Discover Your Personality Type…

Posted: June 7, 2007 in attitude, challenge, change, Evolution, General Study, happiness, introvert, laugh, life, links, Me, mind, misc, my life, News, personal, personality, personality type, tests

I find it useful to retake these tests every now and again. I found a good (and free) test over at humanmetrics.com. The results? I am a “mastermind.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Here is the description of a Mastermind…

“Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the contingency planning or entailment organizing role that reaches the highest development in Masterminds. Entailing or contingency planning is not an informative activity, rather it is a directive one in which the planner tells others what to do and in what order to do it. As the organizing capabilities the Masterminds increase so does their inclination to take charge of whatever is going on.

It is in their abilities that Masterminds differ from the other Rationals, while in most of their attitudes they are just like the others. However there is one attitude that sets them apart from other Rationals: they tend to be much more self-confident than the rest, having, for obscure reasons, developed a very strong will. They are rather rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population. Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or “entailers.”

Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind’s well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once in charge, however, Masterminds are the supreme pragmatists, seeing reality as a crucible for refining their strategies for goal-directed action. In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity. To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy.”[1]

Another site had this to say about INTJ’s

“To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.” [2]

Sounds just like me. They really pegged me.

Notable INTJ’s include: Susan B. Anthony, Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus), Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader, C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia),
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, General Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, Lance Armstrong, Richard Gere (Pretty Woman), Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy,Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth books), Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs), Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis. [This list includes both real and fictional characters]. [2]

If you don’t mind, go ahead and post your results in the comments section. Especially since it claims that only 1% of you folks think like me. Are there any other INTJs out there?

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  1. isaacme says:

    The last time I took one of those type of things it said I should be a nuclear engineer.

  2. tieki rae says:

    Wow. I tried to answer this quickly, so that I wouldn’t over think each question and maybe skew the results. Who knows if that is a good strategy or not? Anyway, it turns out that we’re in the same 1%, haha. 🙂 It says I’m 67% introverted, 38% intuitive, 12% thinking, and 67% judging. Not quite sure what to think of all that.

    As far as being a “mastermind” is concerned, this line basically sums up my life being involved in various organizations: “Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead.”

    And as neat as it is to be in the same category as Susan B. Anthony and C.S. Lewis, I’m more than a little ashamed to share a personality (supposedly) with Guiliani, Lance Armstrong, and Hannibal Lector. :-/ However, the survey redeemed itself a bit in the career indicator. After scrolling past Computer Programmer, Natural Science, and Engineer (ha!), I noticed law and librarian: my two favorite hobbies. 🙂

  3. Scotti says:

    Interesting post. My results came back under INFJ (Idealist-Counselor). This personality type makes up about 2% of the population. I think the description was pretty right on. The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and enterprising and attentive in their interpersonal roles.

    INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.

    Famous INFJs: Nathan, prophet of Israel, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Burns – Scottish poet, Fanny Crosby -(blind) hymnist.

    Blessings,
    Scotti

  4. “Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead.”

    That was dead on with concern to me. I do exactly that and have since I was forced to do group work in college.

  5. Scotti: How did they get Nathan (prophet of Israel) to take one of these tests? Creepy…lol.

  6. Scotti says:

    🙂 heehee!

    If these personality descriptions weren’t right on I would be highly skeptical! I think it is important with these types of tests, not to pidgeon hole oneself. God can use us in spite of our weaknesses and regardless of our strengths. In the end, that’s all that really matters to me! (Does that sound like an idealist or what?) 🙂

    Blessings to you today in Christ Jesus.
    Scotti

  7. I think they catch on to the general idea of your natural inclinations. The description well describes what I am capable of left to my own devices. However, with God I can do so much more and be a much different person.
    For example I am a natural introvert that isn’t generally fond of spending time with other peoples’ kids. Yet at church I work in the youth ministry and deal well with 3-5 year olds every weekend. Weird thing is the kids actually love me.

  8. lifelemons says:

    Your Type is
    ISTJ
    Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
    Strength of the preferences %
    22 50 12 33

    Qualitative analysis of your type formula

    You are:
    slightly expressed introvert

    moderately expressed sensing personality

    slightly expressed thinking personality

    moderately expressed judging personality

  9. hiddenart says:

    Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Perceiving

    INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It’s as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.

    Famous INFPs:
    Homer
    Mary, mother of Jesus
    St. John, the beloved disciple
    St. Luke; physician, disciple, author
    William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline)
    A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
    Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie)

    Fictional INFPs:
    Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

    Says my career should be literature/writer, religious education, counseling…

    Hmmm…explains alot. It nailed me.
    amanda

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  11. damewiggy says:

    Tranny, a friend sent this to me, and I immediately thought of you. (Sorry for the length, I was gonna email it to you, but couldn’t find any contact info.) I don’t know if you’ve seen it before, but I figured you’d get a chuckle or three out of it. Keep it real, mister.

    In The Beginning…

    In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

    Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

    And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

    So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

    God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

    God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”

    God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

    Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

    God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

    God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

    Then Satan created HMOs.

  12. Oh, yeah, I’ve seen that make the rounds. Thanks for thinking of me. If you ever have the urge (or anyone else out there) to contact me just try totaltransformation@yahoo.com

  13. krislinatin says:

    Your Type is
    ISTJ
    Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
    Strength of the preferences %
    56 38 12 33

    ISTJ type description by D.Keirsey
    ISTJ type description by J. Butt
    ISTJ Career Choices

    Qualitative analysis of your type formula

    You are:
    moderately expressed introvert

    moderately expressed sensing personality

    slightly expressed thinking personality

    moderately expressed judging personality

  14. Your Type is
    ENTJ
    Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
    Strength of the preferences %
    11 75 1 1

    Qualitative analysis of your type formula

    You are:
    slightly expressed extravert
    distinctively expressed intuitive personality
    slightly expressed thinking personality
    slightly expressed judging personality

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  18. Tina says:

    INFJ 56% introverted, 50% intuitive, 50% feeling, 22% judging

    I took this test as a teenger and a couple of times throughout my adulthood; always INFJ. Very much correct. I read the analysis at both http://keirsey.com/personality/nfij.html (which I’ve read before) and http://typelogic.com/infj.html. Two days ago I wrote a message to my husband and started it by saying, “You know I can sometimes communicate better with the written word than verbally.” typelogic.com says, “Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills.” Just one example. 🙂

  19. john says:

    someone discovered me they philosphise alot i never new there were people like me. about 6 months ago i were sitting in my car and there was a car crash but 5 minutes before i saw this already happening sometimes when i sleep i see things then i see them on the news in the morning she said i was a idealist i read stuff on what she wrote and each paragraph i read was almost like a chapter of my life i am interested in see who i really am

  20. Shelley says:

    Hi,

    Just stumbled across your blog when looking for information regarding the INFJ-Counsellor personality type. It really pegged me especially when it mentioned feeling the feeling of others without having to be in their shoes. Although some of the descriptives were a little off and others were the complete opposite of me, fundamentally I think it was scary accurate. It had mentioned that INFJ’s dont’ care for details and I am the very opposite. I notice and appreciate details. When taking on a project, I’m a bit of a perfectionist (they had that part right) right down the tiniest of details.

    Best of luck in your transformation. By posting your success I am certian you will an inspiration to many. I will leave you with one of my favorite scriptures.

    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

    There is also a great article on Bodybuilding.com, written by Dr. Chris Zaino. It’s called Rebuild The Temple and it’s all about taking care of our bodies because they are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Here is the link
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/zaino38.htm

    I hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful day.

    with many blessings,
    Shelley

  21. Thanks for the link Shelley.

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