I have a friend that I am having the most difficult time ever typing! After everything I've read about personality type, I think I am pretty good at figuring out the personality types of the people I know, or to guess it within a letter at least. However, one of my friends is driving me crazy. First I thought he was an INFJ. Then, I noticed his biting wit (sometimes bordering on evil!) and switched to INTJ. Then, I noticed that he's more laidback than I first though, and I switched to INTP.
I typed his girlfriend (successfully! she's ENTJ) and introduced her to Myers-Briggs type. She thinks he's an ISTP, but that just doesn't sound right to me. She did say that he took the test three times and got a different answer each time. (I know he got ENTJ one of those times, but I really don't think he's the same type as his girlfriend, though INTJ could be an option. I'm not sure what he got the other time.) I know that she was reading the Myers-Briggs questions aloud to him and I imagine giving her opinion, so that may have skewed the results.
It's true that he is very athletic, which I know is common amongst ISTPs. But he seems far too zany and too enthusiastic about abstract thought to be an S, or even an SP. For example, he is huge into environmentalism and is always getting on us to recycle, use cloth instead of paper towels, etc. He also seems to enjoy analyzing people and often comments on bizarre social situations, finding them humorous. Also, he felt the need to "intervene" and have a "heart to heart" with one of our mutual friends who seems to be suffering from depression. He also gets really talkative and kooky around friends, and will go off on wild tangents. So you see why I thought NT or even NF to begin with?
I asked once if I could personality type him, but he was reticent, and I don't like to make people uncomfortable so I try to back off if they decline.
Does anyone have ideas on what the correct personality type might be? I'm trying to figure out what could explain the combination of strong athleticism (Se?) as well as the zany conversationalism (Ne?). INTP? maybe??
Are many avid sports enthusiasts Ns, especially INs? That would help me cross ISTP off the list completely.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated! This is going to bother me until I get to the bottom of it, lol.