MBTI: The INTP Inventors

MBTI: The INTP Inventors

Hey, guys!

So, remember how a little while ago I promised that Steve and I would do a double-whammy of posts this week into a little bit of next week? About to happen right now, my friends.

Tonight, we’re actually giving you the lowdown on Steve’s MBTI type, actually– the INTPs. They’re very similar to INTJs in many ways– generally very objective-minded, blunt, brilliant, sarcastic, loyal to friends and family, and like many Intuitives in general, are highly theoretical. Like most NTs, they are unafraid to objectively debate and argue to test out novel ideas (though perhaps not quite to the extent of their Extraverted cousin, ENTP), and are constantly working on generating new theories and ideas (often getting excited about these theories and ideas in the process). They are the classic, “absent-minded professor,” but don’t let that fool you– once you have them on a theoretical roll, it can be pretty tough to try to stop that avalanche!

Here’s how the INTP stacks up:

INTP Cognitive Functionary Stack-up:

Introverted Thinking (Ti)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Rather than JUST looking at solid, concrete facts, Ti has the tendency to look more into the internal MEANING behind those facts, the actual ideas/theories themselves, although INTPs are still highly logical people. Brings order and meaning to their inner worlds, and based on this worldview, they are inclined to view many things as personal goals or challenges– perhaps one of the biggest reasons they like to debate in an intellectually stimulating way. While they can impose rules/standards upon themselves, they are inclined to break them due to their disruptive Ne copilot. They often find it easier to use Ti to uncover what is UNTRUE rather than what IS true.

Extraverted iNtuition (Ne)– Conscious function, akin and similar to outwardly brainstorming. They may not often always have a point, while outwardly expressing Ne, but consciously works to gather data; however, unlike Se, it continuously chooses to test the data, scanning for connected relationships to other facts or consistent patterns. It helps them to remain open-minded, and grasp as many possibilities as possible. We’ll see how that comes into play in just a bit. 😉

Introverted Sensing (Si)– Unconscious/subconscious function. Uses past experience to notify the brainy Ti, while the ever-curious Ne immediately brainstorms a good solution on the spot. But more commonly, it is used to establish some sort of familiarity and routine; INTPs are more of the type to “eat to live,” rather than their “live to eat” Se cousins. However, it can work in conjunction with Ti to look even beyond the bodily senses, to something deeper within the body’s state of being.

Extraverted Feeling (Fe)– Conscious function, seldom used. Because it is the Inferior function, this makes INTPs particularly uncomfortable and hesitant in emotional situations, such as funerals. Because of the Fe’s concern of maintaining outward group harmony, they may not express their feelings to avoid general, unnecessary conflict, although they are often viewed as “artificial peacekeepers,” since it is the Inferior function, and not normally too high on their list of priorities. But in positive terms, this is sometimes how an INTP shows affection, whether platonic (as Steve does with me) or romantic– by playfully teasing in using Fe. They will often playfully call you a nickname, like “Goober,” “Dork,” etc. to show they care about you, though this can seem counter-intuitive at the time.

I know several officially untyped INTPs (namely secular authors), and 2-3 officially confirmed INTPs, two professor friends/acquaintances (surprise, surprise… “absent-minded professor,” literally, here. 😉 ), my male college Engineer buddy, and Steve. So yes, there WILL be a few(albeit relevant) examples in this post.

If they are healthy, well-functioning INTPs, they will frequently utilize a “trial and error” kind of approach in dealing with facts, theories, and ideas– this helps them root out the true from the false. They start out with their Dominant brainy Ti, then use the Auxiliary Ne to idea-seek/sort through all the various possibilities. Additionally, they’ll sometimes employ their Si if they need to see if any past experiences or past gained knowledge will affect any of said possibilities, or may even offer un-thought-of ones.

Like some FJ types, many INTPs like to teach and gift the world with their expansive knowledge on the things they know best– but that can be a hair problematic with expressing direct judgements at times. They often prefer doing so with the brainstorming-on-the-fly Ne than their Inferior Fe rabbit trails. Because of Ne, they often expect pupils to catch on to concepts fast, like they do, and to make intelligent but well-informed, accurate decisions in the classroom and in life. I saw this VERY clearly in my particular Political Science Professor Who Shall Remain Unnamed (but for you fellow G alumni, and students of that school– you KNOW who I mean!), when he taught. Some people didn’t like him because he graded very hard, and often challenged common ways of thinking in the classroom; very commonly portraying himself as– almost literally at one point–“the devil’s advocate”(causing me to initially mistype him as an ENTP, but outside his classroom he is actually quite socially awkward, and prefers solitude in his office). He is open-minded enough to give students’ political or financial theories the benefit of the doubt, and is very willing and capable to test them to see if they would actually work. He seemed to have respect for those who could toe-to-toe challenge him in return, and think on the fly a bit, and expresses his Inferior Fe in trying to be playful and pick on every single person in the room for some kind of answer or example, so no one gets left out, but also knows where to draw the line if he goes a bit far.

Speaking of the Inferior Fe, as mentioned before, many INTPs express this in a kind of light-hearted banter and teasing. My bud Steve often expresses friendship in playful jest or banter with me, and my college friend Hunter liked snarking with close friends, or playfully sneaking up on then “jumping” me if he saw me walking around nearby. But Hunter’s Fe is particularly strong, even as a brilliant INTP; he is openly kind and chivalrous to many of his gal pals, the kind of dude who’d open doors for girls or walk them back to their homes at night so they didn’t have to go out by themselves. He is as much a good sport as he is good with objective advice. Steve, too, is great with advice and is very considerate and understanding in that objective INTP way.

However, as is the case with all types, not everything comes up roses with INTPs (as many would probably tell you, themselves– it would be illogical to think otherwise, after all 😉 ). Like INTJs, the “cold logic” side of them that often smacks people first can appear as aloof, stand-offish, insensitive or rude, when they are simply stating the facts as bluntly as possible (aka, one of the reasons I get on with them fairly well. LOL.). This can rub peacemaking types the wrong way, especially since this is a type that likes to test the waters of their own ideas before deciding to set sail in them– even if that means debating the crap out of said ideas and theories in order to test them. They like to make sure things are true before committing, and are very reluctant to lie or sugarcoat, if at all. They are usually not in-tune with emotions as well as Feeler types, and this can easily lead to some miscommunication and injured feelings between the types, if not handled properly. Being Thinkers with Inferior Fe, INTPs can easily override and almost completely detach from Fe altogether, acting as though they didn’t exist (and somewhat fulfilling the “cold robot” stereotype), this may be to help cope in certain circumstances, such as tragedy or loss, and help them to  bounce back quicker. This can obviously seem insensitive to Feelers, who may still openly be in mourning over the event.

Famous/Historical INTPs: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Kierkegaard, Abraham Lincoln, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Rene Descartes

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Sources:

https://www.idrlabs.com/intp.php

https://personalityjunkie.com/famous-intps-12-case-studies/

https://personalityjunkie.com/the-intp/

http://www.personalitypage.com/html/INTP.html

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Image Credit:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177277/

 

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MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

MBTI: The ESFP Entertainers

Hey guys, so this week we’re doing things a bit differently. I know I said we’d be doing Mon.-Tues. nights, but something came up, so this week’ll be Tues.-Wed. night, instead. Additionally, we’ll be hitting the next MBTI post up on Saturday or Sunday, rather than next week, and will try to post more on weekends instead of the previously agreed Mon.-Tues. evenings. We apologize for any confusion.

So, we’ve been discussing the deeper or more serious side of MBTI so far– INTJ, ISTJ, and even ENFP (as fun-loving as the latters usually are) can be deep-thinking people who tend to ponder the consequences of their actions a bit more…

Well, tonight we are about to take a one-way plane ticket nose-dive straight into Se-Land. Yes, that’s right– the infamous Se. So far, we’ve done Ni-Dominant, Si-Dominant, and Ne-Dominant– and we’ve talked more than enough about the “YOLO” Se on the side. So why the heck not?

ESFPs tend to be friendly, sociable, popular and well-liked, much like their Ne-Dom cousins, but are definitely even more “live for the moment,” people, thanks to Se, causing them to be quite spontaneous and adaptable. The combo of Se and Aux Fi can make them quite competitive (more on that in a bit), but thanks to that Aux Fi, they are also caring, on a more personal level. They are generally outgoing and love having fun, love hanging out with others; often comical, throwing parties, or providing cheery support to friends and family. They adore being the front and center of attention, and often love performing, whether it be comedy, sports, musically, acting, etc. This is a type that likes to live life to the fullest. They help teach us to live in the moment, make those moments count each day, and to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.

ESFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Se (Extraverted Sensing): Conscious function. Main contributer to the “YOLO,” outlook, this function focuses on experiencing the moment with your senses, whether it be touch, taste, smell, sight, or sound. They tend to prefer their surroundings in the here and now, than their inner worlds. They often have great aesthetic tastes because of this trait, in many different things.

Fi (Introverted Feeling): Unconscious/subconscious function. Makes decisions with the heart rather than the head, only on a personal level. Focuses on individual emotional wants, needs, morals, beliefs, likes and dislikes. If they meet someone with similar values and feelings, they often connect well and empathize deeply. ESFPs tend to make decisions based off of their own feelings and surrounding circumstances, although they tend to be people-pleasers and often crave appreciation/affirmation from others.

Te (Extraverted Thinking): Conscious function. While not used all too often (I would wager school is the biggest trigger in it for ESFPs who want to do well), ESFPs do have a practical, smart, concrete and down-to-earth side that comes out from time to time, especially if they need to be realistic about something.

Ni (Introverted iNtuition): Unconscious/subconscious function. This is the least used function in the ESFP’s stack-up. Since it’s not in a higher position, it makes using it a tad awkward at times for this outwardly-oriented type. ESFPs can access it, but usually through Te and logical means. They don’t care much for deep, abstract thoughts like their Ne cousins, and prefer the current (and very sensory) world around them.

Because they obviously rely heavily on Sensory experiences in the here and now, these types are great for spontaneously entertaining (think stand-up comedy or improvising on the spot with acting); they are also often do well in the arts, thanks to a handy combination of Se (Sensory) and Fi (personal tastes and judgements). Many ESFPs are amazing athletes, like my younger cousin (who happens to be in several different sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball…), because Se helps them make split-second decisions in the moment to help them win the gold. To an Intuitive or a Dominant/Aux Si-user, this can seem a little absurd, but when Te tag teams with Se, it can help them make those split-second decisions a bit more logically.

However, ESFPs also unfortunately have a bit of a reputation for being shallow, pleasure-seeking people– most likely due to a more unhealthy combination of Se and Fi, sometimes leading to less-than-wise decisions (and thus causing the later hard-hitting Te to face-palm). However, this is probably due in part to the Auxiliary Fi’s personal moral integrity, and not wishing to upset anyone (or themselves– as Feelers, they can be quite sensitive), and would rather not discuss anything negative. They are often more optimistic and fun-loving to balance this trait out.

 

Historical ESFPs: Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland

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Image Credit:

https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/How-Old-Would-Elvis-Presley-2017-43862559

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Sources:

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/ESFP

http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/esfp

http://www.personalitypage.com/html/ESFP.html

 

MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

MBTI: The Effervescent ENFPs

Hi, everyone!

So we’re going to shake things up a little. From now on, we’ll be taking Mon.-Tues. nights to work on these articles, and get them up by hopefully Tuesday evenings (if not Wednesday mornings), rather than weekends, so you can give yourself an interesting little reading break in the middle of a work week.

That being said, the type we’re going to delve into tonight is a very interesting one: ENFPs. Like their ESFP, more sensory cousins, they are often energetic, fun-loving, and somewhat if not rather popular among peers or coworkers; however, being Ne dominant, they also retain a more deeply reflective side. In a sense, they can be introverted extraverts at times, but are usually inclined to be more outgoing with family and friends. We’ll see how this plays out in their official functional stack-up:

ENFP Cognitive Functional Stack-Up:

Ne (Extraverted iNtuition)– more conscious, “brainstorming aloud,” gathers information and can use it either perceptively or expressively; seeks “outer novelty”. Absorbs sensory data, but more actively analyzes what it MEANS. Helps them to seek a proper judgement/opinion on something by viewing many different opinions/ options. Combined with Fi, this often makes the ENFP highly empathetic towards others.

Fi (Introverted Feeling)– more unconscious, individualistic. Helps the ENFP build more of a personal outlook, but based more on personal tastes, i.e., likes and dislikes, and moral integrity. After exploring things a bit with Ne, the ENFP then uses their Fi to make more of a judgement call (as opposed to INFPs, who tend to make more snap judgements with Fi first, then ponder with Ne on whether or not to be open about it).

Te (Extraverted Thinking)– more conscious, “extraverting judgement”. When they do make judgements about others, instead of more brashly telling the person (as an ENTJ or INTJ would, since their Te is higher in the stack), the more sensitive ENFP will prefer keeping personal opinions to themselves via Fi. However, if given time to develop itself, tertiary Te can actually help the ENFP with things like standing up for themselves.

Si (Introverted Sensing)– more unconscious, relying on past experiences. Seldom used, as the Inferior Function normally is, it nevertheless plays a role in subconsciously promoting the values and wants of the ENFP– whereas the Dominant Ne is used to consciously convey their needs and values.

As stated, ENFPs are generally very warm and fun-loving like their more Sensory cousins, only on a deeper level. They can be enthusiastic, energetic, but also rather restless, scatter-brained, and distracted– and are sometimes diagnosed (or, possibly more so, misdiagnosed) with ADD or ADHD. More dominantly right-brained than left, these emotional people-lovers are usually creative and caring, valuing novelty and having a strong sense of adventure. Through their Ne, they want to live life to the fullest, experiencing as much of it as they possibly can. Though I don’t know many professionally typed ENFPs, the ones I do know have traveled at least once– my cousin’s wife has traversed out of country to either Greenland or Iceland with him for their honeymoon, and has since then travelled several states with close friends. Likewise, a fellow college student acquaintance of mine, another ENFP, as been to Germany, Austria, and a few other countries over in Europe this past spring with a group and some of our favorite professors.

In short, if you want to take a semi-organized but still pretty sporadic road trip adventure, and want to talk the deep thoughts of life on the way, this type’s your go-to partner-in-crime. This type is not one who just sits on their bum all day; they like doing things, and sometimes get easily bored.

Affection-wise, these types can be rather unintentionally flirty; but they’re usually just naturally friendly. They can be very sweet people, and normally like typical romantic gestures, including sweet texts, first thing in the morning, all throughout the day, and last thing in the evening. However, despite being a “flirty” type, they can sometimes have a tendency to hold onto negative relationships, similar to INFJs– I once knew an ENFP girl who had gone through a couple of different, break-ups because the guys were unhealthy for her, but initially found it difficult because of her attachment and remaining affection (granted, she isn’t the healthiest example of an ENFP, herself, so bear that in mind, too). This also plays into the more negative aspects of ENFPs– their great dislike of conflict (Fi) and respecting everyone else’s opinions (Ne). This can even lead to some more manipulative streaks, in unhealthier instances.

However, with Ne, they tend to be well-rounded and generally more open-minded to other perspectives in a healthier way. For instance, I saw this with the aforementioned college acquaintance– he and one other guy were the ONLY guys in our Women’s Literature class. Quite a few of us were, “strong women” minded, so I was surprised he wasn’t a bit intimidated. But he seemed to thrive in the class, respecting our POVs, while still offering a healthy and reasonable perspective of the “other side” of things. I found it quite fascinating, respected him for representing the smaller populace of the class, and gave him kudos for doing so well. 🙂

This being said, they are often quite intelligent, something some people don’t give them enough credit for (or tend to initially notice). They tend to use their Ne in conjunction with Te in know-how, and when combined with the notorious Fi, can be excellent writers, journalists, or connoisseurs of or partakers in art, music, drama, photography and other culture.

Famous/Historical ENFPs: Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Robin Williams, Mandisa, Hollyn, Upton Sinclair, Charles Dickens

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Source Credit: https://personalityjunkie.com/enfp/ , https://personalitymax.com/personality-types/enfp-advocate/

Image Credit: http://www.gospelmusic.org/news-gotee-records-hollyn-releasing-first-full-length-album-february-10/

 

 

 

MBTI: ISTJ– Slow, Steady and Dutiful Wins the Race

MBTI: ISTJ– Slow, Steady and Dutiful Wins the Race

Hey, everyone! Time for your weekly dosage of Myers-Briggs personality type theory! 🙂

This week, we’re zooming out from one of the rarest personality types (INTJs) to the statistically most common type (ISTJs). We’ll explain how just ONE letter difference can make a HUGE difference in how they think, even though both possess Auxiliary Te and Tertiary Fi!

ISTJ Cognitive Function Stack-Up:

Si (Introverted Sensing)– unconscious, relies on past experiences to deal with the present situation, future situations

Te (Extraverted Thinking)– conscious, concrete (as opposed to the more meaning-searching Ti), factual, logical, practical.

Fi (Introverted Feeling)– unconscious, individualistic (as opposed to group-oriented Fe), subjective opinions/beliefs, personal tastes, feelings, morals and values.

Ne (Extraverted Intuition)– conscious but not often used unless under duress; generating/connecting ideas, seeing possibilities. While rarely seen (since it is a rather quirky function, and ISTJs tend to be on the quieter, more traditional, reserved side), it sometimes pops in during pieces of gossip, or while pursuing mind-stimulating hobbies, often in conjunction with Si and Te.

Similar to INTJs, ISTJs are also very brainy, very Te-oriented– but the main difference here lies within their Dominant Function, Ni (INTJ) vs. Si (ISTJ). Ni Dominant or Auxiliaries tend to be future-forward innovators, whereas Si Dominant or Auxiliaries tend to be more traditional, relying on what’s happened (or what they’ve seen happen) in the past. They view that experience as invaluable to helping them through life, “If I did X and combined that with the Z factor, I know I got Y. So, naturally, if I do that again now, it’s likely to be the same result.” Unlike their Se, very “YOLO” cousins, Dom/Aux Si users prefer a more routine, predictable lifestyle, rather than a carefree or innovative one. They have more of a tendency to be organized rule-followers than rule-breakers. However, like their Ni cousins, they can often be obstinate and like things their way, but may be open to ideas that seem effective or efficient, and will help them. Good old-fashioned hard work and responsibility mean a lot to this type, and blowing off work to chill while everyone else is still slaving away is an offense not to be taken too lightly by the ISTJ.

Hardworking and realistic, practical and logical, the ISTJ is the epitome of the old saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Predictability, through Si, helps them know what to do next– one of the reasons why spontaneity throws them for a loop and often aggravates them (and are ironically often attracted to or paired with a NP or a SP to help balance out that SJ. My parents, for instance, are ISTJ and ISFP respectively. My dad’s the ISTJ.). That is not to say they can’t adapt at times, but they usually prefer having at least a heads-up so they know how to plan around whatever is going on (the same holds true for their Ni cousins, again, in this). This is one type that does not like surprise birthday parties, so you may do better with a half-surprise– tell them something’s going on Friday night, but keep a secret what exactly the surprise is. This is also how they tackle most issues, through a combo of Si-Te, to logically and factually use the previous know-how conveniently stored their trusty tool kit. And thus, the day is officially, once again, saved thanks to handy-dandy facts and practicality. Crisis averted. 🙂

Since their Introverted Feeling is, well, introverted– they are usually not big on showing their emotions and private values or beliefs to just anyone, and are very private about them. And since Te has priority over Fi, ISTJs often isolate their emotions and zero in on controlling their environment via Te. This is actually one of the ways an ISTJ will show affection– you’ll know one cares about you, if they take you places at their own expense, make sure you’re take care of physically and financially, never in want, and overall content/happy. My father does this for us, our church, and my grandma (his mom, and another ISTJ).  Nevertheless, the more they tap into Fi aside from Te and Si, the more they come to realize their personal (and often subjective!) emotions and beliefs, as well as the emotions and values of others, and that their preferences are not always restricted solely to logic or experience. This can help them become more caring and understanding towards others, despite any differences in personality or opinions.

Historical/Famous ISTJs: George Washington, Pope Benedict XVI, Thomas Hobbes, Sigmund Freud, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

 

Sources: MBTI Guy, https://www.personalityclub.com/blog/famous-istj/ , https://personalityjunkie.com/istj/

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Image Credit: https://www.biography.com/people/george-washington-9524786

 

 

 

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”

 

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/

 

MBTI and Stuff!

Hey guys!

So, I’ve a special treat for some of you. (Key word: Some. Many of you may not even care, or be confused about some of this, but I’ll explain why in a moment) As many of my social media followers know, I’ve currently something of an obsession with MBTI types, that is, Myers-Briggs personality types. I’ve learned about all the common and uncommon ones, why people think or feel the way they do (depending on your particular type, of course– for instance, different types show affection in different ways, different types have different thinking patterns or problem-solving tactics, etc.), how they take in and process information (oh yes! Many different ways of doing this, but for today we’re narrowing it down to two), etc. I found it all very fascinating for me personally, because as an autistic (more on MBTI and autism later), and as someone who struggles greatly in reading people in general, I found the system incredibly helpful– not everything, not my genie, but very, very helpful. Now, there are always minor exceptions, and it isn’t everything when it comes to people, of course, but for the most part it remains very consistent.

So, from now on, at least 1-2 times a week, I will try to do a MBTI  post. It could be a special highlight on a certain type, and how that type functions (as well as fictional characters who are that type, to give some examples 😉 ), it could be highlighting a certain contrast, like Fe vs. Fi, or Sensing vs. Inuition (which I post on quite often on social media, LOL), or cognitive function stack-ups. You never know!

Speaking of said acquaintance, since I’m still pretty new to a LOT of this, I’ll be gathering input and resources from *hopefully* two different people: Steve, who I mentioned before, and one of my author buds, Janeen Ippolito herself (Abba willing!). And, ironically, they are both xNTPs. But they will be helping me with some of the technicalities along the way, so I don’t screw everything up. (Because, let’s face it, I’m about as much an expert at this as a moose is at making goose honks.)

So, today, we’ll kickstart off with mostly what I know for certain– the bare-boned basics of MBTI. So strap down, folks, and enjoy the ride! 😉

  1. Step One–Introversion vs. Extraversion. OK, don’t give me that crud about “ambivert” (thought myself one for a looonnnnggg time, so trust me– I relate). There are introverted extraverts. There are extraverted introverts. But when it boils down to it, there are really only extraverts and introverts. Don’t get me wrong, here– I’ve known some extremely quiet extraverts who are AMAZING listeners. I also know introverts who are terrible at listening, and if they’re with friends, won’t shut the heck up (*looks pointedly at self*). Extraversion and Introversion ultimately boils down to how you GET YOUR ENERGY. HOW YOU RECHARGE. Do you need to be alone for a while after an extensive chat with a teacher, coworkers, friends, family, etc (even if you DO love them)? You’re probably an introvert, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Many introverts actually don’t mind talking, but are kind of awkward when socializing, so *sometimes* may initially appear shy/stand-offish, which is *typically* not the case. Extraverts, on the other hand… Well, if you feel bored when you’re constantly by yourself, and feel energized rather than drained after hanging with friends or fam, then you’re likely more extraverted. These types are *normally* more social, hanging out with friends or family (or texting them) in their free time,  though definitely not always. It does not matter, in the long run, how quiet you are, or how talkative and outgoing you are–it’s all about getting that recharge.
  2. Step Two– Sensors vs. Intuitives. People often hear me yap on social media about this particular set, namely because I refuse to date a Sensor type. Don’t get me wrong; I know plenty of perfectly nice Sensors. But both are very, very different in how they process information they receive. (Sensors also happen to be very common, while Intuitives are a lot more… uncommon) Sensors, for instance, process information through the concrete– things they can sense with their five senses, see, hear, feel, etc. They tend to either live in the moment (often, with some, “YOLO”), or look back and rely on past experiences, to help them out currently. (I’ll explain the further differences between Se and Si in a different post, but for now we’ll stick to just Sensors to make things less complicated 😉 ) They tend to be more traditional-minded; there is great value in this– they are the ones to help us, often, learn from the past so we can apply to the now and the future. Additionally, they are also the ones who often show us how to live in the moment and enjoy life, when necessary. And in theory, there is nothing necessarily wrong with that– they just process that information different than Intuitives. See, Sensors are very detail-oriented. And I kind of admire that. But they sometimes miss the forest for the trees. Intuitives are the BIG-picture thinkers, often theoretical, idealistic, innovative, future-thinking, creative problem-solvers, etc. Intuitives think how all the little details, all the puzzle pieces, could fit together into one big picture. So I guess you could say, in summary, Sensors think about what something IS (i.e., a block of wood), while an Intuitive would be inclined to think of what something COULD BE (i.e., could be made into a boat, chair, etc.). Sensors are OK with mundane work if that’s what it takes to get by– Intuitives, however, are all about meaning; if the work is a means to an end, and doesn’t hold true meaning for them in the long run, they will not be happy. We are often considered “world-changers”. However, Intuitives can be highly perfectionistic, a bit picky and even neurotic (meaning, no. 2, normally, of Google definitions. Not usually no. 1, unless we are talking about a VERY unhealthy, and/or villainous Intuitive, here xD). We tend to rely more on gut feelings and instincts than concrete, equally helpful experiences, which can obviously drive Sensors nuts at times. Nevertheless, we can still be friends– I’m close with a mixed group of both Sensors and Intuitives, but in the end, would probably, ideally, want to date a fellow Intuitive. 🙂
  3. Step Three– Thinking vs. Feeling. Ahhh, how we make decisions– with our heart or with our head. That’s what it boils down to– another biggie. Of course, we all have a bit of both in each of us (more about cognitive stack-ups in a future post), but right now let’s just focus on Thinking and Feeling. Feeler-dominant types tend to be sensitive (both in the positive and negative aspects), sweet, caring, and compassionate (healthy ones, anyways). They are often labelled, “smol cinnamon roll” types, particularly with ISFP, ISFJ, INFP, ENFP and sometimes INFJ or ESFJ, because they seem like sensitive little dearhearts that need protected from the harsh, cruel realities of this corrupt world. Thinker types, on the other hand, make decisions with cold, hard, matter-of-fact logic and objective facts. They can seem outwardly unyielding, insensitive and harsh because of this blunt, cool demeanor, but trust me, that is an exoskeleton– inwardly, when they open up to the ones closest to them, they are kind of marshmallow-y. Kind of. 😉 (They really do care! Let me give an example. Let’s say you’ve had the worst day possible, and want to just bawl your eyes out– depending on your type, may be in front of others, or in private; I prefer private– and you come home from work/school. If your spouse/sibling/parent is a Feeler, they are more likely to comfort you physically, hear you out, offer to do things for you to make you feel better, encourage, etc. Which is very nice, but Thinkers have a different approach. If someone they care about’s down, they’ll more likely than not want to know WHY, what the root of the problem is, the solution to said problem, thus helping to resolve the issue and helping to restore a sense of contentment and happiness to their loved one’s life. They analyze the issue at its core, and map out how they can help/solve it. They also give advice on how to do so, and are often peeved off when it is not taken, and they are only trying to help. Two different styles of approach.) They are often “paired” together to help balance each other out, actually. I am friends with both Feelers and Thinkers. I appreciate thoroughly both the sweet, caring encouragement of Feelers, and the blunt, *usually* honest, intellectual ways of Thinkers, and would say both sides have their cons, as listed above, too.
  4. Step Four– Prospecting vs. Judging. Second to last one– I promise (last one if you don’t really count the next)! This is your work functioning style. Judging isn’t what it sounds, I promise– it means, you’re basically a planner. They like having a goal or timetable, and if anything or anyone else gets in their way when they are trying to achieve it, that person better look out! These people are *usually* organized and value closure, clarity, and a sense of predictability. They’ve been known to be decisive as well, although that isn’t always the case. Prospecting types, on the other hand, are flexible, adaptable people who tend to be more spontaneous, and like to improvise. They can go with a plan, but not having options or the ability to improvise at all can drive them absolutely batty.

So there you have it! The entire MBTI list in a nutshell! Hopefully, you can tell by now why I find it fascinating. 🙂 I’ll be posting a lot more about things like this, and create a new category especially for MBTI junk. (You’d be surprised what you can find!) For now, I’ll sign off with a list of all the types:

Sensors: ESFJ,ESTJ, ESTP, ESFP, ISFP, ISTP, ISFJ, ISTJ

Intuitives: ENFJ, ENTJ, ENTP, ENFP, INFJ, INTP, INFP, INTJ