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View Poll Results: What's your take on Ayn Rand's major works of fiction?

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  • I'm an INTJ and I'm a fan

    4 8.89%
  • I'm an ENTJ and I'm a fan

    2 4.44%
  • I'm an INTP and I'm a fan

    2 4.44%
  • I'm an ENTP and I'm a fan

    1 2.22%
  • I'm an INFJ and I'm a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an ENFJ and I'm a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an INFP and I'm a fan

    3 6.67%
  • I'm an ENFP and I'm a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an ISTJ and I'm a fan

    1 2.22%
  • I'm an ISTP and I'm a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an INTJ and I'm not a fan

    9 20.00%
  • I'm an ENTJ and I'm not a fan

    1 2.22%
  • I'm an INTP and I'm not a fan

    9 20.00%
  • I'm an ENTP and I'm not a fan

    4 8.89%
  • I'm an INFJ and I'm not a fan

    2 4.44%
  • I'm an ENFJ and I'm not a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an INFP and I'm not a fan

    2 4.44%
  • I'm an ENFP and I'm not a fan

    2 4.44%
  • I'm an ISTJ and I'm not a fan

    0 0%
  • I'm an ISTP and I'm not a fan

    3 6.67%
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    How about "I'm INTP and I WAS a fan once."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Anyway, I like her politics, liked The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We the Living, dislike her larger philosophical construct, and think she was a crazy bitch who was a horrible person to be around.
    ... Sounds like we're in agreement overall.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Grey Badger View Post
    How about "I'm INTP and I WAS a fan once."?
    An INTP (ex-)fan? Do expound!

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    Incidentally, I posted this poll partly because the guy who at age 14 tried to interest me in Atlas Shrugged (it didn't take until a couple of years later) found me on Facebook and he claims to be an INFJ and not an INTJ as I would've thought. I'm like...

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    The Fountainhead is my absolute favorite book, Roark is an amazing character and the philosophy on individuality opened my eyes to what I was doing to myself just to fit in. But I recently read Atlas Shrugged and was bored out of my skull and offended more that once. Like The Grey Badger, I was once a fan.

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    I've listened to audio of Atlas Shrugged (because there is no way in hell am I reading 1000 pages of anything).

    As far as storytelling quality goes, it was rather trite. Basically there are two types of characters in Ayn Rand's world: a competent, self reliant INTJ, and an incompetent, shrill ESFJ. That's her ideal - for everyone to be an INTJ. Bitch, it doesn't work that way!

    Francisco's money speech was excellent though.


    (Yes my dear NFs, I used the word "bitch". It's in a dictionary, and it's meant to be used.)

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    I like her fiction but I think Ayn Rand was a total nutjob.
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    I'm an INTJ and I find her to be a hack writer and an arrogant harpy with no sense of the real world.
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    shes an idiot. I've found that people who have no sense of gray area tend to like her at first, and then [hopefully] out grow her once they realize that shes a horrible offender of a combination of slippery slope/continuum fallacies...

    INTJ or ESFJ
    Captialism or communism
    workaholic or lazy bastard

    she has no sense of gray area. In an interview she was quoted as saying {paraphrasing}, "yes, if someone puts their family and friends above maximizing their work, they are bad person"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle View Post
    shes an idiot. I've found that people who have no sense of gray area tend to like her at first, and then [hopefully] out grow her once they realize that shes a horrible offender of a combination of slippery slope/continuum fallacies...

    INTJ or ESFJ
    Captialism or communism
    workaholic or lazy bastard

    she has no sense of gray area. In an interview she was quoted as saying {paraphrasing}, "yes, if someone puts their family and friends above maximizing their work, they are bad person"
    Yes, her extremist views put me off as well.

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    Since I started the poll and voted that I'm a fan, I just want to clarify: I do agree with the criticism of her black-and-white extremism (or as I like to call it, her closed-minded certitude). (She positively makes my head hurt from going .) I think she's a writer with huge blind spots, which have been nicely summed up here: The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand. That said, I also think she's a writer with huge talent, and her books have had a positive inspirational influence on my life. I continue to strongly recommend them to others, though not without an equally strong disclaimer.

    ... Come to think of it, maybe I should've gone for a poll without type breakdown and instead featuring a range of gray area options.

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    I wasn't sure how to vote. I've read pretty much all of her work. Way back in my teens I would of called myself a fan.

    But after getting a job out of highschool, it was easy to fall into the same mentality, and I sort of did. After that, I tried school... I took some philosophy before dropping out of that, and... my opinion started to change. Later, I took some economics. By the time I hit 23-24, I was no longer a fan. In the present, I'm anything but a fan. It's just another body of work to me, and not a terribly significant one to me anymore.

    I guess... that would make me not a fan? But I'm not sure if saying that would help the poll determine type preference for it.

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