July 29, 2005

I'm Whatever the Type Is That Forgets a Lot

Was reminded of the Myers-Briggs tests by this, so I took a version for, what, the 46th time in my life? The 47th?

I forget.

Anyway, I'm only writing down what type it said because that way, the next time I fail to remember my Myers-Briggs designation, I can just look it up here.

. . . if I remember, um, that I blogged it.

(Oh gads. Have I done this before already? Now I'm too frightened to search it because, really, how embarrassing.)

Partly I forget because I don't think these things have that much practical value. That's also why this part of my description cracked me up:

". . . most at home in the real world of solid objects that can be made and manipulated, and of real-life events that can be experienced in the here and now . . ."

--and of course, internet personality tests are neither.

Once I'd finished the damn thing I remembered that for the last 6 or 7 years I've come out this same way, ISTP--but I don't think I did always. Can you morph on these things a little? I think the first time I took one it came out INTP.

If I remember correctly.

Anyway, as I was asking the boyfriend in chat tonight, I'm not sure I buy it because supposedly this type is "the artisan," ooooh, and come on: What the hell do I craft? Lasagnas? Okay, I do make nice lasagnas, but it's not like an original recipe or anything. And I guess I do Civilization III maps and, uh, Sim houses.

It's hardly the same as knitting you all cozy Argyle socks for winter, though, now is it?

Do not even think of calling this site a "craft." Unless you mean like a seventh-grade, first-wood-shop-class kind of craft. In that case, yes. It is certainly craft-like, and mind the splinters.

I think if this test is right I'm like the laziest possible version of ISTP ever.

And the most forgetful.

UPDATE (because my personality type is SUPER-IMPORTANT to you, the reader): This is a better description. The negative parts are all true, and I mean definitely and in spades:

"equally difficult to understand in their need for personal space, which in turn has an impact on their relationships with others." Yes. You're occupying way too much of it.

"they tend to become . . . inflexible . . . when someone seems to be threatening their lifestyle" Inflexible's a nice word. It beats "psychopathic."

"communication also tends to be a key issue, since they generally express themselves non-verbally" I throw things a lot.

"this can result in their being seen as thick-skinned or tasteless" Or as "stupid, self-loathing skank(s)," whatever.

"they know they can get away with much smaller safety margins than other types" And if my time on the LBJ freeway is any indication, I certainly did.

Posted by Ilyka at July 29, 2005 09:09 AM in i don't know you tell me | TrackBack

I had to do the full deal at work several years ago, which revealed that I'm ENTJ. I don't mean to use too much jargon, but this personality type is technically described as "asshole."

Posted by: Hubris at July 29, 2005 03:49 PM

I look at it this way: The "famous people" list for your type includes Patrick Stewart, Margaret Thatcher, and Steve Jobs.

The one for mine lists Keith Richards, Burt Reynolds, and TOM CRUISE.

You got the better deal here, asshole.

Posted by: ilyka at July 29, 2005 06:50 PM

You'd better be careful about disagreeing with me, or I might "unleash an icy gaze." And you wouldn't like that.

Posted by: Hubris at July 29, 2005 07:46 PM

Well, but see, I throw things.

Come to think of it, I seem to remember Jean-Luc Picard unleashing that icy gaze fairly often.

"Make it so--with frostbite."

And Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have a few gaze-offs in the X-Men movies. Yes, it all fits.

Posted by: ilyka at July 29, 2005 07:53 PM

The one for mine lists Keith Richards, Burt Reynolds, and TOM CRUISE.

Mine: Ayn Rand, and Hannibal Lecter.

Countcher blessings.

Posted by: Moebius Stripper at July 29, 2005 10:26 PM

Oh like you've never considered, even momentarily, eating a particularly bad student's liver. Riiiiiiiiight. Hell, I've considered it just reading about some of them--and I don't even like liver.

Posted by: ilyka at July 29, 2005 10:35 PM

Ah, another compulsive M-B test-taker!

I always test out as ENTP, which does describe me fairly well.

Posted by: Yehudit at July 29, 2005 10:58 PM

ENTP sounds like a fun type. I'm wondering now how many bloggers test out with at least the "NT" part in their designations. It seems to be pretty common just in this teeny sample (ENTJ, INTJ, and ENTP).

Posted by: ilyka at July 29, 2005 11:15 PM

Myers-Briggs types can change over time, but you may also be borderline on one of the letters. There's a long test that may classify you as an "X" if you score "too close to call" one way or another. Me, I scored an X on three of the four letters (and I have taken the test in the morning and at night on the same day and gotten opposing scores.)

Posted by: Lyle at July 29, 2005 11:47 PM

Oh like you've never considered, even momentarily, eating a particularly bad student's liver.

Fair enough. But expose them to Objectivism? There isn't a student obnoxious enough.

Posted by: Moebius Stripper at July 30, 2005 12:48 AM

Hannibal, Clarice, and me. Yeah, I buy that.

Posted by: Rob at July 30, 2005 04:05 AM

Another INTJ? And you know, I'm 95% certain that's what my mother is too.

Save me. I'm surrounded by Hannibals.

Posted by: ilyka at July 30, 2005 04:13 AM

indeed, said the real ENTJ reading this blog, Hubris, but i do like your rather succinct summary of, "Experience teaches many ENTJs that restraint may often be the better part of valor, lest one find oneself victorious but alone."

Posted by: rammer at July 30, 2005 05:32 AM

Not to go all Napoleon Dynamite on you there, rammer, but what the heck're you even talking about?

Posted by: perplexed at July 30, 2005 06:17 AM

NNTP. Me, Linus Torvalds, and Einstein.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 1, 2005 12:46 AM

As an ISFJ, I'm apparently some kind of "guardian". My people I am related to include Mother Theresa, Louisa May Alcott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Queen Elizabeth II of England and Queen Mary I ("Bloody Mary") of England.

You know what this means? I am like the WEIRD CRAZY WRITERS and PONCY ARISTOCRATS.

There's no hope here. No hope at all. And don't even think of getting me into a wimple. I'll take your Tom Cruise anyday, Ilyka, at least he has a clear reason why he's such a damn nut.

Posted by: Helen at August 1, 2005 12:28 PM