HELLO EVERYONE. I've been lurking the forum for awhile and decided I'd start off by posting in the welcoming section.
I'm an INTx. Given that INTJ and INTP have completely different functions, it should be pretty easy to discern which one describes me more accurately, right?
Well, so far it's been pretty difficult. I originally took the MBTI test (this one, specifically: Personality test based on Jung - Myers-Briggs typology) a couple years ago and tested INTJ. I looked at a few pages describing INTJs, was impressed with their accuracy, and didn't spend much more time looking into it.
I've taken the test a few times since then, and nearly every time I'd get INTJ. Recently I tested again and got INTP, so I started looking into the descriptions of the functions to try and determine which one I really was. I'm actually leaning more towards INTP now, but I feel like I exhibit a fair amount of INTP and INTJ traits.
- very Ne. I find myself constantly trying to make connections between like things, and looking for deeper meanings/symbolism in things. This also seems evident in my conversations with people - I can continually go off on tangents, eventually relating back to the original topic at hand. If I'm talking to a xxxP friend, we can continue the conversation endlessly, finding new vaguely-related subjects to talk about. This contrasts with me talking to my xxxJ friends, who, unless we're seriously engaged in one topic, the conversation doesn't tend to venture anywhere beyond the initial "hey, what's up." Also, they'll usually cut the conversation short because they have to go do something or work on something, where I tend to put off "real life" when I'm talking to people that I enjoy talking to/am having a really entertaining conversation.
- absolutely horrible with deadlines and arriving at appointments on time. I find myself continually late to class, constantly turning in homework late, etc.
- very concerned with practicality and efficiency. I don't like working on things that I can't see any practical use for. For example, I'm interested in MBTI because I want to make sense of other people's actions/learning styles. I think it would be really useful in certain circumstances, like knowing whether to appeal to someone's feeling side or logic side in an attempt to persuade them of something (just an example). The destination is more important than the journey to me. As for efficiency, I find myself thinking about ways things/systems could be made more efficient, but if I were to describe my actual ACTIONS, I don't think I would call them efficient. It usually takes a moment to think of how best to expedite my actions before I go through with it - efficiency isn't automatic for me but I consider myself highly capable of efficiency (or at least coming to efficient solutions inside my head).
- I have little respect for subjective conclusions (that's Te, right?). For example, I hate sports like gymnastics, figure skating - any kind of sport that depends on a judge's subjective rating. They're neat to watch, but it really bothers me that there's not any universally agreeable standard by which to measure black and white success/failure in their sport (aside from a lack of mess-ups). I don't find Olympic swimming particularly entertaining to watch (unless Michael Phelps is dominating everyone) but I have enormous respect for its accuracy in determining a clear winner (the walls have sensors that can determine, in hundredths of a second, who touched the wall first).
Oh, and American Idol drives me absolutely mad. The auditions are great, but after that, the show quickly becomes a pretentious borefest. Why the hell are we supposed to acknowledge Simon Cowell's opinion when he has zero accomplishments in the musical world? Randy Jackson was the BASSIST for Journey (I understand he's dabbled in a bit of singing since then, but still). Paula Abdul is the only one with any degree of recognized singing talent, and she's certifiably insane. Can someone remind me again why they're judges?
[Please keep in mind that I'm fairly new to typology and my above statements regarding functions and classifying things as INTP or INTJ might be a bit off. I look forward to being corrected and understanding these things more clearly.]
I have more examples but I'm getting tired of typing, and I doubt very many people are going to pay attention to this thread because it's in the Welcome forum. I'll probably copy+paste into a new thread in the "What's My Type?" forum eventually, adding more examples, but I'm done for now.
That being said, I'd definitely appreciate any feedback you have regarding what my type may be, based on the (admittedly limited) information I've provided. It's good to be here and I look forward to interacting with you folks.