1) What aspect of your personality made you unsure of your type?
Originally, sensing traits in general, such as keeping time on my watch to the second using a shortwave radio time-signal to synchronize with. And I used to love hearing the seconds-tone pulsing on and on, with the recorded voice announcing the time every minute. At times, in my early teens, it was the only thing I had to keep me company. But intuition for me rules over all my sensing traits.
2) What do you yearn for in life? Why?
A better job, a better life, more freedom, maybe a little money for a change. (But I don't see it happening.) Why? I think it has something to do with the American Dream.
3) Think about a time where you felt like you were at your finest. Tell us what made you feel that way.
Probably those times when I aced tests in school and brought home good grades.
Being successful at something I wanted to achieve made me feel that way.
4) What makes you feel inferior?
Being talked down to, and those times when someone beat me at something important that reflected on me personally.
5) What tends to weigh on your decisions? (Do you think about people, pro-cons, how you feel about it, etc.)
I'm very future-oriented during decision-making, and I imagine all kinds of scenarios, particularly negative ones. But when other are telling me their own worries I can only think of positive outcomes for them.
6) When working on a project what is normally your emphasis? Do you like to have control of the outcome?
I work on hammering out all the details of a project, although this part of the process is very difficult for me. I have to overcome tendencies toward self-sabotage, because projects are really not rewarding to me. I don't want control over it, and I want someone else to shoulder all the burdens. But then I would be envious of that person's success with attaining all the goals of my project. So it's a catch 22.
7) Describe us a time where you had a lot of fun. How is your memory of it?
I had fun times with some childhood friends, last I recall. When they moved to another city, that was the end of the fun. After two weeks of not eating and moping around, my mom took me to see someone (maybe a counsellor) who set me up with some group of kids who met at a park every Saturday. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the same either, not even close.
8) When you want to learn something new, what feels more natural for you? (Are you more prone to be hands on, to theorize, to memorize, etc)
True learning, for me, comes through sudden insight. Second to that, it is hands on experience. I have found that a lot of people don't know what "sudden insight" means, but it is something I have experienced all my life. The first time I remember this happening was when I learned how to tell time (analog clocks only back in that day). It was an "Aha!" experience, a burst of inspiration out of the blue.
9) How organized do you to think of yourself as?
Very disorganized. Only the requirements of my job keep me mentally on task for being organized.
10) How do you judge new ideas? You try to understand the principles behind it to see if they make sense or do you look for information that supports it?
That's a false alternative. Most people, including myself, consider past experience to be a test of truth. But my past would concern ideas that I've held to be true. I also use the test of logic to see if some new idea even makes sense in itself. If it doesn't even have the coherence to stand on its own two feet, then I throw it away.
I'm also quite harsh on ideas that are incoherent, as well as the people behind them. There is just no excuse for this and sometimes I suspect that it is being done deliberately. At other times, I wonder how such and such has managed to be so successful hanging on to such a rotten handful of premises and hasty conclusions and built in assumptions based on thin air. So I have to constantly remind myself that there is more to life and people than just being logical.
11) You find harmony by making sure everyone is doing fine and belonging to a given group or by making sure that you follow what you believe and being yourself?
Harmony is something personal and internally indefinable to me. It's not a group thing.
12) Are you the kind that thinks before speaking or do you speak before thinking? Do you prefer one-on-one communication or group discussions?
I have to think before speaking, and I prefer one-on-one communication.
13) Do you jump into action right away or do you like to know where are you jumping before leaping? Does action speaks more than words?
I have gotten better at jumping into action right away, due to the influence of the kind of work that I do which draws me out of my comfort zone. Otherwise, I could hesitate on taking action for years.
14) It's Saturday. You're at home, and your favorite show is about to start. Your friends call you for a night out. What will you do?
No DVR or VCR? Then I would be pissed that I missed my favorite show but I would probably go out.
15) How do you act when you're stressed out?
I act pissed off if I'm around people I am comfortable expressing my true feelings to. Otherwise I have to suppress it and try to act serenely.
16) What makes you dislike the personalities of some people?
I probably dislike those traits I would like to see more of in myself most of all, simply because some people are naturally blessed and I am not.
17) Is there anything you really like talking about with other people?
I would like to say "sports, the weather, family, my hobbies or favorite tv shows." I'm afraid I'm not normal. perhaps I am beyond the norm, or maybe I am just sick. Who knows? But I would discuss philosophy with anybody semi-knowledgeable of the subject if I had half the chance.
18) What kind of things do pay the least attention to in your life
Stereotypically, the answer would be "people." But that's not true of me. I pay too much attention to people, perhaps because of childhood disappointments in the social realm. Thus the reason for typology. I am always aware that I am discussing people, not just traits and characteristics of people. Or I could say "the feelings of others." But I am also hypervigilant in that area. I think, in the long run, I have paid the least attention to my own wants and ambitions.
19) How do your friends perceive you? What is wrong about their perception? What would your friends never say about your personality?
One friend recently told me, "You never were much of a sweet talker." He's not wrong about that, in fact it's a major flaw. Of course that's in comparison to him, as he loves to try to build up the self-esteem of like-minded people.