Here are the statements that I relate to most within the following Introverted, Perceiving (since an IP type seems to be the general consensus) type descriptions:
Probably Iím the happiest when things are just a little different everyday. I donít want to commit to any particular way to be. I want to be able to be a lot of ways. Most people donít understand thereís a lot going on inside.
Iím reserved when I first meet people, but I am friendly, warm, and outgoing once Iíve gotten to know someone. I really enjoy listening to people, hearing other peopleís stories and learning about them.
I ask a lot of questions and like the challenge of recognizing where people are coming from and why they might be coming from that perspective. I love the give and take of conversations. I really feel thrilled and excited learning from that intellectual energy combined with that emotional energy.
I have a lot of interests and I can get interested in one thing, and then something else comes along and that looks fascinating. I enjoy using the skills that I do have.
My nature is when things get to a crunch, Iíll make something happen that will make it all right. I just know that I can do that and will do that.
But part of me shivers if someone tells me their expectations of me, even if theyíre expectations I have for myself. I need the freedom to be able to change my mind or direction. I like to get a feel for what theyíre looking for and then just make it happen and hope they enjoy it.
Itís whatever moves me at the time.
I like recognition. Itís very important to get complimented soon after an accomplishment. If something goes unnoticed or unrewarded, it doesnít have the immediate impact that I want.
You might say Iím a perfectionist. I want people to be impressed with my performance. I donít want anyone to be unhappy with my performance so I continue to performÖ
Inside I am continually reworking an issue. I am constantly open to new directions, always tweaking and bringing in new information.
In my work, I donít want to be just doing stuff for the sake of doing stuff. I like to accomplish thingsómake a contribution.
Those times that I have to use my heart, it drives me crazy because Iím looking for things in clear-cut answers. I have a hard time agreeing that other people look at things completely differently. People should think things through.
I rarely work on one thing at a time. I get an idea and chase it down. Iím always studyingónot just books but looking at what interests me.
But when I have too much time I tend to just pick away at things. I am really much better when there is a deadline.
I look at the world as a place to enjoy. I like things to smell good, taste good, look and feel good.
I have no desire to be with people when I donít know anybody.
I like flexibility in what I do. Fun means something that interests me.
Iíve always found ways to make things fun. Itís a game to make sure you can come to the next point where you have freedom again.
I like harmony and seek consensus. My values and the things that are important to me often feel outside the mainstream in the sense that I feel impinged upon and uncomfortable with so much of what goes on.
And I like to discuss or write things because I seem to have a lot in my head and Iíve got to get it out. I love bringing together different eclectic ideas and seeing whatís similar. I like to have my own ideas, hear others ideas, and have ideas challenged, bantering back and forth.
Motivation comes when something has real meaning or value for me, and while I enjoy ideas I donít like having my values challenged.
I enjoy talking to people. Itís interesting to learn about them, where theyíre coming from and how they invent their reality.
I tend to form impressions right away about people.
[It really puts me off] when someone doesnít honor, or accept as valid, my communication or feeling as I try to talk to them about something that matters to me.
I want to know the truth and get down to the bottom of things. I want to bring everything that can be known into understanding a problem or situation.
I am interested in developing new skills and trying new ideas with those skills.
I have a penchant for clarity.
I donít like sloppy thinking, waste, and redundancy, and I am uncomfortable with sending out something that isnít as good as it can be, but it has to go out anyway.
I like to avoid conflict at all possible costs, but if it reaches a point where I canít go anywhere unless this gets resolved, then I will jump in and take care of it.
I can be seen asÖ too quick to start into work with not enough basis laid out for the day.
I tend to try solving personal problems all by myself.
I believe there must be an answer or a solution if I can just figure it out.
Here are the main issues I have:
INTP: Statements such as, "...theorizing constantly about how things work", and "...not knowing everything there is to know with insufficient time to learn everything that is important". The truth is, I generally don't care to know how everything in the world works, and if I do want to learn about a particular subject, it's never to the point of expertise. I'm much more interested and successful in strategizing on how to succeed with as little effort as possible. Additionally, I want to research the things I'm interested in, at the moment I'm interested in them, and move on to the next thing.
INFP: Statements such as, "I enjoy seeing people enjoy who they are, and I get a lot of joy helping others discover that they have value. Being able to help someone in their darkest hour...". No way, not me. I more the types who likes to help people solve problems with the resources and knowledge I have (ex., "I know this guy who does this or that", "Here's a website that you might find interesting", "Have you ever considered taking the MBTI", etc.). And none of this sappy stuff. In fact, I'm made fun of in my family for my lack of affection. They've coined the phrase "a [Beyondaurora] hug" to illustrate a hug where the two people come together keeping at least 6 inches between their bodies and give a light tap on the other's back. : )
ISTP: Statements such as, "I step back outside of things, think for a while, and make adjustmentsócould this be better than that, how do these react, and how does the whole system go together?", " I solve a problem by looking at all the angles, probably whatever side I need to.", and " I can be quick with the verbal comebackóI like the impact."And Iím very competitive". I'm not so sure that I wrap my mind around all the angles of an issue. I don't feel that I have the talent for that. In fact, if someone asked me to look at all the angles of an issue, I think I would feel unintelligent and unable to adequately do so. And again, as I said regarding INTP, I don't really care how something works. And to be honest, I have very little patience. And there is no way I'm quick with the verbal comeback; I generally think of the comeback hours after the initial statement was made! : )
ISFP: Statements such as, "In my mind, I am peacefully assimilating myself to a lot of different situations, flowing easily between them all.", "I carry through with my commitments and Iím a very responsible person.", "When I am angry I get quiet. Others donít know though, thatís the problem. Because itís not an external, visible reactionóitís more passive, turned inward. Iím trying to think it through to figure a way to get my point across so they understand because I wouldnít want to attack somebody. Thatís something about me, that noncommunication, or withdrawal.". First of all, with regard to the statement about anger, this statement is only true when I'm at work or with someone I don't know. I am very ready to express myself when I'm angry with family members. I'll "communicate" until they see it my way or are smart enough to say they see it my way! Regarding "peacefully assimilating myself to a lot of different situations...", again my family would have to disagree. I am generally not seen as easy-going and am viewed as being rather opinionated. However, I feel that in situations outside my family this sounds like me. Regarding keeping commitments, I'm ashamedly not so good with that. I can be a bit of a flake, yet I have an extreme sense of duty when it comes to my family and work, and I'd be there in a heartbeat if an emergency arose.
Okay, another novel - sorry. What are your thoughts?