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Topic: MBTI personality types

  1. Blue's Clues
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    I have had an ongoing fascination with analysing personality, and what makes myself and others tick, and have found the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to be a surprisingly accurate measure of such things. I have catalogued the types of many of the people in my life, and probably driven them nuts with my project. It's an interesting study, though, observing consistent traits among the types, how they relate to life skills, coping strategies, how they function in different settings and why.

    If you know your type, feel free to share, and things you may have discovered about yourself or that have helped you relate to others using resources about it. If you don't know your type, and want to, I found the site 16 Personalities pretty good for testing and dissecting the types.

    If it's of any interest, I am an INTP, and the information about my type on that site is pretty spot-on. I've only used that as a starting point for my research. There is so much information out there on the types, and the differences between them that actually goes a long way to breaking down the core of otherwise confusing conflicts, or getting the most out of a person at work or in a friendship, etc.

    Anyway, it's a bit of a project of mine, and I wanted to open it up to anyone who wants to contribute.

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    5 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Hey Blues

    I already know my personality type but as per your interesting topic I will have a look see at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and see what they think of me...do they have a definition of what a INTP is? I would love to contribute..I just finished conversating with you on your other thread :-)

    Paulx

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  3. Blue's Clues
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    Yes indeedy, they have a pretty comprehensive description of an INTP, and all the other types as well. I'll be interested to see what you learn from said site. :)
  4. Shelll
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    5 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Hi dear Blue

    I decided to do the test on the 16 personalities website. I was INFP - T. As I was reading the description on this particular personality, I did see myself in it. I even heard myself say " Oh my gosh" aloud, because it said the people with the INFP personality avoid speaking on phones if they can. I really dislike speaking on phones, and I always have. I will even let in ring out.

    So the letters in your personality are almost the same as mine except for one letter. I know the "f" letter in mine is" feeling". So what is" t" in yours?

    I also had a - T, after the other letters, which indicates "turbulent" Well that is pretty much how I feel at the present.

    I would be interesting to know what others are too. Have you done the test Mr Woof? I would be interested because you pick up on other peoples emotions like me.

    Good topic dear Blue.

    In kindness

    Shell xx

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  5. Blue's Clues
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    5 June 2016 in reply to Shelll

    Delightful. I have a few INFPs in my life, including my sister. A tricky personality to get to know - deeply private and often worried about imposing on others - but rewarding, too. Where you are a Feeling person, I am a Thinking person, hence the "T". And where you are Turbulent, I am Assertive.

    Though there is only one letter different in our types, they are quite different in practice. I've found INFPs to be spiritual, warm, compassionate, sensitive and creative people who crave harmony. We INTPs, conversely, are logic-oriented and don't engage much with emotion. We tend to come at pretty much everything from an intellectual and analytical standpoint. We crave knowledge and understanding of everything, though if we don't work on it, can be a bit clueless about people's feelings. We're not great at prioritising that sort of thing, I've had to learn to treat navigating the sea of human interaction and emotion as an intellectual exercise so I don't suck at it so much.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Blue.

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    5 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Hey Shelleybelly...not yet....I just posted before...but I will after some sleep....and you are right...this is going to be a great thread....Blu Rox.....Paulxx

  7. Blue's Clues
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    Maybe I should have warned you that, as an INTP, I have a pretty healthy ego. Head's gonna swell some, with all this praise. ;) Looking forward to seeing your results, Paul. Until then, have a good snooze.
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    BB News at the bottom of the hour.........ENFJ
  9. Shelll
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    5 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Yes Blue, I thought you may have been a logical sort of person. The reason I say that is because when I read other people's posts I pick up on their emotions. It is like emotions just pop out at me. But then there are other people like yourself, that I cannot pick up any emotion at all.

    And also I actually have a hard time with facts, unless it is something extremely interesting to me, like this personality stuff.

    Ha Ha about the swelled head, was that really in you personality trait Blue?

    Have a good rest then Mr Woof.

    best go to bed too.

    Night Blue

  10. Shelll
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    5 June 2016 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Mr Woof, is that your test results then.....ENFJ ?

    I think the "f" is feeling. I have no idea what the others mean though.

    Hugs

    Shelleybelly xx

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    5 June 2016 in reply to Shelll
    • Extraverted (action orientated, outgoing, expressive, hands on)
    • Intuitive (imaginative, future orientated, conceptual abstract)
    • Feeling (empathetic, warm, accepting, values harmony)
    • Judging (organised, systematic, achievement orientated, planner)

    I just copied this off the website....just google 'Myers-Briggs Type Indicator' all the abbreviations are there Shelleybellyxx.....Paul

    Great thread Bluesx

  12. Shelll
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    Hey Mr Woof, I thought you would have showed up with the "feeling" part in your personality trait. And the first letter of "E", well that explains why you did the cabling work in the CAFE for the foxtel music thingy and the fact that you work in your garden perhaps. It is fascinating.

    Hugs to you

    Shelleybelly xx

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    5 June 2016 in reply to Shelll
    INFP. :)
  14. ahw309
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    5 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    I'm also pretty fascinated with different personalities and how people think and interact with different things and experiences! I have done the Myer-Briggs test before and I am an INFP :)

  15. Missing user
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    5 June 2016

    I am an ISFJ-T, but I havent read exactly what that means yet.

  16. Blue's Clues
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    5 June 2016 in reply to ahw309

    Hm, this thread is proving a haven for INFPs. I admit, I have a bit of a soft spot for the INFP type. You're a quiet, quirky lot, accepting of oddballs like me that don't do social norms, and very easy and low-maintenance to be around. Thank you guys for sharing.

    Paul, I've only known one other ENFJ, and I do see similarities between the two of you. Warm, fun, and active in your respective communities, you being a carer and him working with youth. I'm not close with him, and am just getting to know you, so I look forward to learning more about the type and seeing it in practice, not just theory.

    Shelley, I was being facetious about the swelled head, but there is actually a bit of truth to it. From an outside perspective an INTPs slowness to act on our ideas may seem like a lack of confidence in ourselves or poor self-esteem, but it's actually that we get caught up in a loop of constantly gathering data and trying to improve further on those ideas. A bit of a catch for us.

    I've known several other INTPs, and I can say that we typically feel pretty good about ourselves. We take criticism well, it's extremely hard to shake our self-esteem and comparatively easy to bolster it. Because we rely on logic, we can easily disregard naysayers who typically run on emotion and their own insecurities to bring others down, and are conversely perfectly comfortable accepting compliments because we know darn well how awesome we are. ;)

  17. Blue's Clues
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    Sherie, I hope you'll be pleased with what the site has to say about your type. You do show signs of what is said there, being inclined to create harmony, to be inclusive and observant and make a great deal of effort toward others without squeaking for the spotlight. I see a lot of the characteristics described in your interactions in the Café.

    I know one other ISFJ, my manager at work, and he's the bees knees in my opinion. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of everyone in the department and makes sure everyone's getting as much satisfaction from their job as they can whilst also maximising efficiency. He puts in a lot of effort to make sure everything goes as smoothly as it can, and doesn't take anywhere near enough credit or recognition for his efforts. Do you see any of yourself in that, on a personal or professional level?

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  18. Missing user
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    Okay, so here is what it says about me. Much of it is true.

    ISFJ Strengths:

    Supportive - the universal helpers, sharing knowledge, experience, time and energy with anyone who needs it.

    Reliable and Patient – meticulous and careful, takes a steady approach to ensure that things are done to the highest standard.

    Imaginative and Observant – very imaginative, and use this as an accessory to empathy, observing others' emotional states and seeing things from their perspective. A very practical imagination.

    Enthusiastic – When the goal is right, ISFJs take all this support, reliability and imagination and apply it to something they believe will make a difference in people's lives.

    Good Practical Skills – have the practical sense to do something with all this altruism. ISFJs can see the beauty and harmony that mundane or routine tasks can create, because they know it helps them to care for their friends, family, and anyone else who needs it.

    ISFJ Weaknesses:

    Humble and Shy – so concerned with others' feelings that they refuse to make their thoughts known, or to take any duly earned credit for their contributions. ISFJs' standards for themselves are so high that and often downplay their successes entirely.

    Take Things Too Personally – ISFJs have trouble separating personal and impersonal situations.

    Repress Their Feelings – private and very sensitive, internalize their feelings a great deal. Much in the way that ISFJs protect others' feelings, they must protect their own, and this lack of healthy emotional expression can lead to a lot of stress and frustration.

    Overload Themselves – Their strong senses of duty and perfectionism combine with this aversion to emotional conflict to create a situation where it is far too easy to overload themselves – or to be overloaded by others – as they struggle silently to meet everyone's expectations, especially their own.

    Reluctant to Change – ISFJ personalities value traditions and history highly in their decisions. A situation sometimes needs to reach a breaking point before ISFJs are persuaded by circumstance, or the strong personality of a loved one, to alter course.

    Too Altruistic – This is all compounded and reinforced by ISFJs' otherwise wonderful quality of altruism. Being such warm, good-natured people, ISFJs are willing to let things slide, to believe that things will get better soon, to not burden others by accepting their offers of help, while their troubles mount unassisted.

    Mmm, interesting.

    Sherie

  19. Missing user
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    Hi Blue. Yeah, most of it does. Its really pretty accurate, except it says I'm imaginative, but I dont believe I am.

    I just read this bit as a kind of summary of my 'type':

    As an ISFJ, or Defender personality, you have a hugely positive impact on others. Your empathy, commitment and loyalty are invaluable. You take care of others, work hard, and at times your altruism shines like a beacon of light in the darkness. But having a Defender personality can be a blessing and a curse... Your dedication often goes unrewarded. And sometimes you feel like you’re sacrificing your own happiness to help others. Your values and beliefs are important to you – but sometimes it seems like the rest of the world works differently.

    Probably all true ...... Its all very interesting isnt it? And you've been doing a bit of a study of all this stuff? What got you interested in the first place?

    Sherie xx

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    Hi Blues

    Interesting thread. I Love this lol "because we know darn well how awesome we are. ;)" You crack me up!

    Paul

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  21. Blue's Clues
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    Gotta tell it like it is, Paul. :)
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    6 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    Hi Blues,

    I too am fascinated with personality types and what makes people tick. I love to "people watch" too.

    I cannot remember my myers-briggs personality type, I'll have to do it again. I wonder does I change as we go through different things in life. I did the test about 20 years ago and I'm certainly not he person I was back then. Life situations and circumstances have changed me.

    Interesting...

  23. Blue's Clues
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    CMF, I've known of people's personality types to shift a bit, but I don't think it's typical. I also think it may be the product of slightly different test questions. My results have come up a little differently from one site to another. Some peg me as an INTJ; I'm very much on the border between Judging and Perceiving in any given test, and do share a few traits with the INTJ type. There are sites that go into much greater depth about the differences between the types, and I have ascertained from them that my overall thinking processes land fairly squarely in the INTP camp. For anyone who is a bit hazy on where they fall between two similar types, I'm sure I could find those resources again and direct you there.

    Sherie, the more I read from your personal thread, the more I have to concur with the ISFJ summary as it relates to your experience.

    As for what got me interested... To be honest, I just got bored one night and took a personality test. I remembered having taken the MBTI test years ago and that it was pretty accurate. My type came up the same, and the information I found remained relevant and interesting, and this time I was viewing it with the clarity of an adult (I was in my late teens, the first time I encountered the MBTI). I decided to poke various people around me to find out their types as well. There were certain patterns in the data, for instance, that the people that I am most comfortable and at ease with are inevitably Intuitive types, and that whilst I do have a few Sensing types around me, indeed including my mother and my best friend, these are the ones I am most likely to butt heads with (there are rare exceptions, including yourself and the other ISFJ I know). They just seem so unaware of the other person in their interactions sometimes and I lose patience with that.

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  24. Missing user
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    Hi Blue, you have got me interested in this stuff now. I remembered that I did some sort of personality test when I worked for a Govt Dept many years ago, and I just found it. It isnt the MBTI one, its a Team Management System thing and more geared towards working related things. But it is still quite interesting. It told me that I am a Concluder-Producer, with related roles of Controller-Inspector and Upholder-Maintainer. More specifically I in an introvert when it comes to relating with others. I am practical when it comes to gathering and using information. I make decisions based very evenly between Analytical and Beliefs. And I organise myself and others in more of a structured way than flexible. I guess some of this is similar to the MBTI personality test, but just more related to working traits rather than more personal traits.

    But getting back to the MBTI test I did yesterday. The balance was very definite in some areas, but somewhat middling in others. For example, this is what it said from my test results.

    Personality type: “The Defender” (ISFJ-T)
    Individual traits: Introverted – 90%, Observant – 70%, Feeling – 55%, Judging – 79%, Turbulent – 64%.

    Role: Sentinel
    Strategy: Constant Improvement

    None of these things in themselves make a lot of sense to me, but the overall summary is quite telling. I guess that the Introvert score of 90% is high, and thats true. I will read up more on what each of the other scores really mean. As I said, you have me interested in this now too. So I must do some research too as to what the Sentinel thing is all about as well as the strategy of constant improvement. (-:

    Sherie xx

  25. Solosombra
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    7 June 2016 in reply to Blue's Clues

    I was too curious Lol

    I got INTJ as mine :/ haha wow...

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    Hey MrK

    another INTJ! Way to go!

    Paul

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  27. Blue's Clues
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    7 June 2016 in reply to Solosombra

    Kiamau, I admit I'm surprised by your result, but not in a bad way. I know INTJs can be very caring and warm, but it's often well guarded and doesn't radiate from them quite the way it does from you. Have you had a good read of the description, and do you think it's accurate? As a side note, my partner is an INTJ. I have a particular affinity for the type. :)

  28. Blue's Clues
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    Sherie, the individual traits themselves only tell a fraction of the story, and each type as a whole tends to be very much more than the sum of its parts. It can take only one letter different to create two completely different types, such as an INTP like myself being significantly different from an INFP like some of the others here. A Thinking or Feeling preference can throw all the other things into a whole different light. There is far more detail on the types available beyond what 16 Personalities offers, if you care to look, but maybe just digest what's there for now.

    You've highlighted a few points about your own personality, and I think I'll do the same, for those who are a bit interested but find it a bit much effort to chase up someone else's information:

    As an INTP (Assertive) - The Logician - my role is that of "Analyst", and my strategy, "Confident Individualism". I can live with that.

    Strengths:

    Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.

    Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs' ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.

    Open-Minded – INTPs couldn't make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they're supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a "none of my business" sort of attitude –
    peoples' ideas are what matter.

    Enthusiastic – When a new idea piques their interest, INTPs can be very enthusiastic – they are a reserved personality type, but if another person shares an interest, they can be downright excited about discussing it. More likely though, the only outward evidence of this enthusiasm will be INTPs' silent pacing or their staring into the distance.

    To be continued...

  29. Blue's Clues
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    Objective – INTPs' analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren't the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation. Rather, it's as though people with the INTP personality type are a conduit for the truths around them, so far as they can be expressed, and they are proud of this role as theoretical mediator.

    Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don't often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.

    Weaknesses

    Very Private and Withdrawn – While INTPs' intellectualism yields many insights into their surroundings, their
    surroundings are ironically considered an intrusion on their thoughts. This is
    especially true with people – INTPs are quite shy in social settings. More complicated situations such as parties exacerbate this, but even close friends struggle to get into INTPs' hearts and minds.

    Insensitive – Oftentimes INTP personalities get so caught up in their logic that they forget any kind of emotional consideration – they dismiss subjectivity as irrational and tradition as an attempt to bar much-needed progress. Purely emotional situations are often utterly puzzling to INTPs, and their lack of timely sympathy can easily offend.

    Absent-minded – When INTPs' interest is captured, their absence goes beyond social matters to include the rest of the physical world. INTPs become forgetful, missing even the obvious if it's unrelated to their current
    infatuation, and they can even forget their own health, skipping meals and sleep as they muse.

    Condescending – Attempts at connecting with others are often worse than INTPs' withdrawal. People with the INTP personality type take pride in their knowledge and rationale, and enjoy sharing their ideas, but in trying to explain how they got from A to B to Z, they can get frustrated, sometimes simplifying things to the point of insult as they struggle to gauge their conversation partners' perspective. The ultimate insult comes as INTPs give up with a dismissive "never mind".

    Loathe Rules and Guidelines – These social struggles are partly a product of INTPs' desire to bypass the
    rules, of social conduct and otherwise. While this attitude helps INTPs' strength of unconventional creativity, it also causes them to reinvent the wheel constantly and shun security in favor of autonomy in ways that can compromise both.

    Continued.

  30. Blue's Clues
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    Second-Guess Themselves – INTPs remain so open to new information that they often never commit to a decision at all. This applies to their own skills as well – INTP personalities know that as they practice, they improve, and any work they do is second-best to what they could do. Unable to settle for this, INTPs sometimes
    delay their output indefinitely with constant revisions, sometimes even quitting before they ever begin.

    That will do for now. I find most of these things to be very true of me, either past or present, including the not-so-flattering ones. I do very much shoot myself in the foot with the second-guessing thing. There's always more data to acquire, and an improvement I could make. I'm bad at letting that go. But at least I'm objective enough to admit it. ;)

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