Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Introductions - Thoughts on being an INTJ


Why am I doing this? Not entirely sure. 

I think I just need a place to keep entries on how I feel about life, the universe and everything.

According to those tests, I am an INTJ and so my thoughts here will probably be more understandable to other INTJ's. Since I have nowhere else to start, topic for today is my thoughts on INTJ...ness.

I – Introversion preferred to extraversion: INTJs tend to be quiet and reserved. They generally prefer interacting with a few close friends rather than a wide circle of acquaintances, and they expend energy in social situations (whereas extraverts gain energy

This is definitely true for me. Any house gathering I throw I love keeping to less than 15 close friends, and any night spent clubbing I feel like I'm making an effort, even when wasted, to socialise with randoms.

N – Intuition preferred to sensing: INTJs tend to be more abstract than concrete. They focus their attention on the big picture rather than the details and on future possibilities rather than immediate realities.

I always dream about how my future life is going to be. I feel like I know how I'm supposed to get there, yet I rarely take the steps towards it. 

T – Thinking preferred to feeling: INTJs tend to value objective criteria above personal preference. When making decisions they generally give more weight to logic than to social considerations.

I'm not sure how I feel on this one, it seems like something I do without noticing to be honest.

J – Judgment preferred to perception: INTJs tend to plan their activities and make decisions early. They derive a sense of control through predictability, which to perceptive types may seem limiting.

I plan so much, from possible outcomes in conversations to exactly how I'm going to get somewhere, what time I'll arrive, excuses for leaving if I want to and so on. When in a situation that feels like nobody is in control, I can't help but feel uncomfortable, and spend my time planning some more - for example, "What would I do if [Ridiculous Outcome] happened? Who would slow the group down in a zombie invasion? Who do I trust most to guard my back?"

Despite what this post may suggest, I don't tend to categorize people as their personality types - more so whether they're bogans, arrogant arseholes, friendly, intelligent etc. Someone being a different type to me won't make me dislike them instantly, though approaching them is likely to be different.

Out of thoughts tonight.

1 comment:

  1. I am interested to see how your blog progresses. I am an introverted-extrovert mostly, I forget the rest but from reading the various descriptions of subcategories I could see relations to them all, just in various degrees.

    People are not their categories, like you said, it is all about observation and personal experience with others that gives the best insight.