Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.


New Myers-Briggs

These images have been making the rounds on my Facebook community the past couple of days.  They do a better job of providing a quick summary than anything else I've seen.  The INTJ really speaks to me.

They come from here, where you can see the other types as well.


Speaking of the MBTI, I really like the descriptions at Oddly Developed Types.  Here are some excerpts from the INTJ:

INTJ Mastermind

Most type guides only present nice, vague, boring facts...

But they won't tell you that INTJs plan their lives further into the future than any other type.

Or that INTJs have the least satisfying friendships of all types.

Or that INTJs rated "taking classes" as a leisure activity.

Or that INTJs tend to get the best grades of all types. . . .


A reserved, logical type, INTJs are driven by the need to understand the principles behind the world so that they can apply these principles to their projects, which they pursue with single-minded zeal.  Like all Rationals, INTJs set high standards for themselves.  Achievement is extremely important to them.

The communication style of INTJs is terse and precise--but alas, other types all often too find it complicated and hard to understand.

INTJs spend a lot of time "in their head," thinking of ideas and plans.  This naturally leads to an appearance of absentmindedness.


The type that liked the item "Taking classes" most was the INTJ.  And not only did they like taking classes the most, but they liked it more than any other type liked any other activity.  INTJs liked taking classes more than ESTPs liked playing sports.  INTJs liked taking classes more than INFJs liked writing (but only just barely).  It would seem that taking classes deserves the status of "passion" for INTJs.  No other type liked any other thing as much.


INTJs in particular are (much) more likely than any other type to suffer from major depression.


INTJs tend to expect from their children the same qualities that they themselves exhibit: autonomy, achievement, a willingless to think critically, and perseverance.


Note that INTJs will remain content followers so long as the leader is the doing a good job (Keirsey, 1998).  But if the leader is a bungler, the INTJ cannot help but try to wrench the wheel from the hands of the incompetent and set the ship back on its proper course.

In fiction as in real life, one will often find an INTJ in charge of a small group.  This group may have any purpose (at the bottom of the page you can find INTJs in charge of a group of boy detectives, a group of Musketeers, a group of vampire hunters, and an entire secret criminal organization) but the INTJ at the helm shares the same confidence, the same probing mind, the same willpower, the same self-discipline, the same calmness, and the same ability to devise startlingly complex, elegant plans that actually work.

INTJs may run into trouble when they decide to ignore the "pointless" social niceties that could in fact secure cooperation from those who could help them. . . . Fortunately, most INTJs realize that concessions to others' needs pay off with tangible benefits.  Being pragmatic realistists, they will indulge those under them with a measure of social consideration.


Aside from taking classes, a very beloved INTJ pursuit (see School), INTJs enjoy "appreciating art," "Playing with computers or video games," and "Working out/exercising."  They were strongly underrepresented for "Watching TV 3 hrs or more per day."


For a lot of people, their neutral mood face is a smile, or at the very least, nonthreatening. For a lot of INTJs, it’s the Death Glare. . . .  Instead of exerting the effort to smile or frown, we seem to take the efficient route of doing nothing at all, looking rather unpleasant in the process. The typical INTJ Glare seems to consist of a grim mouth, furrowed brow, and most importantly, a harsh piercing gaze. . . .

Despite its unpleasant appearance, the Death Glare means nothing more than we’re not overwhelmed with emotion. We may look angry, but we probably aren’t. Constantly being asked if we’re upset about something is often perplexing, since we may not even realize we are using a Death Glare. Many times, we’re in a quite good mood, it just doesn’t show.


A study compared type and argumentativeness.  Not surprisingly, the Rationals occupied the top four slots.  The ENTJs were most argumentative, but the INTJs were second most argumentative (Loffredo & Opt, 2006).  Don't expect to force bad ideas down an INTJ's throat.  To convince an INTJ, you must have logical proofs that are consistent with whatever research is available.


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