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    Senior Member Kenneth Almighty's Avatar
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    Default Is my Dad an INTJ or INTP?

    It's becoming almost an instinct for me to type whoever I interact with, as MBTI is probably the most practical psychology I can think of. However, who generally escapes me is my dad.

    I've always put weight on ENTP (because, you know, every kid wants to be *just like* their dad every dad wants to be *just like* their kid), but now I'm receiving more evidence to the contrary. I eventually started leaning on INTJ, due to what I know from his work (he's a lead bioinformatician, which is a programmer that creates databases for gene sequences et al), but then talking with him via e-mail recently I think I'm getting the bigger picture that he's actually very idealistic about his choice of work, and regrets not spending enough time with this family.

    Here's an e-mail reply from him that probably gives away the whole thing (the question -- and only question -- I asked is what was the appeal in model railroading):

    I sometimes ask myself the same question…

    Why do you like Lego or your Warhammer warriors? (BTW, I used to like Lego too, when I was really young…)

    My earliest recollection, long before your grandparents bought me my first train at age 14, was that of entering into a room in the Hudson’s Bay department store, with a very large train layout. I remember all the motion and all of the lights…. A miniaturized world, surreal yet artistic.

    Why am I restarting it now? I guess I’ve been feeling somewhat unsettled in life – lots of professional stresses, lots of family stresses, especially your mother’s illness. I guess one might even say, feeling a bit lost within oneself. I guess this latest binge started out as an innocent trip to a local model shop. Seeing the familiar territory of modeling supplies and models were a source of comfort to me. I started to remember the many hours of contented distraction I had with the hobby when I was younger. I started to realize that I could now afford to do a lot more with the resources I had.

    On the subject of the steam engine, I have to tell you that the realism of the motion, head-lights I could turn on and off, and especially, the realistic train sounds – bells, whistles, steam chuffing… I suddenly felt immersed in this little world once again, and realized that it didn’t feel so expensive a “toy” now to indulge in. I’m going to take another run at it. This time, I’d like to try “narrow gauge” rustic (still BC mountain like) modeling.
    I doubt INTJs are capable of having mid-life crises :p

    Anyway, thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth Almighty View Post
    It's becoming almost an instinct for me to type whoever I interact with, as MBTI is probably the most practical psychology I can think of. However, who generally escapes me is my dad.

    I've always put weight on ENTP (because, you know, every kid wants to be *just like* their dad every dad wants to be *just like* their kid), but now I'm receiving more evidence to the contrary. I eventually started leaning on INTJ, due to what I know from his work (he's a lead bioinformatician, which is a programmer that creates databases for gene sequences et al), but then talking with him via e-mail recently I think I'm getting the bigger picture that he's actually very idealistic about his choice of work, and regrets not spending enough time with this family.

    Here's an e-mail reply from him that probably gives away the whole thing (the question -- and only question -- I asked is what was the appeal in model railroading):



    I doubt INTJs are capable of having mid-life crises :p

    Anyway, thoughts?
    INTJ

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    The reason why I had typed him INTJ is because my uncle, whom I KNOW is an INTP (Theoretical physicist/art teacher, quiet, good humored, looks just like Einstein, played Einstein in a student film), is not like my dad at all. They both talk similarly but you can tell they're two different people.

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    I dunno if it will be any help, but I made a thread on the difference between the two types. There's a link in my signature.
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    Ni prefers to escape settled, known things. I'll speak for all INTJs and say revisiting childhood pursuits is much more likely to provoke feelings of claustrophobia than of comfort.
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