In what seems like a life-time ago, I took a personality test. Yes, I have a personality. And it has been tested. In fact, it's been tested quite often. One of my grad school roommates was a psych doctoral student, and he used me as practice for his Measures and Diagnosis seminar. I've also been through two psych evals during the application process for religious life.
Anyway, this personality test--the Myers-Briggs--indicated that my personality is best described by the initials INTJ. That stands for something or another that I'm authoritatively told is an unusual type.
Never paid it much attention until someone recently asked me if I had ever taken the Myers-Briggs. She wanted to know my type. I told her. She giggled (yes, giggled!) and said that she could've won a bet b/c she would've guessed that I am an INTJ.
Needless to say, I had to find out what was so giggle-worthy about INTJ's. So, to Google I went!
And found among the detritus of the intertubes lots of info on INTJ's. Apparently, we are a rare breed of arrogant jerks who spend most of our time wandering around inside our heads entertaining ourselves and mostly ignoring social norms.
My take on all this info is that it's much like a Zodiac sign, though spruced up with psycho-babble and the "astrologers" have Ph.D.'s. Though I have to say that most of what I found applies to me: loves ideas, books, the Big Picture, averse to displays of emotion, aloof, introverted, low tolerance for B.S., etc. The negative stuff is pretty true too: blunt, argumentative, hyper-critical, sarcastic, bordering on cynical, etc. The one thing that doesn't fit me at all: INTJ's are supposed to be obsessively orderly. Not me, bubba.
This post really made me laugh b/c so much of it is true for me! Of course, being a priest, I've learned to temper a lot of the more publicly negative aspects of my personality. Thank you, Jesus. If I was called into the student master's office it was almost always b/c I had spouted off at table in some ridiculously pompous fashion and one of the sensitive friars took me seriously. Yes, it was his fault for not having a sense of humor. (See. That's how a real INTJ works!). :-)
BTW, I'm a Gemini in the western Zodiac and a Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac, which means I'm a schizophrenic big mouth who breathes fire. HA!
BTW2, yes, I'm procrastinating b/c there's packing/unpacking to be done. Blech.___________________
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