Another greenfairy type thread, yay! Well, a few people suggested this idea, and I think it's a good one. So here goes.
(From this link: http://similarminds.com/cgi-bin/newmb.pl )
1. I favor the surreal.
I dunno. When and with reference to what? (This is going to be my response to a lot of things.) Um...I guess I like realistic things better. So...somewhat inaccurate.
2. I tend to be more comfortable with the known than the unknown.
I think I'm equally comfortable with both, except that things unknown make me want to know them, at least with a general idea. So...in the middle.
3. I base my goals in life on inspiration, rather than logic.
Hm...probably. I don't know what goals based on logic would look like- maybe purely practical ones? But most people will do things they are inspired by which are also practical, if they can. I guess I do what I enjoy, what is in line with using my talents, and then use practical logic to make my plans feasible. But I'm not extreme, so I'll have to say somewhat accurate.
4. I am extremely interested in abstract ideas.
5. I tend to trust the mind more than the heart.
Well, the heart knows what is best for the spirit, so it knows what is ultimately best for a person in general if someone can listen to it accurately. However, I have not reached that point, and I need my mind as a reality check- so yes. They have to work together usually, and make sensible decisions.
6. I tend to be organized.
Yes. But I'm not perfect at time management, so not 5.
7. I focus far more on possibilities than present reality.
Probably. I daydream a lot about how things could be. Far more on possibilities? As opposed to just more...I'd say accurate- no, I'll go with extremely accurate.
8. I require lots of time alone to recharge.
Not a lot. I have a lot of alone time, and I use it to recharge...and I like it; but I also like it when I have a lot of time with other people.
So...somewhat inaccurate. No, in the middle. Who knows? I'd have to be in a situation where I had very little alone time and see if I liked it. I've spent weekends at festivals where I could spend my time any way I wanted, and I chose to be with other people nearly all the time. But that was just weekends.
9. I tend to be more realistic than conceptual.
Conceptual meaning having to do with concepts- and this is opposed to being realistic? Doesn't really make sense, but it must be an S vs. N thing. Probably conceptual because in my philosophy classes I'm always throwing out crazy "what if" questions; but not extreme, because I always think about whether it all really matters (and conclude that it usually ultimately doesn't). So somewhat N...that would be...
10. I frequently come up with ideas/solutions out of nowhere.
Oh yeah. All the time. I'm totally an idea person. I have like a million.
11. I often start/do things at the last minute.
I used to, but I never really liked this about myself. So not anymore. Now I rarely do.
12. I tend to make decisions based on logic and facts.
What decisions are we talking about here? That's always the question. What I'm going to do with my life? What I'm going to have for supper? What movie I want to see? Whether I'm going to spend money on something? Whether I'm going to get up at 8 tomorrow and get to school 2 hours early as usual?
What I'm going to do with my life: both logic and feelings. Supper: what I want as long as it's healthy and inexpensive. Movie: logic and facts don't really have to do with it, so whatever I think I'll enjoy. Spending money: I try to avoid it, but I like buying things when I let myself. Getting up tomorrow: yes. I'm serious about school. So sounds like I'm more sensible than anything else, just based on these questions. I guess somewhat accurate.
Or are we talking about making decisions as in coming to conclusions? I use intuition a lot, and if I have a feeling about something it usually feels like intuition even if it has an emotional component- if I do have a strong emotion about something, I try to avoid making decisions just based on this. So still 4.
13. I tend to value competence more than compassion.
Another loaded question, which is therefore confusing and difficult to know the correct answer to. But my instinct says yes. This is one question I changed my answer to when I was deciding I was not in fact INFP. Of course I value compassion- who doesn't; but compassion has so many subjective interpretations, so people will probably end up fighting over what is compassionate and what isn't. Altogether easier to just prioritize competence, and make sure the people in charge have some sense of compassion to go along with it. And people can take advantage of compassionate people, and I really don't like enabling people to be irresponsible. I feel like most people deserve the benefit of the doubt sometimes, but ultimately they just have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
14. I rely mostly on my feelings to guide my decision-making.
So the parallel to 12. I guess not. Even though I take them into consideration, I wouldn't say I rely mostly on them.
15. I am extremely sentimental.
Looking "sentimental" up in the online dictionary...
a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought <a sentimental attachment> <a sentimental favorite>
: having an excess of sentiment or sensibility
I guess I'm sentimental. But not extremely. So...in the middle?
16. I am very social.
I'm social, but not very. If I was less busy and had people to socialize with who were less busy, I'd be more social.
I guess in the middle. But the question says "very," so in the middle would be more than in the middle. So,
17. I prefer to keep my spaces clean.
Yes. I'm not extreme about it, so:
18. I am weird.
Probably. I know this is at least somewhat accurate. So I guess I have to choose:
19. An argument with feeling has more effect on me than a cold rational one.
Hard to say. Probably not. Even if I'm persuaded by an emotional argument, I want to have facts and reasoning to back it up. I prefer cold rational arguments. So I'm going to say:
I think intuition takes it all into account and balances the two.
20. I prefer to keep things open and flexible.
21. I frequently do things without a specific schedule or plan.
I always have a tentative plan or schedule, and then I modify it according to whether I have time to follow the inspirations of the moment. And sometimes I lose track of time. But I feel a bit uncomfortable being totally spontaneous and impulsive without it modifying a plan I already have in place. So I'm going to say in the middle.
22. I am more of a planner than an improviser.
Probably. I have a lot of detailed plans. Often the reality doesn't look exactly like my plans, but I have fun making them, and they always inspire my actions.
23. I tend to analyze things objectively and critically.
Yes. Even if I have thoughts which are emotionally or subjectively based, I always examine them critically and objectively. I examine everything this way, especially things I shouldn't.
24. I talk a lot.
I talk to myself a lot- does that count? Seriously, I wonder. Anyway, I don't think that's what they mean. In real life, I talk an average amount. Even though I'm really quiet. So in the middle I guess.
25. I am a private person.
Nope. I'm the opposite of private. I'll tell you more than you want to know.
26. I value compassion over analytical reasoning.
So almost the opposite of 13. But I love analytical reasoning so much! I like compassion; I have compassion and love for every cute little living thing- but not more than analysis. It's a close call. I'm going to have to say in the middle.
27. I value solitude immensely.
I would say this is inaccurate, but is it very inaccurate? No. I like some solitude, but not too much.
28. I feel very comfortable around people.
No, I'm always I bit nervous, no matter how happy I am. Unless I know the person really really well.
29. I think rules and regulations are necessary.
Generally. An excess is unnecessary and troublesome, and an insufficient amount leads to chaos. But what if you could get around rules and regulations? What if people just naturally did what they were supposed to do? I know it happens sometimes in some situations, with people being in the right relationship to one another and cooperating and all that. Still, that's not the norm in our current world. So,
30. I tend to be spontaneous.
I guess kinda, maybe. I don't know. I like being encouraged to be spontaneous by other people.
31. I greatly appreciate strangeness.
Depends. I don't like ugly unpleasant strangeness, like that one movie my ISFP guy made me watch. I don't like feeling like I'm in a bad dream. But nice feeling strangeness, or just unusual and interesting things, I like.
32. I am very introspective.
Probably to much.
33. I am extremely passionate.
I'd say that's accurate. It makes me feel alive. But I don't get swept away by it really. So I'm going to say
34. I tend to be more down-to-earth than head-in-the-clouds.
No. My head isn't so far in the clouds that I don't get things taken care of, so
35. I am extremely outgoing.
Not extremely. I can be outgoing, but it's probably not a marked feature of my personality. I should say inaccurate.
36. I am far more casual than orderly.
Not far more. I have order to my actions. I like being casual though. As for just casual vs. orderly, I'd have to say in the middle I guess.
37. I tend to be more practical than abstract.
Both these words can have so many meanings. But since I'm making all these questions more abstract than they need to be, I think I should say no.
38. I tend to pay more attention to my thoughts than my feelings.
This is true. I think a lot, and I get lost in thought and carried away with it. Not so much with feelings. I don't get lost in and carried away with feelings. If I get outraged about something, and I have stuff I want to say about it, then I translate those feelings into (mostly illogical) thoughts and get carried away with them; but that is usually not a good idea, and I've found I should say things when I'm not annoyed. Doesn't mean I always follow my advice. Still, the answer to the question is yes, since this happens less often than getting really into pure thoughts.
39. I find it difficult to approach others.
Sometimes, kind of. I feel like I have to have a plan of action for it, so it doesn't go embarrassingly wrong. If I already know the person, no.
40. I tend to prefer actual examples to theoretical ones.
Mostly. I like both, but I have to have at least one actual example to really make sense of things. The important thing is that the examples clearly illustrate the concepts, whether they're theoretical or not. I guess in the middle.
41. I tend to value fairness more than feelings.
This must be an Fe vs. Fi question! And yes. Why would you be dissatisfied with something fair? If I am, I just have to deal with it. And I expect the same of other people. Of course, people feel what they feel, and having expectations of people doesn't make them operate the way you want. But the question asked what I value; and I think things tend to work better this way.
4 or 5?
I guess 4. I'm accommodating to people who value feelings.
42. I tend to prefer the specific to the general.
No, I love generalities and generalizations. But I also love specifics when they are used for clarity and precision. I'm just going to say
43. I make friends easily.
I make friendly acquaintances easily. Good friends, no. Hm...3 or 2? I'm not bad at it anymore. I think
44. I am somewhat disorganized.
Aha, the parallel to 6! No. Probably.
45. I am very open.
I guess. I like to think I am. I don't know if that's how others see me.
46. I tend to make specific plans before taking action.
Parallel to a couple of other questions. I don't know. Maybe. If I don't know I guess I have to say in the middle.
47. I avoid unnecessary interaction.
No, I'm usually pleasantly surprised by unnecessary interaction. I wouldn't like to have a job where I interacted with strangers for extended periods of time all day, because it tends to make me nervous, and I think and daydream a lot. That would kind of cramp my style. So I guess I'm not an extrovert. But back to the question...I guess I do somewhat, but in other ways I don't. So I am forced to choose
48. I prefer structured environments to unstructured ones.
Well, I guess I feel more relaxed at home that at school or work; but I get more done at school or work usually. Hm...I guess unstructured ones, because I can create structure. (But then is it really unstructured?) I'd get bored and feel lost with no structure ever. I have to have stuff to do and some kind of plan, or at least idea. Oh, I'm just going to choose in the middle again.
And the result is...
Introverted (I) 55.56% Extroverted (E) 44.44%
Intuitive (N) 65.63% Sensing (S) 34.38%
Thinking (T) 59.46% Feeling (F) 40.54%
Judging (J) 57.58% Perceiving (P) 42.42%
Your type is: INTJ
INTJ - "Mastermind". Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.
I'm really sure I use Fe though; maybe I flip flop between INFJ and INTJ. Not too strong on any letter other than N, which is what I already knew. So INXJ/XNTP.
Argue with the test, bitches.