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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Myers-Briggs INTP

I ran across a personality test a couple of days ago, and on a whim (I'm whimsical like that,) I decided I would take it. I didn't realize that it was a Myers-Briggs test, as I have taken a couple of them in the past, and lo and behold, it scored me as type INTP.

Since I had taken similar tests in the past, it rang a bell when it said I was type INTP. What I didn't realize was that I really do fit the description given for that type, probably more now than I ever did in the past. Perhaps because I'm older and have come to accept who I am, maybe because previously I rejected what they had to say. In fact its very spooky how well it reads me. I found that if I were to replace the "INTP" with my name in many places, it would likely read as if someone who knew me, perhaps better than I did myself, had written it.

The INTP is apparently one of the rarer personality types, with only about one percent of people falling into it. This would explain why I am so rarely understood. People just aren't accustomed to us, since the chances are that they didn't know anyone with this type. The fact that this type person is fairly private, except for close friends, would also help account for the "strangeness" to most folks. The description can be read here and another here (which I think is the one that is closest to a description of myself.)

Its amazing what you can find on the Internet, even when you're very careful and private, you can find information on yourself. Even if it doesn't have your name attached to it.

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At Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 8:34:00 AM EST, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

This sounds really interesting..must check it out.
LOL...but I know beforehand that I am very ordinary human being who fits in with one and all.
I will check it, because I'm more interested in what INTP is all about.
YOU: there..curiosity kills the cat..

At Friday, February 2, 2007 at 2:26:00 AM EST, Anonymous Mona $visitorIP said...

Are you joking!

Its ME they are talking about not you!

HORROR!!!

Since we are so rare...we must be the flaws in the pattern...

Lets think something else

Charles...how do you like that painting of mine in the profile photo?

At Friday, February 2, 2007 at 12:07:00 PM EST, Anonymous mona $visitorIP said...

In fact I recognized you the first time I left a comment on your blog & one of the 'rare' kind...when I told you that you were a person of ' no-mind'...if you remember...I think it was on the post where u talked about your mom & grandma.
Yes it defines you well...& I see 'traces' of me too at some places...& I dont like the word cameleon which they use for the term 'flexible'. But they are right about the part of ' ruling from behind the throne'[ not their jargon again]

At Friday, February 2, 2007 at 6:41:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,
You are obviously a better judge of character than I am. And yeah, I definitely think myself flexible. You'd think that by now, I'd be used to the idea of folks refering to me as 'no-mind', since they seem to think I have no brains ;D
I think that the "idea-man, let someone else rule," is one of the more interesting aspects in retrospect. Even in high school, I was the Vice-President of the Student Counsel, and came up with ideas, while my friend was President and drove things from that point. It worked out very well. The trouble with this arrangement later in life though is that nobody really knows who comes up with the ideas, and will stick a proverbial knife in your back at the first opportunity. Of course my friend wasn't one of them, but there have been plenty since.
I do derive some satisfaction from knowing my work afterwards survives, but it would be nice to be recognized for it instead of having someone else get the kudos just for using it. Heck for the most part, they don't even have a clue how it did the job, whereas I had to know not only what it had to do, but how to do it, even when they wouldn't have known how to define what it needed to do.
As for your painting, it reminds of some of V. van Gogh's early work, color-wise, although it is very much more dynamic than anything he ever did. Do you want me to analyze it, as I see it? Ok.
I see a strong desire to be free, from an what would appear to be a dreary world, but also a hesitance to do so, indicated by the only partial showing of the horses. The fact that there is more than just one horse, would indicate that there are several desires, but you are breaking free in some way. The last showing horse, also says to me that the last desire is to actually speak your mind in a way to be heard, since he has wide open mouth, almost like a howl at the moon.
How's that for an amateur psychologist? Am I full of SH__ or am I full of SH__!?

At Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 12:50:00 PM EST, Anonymous mona $visitorIP said...

Charles..O my God!..Really..that IS an expressionistic painting And although i intended the colour domination theme [ earthy] It is really strokes dominated.
& no one could have unraveled it better than you've just done...not even myself!!!
& do you know...Vincent Van Gogh is my most favourite arist, of all times...I love his Sun themes and self potraits. I have spent hours studying the passion of each one of his strokes.It is uncanny...the way you have analysed it...like a ball clicking into a socket...You are a good conniseuier[sp?] I see..
I have done some impressionistic art too...but there was one which I made with knife which depicts a forceful energy. It was made as a gift for a friend [ who later on drove the knife in my back :) ]I have also done some acrylic on canvas
Yes you are so right...about the ruling from behind the throne bit...it is others who hog the limelight while you do all the hard work...I understand exactly what you mean...In school I was the captian of the house which stood first in all respects...It was my co- captin [ the boy, who jumped to recieve the trophy] In my graduation, I was the secretary of Fine arts society for two consecutive years just because it became very active during my ' realm' [ for want of another word]. But again someone else took the credit. Then one of my paintings was presented to the President of India when he was at the university for the convocation..& wud you believe it...someone else went upstage to present it! As a successful vice president of the Raleigh lierary society, jealous ppl slung dirt on me for organising dramatic plays that were bold in their themes...
Now anybody would call me stupid for letting it happen so often...again & again...yet I do not indulge in creative art for hogging the limelight. If fame comes, if money comes as a ' side effect' it is good. But that is not my goal. It is just art for art's sake & I feel that the more I do, the less satisfied I become with myself...there is no end to being creative. It is not about just being heard, it is about a communion, where you feel the ground beneath your feet has moved...

At Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 12:23:00 PM EST, Blogger MONA $visitorIP said...

Correction: not 'side effect' it is 'by-product'

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