Hey, my name is DaRick and I have been assigned most often as an ISTJ (Update: See my second post here), which is why I present myself as one. With that in mind, however, I have borderline S/N tendencies and T/F tendencies, getting around 55/45 and 60/40 respectively when tested. Although this may not be the best place, while I am introducing myself, I will list my key features and let you decide. Like I said, I'm not sure whether I am really an ISTJ. At school, the willingness of teachers and students to stereotype me as one has annoyed me somewhat, as this implies a lack of emotional and intellectual depth.
Relationships: I'm very sensitive to criticism and negative comments made by others about me can remain in my mind for months. I also like to get along with others, but not to the extent where it will hinder my goals. I will also help others, due to my belief in Kohlberg's 6 stages of moral development, without expecting to receive something in return. I may make insensitive remarks, although I realise when I hurt somebody else's feelings and immediately regret it. I also relate to animals more than I do human beings. I'm not very sociable, presenting a trouble-free face to the world while my soul is torn asunder by depression and paranoia. Despite this, I'm liked more than I ought to be, although being thought of as unique or brilliant is more flattering to me. I prefer deeper relationships, not having very many friends, although I've always wanted more close friends. Poseurs annoy me.
Temperament: I'm very pessimistic - I can (often correctly) predict when bad things are going to happen (i.e - a sports team I support losing a game). I am moody, meaning that I have violent mood swings (i.e - happy to depressive in a few minutes). I'm also more self-absorbed than I would like to be, thinking about my problems more than those of others. I don't like being thought of as selfish. I'm avoidant. I'm also passive and submissive, disliking confrontation. Under stress, I can act like an extreme Thinking type OR an extreme Feeling type, with no middle ground.
Thought-processes: I tend to pick up on details before patterns in texts (a sensate feature, I think) , but in the real world, I'm absent-minded, oblivious to minor things that my sensate family notice quickly. I'm also more theoretical than practical, due to a lack of physical dexterity and self-confidence. I am realistic, although there is a part of me that is genuinely proud
of making a difference in the world (when I do). I tend to observe a lot about my surroundings and others. I enjoy listening to music and I eat more food than I should. I occassionally lack motivation in life. I prefer fact over fiction and prefer literal meanings - as such, I occassionally miss sarcastic jibes and figurative meanings. I use analogies in writing where appropriate, although infrequently in speech. I tend to draw comparisons of one event to another seemingly random event (i.e - "Reminds me of the time when...") and change the subject at random times while conversing. I also consider all of the reasons as to why a person would undertake a specific action. My life is frequently a merger between the real world and my fantasy world, with my fantasy world just a few hours behind the real world. It's not apparent to anyone except my family. My fantasy world does little else except present me as a more interesting individual (I lack self-esteem). I can develop detrimental addictions (i.e - to my MP3 player, causing deafness).
Conduct: I draw heavily on routine and structure; I like to get things done. I hate having my plans disrupted and I'm a perfectionist, straining until I have something exactly where I want it. I can consciously transform if need be, although never to deliberately harm others, just to hasten the achievement of my goals. I have a good work ethic and tend to stick to one task for hours on end - as such, I've become an academic.
Miscellaneous: My brother is a strong ISTJ, my father claims to be an ISTP and my mother is an ISFJ, but I'm closest (relatively speaking) to my mother. I believe wholeheartedly in God and pray every night (I have little tolerance for either atheists or agnostics). This test fascinates me; the rest of my family don't care for it. My Enneagram has MOST OFTEN been 4w5, although occasionally it has been 9, 5, 3 and 1. According to my mother, I'm not materialistic.
Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy spiel.
N.B: I've altered my personality type after much thought and advice; I'll go as an INTJ until further notice.