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Thread: What's Your Personality?

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    For instance I have been in some very extremely dangerous very high stress situations both as part of a team and as a leader. My personality at those times would be described probably as machine like, very cold, curt, precise, disembodied and utterly no fear or other feeling, ruthless even, utterly and completely focused. Feelings of any kind were dampened to almost nothing other than an occasional passing thought. The best way to describe it would be to as watching yourself though your own eyes while your body is on autopilot and you are observing and making occasional corrections. Things are moving fast and slow at the same time. Decisions were made instantaneously without regard to the feelings of others in regards to accomplishing the mission that was at hand, which was the highest priority. Many of my decisions were made before the mission ever left base and just adjusted for circumstance of the time. I have only ever had that "personality" if you will while under the most arduous of circumstance. I have never duplicated it stateside, ever. Most decisions of any consequence I tend to over analyze and dither a bit, more so the less clear cut the optimum choice is, and I tend to stop and examine shiny objects that catch my fancy. My family calls out shiny object every time I get sidetracked which is very often. Absent minded would be a generous term. I am so bad I get sidetracked, while am sidetracked, I love finding rabbit holes to explore. The point being that I think most people have a at least a duality of personality that can be polar opposite of their primary personality which I think that a personality test unless its exceptionally detailed is not going to catch especially if the subjects have never been in high stress situations, so the subjects wouldn't even know about that side of their personality.
    That actually sounds a lot like me. If nothing particularly interesting is going on, I'll generally be in my own head keeping busy with something else. This can have a tendency to make me rather absent minded under most circumstances, though I am still probably more observant of my surroundings than most other people.

    If I see something that catches my interest, I will also generally stop to take the time to investigate like you do even if other people think it's a waste of time.

    However, when I'm hard at work on a project, that basically goes completely out the window. Some of my co-workers have actually said that I go into a "trance" of sorts. I tune the rest of the world out almost completely, and go into a "machine mode" like you described as I try to work the problem at hand to completion.

    It's not terribly unusual for people to even have to raise their voice a bit or physically touch me to snap me out of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    ENFP.

    When I was in college, I took one of these tests and I got "INTJ." So it just goes to show how our personalities can change in only a couple years.
    That's a Hell of a shift.

    I honestly have a hard time ever picturing you as an INTJ given how you've described yourself. You seem like too much of a social butterfly, and a lot of your political views (on the military, for instance) are rather decidedly turned towards the "feeling" side of things.
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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Perfectionists. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


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    It all seems pretty spot on, to be honest. I research the Hell out of most subjects that interest me, and overly structured environments tend to drive me absolutely nuts (one of the major reasons I opted for the Reserves, rather than the Active Duty Army). Furthermore, while I am a traditionalist, I'm generally not overtly dogmatic about it, and I am willing to accept new points of view if the other side of the argument presents them well.

    I'm sure anyone who's debated me can attest to the "arrogance" aspect as well.

    The article on INTJ parents was also rather interesting.

    INTJ Parents

    I'm just about positive that my father is INTJ (he's probably even stronger in it than I am), and the description does sound a lot like the lessons he taught me as a child.

    He'd be rather harsh and insensitive in the way he taught them (often posing me a difficult question on some topic and simply sitting back and watching impatiently as I squirmed trying to come up with an answer), but they almost always left a lasting impression. In just my pre-teen years, he introduced me to a lot of high literary, political, and historical concepts that I wouldn't see again until college.
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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    My fiancee took the quiz and it says she's an INFJ type.

    I'm an ENTP type. Preferred partners: INTJ and INFJ types.

    The INFJ type is believed to be very rare (less than 1 percent of the population) and it has an unusual set of traits.


    Less than 1% of the population. "Unusual set of traits". I can certainly agree with that. She's a very rare catch indeed. That could explain why it took me so damn long to find her. The number of women I've dated is well into the triple digits. But now I've finally found the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    My fiancee took the quiz and it says she's an INFJ type.

    I'm an ENTP type. Preferred partners: INTJ and INFJ types.

    The INFJ type is believed to be very rare (less than 1 percent of the population) and it has an unusual set of traits.


    Less than 1% of the population. "Unusual set of traits". I can certainly agree with that. She's a very rare catch indeed. That could explain why it took me so damn long to find her. The number of women I've dated is well into the triple digits. But now I've finally found the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.
    Apparently, INTJs are best paired with either ENTP or ENFP personality types, as they are outgoing enough to be able to draw us out of our shells while not finding our pricklier tendencies overtly off-putting, or other INTJs or INFJs, as they think more or less like we do.

    That's actually kind of funny, considering some of the posters I seem to spend the most time talking to around here.

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    That actually sounds a lot like me. If nothing particularly interesting is going on, I'll generally be in my own head keeping busy with something else. This can have a tendency to make me rather absent minded under most circumstances, though I am still probably more observant of my surroundings than most other people.

    If I see something that catches my interest, I will also generally stop to take the time to investigate like you do even if other people think it's a waste of time.

    However, when I'm hard at work on a project, that basically goes completely out the window. Some of my co-workers have actually said that I go into a "trance" of sorts. I tune the rest of the world out almost completely, and go into a "machine mode" like you described as I try to work the problem at hand to completion.

    It's not terribly unusual for people to even have to raise their voice a bit or physically touch me to snap me out of it.



    That's a Hell of a shift.

    I honestly have a hard time ever picturing you as an INTJ given how you've described yourself. You seem like too much of a social butterfly, and a lot of your political views (on the military, for instance) are rather decidedly turned towards the "feeling" side of things.

    Personality is very fluid, much more so than current research suggests, in my opinion. I know in my own case, I was very introverted when I was a kid all the way through college. I hated being that way because I felt like I was missing out on life, so I forced myself to come out of my shell by joining meetup groups and making a bunch of friends.

    I made myself go out with new people every time I had the chance. I took my degree in engineering and told the company I work for that I wanted to go in to sales or marketing... where I would be judged on my ability to deal with people.

    At first, it was very difficult for me. I was very much in my own head, and I was very nervous to do these things. What started to happen, though, is I started making a lot of great memories. I started having a lot of fun out with new friends and coworkers and so forth, and I started to realize that these were the best times of my life. I started to realize that I'm a little bit of an attention whore, and that has made me much more extraverted.

    I still have some introverted tendencies.... I love to watch movies alone, I like to visit this site and goof around online, I love to read.... but I really get my energy from being the center of attention in a group of people. Having the spotlight on you is kind of addictive.

    As for the F versus the J.... I think that goes hand in hand a bit with my development. As I broke away from my books and started focusing on social relationships, I realized that the world is all about people. Every person is worth something, and people aren't fully logical. Also, I started to become more religious and compassion for others is a big part of what my religion teaches.

    I also think my journey from a J to and F had a bit to do with my increasing social and emotional intelligence which came with experience. Having an intuitive sense of what other people are feeling, and being able to tell stories and express yourself with passion are very valuable social tools. Emotion is how people connect and form relationships. I think just gearing my mind more in that direction had me migrate from being more of a logic-oriented thinker to a human-oriented feeler.


    I don't think any one personality type is inherently better than another. We are all different and that's what makes life interesting. I know, though, that for my personal goals, I had to change some things about myself to become the person I really wanted to be. And it's an ongoing process..... every day is an opportunity to grow and become a better man.
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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    INFJ; idealist. well, there's a shock.

    i like it. great thread idea.

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Personality is very fluid, much more so than current research suggests, in my opinion. I know in my own case, I was very introverted when I was a kid all the way through college. I hated being that way because I felt like I was missing out on life, so I forced myself to come out of my shell by joining meetup groups and making a bunch of friends.

    I made myself go out with new people every time I had the chance. I took my degree in engineering and told the company I work for that I wanted to go in to sales or marketing... where I would be judged on my ability to deal with people.

    At first, it was very difficult for me. I was very much in my own head, and I was very nervous to do these things. What started to happen, though, is I started making a lot of great memories. I started having a lot of fun out with new friends and coworkers and so forth, and I started to realize that these were the best times of my life. I started to realize that I'm a little bit of an attention whore, and that has made me much more extraverted.

    I still have some introverted tendencies.... I love to watch movies alone, I like to visit this site and goof around online, I love to read.... but I really get my energy from being the center of attention in a group of people. Having the spotlight on you is kind of addictive.

    As for the F versus the J.... I think that goes hand in hand a bit with my development. As I broke away from my books and started focusing on social relationships, I realized that the world is all about people. Every person is worth something, and people aren't fully logical. Also, I started to become more religious and compassion for others is a big part of what my religion teaches.

    I also think my journey from a J to and F had a bit to do with my increasing social and emotional intelligence which came with experience. Having an intuitive sense of what other people are feeling, and being able to tell stories and express yourself with passion are very valuable social tools. Emotion is how people connect and form relationships. I think just gearing my mind more in that direction had me migrate from being more of a logic-oriented thinker to a human-oriented feeler.
    Interesting. You basically "trained" yourself into a new mental framework then?

    I certainly don't see any reason why something like that couldn't be possible. Personality is tied to brain structure, after all, and the brain is ultimately an organ like any other.

    The more practice it has performing any particular task, the more efficient it will become at it. It's entirely possible that you basically forced yourself to "rewire" your system from being right brain dominant to being left brain dominant instead.

    I like the way I am now, so I wouldn't try something like that. Still though, kudos on the effort.
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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Interesting. You basically "trained" yourself into a new mental framework then?

    I certainly don't see any reason why something like that couldn't be possible. Personality is tied to brain structure, after all, and the brain is ultimately an organ like any other.

    The more practice it has performing any particular task, the more efficient it will become at it. It's entirely possible that you basically forced yourself to "rewire" your system from being right brain dominant to being left brain dominant instead.

    I like the way I am now, so I wouldn't try something like that. Still though, kudos on the effort.

    Yes, I've been re-training my brain pretty much daily for the past five years. In fact, it's a continual process.

    In addition to what I described earlier which was pretty much behavioral modification, I've also used mindfulness meditation, hypnotism, cognitive behavioral therapy, active visualization, and lately I've been experimenting with a new method called cognitive bias modification all in an effort to re-wire my mind to become the person I want to be.

    It sounds like a lot, but it all comes down to how I view life - if you're standing still you might as well be dead. Life is all about continual self-improvement. Life is a game.... play to win.

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Apparently, INTJs are best paired with either ENTP or ENFP personality types, as they are outgoing enough to be able to draw us out of our shells while not finding our pricklier tendencies overtly off-putting, or other INTJs or INFJs, as they think more or less like we do.
    That's sort of how Stephanie put it. She said that being with me makes her break out of her shell and just let herself loose once in a while.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    That's actually kind of funny, considering some of the posters I seem to spend the most time talking to around here.
    Reading through this thread it appears that this site has an unusual number of INTJs and INFJs considering how rare they are. That might be why I tend to visit this site often whenever I'm surfing the net.

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    Re: What's Your Personality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    That's sort of how Stephanie put it. She said that being with me makes her break out of her shell and just let herself loose once in a while.

    Reading through this thread it appears that this site has an unusual number of INTJs and INFJs considering how rare they are. That might be why I tend to visit this site often whenever I'm surfing the net.
    Yea. Web forums are pretty much guaranteed to draw in the more geeky and introverted personality types more often than not.

    INTJs and INFJs fit that to a "T," as do many members of the idealist crowd.

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