Yes, apparently that is what I am. I’ve known this for a long time, since I have taken the full version of the Myers-Briggs three times, and I take shorter versions from time to time out of curiosity. When I was younger I tested more as an INTP. I guess old age has made me more judgemental and set in my ways.

I found a new version of this test at a site called OKCupid!, which seems to be a dating site but this test was linked from someone’s LiveJournal (I read House fanfic. So sue me). It’s 70 questions, which is long enough to give a good result, and my statistics were in line with the longer tests I’ve taken.

If you’re interested in this personality typing method, I highly recommend the books Please Understand Me and Please Understand Me II by David Kiersey and Marilyn Bates. Their method is called the Kiersey-Bates Temperament Sorter, which is based around the Myers-Briggs principles. Finding out which type you are, and which types your family and friends are, will help you to understand those people you just don’t grok, and where they are coming from.

If you know an NT, you probably think you understand them but suspect that you really don’t. The latter would be true. NTs are a strange breed. We understand each other, but other people often see us as unfeeling, cold, even cruel individuals who have a peculiar obsession with things being right and fair. Actually, we are very deeply emotional, and sensitive to the emotions of others. The difference is that we don’t show it, and consciously try to avoid letting it influence rational decisions, because we know that emotions are not always a good guide to doing the right thing.

The “cruelty” people perceive is something we consider to be simple candor, or honesty. We are likely to be blunt, even with uncomfortable subjects, because we believe that is the right thing to do. We mean what we say, and we say what we mean. There usually isn’t any hidden meaning to our words and actions.

We are not interested in leadership, but we will take control of something if we believe it is being done incorrectly. We “step up to the plate” as required, but seldom lust for power. It simply doesn’t interest us. We’re not interested in “winning” arguments or conflicts with others. We are interested in the truth, in making things work, in solving problems. Who gets the credit is less important than finding the solution. If we argue with you, it’s not because we have to be right and you have to be wrong. It’s because we believe what we are saying is true, and denial of the truth — denial of reality — is something we find both frustrating and bewildering. You may be surprised to find we are open to changing our minds if you present new information, or a perspective that is new to us.

In case you’re wondering, my husband Kyle is also an INTJ, which probably explains why we got married. NTs often have problems being compatible with other types. INTJs are 1% of the population. That, combined with the fact that I have the second-rarest blood type (B-negative), makes me feel special. ๐Ÿ™‚

INTJ -The Mastermind
You scored 18% I to E, 31% N to S, 85% F to T, and 36% J to P!
You are more introverted than extroverted. You are more intuitive than observant, you are more thinking based than feeling based, and you prefer to have a plan rather than leaving things to chance. Your type is best described by the word “mastermind”, which belongs to the larger group called rationals. Only 1% of the population shares your type. You are very strong willed and self-confident. You can hardly rest until you have things settled. You will only adopt ideas and rules if they make sense. You are a great brainstormer and often come up with creative solutions to difficult problems. You are open to new concepts, and often actively seek them out.
As a romantic partner, you can be both fascinating yet demanding. You are not apt to express your emotions, leaving your partner wondering where they are with you. You strongly dislike repeating yourself or listening to the disorganized process of sorting through emotional conflicts. You see your own commitments as self-evident and don’t see why you need to repeat something already expressed. You have the most difficulty in admitting your vulnerabilities. You feel the most appreciated when your partner admires the quality of your innovations and when they listen respectfully to your ideas and advice. You need plenty of quiet to explore your interests to the depth that gives you satisfaction.
Your group summary: rationals (NT)
Your type summary: INTJ

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 15% on I to E
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You scored higher than 31% on N to S
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You scored higher than 95% on F to T
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You scored higher than 36% on J to P

Link: The LONG Scientific Personality Test written by unpretentious2 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

[Kyle adds]: The Christmas after Keirsey’s Please Understand Me II was released, I gave Anne a copy as a gift. Totally independently, she also gave me a copy as a gift. I’m not sure what two people gifting each other with books on personality typology says about mutual compatibility, but it was pretty damn funny at the time. Ironically, since then we have somehow managed to lose both copies of the book. Which is a bummer, since I liked it and wish I still had a copy.

3 Responses to “The Mastermind”
  1. triticale says:

    As usual, and like most bloggers I’ve seen post about this, I came up as an INTP. It would be interesting to see how these ratings compare with people’s socio-political leanings but I’ve never seen a left-blogger post their results.

  2. David Arceneaux says:

    I used to be on an INTP mailing list, about 10 years ago. Hardly anyone was apolitical, but any freedom-loving people were in a minority position. I know this because I had made a post about how Social Security is good at transferring the fruits of productive labor from the young to the old, and my future was going to be parted out to mooching geezers (something along those lines). Everyone jumped on me for that.

  3. Kyle Haight says:

    I suspect there are some loose correlations between MB type and political leanings, e.g. the proportion of NTs in the libertarian movement is probably a lot higher than the proportion of NTs in the general population. This is partially because the traditional models of libertarian argument are based on appeals to principle and logical consistency — which have a stronger appeal to NT psychology than to the psychologies of the other types. But the link isn’t that strong. Ayn Rand may have been an archetypal NT, but I’ve known other NTs who think Objectivism is a load of dingo’s kidneys.

    I don’t think the MB types really identify anything fundamental about human psychology. They’re just a useful framework and set of labels for discussing certain types of personality trait correlations. But they aren’t universal. My mother took the Keirsey-Bates test and came out IXXJ, for example.

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