I'm answering selectively as well as partially in order to 1) protect the innocent and 2) save time.
Education-wise I went with (whaddyaknow!) economics. I love the subtle power of the economic way of thinking about life (Cheat sheet: It's the incentives, stupid ) and the degree opens up a lot of doors, so I truly have no cause for regret on that score. However, I attribute my belief that economics was the single best choice for me to the magic of cognitive dissonance.
Friendships with the two genders (just plain gender ratios of who makes up your friend circles/how do you connect with other females/etc.)
Based on the actual ratios throughout my life, I have only a slight preference for male friends, but I have to say I thrive in male-dominated environments.
I am an atheist. I also lack belief in free will. So in my worldview, there is no god, no afterlife, no absolute meaning with life, and to boot we are all biological robots. Maximize pleasure and minimize pain while it lasts, folks!
Academic interest areas
The social sciences.
Types of guys you are romantically attracted to (or, i suppose, females, too)
Historically, the most important trait is that he must be a P. Every guy I've ever been attracted to (or who's been more than superficially attracted to me) has been a P.
I've dated Introverts, but whatever spark we had quickly petered out.
I've also dated Sensers but only for lack of available iNtuitives.
All in all, I'm comfortable narrowing the list down to ENXPs.
My SO is an ENFP and I believe that match to be the optimal one for me, but I acknowledge that due to the aforementioned magic of cognitive dissonance I have no credibility whatsoever in constraining myself further than the two types I undeniably have the most chemistry with. Me Extroverted iNtuition.
... Uhh, you did mean MBTI types, right, Usehername?
Social skills (because we can be all over the map, from the limited previous evidence volunteered by female INTJs on these boards)
For an INTJ they are excellent. (Of course, there is always room for improvement. )
I haven't seen either of my parents since 2002. The short version is that they failed my cost-benefit analysis. I'll be happy to elaborate upon request.
Interest in kids
I have no maternal yearnings as of yet (I'm 25) and a serious doubt as to whether having kids is worth it. I think it will come down to whether my SO asks to have them.
Books I regularly recommend others:
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead <-- I recommend these to people who feel torn between self-interest and guilt. (Disclaimer)
Anton LaVey - The Satanic Bible <-- I also recommend this to people who feel torn between self-interest and guilt.
Anton LaVey - The Satanic Witch <-- I recommend this to women who need encouragement to maximize their looks.
Choderlos de Laclos - Les Liaisons Dangereuses <-- This is just a great read about NT intrigue and folly.
How good are you with money
Hmm. Is living beyond one's means (i.e. borrowing) when young due to faith in one's eventual earning power being bad with money? If so, then I'm afraid I drag down the average on this one, but if it passes for sensible lifetime consumption-smoothing then I'm good with money.
Do you feel uncomfortable/out of character in a girly dress and a situation where you have to do the typical Girly Stuff?
I realized in my mid-teens that I could not get what I wanted out of life without maximizing my physical attractiveness, so I forced myself to get comfortable with the accoutrements of femininity. These days skirts are second nature to me and I can walk just fine in heels (but it kills my feet and so I only do it when I get real mileage out of it).
I'm not sure about the second part of the question. Either I must be comfortable doing typical girly stuff or it's been so long since I had to do it that I have forgotten what it's like.
How do you dress
1/2 corporate goth, 1/2 Se-challenged. I stick to black, white and grey.
I like to look good, but putting together outfits doesn't come naturally to me. Unfortunately I find that as a woman I cannot get away with wearing carbon copies of the same (perfected) outfit like my male INTJ friends can, but I would if I could.
Alcohol, caffeine and MBTIc.
Known areas of inter-relational problems
I'm working on my closed-minded certitude (see 'Pet peeves') which I think has been my major social flaw so far in life.
Fully mastering my introversion comes next. When I am low on energy, I retreat into an introverted bubble that has only the flimsiest of communication capabilities with the outside world. I accept that I need a lot of alone time, but when I run out of energy at inopportune moments it can be incredibly frustrating for both me and the people I'm with at the time. I'll have to improve either my energy expenditure or my communication from within the bubble - preferably both.
I'd like to be more naturally empathetic (as opposed to having to analyze what someone probably needs from me right now), but I'm not sure that one is doable.
Who were you in high school
Expressing emotion in front of others
I don't have a problem expressing genuine emotion voluntarily. I'm not too good at the darker side of Fe (faking emotion). I don't like involuntarily expressing emotion, but who does?
Gift giving and receiving
I like giving gifts but I'm not one of those people who consistently manage to think of good ones.
I like receiving gifts but I dislike opening them in front of an attentive roomful of guests. Having all eyes on my Fe like that messes with my head. Once my SO gave me a pair of earrings and as I unwrapped the little jeweler's box, I felt the room go unusually silent and all I could think was "Oh no, now some of them think it's a ring!" I didn't know how to gracefully defuse that tension and ironically I ended up sounding awkward, like I had thought it would be a ring.
(For the record, proposals and marriages hold no meaning for me. What matters to me are the informal signals I pick up on of where a relationship (my own and others') is going.)
I'm very touchy-feely with my SO and I enjoy hugging my friends. Outside of that I shy away from having my personal space invaded or invading that of others (depending on the context, of course).
Messiness/organization of living environment
I'm ashamed to admit it's somewhat messy. I'm trying to optimize everything IKEA-style, but why spend energy on my living environment when there's a perfectly good forum to post on, right?
Most crazy plan you schemed and succeeded with
Get back to me in a couple of months on that one.
Most far-out success until now (that I will divulge publicly): I have co-founded a close-knit circle of friends in which the spelled-out criterion is that people work on their issues and problems instead of repressing them and taking the negative energy they cause out on others.
Hand tool adeptness
So far I haven't had to learn. (Much to the chagrin of my female ENTJ friend, I have no shame when it comes to old-fashioned divisions of household labor.)
I lived abroad from age 9-15 and continued to travel quite a bit until age 18. Since then I haven't really traveled. If I ever lose my international perspective I suppose I'll have to go out and get it back, but otherwise I'm fine with staying put.
- Financial independence
Things that make you stressed
- Not understanding things - especially myself.
- Not seeing a way to deal with a situation (feeling impotent). :steam:
- Having to act on the spur of the moment without time to think first.
Things that make you awkward in situations
- Excessive heat. I hate to sweat (outside of exercising); it's my Achilles' heel.
- Having all eyes on my Fe (see 'Gift receiving and giving').
What do you see as the point of life?