I have a continuing interest in MBTI and its relation to sport, so I thought I'd ask in the NT forum since I know a couple of "Thinkers".
My main questions are:
- Do you play any sport? If so, which one(s)?
- Why do you enjoy it/them? What is the feeling or quality you most enjoy?
- In general, do you prefer indvidual- or team-based sports?
I know an INTJ and an ENTP; I'll give an overview of my thoughts on them and their relation to sport:
His main sport is football (soccer). He, like me, enjoys tactical analysis and prefers to play the game from such a standpoint. Neither of us tend to run very much, preferring to get into a good position and wait to receive the ball. Whereas I am more creative in the way I play, he is more consistent, having solid skills in key areas (good passer; good tackler). I am more "flakey", and can be a dynamic force in one match but be utterly useless in the next.
He seems happy to play with people who may be worse than him, appearing to care more about what he is doing, ensuring he has a good game. He is good at beginning an attacking move, for example, but is rarely at its heart. Whereas I, for example, enjoy contributing to such an attack using flair and skill (a backheel; a Cruyff turn), he prefers a certain solidity following a pattern akin to: good position --> good pass --> good attack --> good goal.
He has also played squash (as have I). He once commented that it's a good game and is very "tactical". I suppose the enjoyment of tactics are an expression of Ni - how can I deconstruct this pattern for my betterment? - whereas my enjoyment of tactics tends to be the possibility of creating a "beautiful" movment/attack - how can I best create a pattern to dazzle my oppenent(s); that's probably Fi/Ne coming out somewhere.
He's done everything imaginable - rowing, cycling, rugby, football, squash, moutaineering. He seems to enjoy the challenge for the sake of it. He's very committed and is never bad at any sport he plays, but prefers some more than others. I know much less about the ENTP than the INTJ since I haven't played much sport with the ENTP. Strategy appears to be less of a draw for him, however. It does play a part, but he appears to enjoy "getting stuck in" rather than the more laid-back approach of the INTJ. He enjoys team sports, but is rarely, if ever, the team captain despite having good leadership skills.