He doesn't seem like one to me, but when he took the test, that was his result. Here's some info about him:
- He's an INTP. Not a super-stereotypical one (he's tested as ISFP and INFP before, and chose INTP because he didn't relate to the other descriptions), but when you get to know him, it makes sense. For example, with people he knows well and believes will take his advice to heart, he corrects people's logic in very stereotypically INTP-ish ways. For example, if someone generalizes, he'll go "Now wait a second..." and reminds them that their statement isn't accurate in all cases.
- He has, in his lifetime, been a real estate appraiser, a special ed teacher, and a nonprofit administrator. Currently, he's the executive director of an education-related nonprofit in my hometown. His educational path towards that was kind of bizarre - i.e. he flunked out of his first year of college (because he had lived in the Philippines before that and dealt with his culture shock by doing a sh*t-ton of drugs), then majored in art, then majored in Arts Management (? i think?), and now he is where he is today. I don't get the impression that his work is as important to him as his family, or internal things. "It's my job, and I like it." As opposed to my mom (INFJ), who teaches and performs music for a living. I don't think she could live without music and teaching, but my dad could definitely live with a different job.
- He used to be an amateur painter, then put his own creativity into his work, and then this one website that's like a radio station mixed with Twitter (so he used it like a short but ridiculously creative music-sharing blog), and now he's learning how to play the ukulele. He has enjoyed all of this stuff. I think what matters most to him is the creative aspect, and not the actual thing in itself.
- Even though he has very few friends outside of work, and even though he prefers sitting and reading at home to going out and socializing, when he's in a controlled social environment, he absolutely LOVES to schmooze. I didn't even realize he was an introvert at first, because when he and my mom and I are at little social gatherings and we tell him we want to leave, he'll take like twenty minutes to finish up conversations with people, and so we'll have to tear him away from them. His Fe is VERY well developed!!
- On a related note, given a choice between quiet routine (e.g. dinner in front of the TV watching Iron Chef) and something lively and new (e.g. a social event), he will ALWAYS choose quiet routine. I wouldn't associate love of routine with INTPs, but there you go.
- His philosophy is that everyone can always be better at anything -- he reads a lot of self-help books and likes to share advice and tidbits with me and my mom. Not sure whether he does this with other people, because like I mentioned earlier, he doesn't have a lot of friends.
- Apparently, so says my mom, he is the type of person who lies awake all night worrying about presentations he has to do the next day. VERY perfectionistic, and definitely a worrier. Similarly worry-prone to my mother, who has a 6 fix IMO -- and a lot more worry-prone than me.
- He loves learning new things. He can spend hours every day on Wikipedia, or reading Wired magazine, just soaking up all the information, and then he can tell everyone exactly what was in there in a very boring but scholarly way.
- He's one of the most warm and friendly people I've met - and I certainly don't get a seclusion-from-the-world feeling from him at all. His sense of humor is totally goofy most of the time - e.g. making rude jokes and then looking befuddledly around the room like "What did I do??" - but his INTP humor comes out when we're watching, say, Emo Philips comedy routines, and he just about dies laughing at jokes relating to necrophilia...
- One time on this forum, whatever was talking about how she walks down the road like she's on the set of "Sesame Street". My dad does that too - always with a little smile! I'd say that, if my default mood is Neutral/Friendly, his default mood is Neutral/Happy.
- He has these sentimental moments sometimes - especially when we're at a family dinner - when he'll point out how we're all together, with this wonderful meal, etc, and how thankful he is for it. Really, really sappy, kind of Fe-ish, and he always means it. Like something out of a Hallmark card, lol.
So... none of this says 5 to me. Thoughts/ideas, anyone?