Hello to all you MBTI lore friends and students!
I am the umpteenth INTP member who started by visiting INTPc. I am therefore not helping the website reach a proper balance between personality types. I hope to encounter many people of the 15 other MBTI types in order to have a glimpse of different perspectives on personality and various topics in a rich microcosm.
I usually divulge little about my life in my posts and have never set out or felt the need to write a blog - who I am is not the most fascinating subject - so I will "get rid" of this here. Bear with me.
I was born in France in 1986. My mother is American which explains why a Frenchman ventures into an English speaking environment. I have however never lived in an English speaking country and therefore will not possess the usual cultural baggage many of you have and might display quirkiness in my use of language. Until college, I studied in public international schools, a wonderful environment: culturally rich yet respecting the French principle of "laicite". This allowed prejudice to wane and friendships with peers of several nationalities to blossom. Also, the system was slightly selective academically, which saved me from the classic High School trauma many introverts experience in other contexts.
However little I tend to talk about myself in posts, I did develop the habit of wielding my "French perspective" as a banner on INTPc. I hope to do this less systematically here.
I am completing a year abroad in Sweden studying and failing third year theoretical physics. I am by no means monomaniac, quite the opposite, and on my spare time - which is most of the time - I pour my attention into a plethora of fields of interest, some ambitious, some trivial in the conventional framework. My hobbies range from reading biographies, English literature, psychology books, science, geography journals to playing Dance Dance Revolution hours on end, climbing, or spending hours doodling and weaving improvisations on a piano. Most of the time I am beatific in front of a computer monitor or lying down reading a book. Like many INTPs I have many unknown skills up my sleeve, so contrasting, as to making me appear as iconoclastic. Reaching competence for the sake of it and moving on before it becomes burdensome.
I have started earning money as a jazz pianist. Music has always been a hobby and never "work". I never was ambitious, but this year in Sweden, a series of events have led me to join various jazz orchestras, some professional, although my preference lies in smaller formations (jazz trio or quartet). I have never been dedicated enough to polish my technique, but my capacity to adapt instantaneously in any given improvisational context has given me the reputation of a sound pianist substitute right now. Calls received the morning of a concert day, no preparation, and boom, material discovered live in front of a paying audience. INTP magic...
The INTP description suits me well, but I often feel more like an "idealistic rational" than a "rational rational" (I think Jung was a "rational idealist" which is even another subtlety). This especially manifests itself in the search for truth and an ever-present grasping for "oneness". My feeling functions are significantly atrophic though...
I hope to occasionally contribute positively and to avoid being a burden. I am a behind the scenes kind of person and will rarely take hold of a thread or hog the spotlight. For this reason, I might be a discrete background element who sometimes says interesting things and other times the opposite.
I wish MBTI Central prosperity!