Monday, August 6, 2007

I'm an INTP

I got curious to see how my test would work out, and lo and behold, curiosity is an important trait of my personality! Now who would've guessed that. *grin*

Click to view my Personality Profile page

It's strange thinking of myself being described as an Engineer, but the traits they describe below is SO me, and it's comfortable wearing those trade marks.

This is what they say about INTP's:

"INTPs are logical, individualistic, reserved, and very curious individuals. They focus on ideas, theories and the explanation of how things work. They are especially adept at discussions and debate. They have the ability to focus intently on a subject. They appreciate and respect intelligence in others."

"INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They see everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. They live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to analyze difficult problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations. They seek clarity in everything, and are therefore driven to build knowledge. They are the "absent-minded professors", who highly value intelligence and the ability to apply logic to theories to find solutions."
- Portrait of an INTP (The Personality Page)

"INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to most anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves."
- INTP Profile (TypeLogic)

And it seems that I'm in a fitting career too. They just need to find an alternative for marking books - that is the one thing about teaching that cannot be called one of my pet peeves - it's a MAJOR peeve of mine!

What was really interesting to see was how I fit in with the rest of the world.

INTP Population
Total: 2.5%
Male: 4%
Female: 1%

No wonder I often feel like a stranger in paradise!

It's an eye opener to see myself described so accurately. Some of the things I like a lot, some I feel like deleting and hiding somewhere it can't be found. But it all fits kind of comfortably. In the end it is just a test, and it doesn't prescribe who I have to be.

I'm just me, trying to make sense of this life I'm living.


Inconceivable said...

"INTP Population
Total: 2.5%
Male: 4%
Female: 1% "

holy cow - you are a rare gem!! That is totally awesome -you Truly are unique!!!

Sarah said...

well no wonder you seem to be able to sort through everything so logically. that does sound like you, and i haven't even been reading your blog for very long!

lady macleod said...

fascinating. Now we know the inner workings of KarenO! I can't imagine any of us are surprised to find you are unique and rare - duh.

Summer said...

Considering your percentages of N, T, and P, it looks like you're pretty well-balanced, too!

lady macleod said...

I want you to know, I don't do this for anyone else but as you ARE SO BAD when it comes to knowing these things - you have an award on my 6 August post, now go get it:-)

KarenO said...

Inconceivable - a rare unpolished one that needs a LOT of work - your compliment made me blush, thanks so much!

Thanks to you too Sarah - I know I like things to be logical, but I don't always know if I succeed - it's great that you think I'm on my way there.

Lady M - it takes one to know one ;)

Summer - now that is one heck of a nice compliment, thanks! Now if I can just get hold of all the therapists that worked on my mind in the past so they can see what you said! :D

Lady M again - I still feel SO honored about this reward and the wonderful things you said about my blog, thanks for the umpteenth time!