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Saturday, December 2, 2006

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI) test and i'm qualified as an INTP. I'll provide a brief explanation here and you can go into this site to determine your own personality type. There are 16 types of personalities. And there are 4 caegories. They are:

Extrovert vs Introvert
Sensing vs iNtuitive
Thinker vs Feeler
Judging vs Perceiving

So I identified myself as an INTP. Here is the following description for INTPs:

Rodin's Thinker is introverted. Here these thinkers ponder the apparent chaos of the world in order to extract from it the universal truths and principles that can be counted on. These principles, once extracted, will provide the logical structure on which to build strategies.

They have a finely nuanced ability to analyse situations, find root causes and foresee consequences. They distrust action taken too quickly without the necessary investigation. They are usually levelheaded, objective, impersonal yet intensely involved in problem solving. They are fiercely independent, seeking input and comments from a chosen few. When reporting to others, they need to establish credibility first: their own and that of the person they are reporting to. If the gap in knowledge and expertise is too great and their own proficiency dismissed, belittled or ignored, they will lose interest and motivation.

They are less interested in running the world as they are in understanding it. They are curious and capable of explaining complex political, economic or technological problems, taking great pleasure in explaining all the factors and intricacies. They are rigorous with their thoughts and analysis, choosing the exact words that convey precisely what is meant. They may spend a lot of time defining words, concepts and systems in order to define a problematic solution.

They are armchair detectives, scientists and philosophers, spending most of their time in quiet reflection to ponder truth, and solve mysteries. They may tend to neglect social requirements and responsibilities, finding many relationships to be too superficial to be of much interest.

Not everything that is said here is exactly true in my case. But most of them are. I don't neglect social requirements and responsibilities. I first identified myself with INFP instead of INTP. But the book that i'm reading right now, Do What You Are, explains that this is because i'm in the process of becoming a thinker rather than a feeler. So i'm somewhere in between these two personality types.

I find them very true. Discovering what kind of person you are will help greatly to discover what you want to do in your life. Sometimes this is a difficult process. But one has to do it. I have undertaken a task for fun. I have predicted the personality types for some of my friends here and if you would like to know more on whether they are true, go and check the site that i've given. Haha:)

Kasturi INFJ
Kalpana ISTJ
Sriram INFJ
Suresh ENTP


Suresh said...

The choices aren't clear in the first section, so I could be INTP or ENTP. I'm neither introverted or extra(o)verted at all times, it's mixed. But your choice wasn't bad tbough ;).

Priya said...

I think you are more of an extrovert. If you don't know whether you are an introvert or extrovert, then you should see which one you are more inclined towards. Do you prefer the inner or the outer world more? Extroverts look at a situation and ask themselves, "How do I affect this?" Whereas, introverts ask "How does this affect me?" Now you know who you are!:)

Suresh said...

But Priya, it's not black and white. We don't quantify all our choices. So my assumption would be that I give both perspective more or less in equal proportion. I can be clearer when it's about specific areas of interest.
Politics: Extrovert
Relationships: Introvert
Education: Both
and so on. There's a word for that too, ambivert. I've thought of myself as an ambivert.

Priya said...

Haha:) ok.

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