MBTI: The INTJ Masterminds

MBTI: The INTJ Masterminds

Hi, everyone! So, important announcement… Today is the first official type post day! *throws confetti gleefully* 😀 (Sorry to all you Thinkers, that was my Fe acting up. Lol.)

So, here’s how we’ll normally do a MBTI type post: Cognitive function stack-ups, how this manifests the type’s personality in the real world/characteristics, and give you a rough idea of their worldview (how they view themselves, others, the world in general, and problems), maybe how we can understand them better (or, that may be a sub-post. Just saying.), and maybe a real-life example (was going to do fictional characters, but that, along with celebs, is a bit cliche and unnecessary– so instead we’re doing more of historical characters, and *maybe* one or two personal examples 😉 I’ve a couple good ones here, for INTPs… ) if we’ve time. But, since we’ve already covered the functional stack-ups of the INTJ in our previous post on that topic (because examples are wonderful things), I figured, we can just cut to the bone here.

So, the cognitive stack-ups show us the order in which functions are used, the matter of functional preference– and, in this case, which functions the type allows you to witness.

INTJs, due to having Fi and Se as Tertiary and Inferior functions, can be or feel a bit socially awkward, and sometimes cover for this with a calm, polite, if a little aloof facade. Contrary to the social norm, due to the complexity of their Ni and the brainy Te, INTJs usually prefer having their noses in a book, hands and mind working on some complex project that many people may not understand. Now, that doesn’t mean they are stand-offish or entirely unsocial. They tend to cautiously dip their toes into the shallow end of the social people with others, particularly strangers, before conversing (kudos to the cool cat who got that reference from said INTJ, btw. 😉 ). For instance, when I first met my future besties (two of which were INTJ twins), the twins were a little distant. Not cold or anything, distant. Cautious. Feeling me out, vibe-wise, with that unconscious Ni, while slowly but surely getting to know me. Now that SEVEN years have passed, they’ve peeled back a few of those layers for me, to reveal warmer, more caring, and at times very fun-loving, underbellies. And once you’re friends with an INTJ, you’re often with them for life. They are loyal to the end (which is why most of this incredibly guarded type have an relatively low tolerance scale for betrayal…). But they are very smart and cautious about who they let into their inner circle of good friends.

Ni-dominant, they are generally also very innovative, inventive, creative, and future-oriented. They use inferior Se to detect things at that time and place, and Ni uses those things to subconsciously go, “Ah HAH!” This is why they seem to know people so well, how they know what might just happen if you hypothetically did XYZ instead of ABC. It often frustrates them that others don’t notice or seem to care, even when said INTJ is trying to give advice on or critique things that matter a lot to them or to people they care about– only to have said advice/critique brushed away carelessly. The INTJ cannot stand incompetence (it therefore blows my mind that I’VE so many INTJ female friends and acquaintances, haha…), this is one of their major pet peeves. But if you’re a competent individual with incredible know-how in your field, it is very likely they’ll respect you for that, or ask your opinion on something related to it. This is one way you’ll know they like you for who you are. INTJs don’t do fake, they look for truth, authenticity. In fact, they are probably one of the least likely to be conned or manipulated types (them, and INTPs). They generally hate deceit, which is likely why they take betrayals so badly.

Additionally, being in the NT group, they are a very argumentative and sarcastic type, which can be a turn-off to some, particularly to those who don’t like conflict. But they rarely get personal in these arguments, as they are not fans of ad hominem, and have a strong sense of justice (and are capable of telling how far is too far in pushing someone). One of the twins told me, for instance, once how she was arguing with a girl in an online university group over proper attire for young women to wear at a Christian school. (My bestie was in favor of pants, but of course.) Said INTJ twin used only facts and pure logic to argue and back up her point, while the other girl, becoming increasingly frustrated, started to personally attack while recycling her previous points, and essentially swimming around in a meager argumentative circle, not making any progress. (Basically, the INTJ bestie destroyed her argument 🙂 ) They don’t always argue to say they disagree, however– this is something common with many NT types. They will sometimes test an idea, maybe even your own idea, by arguing against it to see how strongly it stands up to criticism, if it’s for real. In a sense, depending on the circumstance, this can be considered a huge compliment; they don’t do this with just anyone’s ideas!

Understanding INTJs: Being the second to rarest type (INFJ just barely beats it there), INTJs can often and easily be misunderstood. But one of the things to remember about them is: give respect if you want respect. Listen to and consider what they have to say, at least, even if you don’t fully agree with them. They  generally value competence (being good at what you do, and knowing how to do it right) and uniqueness, and often, since healthy ones are typically advocates for justice and honesty, look out for the underdog, if they can. While they do, like all types, have a dark side if pushed to it, they make excellent, highly intelligent, and very loyal friends and family members who aren’t afraid of NOT sugarcoating the truth, if you ask for it.

 

Historical INTJs: Nikola Tesla, C.S. Lewis, Susan B. Anthony, Isaac Newton, John Maynard Keynes, Martin Luther, Sylvia Plath, G.W.F. Hegel– to name a few!

 

Famous person source:

https://www.personalityclub.com/blog/famous-intj/

 

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Image Credit:

https://www.personalityclub.com/blog/famous-intj/

Psychological help/Credit: Steve Brock, aka “The MBTIGuy”

 

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MBTI: How Do You Stack Up?

Hey, everyone!

Sorry I’ve been out of commission… But then, you guys are probably sick and tired of me apologizing, so I’ll cut to the chase here.

No, I was not lying when I said I would be posting more Meyers-Briggs Personality stuff. You’ll have to get used to that.

And sadly, Janeen won’t be helping me; however, my new MBTI bud Steve, aka “The MBTI Guy,” and super-smart INTP who I highly respect, will be collaborating with me on pretty much most if not all of the MBTI posts from here on out. Meaning, I’ll be writing up, he’ll help correct any major psychological goof-ups I make, since I’m still fairly new to all this. So we’re good? OK, I think we’re good.

Now, MBTI functional stack-ups.

That sounds really formal and intimidating, so we’ll break it down quickly: Personality. Functions (Intuition, Sensing, Thinking, and Feeling). And how you use them, in what order. You have your Dominant/Primary function, the one you use first, your Auxiliary function, which is used second (kind of like a co-pilot, it often works in conjunction with your Dominant), your Tertiary function (relatively unconscious and undifferentiated, sometimes balanced with the Auxiliary function, as in the case of INFJs or INTJs), and finally, the Inferior function (this one’s the “weakest” function, the least used, the one that’s like a little kid). You also have mirror shadow functions, but we’ll get to them in a later post.

This is important, because depending on the order, it influences on how you interact with the world around you, with others, and with problems you encounter. Whether the function is introverted or extraverted makes a HUGE difference, too, but again, another large topic for a larger, different post.

Here, I’ll use the example of the infamous INTJ, the “Mastermind” type, as they are so often called (I’ve known many other very brilliant types, BTW, not just INTJs, but they ARE some of the best straight-A students I’ve seen in school 😉 ). Their Dominant function is introverted Intuition, or Ni, and they follow that up with extraverted Thinking, Te, as their Auxiliary function, have Fi (introverted Feeling) as their Tertiary, and finally, possess an Inferior function of Se (extraverted Sensing). Let’s see how this pans out:

Depending on the type,  people will often “conceal”, or internalize, their introverted functions. Introverted individuals will internalize introverted Dominant functions, and bring out their extraverted Auxiliary (hence why I often get mistaken for an extravert– my Auxiliary is extraverted Feeling!), whereas natural extraverts emphasis their extraverted Dominant functions and internalize their introverted Auxiliary ones.

Here, the INTJ “conceals” Ni, showing their extraverted Auxiliary, Te, and often appearing very brainy. They use their head, not their heart, when tackling problems, dealing with people, etc, which can make them seem cold or a bit distant emotionally at times– but, remember, Fi? That’s their Tertiary function, so underneath the guardedness, if you’re good friends, they’ll often show a loyal, softer side after you eventually are blessed enough to get past their high-security exoskeleton (I speak from experience). But the Te, the logical, factual, concrete side, hones in that mental toughness, and the Ni gives the unconscious nudge in their gut to know whether or not people can be trusted, or if something’s a good idea or not. The dynamic duo tag-team to help each other out. Lastly, their extraverted Sensing, their Inferior function, is often felt to be the “missing,” function, because it is used so little. In general, Inferior functions tend to be more unconscious since they are used least– the irony here being that extraverted Sensing is usually a very apparent trait. While some people are often in search of their “missing function,” this weak function can at times twist into our darker, more immature sides, and are normally responsible for “ego issues,” when a person is in an unhealthy state. For instance, Se-users, especially ones that use Se as their Dominant or Auxiliary function, are very live-in-the-moment, very “YOLO”. An unhealthy INTJ in the grip of their Inferior Se becomes more impulsive, more childlike and living in the moment, rather than seeing the consequences of such actions long-term, as the combination of Ni-Te would dictate. (You can think of Sheldon Cooper here, if that helps. 🙂 ) But as long as the Inferior function knows its place in the pecking order, and does its duty properly, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Well, that’s some of the bare-boned basics of MBTI Cognitive Function Stacking! Let us know if you enjoyed this, and if you’ve any questions! We’ll be posting our first MBTI type post (thinking of starting with INTJs, actually! Many people are fascinated by them…) fairly soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that! 😉

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Sources: 

https://personalityjunkie.com/the-inferior-function/

https://personalityjunkie.com/functional-stack-type-dynamics-theory/

 

The Top Three Disney Movies That Mention God, Prayer, or Faith

The Top Three Disney Movies That Mention God, Prayer, or Faith

 

Hi, guys!

As you know, many movies nowadays– especially those made by more secular producers– usually don’t have or want much to do with God, Jesus, or even faith; this especially holds true for animated movies. Why? Because children are especially influential. You rarely hear about a child’s faith-based movie anymore, unless it is coming straight from a Christian company (and let’s face it– Big Idea’s VeggieTales sold out loooonnngg ago… Ah, how I miss the old days…). So where can our kids and middle-schoolers get some faith-based inspiration from in the media?

Personally, at the risk of being nostalgic… Old-school Disney. That’s right, I said the word. But note: Old. School. Those two words are even more imperative, although not all of the old school ones are 100% beneficial (for instance, they often preach pure self-confidence and self-reliance, rather than relying on God or faith in Him, which saddens me greatly). BUT. I feel like there were less PC filters back in the day, so more of the good stuff got through. Or rather, the GODLY stuff. (No, not talking about Hercules, here… 😛 Although, given mythology, even though it was off, it was not… all that terrible. LOL.)

Anyways, without further ado, here are the top three Disney (there are some similar-company ones that also make mentions of this, like DreamWorks, but I’ll get to those in a week or so!) “old-school” movies that make a powerful mention of God, prayer, or faith:

3. The original Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. (I think this was an especially pivotal moment, considering it was Disney’s very FIRST movie!) Yup, there was a “faith/prayer/God” moment in this movie, even though it was kept short– long enough for viewers to see, but short enough to forget. Which is a shame, because it really is an important part. After young, 14-year-old Snow meets the dwarves officially, and before they head off to work the next day after meeting her, she kneels at their beds before going to sleep at night, asking God to bless the sweet little men she’s staying with, and to please soften Grumpy’s heart and attitude towards her. This has been shown to work, as after she kisses them all good-bye, including him, he warns her to be wary of strangers, and not to let anyone else inside the house (which, as we all know, she does anyways– out of the goodness of her sweet, naive little heart), and she exclaims in her innocent, joyful way that he DOES care, before he grudgingly harrumphs and goes about his merry way after his men. Granted, while I don’t think teaching kids that letting questionable strangers into your home is the right thing to do, I think here it shows them the horrifying (though not always realistic ) results of such an action, warning them to be cautious. I also think that there is something of an Adam and Eve and even a Salvation hint playing around in this movie; perhaps something the original Brothers Grimm took inspiration from, as well (I need to do more research on that, so standby for updates!)– the young lovers meeting in a garden-esque setting, the temptation of forbidden fruit and desires, the instant death, and the resurrection into new life. This makes Snow White and the Seven Dwarves one of my favorite Disney Princess movies– much more than FrozenThe motifs and themes are just better, generally cleaner, and more family-friendly, if for a couple scary moments in the woods and in the witchy queen’s lair. And let us not forget the powerful influence of Snow’s prayer!

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2. The Rescuers. Again, God is not explicitly mentioned, but very explicitly implied. You older Disnerds– you know the scene I mean. This scene is a much bigger deal than the beforehand one of Snow, and more prominent in the film overall. The scene where precious little Penny kneels to pray before bed (even positioning her Teddy to do the same! :’) ), at her lowest confidence point, asking God to bless her friends back home at the orphanage, her Teddy, and Rufus, as well as to provide a way of escape for her through her bottle, since running away isn’t working any more. She ends with an audible, “Amen,” and then starts to cry, because she is beginning to doubt her own faith. You see, throughout this movie, faith is a rampant motif, for as Rufus the cat says, “Faith is like a bluebird. You can’t touch it, or buy it, or wrap it up tight, but it’s there just the same, making things turn out right.” He says this to her when she is in a moment of severe self-doubt, thinking that she isn’t pretty enough, good enough to adopt, forgetting God is always there for her, regardless if she gets adopted or not. Rufus acts as a kind of guardian angel in this sense, gently nudging her back towards faith, and cheering her up. Her faith and courage go through stronger trails with Medusa and bumbling Snoops, however, as she is frequently belittled by both of them; Medusa even ridicules the poor girl’s appearance, calling her “homely”. Penny caves to doubt again, but this time turns directly to God in prayer, with no intermediary. When she breaks down, it is then He answers– He has sent a team of mice to help rescue her, via her bottle.

If you ask me, that’s a big jump away from praying to/wishing upon a star and having a “blue fairy” rather than an angel come into your home. This has become a more frequent theme– sometimes, instead of even praying to God, the characters will excuse themselves at bedtime to “wish upon a star,” instead– praying to the created rather than their Creator. Not a good thing.

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  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Granted, no, I do not condone Gypsies’s beliefs of fortune-telling, etc. I actually think this is a better faith movie for “older” kids and even teens, rather than little ones, because not only does it possess more adult themes and issues, it is quite controversial in several of its themes, many which revolve around the church and sinners. In fact, before Disney got its hands on the story, the deacon and Frollo were initially one character– Frollo was initially a benevolent figure who took in Quasimodo, but only became warped by his own lusts and sin, and Quasi killed him in the end. Of course, that all was altered, due to wanting avoidance of avid objection from the Catholic Church. But the themes of sin and forgiveness, being an outcast in others’ eyes, and seeking God’s face are all themes in the movie. There is a particular Pharisaical-quality to Frollo that makes him cold and foreboding, as well as hypocritical, and we would do well to warn ourselves and other believers so as not to go down that route, throwing stones at the nearest gypsy or harlot we find. Ironically, though he considers himself “pious,” Frollo finds himself victim of his own lustful desires, and, as according to Scripture,  “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15, NIV) Of course, due to the previous verses, Frollo knows he cannot blame God, but he does not wish to blame himself, either (“It’s not my fault, I’m not to blame,”), not owning up to his own sin; instead, he passes the blame of his sin onto the woman he cruelly lusts after, craving her. And true to the nature of the verse, the sin indeed bears him only death, as he “burn[s] down all of Paris to find her,” including innocent lives. This is a prominent warning to all believers not to let sin and temptation get a hold on our lives.

Additionally, there are themes of praying and sanctuary. Esmerelda is encouraged to pray for help after the deacon orders Frollo to leave the cathedral. Even though I don’t entirely agree with her theology (“I thought we all were children of God,”– we’re all Image Bearers, yes, but only those who accept Jesus into their hearts and receive Him become actual Children of God– yes, that is Biblical!), she has a point about caring for the downtrodden, and makes a VERY poignant and pointed point when she asks if Jesus was once an outcast, too (I wonder if any believers helped with this film… He not only WAS an outcast in His society, He hung out with and healed them!). She prays aloud in song for Him not to help her but her people specifically, which I think is very selfless of her, given her situation.

Lastly, the theme of sanctuary runs solidly through the whole movie, between Frollo providing “sanctuary” for Quasi in the bell tower, Esmerelda (or Phoebus, for her) and gypsies claiming “sanctuary,” in the cathedral, and gypsies claiming “sanctuary” in their so-called, “Court of Miracles”. The theme, while often physically relying on actual places, had a deeper, underlying meaning to it: People. The real sanctuary the characters received would be in the presence of others, showing who they really were, if they were actually a “sanctuary,” a safe place, for those others to be with. For instance, Phoebus and Esmerelda were both safe with Quasi or the deacon, but all three of them were endangered when near Frollo. Interestingly, some people’s sanctuary was not all that safe for other characters– when Phoebus and Quasi drop in at the Court of Miracles–a gypsy safe haven– to warn of Frollo’s upcoming attack, they are attacked, captured, and nearly executed before Esmerelda steps in to save the day. This made me think hard about the kind of sanctuary we as believers are supposed to be providing for other people, in Christ’s name. It should be one of holiness, but also of protection, love, courage, and wisdom. A sanctuary is not a physical place, it is a people. And how we treat people reflects on whether we are really a “sanctuary”. I was often told, growing up, “Church isn’t a club for the righteous. It is a hospital for the spiritually sick.” And looking at this movie, it is so true. It is a safe haven to minister to the outcasts. Heal the broken, the spiritually sick. Provide for the impoverished. Frollo evidently missed the memo, but seeing Quasi holding an unconscious and almost-dead-because-of-Frollo Esmerelda and screaming out, “SANCTUARY!” repeatedly hit that message homeward for me.

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What childhood Disney movies do you recall having a God-or-faith-based message?

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Image Credit:
https://animatedmeta.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-and-religion/

http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/the-rescuers/quiz/show/167650/who-not-someone-penny-prays-scene

https://www.deviantart.com/madame-kikue/favourites/1258185/Bible-and-Christianity

Fear

(TRIGGER WARNING: This poem encompasses some of my darkest, inner fears, from a formerly depressive and suicidal-thinking young woman. I would never actually physically do this to myself, but I won’t lie and say I’ve never been tempted to do so, to protect myself in a bizarre, harmful fashion. It is entirely possible to guess my primary fear from this poem alone.)

 

***It claws at

Me,

Hungry,

Caged,

Trapped

Inside; a monster

Yearning for

Release.***

 

I peer into the

Depths

Of the mirror; A

Wide set of

Gray, shifting

Eyes, rimmed

With long

Dark

Lashes

Peer back; I

Gently trace my curves

With my knife,

Knowing

What must be

Done.

I make the scarring

Incisions, one by

One, til the

Deed

Is finally

Done.

Scars and bruises,

I am bloodied-up

Refuse;

The natural rouge

Shall be my new

Look, lashes snipped off the

Lids, little jagged lines running

All across

My lips.

Dagger marks around my

Thighs,

With my knife handy, I’ve

Cut down twice my

Size.

Chunks of hair

Ripped, chopped out

Without a

Care

In the entire world.

No longer lovely,

But no longer

In

Harm’s

Way.

 

Beauty can so

Easily become

A target

For men to

Market,

Or to just

To take

And never

Give, but if I

Want to

Live

Not just survive, it

Is not enough

To remain

Only alive.

 

I breathe.

I believe

That

.

.

.

I

Am

Safe

Now.

 

***Author’s note: The first stanza is told from another perspective. Contrary to the belief of some, I do not have a fear of men; I know, just like women, they are a barrel of mixed apples– some good, others bad. I have met both, and often befriended some of the good ones. I have brothers, biological and in Christ. This is not meant to be taken as a feminist rant against those men, as I do not consider myself a feminist by today’s standards, no, especially by today’s standards. This is not a poem against men, rather, it is a poem fearful of a particular sin that men can commit. I do not know why I was called to share these darker thoughts with you, only that I was led to do so. I have many similar thoughts, but again, have never acted on any of them. Love the sinner, despise the sin, and do not let the monster grow within. ***