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    OK. I have been longing to bring this up for a very long time, so here I go. What type most accurately fits Glenn Gould's personality? If you do not know who he is then I suggest you read this article. Also, here is a link to a youtube video--an accurate documentary about his life and personality (the documentary is divided into 5 segments-the other segments are attached to the first as video responses.)

    If you already have a good idea of who he is, and what is personality was like, please do not hesitate to respond. I am pretty sure that he is an xNTx.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

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    I'm going with INTP, I think.

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    I'm going with INTP, I think.
    Really? I was thinking J more the P: In the recording studio he was a control freak, he pre-scripted all of his so-called "interviews," he had a schedule of his own which he clung to obsessively, and he was preoccupied with keeping lists and charts of data--whether it be his own pulse rate or temperature readings across Canada.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

    "Another roof, another proof." - Paul Erdős

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    Your best guess would ENTP with a promethean INTP a solid second.

    He was busy figuring out the different historical inspirations of Bach, almost absolving himself entirely in Bach's perspective thereby neglecting his own. And yet he really was the Richard Feynman of pianists, introducing radical measures and playing techniques thought insane by other pianists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkw View Post
    Really? I was thinking J more the P: In the recording studio he was a control freak, he pre-scripted all of his so-called "interviews," he had a schedule of his own which he clung to obsessively, and he was preoccupied with keeping lists and charts of data--whether it be his own pulse rate or temperature readings across Canada.
    Somehow, I find all of those traits to be more INTP than INTJ.

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    Somehow, I find all of those traits to be more INTP than INTJ.
    Not being arrogant, but why is that? I'm quite curious--please explain.

    The Richard Feynman analogy is relatively accurate, but apparently he highly valued solitude and isolation, though I guess that those could also apply to an ENTP.
    "The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics..." - G.H. Hardy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkw View Post
    Really? I was thinking J more the P: In the recording studio he was a control freak, he pre-scripted all of his so-called "interviews," he had a schedule of his own which he clung to obsessively, and he was preoccupied with keeping lists and charts of data--whether it be his own pulse rate or temperature readings across Canada.
    Well, that does sound more J. I'll say INTJ, then. They're often more secretive than INTPs, actually.

    And yes, sticking to schedules is a J thing. Ps are more open-minded.

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    [QUOTE=Merkw;38885]Not being arrogant, but why is that? I'm quite curious--please explain.[QUOTE]

    Well those traits are acutally more indicative of neuroticism which essentially lies outside of the MBTI-model but I have personally observed usually to be higher in INTPs than in INTJs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerkW View Post
    Not being arrogant, but why is that? I'm quite curious--please explain.

    The Richard Feynman analogy is relatively accurate, but apparently he highly valued solitude and isolation, though I guess that those could also apply to an ENTP.


    GG was an ENTP i think. His love of solitude can surely be explained by him suffering from aspergers or a psychological problem. Despite his need for routine (imo an aspergers symptom), he did like change and innovation, often playing classcial pieces in novel ways and experimenting. He was known for choosing to play pieces very fast - for example his version of beethoven's moonlight sonata, spoke very quickly - in fact did everything at great haste/speed which is often attributed to ENTP's but not INTP's. Furthermore he seemed more argumentative and keen on debating than most INTPs would.

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