consider to be (to have been) a scientist ... Scientists greatly benefit from INTP/INTJ types
It is said that Newton was INTJ and Einstein was INTP ... which is speculation of course, but more or less makes sense.

PS.
Introvert doesn't mean that you'd have problems communicating, but that you are more inclined to reflect on yourself and you're "passive" in getting to know new people. I'm definitely an introvert, and still I don't have any problems with giving speeches or presenting something even to a big audience. I prefer not to go to crowded places if I have the chance, though.
Prefect Marty
Pleb
posted 04-14-11 17:16 ET (US)     11 / 31       
Hi Eswen, Im just a student right now, but youre right about my professional ambition, Im studying physics :-)
PS: but that would be impossible without good brains...

I was wondering how these old citybuilding games could still have their fans. I think that main reason why, is that C3, Pharaoh, Zeus etc. have had only a few real fans, which remained with their favourites because of lacking new titles (not counting Sim City series and C4, which in my oppinion is not so good as C3. There are new features in C4, but these old titles still rocks)
All that is of course bound to personality type, as Civis said

[This message has been edited by Prefect Marty (edited 04-14-2011 @ 05:24 PM).]

GillB
EXCO Alumna in Kul Tiras
posted 04-14-11 17:58 ET (US)     12 / 31       
I've done this before but can't remember the outcome ... it would probably be interesting to see if I've changed. Anyway, now I seem to be:

ISFJ
Introverted (I) 75% Extroverted (E) 25%
Sensing (S) 66.67% Intuitive 33.33%
Feeling (F) 55.56% Thinking (T) 44.44%
Judging (J) 58.62% Perceiving (P) 41.38%

"Conservator". Desires to be of service and to minister to individual needs - very loyal. 13.8% of total population.

'Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened' Moving Pictures
Eswen
Pleb
posted 04-15-11 02:37 ET (US)     13 / 31       
Prefect Marty, this is the craziest thing ... I'm studying physics too hahaha

PS.
I like the C3 challenge, not a game about shooting someone, but of thought an planning. And the balancing is perfect, it took me years to actually learn to play. I'm not so big fan of Sim City, although I've played some this games. My C4 experience was disastrous, I don't think I will revisit this game in quite some time. I guess I just like a good simulation, which C3 provides plentifully.
Prefect Marty
Pleb
posted 04-15-11 10:42 ET (US)     14 / 31       
Hi Eswen, the only first person shooter game Ive ever enjoyed was Hitman series, but of course, its more about stealth than it is about actual shooting. And I must agree with you on C4 though.
Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 04-15-11 14:14 ET (US)     15 / 31       
PS. I just realised that puts me diagonally across from Civis =)
That's why you program computers and lay out pages on the web graphically, and I use computers and post in graphically laid out pages. The rest is the product of my incredible affinity for getting along with ENFP types, a struggle it may be.

Hi GillB:
ISTJ's and ISFJ's are natural companions, both equally skilled at coping with ENFP's.

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GillB
EXCO Alumna in Kul Tiras
posted 04-15-11 14:41 ET (US)     16 / 31       
Not sure anyone succeeds in coping with that particular ENFP

'Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened' Moving Pictures
Civis Romanus
Angel
posted 04-20-11 13:57 ET (US)     17 / 31       
Probably a further analysis of the subject would be needed beyond testing that paints that particular person "ENFP." Only then could any of us to be schooled in proper or successful "coping." Unfortunately, I do not have the requisite credential, office or the couch that particular ENFP would need.
keoco
Pleb
posted 04-23-11 18:10 ET (US)     18 / 31       
Jung Test Results


Introverted (I) 65.63% Extroverted (E) 34.38%
Intuitive 61.9% Sensing (S) 38.1%
Feeling (F) 65% Thinking (T) 35%
Perceiving (P) 63.41% Judging (J) 36.59%


Your type is: INFP



INFP - "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
sanna
Pleb
posted 05-06-11 08:34 ET (US)     19 / 31       
INTP. I always thought that this is a personality type that is drawn very strongly towards city builders because city builders will adequately satisfy the nature of the T for INTPs.
I've been told that I'm more "Perceiving" than "Judging" but I'd never actually taken a test, so it was kind of fun
There is no definite J or P, you are just drawn to one more often than the other. Most people exhibit both and it can vary a bit depending on the situation. When I am put in a leader position for example, I become an INTJ instead of an INTP. In all other cases, I am an INTP as evidenced by my ability (or lack thereof) not to keep any kind of order at home.

The simplest way to tell whether you are a J or P is to ask how your drawers look like. If you like to put your pens and whatnot in order and in straight lines, you are most likely a J person, whereas a P person doesn't care how the pens are located in the desk. The good old ordered chaos holds very true here.

EDIT
After reading through some posts, I also realized that some people do not understand the way the MBTI defines extravertion vs introvertion. Here I and E only defines how you recharge your energy - it does by no means try to say that you are asocial as is the most commonly understood definition of introvertion (and quite falsely so).

Yes, introverted people do shy large social events but not because we are asocial, large social events simply drains our energy so much! I know that I at least become very grumpy when my social energy is gone and I need to be alone in order to recharge. I have in fact ruined a few parties because of this, because when the party is nearing its end and people want to continue, I don't have enough energy to be social anymore, and a way for me to tell people that I need to be alone is to become grumpy. The MBTI test helped me to understand this part of my behavior, as it troubled me for some time that I become like this. As I know understand the cause, it is also easier for me to avoid and to suggest my friends that maybe we can have parties but on my terms so the social occasion becomes pleasant for everyone. I should add that I have a very strong I, somewhere between 80 to 90%.

Hence, I am introverted rather than extraverted, since extraverted people GAIN energy by attending large social events. They find being alone draining in turn.

ENFP is basically the INTP's ideal match up, because the ENFP weights up all the negative aspects of the INTP and provides us with the emotional side that we need but are usually unable to express.

And yeah, I am a terrible seller... been working a bit as a telephone seller but with very poor results. Not so strangely, I am studying to become a social scientist! Halfway done with my master's degree now! That's the most annoying part when you have a very uncommon personality type (INTP among females is about 1% of the total population, and this is certainly reflected in my inability to find any kind of work that I find enjoyable outside the idea of being a scientist).

It seems the www.mypersonality.info site provides with somewhat different statistics than the one linked in the OP.

[This message has been edited by sanna (edited 05-06-2011 @ 08:59 AM).]

Eswen
Pleb
posted 05-06-11 13:11 ET (US)     20 / 31       
The simplest way to tell whether you are a J or P is to ask how your drawers look like. If you like to put your pens and whatnot in order and in straight lines, you are most likely a J person, whereas a P person doesn't care how the pens are located in the desk. The good old ordered chaos holds very true here.
I pretty much don't care how anything is located on my two desks. Even more - one desk is for "stuff", the other is for my computer and "stuff".
... and this is certainly reflected in my inability to find any kind of work that I find enjoyable outside the idea of being a scientist
Strangely I'm fascinated by almost everything, the problem is I get bored too fast. This may, or may not be because of my personality. I wouldn't dare to speculate, since I'm not qualified to do so.

PS.
I wonder if personality is somehow correlated to intelligence, it would be way too cool if it is.
Prefect Marty
Pleb
posted 05-06-11 14:43 ET (US)     21 / 31       
Hi Eswen

PS.
I wonder if personality is somehow correlated to intelligence, it would be way too cool if it is.

As far as I know, intelligence is a part of your personality. And moreover, Its a wide term. Verbal intelligence is something different from imagination, logical reasoning is different from memory etc. Very few people are good at all these domains. Einstein wasnt able to learn foreign languages, for example.

[This message has been edited by Prefect Marty (edited 05-06-2011 @ 02:46 PM).]

Eswen
Pleb
posted 05-06-11 18:09 ET (US)     22 / 31       
As far as I know, intelligence is a part of your personality. And moreover, Its a wide term. Verbal intelligence is something different from imagination, logical reasoning is different from memory etc. Very few people are good at all these domains. Einstein wasnt able to learn foreign languages, for example.
I meant general intelligence, not so much memory, but abstract reasoning and problem solving. There is much controversy on that subject though. I too am not good with foreign languages, and memory as a whole. I've found out that if I don't wrap my finger around a rule, or at least some logical association, I hardly remember anything, even if task/information is presented numerous times. This is more or less my explanation for my inability to fast learn new languages - the enormous memory imprint they require.

PS.
Sorry for the off-topic, but I got curious after taking an IQ test few days ago. And since I'm eagerly interested in almost everything earthly ... we ended up in that discussion.
sanna
Pleb
posted 05-07-11 19:44 ET (US)     23 / 31       
I meant general intelligence, not so much memory, but abstract reasoning and problem solving. There is much controversy on that subject though. I too am not good with foreign languages, and memory as a whole. I've found out that if I don't wrap my finger around a rule, or at least some logical association, I hardly remember anything, even if task/information is presented numerous times. This is more or less my explanation for my inability to fast learn new languages - the enormous memory imprint they require.


Well, some personality types are more drawn towards analytical and abstract problem solving, i.e. the T types. It is thus also more likely that these people would score higher than average on intelligent tests simply because these people have trained their abstract analytical ability. Even though there is the attitude that intelligence (i.e. IQ) is something innate, most of it can be trained as shown by studies where students gain a higher IQ simply by attending school.

As noticed, the people who's primary function is T, are also drawn towards jobs and so on that require the T to be in focus, such as becoming a scientist. This also means that one must go through a lot of schooling, thus also increasing the chance of higher a higher than average IQ.

Of course, this is strictly speaking from the idea that intelligence can purely be defined as IQ which is only half the answer.

It is of course quite funny that Einstein had problems with languages even though it is speculated that he was an INTP thus enjoying meddling with formal systems such as languages, but that also shows how one's preferences are decided not only by personality type but also learning style.

As an auditive person, i.e. I prefer processing information through sound and communication (I am the kind of person who can sit and talk aloud about world problems because that's how I remember and process the information) and I never liked maths which requires a lot more visual input. I always found it hard to remember the numbers and so on, even though I generally had no problems understanding the underlying system of how to solve these problems. Yet I often found that many of my errors on tests were because my inability to remember the numbers properly. I am particularly weak when it comes to spatial abstract thinking such as geometry and the use of models.

However, I am pretty strong with languages and I once studied over 6 different languages (yes, not kidding!) at the same time. As much as these things don't define your personality type, it will control your preferences along with your personality type. As such as I prefer language as formal systems of maths, and I find the career of a musician much more attractive than that of an actor (which requires kinaesthetic learning).
Eswen
Pleb
posted 05-08-11 10:53 ET (US)     24 / 31       
Well, some personality types are more drawn towards analytical and abstract problem solving, i.e. the T types. It is thus also more likely that these people would score higher than average on intelligent tests simply because these people have trained their abstract analytical ability. Even though there is the attitude that intelligence (i.e. IQ) is something innate, most of it can be trained as shown by studies where students gain a higher IQ simply by attending school.
I am a programmer, and I was at time quite fascinated about the notion of AI. When I was exploring the issue then, I've built my own model of the thinking process, which may, or may not be accurate enough. Since I've never taken any course in that subject, and since I've never studied anything related to that subject, I could say that I'm "untainted" from other's theories. Ironically I even discussed that yesterday with a friend of mine, who is a philologist (we also discussed language, which I'm going to describe in a bit).

Having said that, I must point out, that people have quite simple (at least from my point of view) inductive-deductive process of thinking. You would acquire information in inductive manner (from the concrete to the general), and then apply it in a deductive manner (from the general to the concrete). I would say that all elephants are gray, not because I've seen all elephants, but because all elephants I saw were gray. I might be wrong, but until I find a pink elephant, in my head all elephants would be associated with the gray color. It's a bit simplistic, but more or less experience shows, that simple ideas are less prone to self-conflict, which is more or less obvious. And since all people would acquire, and analyse information in the same manner, it seems quite far fetched, at least to me, that you'd be able to "learn" intelligence. It seems to me, that however you try, you could not learn how to recognize patterns found in culturally independent IQ tests (just a progression of pictures). Furthermore I do not take IQ tests at face value, as with all statistical measurements (which IQ test are) you have a margin of error, and I acknowledge that.

To conclude this somewhat lengthy section. I would accept "most of it can be trained as shown by studies where students gain a higher IQ simply by attending school" statement, but if you would provide me with empirical statistical data, with correlation estimations. Otherwise my theory is as good as yours
As noticed, the people who's primary function is T, are also drawn towards jobs and so on that require the T to be in focus, such as becoming a scientist. This also means that one must go through a lot of schooling, thus also increasing the chance of higher a higher than average IQ.
It depends very much on what you call "higher" ... I'm giving an example, let's say you have a normal distribution with dispersion of 15 (usually the choice for IQ tests). It's centroid is at 100, so 104 is higher and it may be that it's not accurate enough to make a distinction between 100 and 104. But assume you have 135 (this would put you in the 99-th percentile), could you say that it's so close to the centroid that it's not possible to make the same distinction? How much really could you learn your way up the scale? - 2 points, 5 points? Is it depending on your distance from the centroid? I would imagine so.
I always found it hard to remember the numbers and so on, even though I generally had no problems understanding the underlying system of how to solve these problems.
Math is more about connections and symbolics, more than "numbers". For your whole life you could not know how much is pi, and yet be able still to calculate circle area.
I am particularly weak when it comes to spatial abstract thinking such as geometry and the use of models.
However, I am pretty strong with languages and I once studied over 6 different languages (yes, not kidding!) at the same time. As much as these things don't define your personality type, it will control your preferences along with your personality type. As such as I prefer language as formal systems of maths, and I find the career of a musician much more attractive than that of an actor (which requires kinaesthetic learning).
That's really strange since the language is a model. From what I can tell from my discussions with my philologist friends, you don't learn language by studying its syntax, or its grammatic, you just compile a model for yourself and apply it. As an example: I write and speak English without translating it to my native language in my head. Unlike my Polish, which is quite weak because I still don't have the models to speak and write freely. I still rely on re-translation in my head for the Polish, even though it's very close to my native language. There are some subtle differences though.
My language is caseless, unlike Polish, but Polish has a simpler verb system. So why the difficulty? Well that translation from Polish to Bulgarian and vice versa leaves an enormous time lag, overhead, if you like, on communication.
Unlike in English where I have the models to skip the translation and just get the association between concept and word, with Polish, I have to translate, make the association, and then translate back. Furthermore for English I have substantial lexical source, than with Polish, which makes it easier to substitute with a synonym if I don't remember the exact word.

Alright, this post had gone out of hand, so I'll stop here, even if it's possible to add more and more ...

Best regards.

[This message has been edited by Eswen (edited 05-08-2011 @ 11:03 AM).]

Sandra Linkletter
Pleb
posted 11-22-11 12:52 ET (US)     25 / 31       
Introverted (I) 61.76% Extroverted (E) 38.24%
Intuitive 60.61% Sensing (S) 39.39%
Thinking (T) 72.41% Feeling (F) 27.59%
Judging (J) 56.67% Perceiving (P) 43.33%

Your type is: INTJ

INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.

That and a five-dollar bill would get me a cup of coffee some places.
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