Not the famous 1% of 2012 fame. The 1% most people probably find a little strange 😉
I’ve embraced the fact that I was a weirdo from a young age. Some people get concerned when I say this and hurriedly assure me that I am NOT weird!
But I am… and I’m OK with that. I just didn’t used to understand my inner weirdo in an analytical way. And INTJs LOVE analytical explanations!!!
What the hell is an INTJ you are likely asking? A valid question 🙂 And, unless you have done a Myers Briggs questionnaire recently, the initials will look like ancient Greek. And it was the Greeks – or maybe the Egyptians – who came up with the first analysis of personality traits.
Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers were devotees of Carl Jung. Much like economists, it seems psychologists don’t agree – and their subject matter is so subjective it’s easy to look right… but Myers and Briggs seem to have been more focused on the cash grab personality theory might yield.
This all began a couple of months ago when I was trying to encourage my niece to pick a career over a job. In my 20s I knew almost nothing about the world and would definitely have chosen a different career path had I approached the endeavour more systematically. So I am hoping to use my experience – and mistakes – to help her find a more rewarding path.
My altruism has had funny rewards as it’s got me talking about Myers Briggs – and how to deal with the world if you are a weirdo…
I thought of Myers Briggs because many years ago I had an argument with the HR Manager at the company I worked for because he thought I wasn’t insanely rational. He told me I would be an “F” in Myers Briggs, not a “T”. (For the uninitiated, “F” is for “feeling” and “T” is for “thinking”.)
I took the test to prove him wrong – and quelle surprise – I was right 🙂 But what I remembered being cool about the experience was that I read the notes about my personality type and saw myself reflected back in a way I had never experienced before.
I couldn’t remember what my type had been so I went on-line to see if I could find a test. Of course, they want to upsell you so they tell you it’s not REALLY a PROPER Myers Briggs test but it was close enough and I was definitely an INTJ. So figured I could send it to my niece to get some insight that might help her career planning.
The only letter we share is “I” (introversion vs. extroversion) so it is very valuable to know that she and I should likely have completely different careers.
What was most entertaining to me though was the discovery that I AM indeed a weirdo. Somewhere along the line I came across some statistics as to how the personality types split across the general population (there are 16 possible personality types).
Apparently INTJs make up about 1-2% of the general population – and female INTJs are about as rare as unicorns! So it makes total sense that I have frequently felt misunderstood…
and have had to work on faking acting like a “normal person.” A lot of human behaviour mystifies me. I use my observational and analytical skills to try and figure out how to act more “normal” and not freak people out.
The line in my personality profile that made me laugh out loud was “perhaps the most fundamental problem that INTJs face in relationships is that they really want people to make sense 🙂 The INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.
Like I said, weirdo 😉 But I have learned to accept and embrace my oddness. Feeling misunderstood by the world has made me more compassionate. And I use my analytical skills to try and fake it at being a real person – and I’ve become quite adept at it 😉
What really turns INTJs on is finding simple solutions to complex problems and making stuff HAPPEN! NOTHING makes me happier. A little sad maybe… But, as is likely obvious by now, I am using this blog to sort out the world and plan my next half.
Reading my personality was illuminating. I really want do something to make the world a better place before I die. I always thought it had to be big and flashy. But my new goal is to be “the great facilitator”. Like all INTJs, I prefer to work behind the scenes. I love to synthesize gigantic quantities of information, make sense of it and put a nice, clean action plan in play – that I monitor because I only really get excited when I tick stuff off the “to do list”. So, solving all the world’s problems? What could be more enticing? 😉
It’s kind of dull being normal, right? … 😉