Poll

What is your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?  (DON'T vote unless you know!)

ISTJ
59 (9%)
ISFJ
18 (2.7%)
INFJ
67 (10.2%)
INTJ
230 (35.1%)
ISTP
11 (1.7%)
ISFP
5 (0.8%)
INFP
40 (6.1%)
INTP
88 (13.4%)
ESTP
8 (1.2%)
ESFP
1 (0.2%)
ENFP
15 (2.3%)
ENTP
33 (5%)
ESTJ
16 (2.4%)
ESFJ
3 (0.5%)
ENFJ
10 (1.5%)
ENTJ
52 (7.9%)

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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:15:05 AM »
The IQ thread got me thinking that there are probably some predominant Myers-Briggs types here in the MMM community. 

If you've ever been tested and know your result, please vote.  If not, please don't guess... it's very easy for people to feel that they identify with a certain description, but that doesn't make it so.  You should go through the formal test before drawing conclusions (many people are at least slightly surprised!) 


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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 08:23:01 AM »
There is another thread about this on the forums, but it didn't have a poll. IIRC, most of the responses were INTJ.

I will say, I had for years gotten one particular result using free online Meyers-Briggs type tests, however when I took the official branded Meyers-Briggs test, I was strong result that differed type for one letter. So use caution if posting your type based on the results of a free online tests-- your results may vary from the official test, which you unfortunately need to pay for.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 08:24:03 AM »
PantsOnFire - What really crazy is I almost made this same post!  Curious to see if other people are awesome ENTJ's like myself :D And edited to reflect my result if official (officially awesome) my company paid for the test.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 08:27:02 AM »
Is there a reputable place to take this test online?

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 08:34:50 AM »
So very, very INTJ. I'm married to an INTP. He has so many feelings.

ewwwww feelings!!!!  I hate those, they make everything so messy. I worked with an INFP once and I swear if I looked at her wrong she cried.  Married to and INTJ and we are basically devoid of emotion...not entirely sure if its a good thing or not.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 08:43:17 AM »
I agree that the online tests are not the same as the official test, which I believe has to be administered or at least reviewed by a professional.  From conversations I've had with others, I think the test is often part of a course or seminar that includes education on all 16 personality types, with one-on-one discussion of your particular type and the opportunities and challenges that often come with it. 

Some schools and corporations provide the seminars and testing for their students/employees free of charge.  I was tested when I was an intern with my current employer.  If I recall correctly (this was like 12 years ago) it was part of a multi-day seminar that also included Franklin-Covey time management/organization material.  Maybe it was all the Kool-Aid I drank, but I really do think the MBTI and Franklin-Covey stuff helped me get my career off to a good start and understand how to at least "fit in" in such a humongous bureaucracy. 

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 08:45:58 AM »
So very, very INTJ. I'm married to an INTP. He has so many feelings.

Hah! My husband is an INFJ and such a delicate, fragile little flower about some things. It's been good for me though, and I'd pick my little flower again 10/10 times. Having such a sensitive and emotional partner has taught me a bit about how to interact with others without ALWAYS being so damned cold and logical.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 08:55:39 AM »
High school  through grad school I've probably taken the MBTI about a dozen times.  Seeing all the INTJ's isn't too surprising this is a financial blog that appels to INTJ priorities - its analytical, makes it's appeal through logic rather than emotion, encourages people to fiddle with individual details, and make detailed plans. 

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2014, 08:58:26 AM »
At this point, the killjoy jumps in and says...

the Myers-Briggs, despite being wildly popular for reasons that personality psychologists cannot fathom, is neither a valid nor a reliable (your scores will change depending on when you take it) predictor of anything. It was created by a bored housewife based on a now largely discredited field of psychology (Jungian). The publishers of the Myers-Briggs are laughing all the way to the bank, which is possibly why they've never made the time to publish any validity studies in respectable peer reviewed journals. Although, the descriptors are vague enough to roughly fit about anyone's personality, making it appear valid to people on the face of it. So, if it's fun to chat about, then enjoy. But, don't take it seriously.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2014, 08:59:06 AM »
So very, very INTJ. I'm married to an INTP. He has so many feelings.

If he has tons of feelings, he's probably an "F" not a "T". The P/J difference between the two of you has nothing to do with feelings.

"Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F). "
"In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)."
http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2014, 11:13:38 AM »

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 11:34:09 AM »
Is there a reputable place to take this test online?
http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 11:46:00 AM »
What is the point of this thread?  How is bragging about your MBTI mustachian in any way?  The test is completely useless as an indicator of personality anyways, especially some online test.  Moreover, you need "don't know" and "don't care" options.

Did I miss anything? :-)

"Anyone seeking more info might also check here:
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/continue-the-blog-conversation/the-principle-of-constant-optimization-what's-your-myers-briggs/
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/off-topic/are-you-an-intj/
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/welcome-to-the-forum/calling-out-intj's-enxp's-(and-other-known-personalities)/
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/off-topic/any-infp's-here/
http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/off-topic/27-problems-only-introverts-will-understand/

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2014, 11:47:10 AM »
And my test shows INTJ- but it does seem like the questions are vague. Like "Do you feel anxiety in a stressful situation"- I mean, it depends on the kind of stress. Finishing work just under a deadline- no anxiety at all. Having to confront an employee about their sub-par performance- YES.

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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2014, 11:48:18 AM »

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2014, 11:51:28 AM »
BTW I voted INTJ because that's that I usually am.  But I've gone through periods where I've been more like XNTX.  I'm definitely NT though.  Plus, I want to fit in w/ the cool kids here.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2014, 11:55:45 AM »
you need "don't know" and "don't care" options.
Why would you need those options?  Are you physically incapable of just moving on? 

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2014, 12:01:56 PM »
you need "don't know" and "don't care" options.
Why would you need those options?  Are you physically incapable of just moving on?

This seems to be a popular post on the forum of late. Don't read the threads you don't like, people. I don't run over to the carpentry and day trading threads whining that they don't interest me.

I have OCD and must click on every link three times, in order.  If I accidentally click the wrong link, I have to start over.  All these extra threads are real hell on my carpal tunnel.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2014, 12:03:18 PM »
ISFP for me. I highly recommend anyone to learn about this test if they haven't already. It's a great thing.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2014, 12:04:57 PM »
LOL.  Here's a mantra that might help:

"The truest expression of not caring is complete lack of participation."

Maybe we can implement a forum tool that subtracts from your post count whenever you click "I don't care" in a poll...  Would that help?  It'd be like one of those shock collars that keeps your dog from barking.  :-)

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2014, 12:14:28 PM »
haha, oh I am not surprised in the least that this forum skews INTJ/ENTJ/INTP

Especially the INTJ - you folks so, so opposite to me (ENFP). I'm always amused by the attention to detail most posters exhibit here.
 
While obviously I think we're all more complicated than our Myers-Brigg type, the test is a good indicator of how one perceives and interacts with the world at large.


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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2014, 12:30:47 PM »
While I haven't taken an "official" test, I did do the lengthy online one that was posted and came up as INFJ.  After reading the description, it sounds about right.

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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2014, 01:42:44 PM »
I'm surprised at the results of the poll. When this test was administered to me by a psychiatrist a decade or so ago, he told me INTJ was the least common of the distinct personality types, especially in females.

I have misgivngs about the reliability of online tests, but I've taken the free Myers-Briggs a few times in the past and found I score a consistent and strong INTJ.

Or maybe there is something about the Mustachian mindset that attracts INTJs like bee to honey?

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2014, 03:30:29 PM »
Is it just me, or do the results sort of look like a middle finger extended?

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2014, 06:43:03 PM »
ISFP for me. I highly recommend anyone to learn about this test if they haven't already. It's a great thing.

Hi Cwadda - My daughter is an ISFP too. Have you chosen your work/studies based partly on your type? I am encouraging my daughter towards psychotherapy but doing health aide work as a money earner while she studies, and basing this partly on her ISFP status.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2014, 10:03:20 AM »
Oh wow, I finally read the INTJ description and it is indeed dead on. I always just assumed I was a robot or something.

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« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2014, 10:16:05 AM »
So many INTJ's

http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/mastermind.asp

An alternative that has evolved from Myer Brigg is Keirsey, he uses the same 4 letter coding, I can't believe how many "masterminds" are around here.  I would hate you guys if I met you in real life.

I"m an "idealist champion" (ENFP) http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/champion.asp and this describes me dead on.  Very interesting.

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« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2014, 10:39:38 AM »
So many INTJ's

http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/mastermind.asp

An alternative that has evolved from Myer Brigg is Keirsey, he uses the same 4 letter coding, I can't believe how many "masterminds" are around here.  I would hate you guys if I met you in real life.

I"m an "idealist champion" (ENFP) http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/champion.asp and this describes me dead on.  Very interesting.

And we would meet that hatred with vague indifference. ;)

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2014, 10:40:51 AM »
(your scores will change depending on when you take it)

This may be true for some people, but over the past ten years, I've taken an online test at least three times, and have gotten a result of INTJ every time.

INTJs do seem to be disproportionately represented on internet message boards related to early retirement. :P

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2014, 10:45:03 AM »
ISFP for me. I highly recommend anyone to learn about this test if they haven't already. It's a great thing.

Hi Cwadda - My daughter is an ISFP too. Have you chosen your work/studies based partly on your type? I am encouraging my daughter towards psychotherapy but doing health aide work as a money earner while she studies, and basing this partly on her ISFP status.

I'm currently working as a music director because I have a strong inclination to it as a hobby/passion. Music is my passion but applying this to a job, it gets really tough. The only strong option I saw was music education, and education doesn't fit my personality. In college I was doing Pharmacy, but decided it wasn't for me. Now I'm thinking of doing something in the Environmental Science or health field, leaning towards Environment Science though since I already have an internship and am on pace for graduating early with that degree. I've pretty much decided I'm not interested in going to grad school anytime soon - that eliminates a good deal of health care options, but I don't mind. I personally feel best working independently and working with people who have similar work ethics to myself. Feel free to message me if you want more details!

Any other ISFP's in here?

Also, I find it so fascinating predicting/assigning MB traits for people I know well (family members and close friends).
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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2014, 07:02:36 AM »
Split INTP/INTJ

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« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2014, 09:45:43 AM »
Any other ISFP's in here?

Also, I find it so fascinating predicting/assigning MB traits for people I know well (family members and close friends).

My significant other is an ISFP.

Fortunately, my INTJ-ness is pretty "light" and I can see or be other elements decently easily when needed. I think most "fully INTJ" folks would have a hell of a time in a relationship with an ISFP. I definitely feel like a poser INTJ when it comes to threads like this...

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2014, 11:32:29 PM »
Last week I discovered an alternative to the typical MBTI inventory.

Spend a week with five 21-year-old college students on spring break in Hawaii.  By the end of the week you'll have no doubt whether you're an introvert or an extrovert-- and you won't even have to know the meanings of the words.

The only reason I even left the house this weekend was to procure food and library books, and not necessarily in that order.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #33 on: March 10, 2014, 01:32:29 AM »
This may be true for some people, but over the past ten years, I've taken an online test at least three times, and have gotten a result of INTJ every time.
It would be more accurate to say that the MBTI does a poor job measuring certain kinds of people. Studies show a fairly large majority of people do shift from day to day or year to year, hence why the test is discredited as a scientific method of grouping people. However, it does seem to consistently measure a few personality types, who in turn embrace it, INTJ being one of those (this last sentence is just my impression, I have no idea about the evidence).

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2015, 11:56:48 AM »
The most common types among Retire Early board participants were ISTJ, INTJ, INTP
http://www.retireearlyhomepage.com/mbti.html.

I am ISTJ.
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« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2015, 12:19:33 PM »
I'm not on your list of choices: xNTJ.

True "x" - I can walk into a room and comfortably strike up a conversation with a stranger and I'm perfectly happy spending long periods of time alone. Been tested enough times and I straddle the I/X line.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2015, 01:12:30 PM »
Is there a reputable place to take this test online?
http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

Thanks for the great link.
I must say it is indeed a bit creepy to read about my personality type, how do they know all that based on moving a few sliders!

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« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2015, 01:21:46 PM »
INFP

You might like this site http://oddlydevelopedtypes.com/survival_quiz

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2015, 01:36:23 PM »
Had the test twice both times administered by a professional.  INTJ.  No wonder I feel so comfortable here.

Question:  Several times I have been in situations where people who have had the test and told they were F's rather than T's have become very upset about it.  Is this just because I worked with mostly males and males don't like to be told they are F's, or because I am in the sciences and scientists don't like to be told they are F's or what.  All the tantrums that I recall where thrown by male scientists or mathematicians so I can't differentiate that way.

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« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2015, 03:03:40 PM »
ISTJ-A for me.  Definitely on the line with E/I though.
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« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2015, 03:37:11 PM »
Had the test twice both times administered by a professional.  INTJ.  No wonder I feel so comfortable here.

Question:  Several times I have been in situations where people who have had the test and told they were F's rather than T's have become very upset about it.  Is this just because I worked with mostly males and males don't like to be told they are F's, or because I am in the sciences and scientists don't like to be told they are F's or what.  All the tantrums that I recall where thrown by male scientists or mathematicians so I can't differentiate that way.

Wow, rereading this I think I may have suggested that mathematicians are sexless.  Sorry mathematicians, should have specified that the mathematician was also male and only a single sample. 

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #41 on: April 04, 2015, 07:30:55 PM »
Infj here.

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« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2015, 07:58:52 PM »
INTJ here. Wow, lots of us here!

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« Reply #43 on: April 04, 2015, 09:00:45 PM »
I'm not on your list of choices: xNTJ.

True "x" - I can walk into a room and comfortably strike up a conversation with a stranger and I'm perfectly happy spending long periods of time alone. Been tested enough times and I straddle the I/X line.

I'm the same way, but xNTP. Always test E but I know there is a huge amount of I in there, too. I can chat anybody up and I do truly enjoy being with people (who are not assholes) ... But I also love being alone with my thoughts and after a certain amount of time with people around, I start to get drained and/or bitchy. It's better for everyone if I get plenty of unstructured alone time. :)

For years I tested as F instead of T, but I think that was largely due to being a woman. We are so thoroughly conditioned to be feeling that I just became fluent with my feelings by default, but fundamentally I think I really am a T, and as I get older that expresses itself more strongly.

(In fact, I believe that I was able to gain whatever emotional/social fluency I have through the power of T. As a child I think I may have been mildly on the autism spectrum, but about age 18 I decided to apply my brain to learning how to act with people by observing them. Pure T...)

Honestly I feel like I'm pretty close to the line on all of the axes -- lots of times when I take the tests  have a hard time choosing answers because I could easily choose either depending on the context. So I'm not sure how accurate any of t is, but like the horoscope, it's kind of fun to think about.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #44 on: April 05, 2015, 11:17:16 PM »
So many INTJ's

http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/mastermind.asp

An alternative that has evolved from Myer Brigg is Keirsey, he uses the same 4 letter coding, I can't believe how many "masterminds" are around here.  I would hate you guys if I met you in real life.

I"m an "idealist champion" (ENFP) http://www.keirsey.com/4temps/champion.asp and this describes me dead on.  Very interesting.

And we would meet that hatred with vague indifference. ;)

LOL. Snort. Yep, so true ;) INTP from memory, but that was last 15 years ago, so coulda been INTJ

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #45 on: April 06, 2015, 05:30:01 AM »
INTJ like mox of you. Soon to be married to someone I suspect is an ESFP. Oh that fireball of emotion.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #46 on: April 06, 2015, 07:34:49 AM »
What if you're an ambivert?

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #47 on: April 06, 2015, 09:05:49 AM »
Had the test twice both times administered by a professional.  INTJ.  No wonder I feel so comfortable here.

Question:  Several times I have been in situations where people who have had the test and told they were F's rather than T's have become very upset about it.  Is this just because I worked with mostly males and males don't like to be told they are F's, or because I am in the sciences and scientists don't like to be told they are F's or what.  All the tantrums that I recall where thrown by male scientists or mathematicians so I can't differentiate that way.

LOL! Typical F!

I am ISTJ, and as a woman, I feel that I have a lot of traits typically attributed to men. I am also surrounded in my life by INFPs. Everyone in my immediate family, my husband, one of my best friends (although I think she has evolved into a T). I realized recently that since my husband is F, and I'm T, he can get extremely frustrated when I am being logical and disagreeing with him. He huffs and puffs and walks away from me and I have to realize that I need to be more sensitive and not just fling facts at him.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #48 on: April 06, 2015, 04:11:03 PM »
Aha, so it's a Feeler thing.  Makes sense that I wouldn't recognize that surrounded by Thinkers as I am.

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Re: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« Reply #49 on: April 06, 2015, 09:03:11 PM »
Had the test twice both times administered by a professional.  INTJ.  No wonder I feel so comfortable here.

Question:  Several times I have been in situations where people who have had the test and told they were F's rather than T's have become very upset about it.  Is this just because I worked with mostly males and males don't like to be told they are F's, or because I am in the sciences and scientists don't like to be told they are F's or what.  All the tantrums that I recall where thrown by male scientists or mathematicians so I can't differentiate that way.

LOL! Typical F!

I am ISTJ, and as a woman, I feel that I have a lot of traits typically attributed to men. I am also surrounded in my life by INFPs. Everyone in my immediate family, my husband, one of my best friends (although I think she has evolved into a T). I realized recently that since my husband is F, and I'm T, he can get extremely frustrated when I am being logical and disagreeing with him. He huffs and puffs and walks away from me and I have to realize that I need to be more sensitive and not just fling facts at him.

Another ISTJ! Huzzah!