I recently took a personality test for fun. Yes, I do things like that for fun. It told me I’m an INTP.
I wondered if there really are only 16 personality types. With nearly 8 billion people in the world, can they all be categorized into one of 16 types? To me, it seems like there are probably things that haven’t been accounted for.
The two broad categories of Introvert (I) or Extrovert (E) are further described as Intuitive (N) or Sensing/Observing (S), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving/Prospecting (P). For more on what this all means go here.
My results showed that I’m about 75% introverted and 25% extroverted. I can’t remember the rest, but here is a brief summary from 16 Personalities:
“The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history.”
It explains why I take so long to revise my novel:
“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.”
Romantically, it said I would do well with a partner who is an extrovert. Having once been married to an extrovert, I’d prefer not to do that again. Being with an extrovert is exhausting. I need a lot of me time, especially for writing, but sometimes to just do nothing by myself.
There are a lot of interesting famous people who were/are INTPs.
I wonder if personality is something innate or if it comes about through the environment we live in. Am I introverted and socially awkward because my parents are? Is it in my genes?
NOTE: I’m out all weekend for the annual martial arts seminar, so there won’t likely be a post for a while unless I pre-schedule something… It depends on how well my packing, laundry, and cooking go. We’ll see. If not, I hope my Canadian readers have a fabulous long weekend. I hope the rest of you do too 🙂