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08 August 2006 @ 02:17 pm
I was reading tshuma's journal and she mentioned her Myers-Briggs type. I checked the same site to see how they described mine. It's good, so I'm excerpting it here.

Of the four aspects of strategic analysis and definition, it is the contingency planning or entailment organizing role that reaches the highest development in Masterminds. Entailing or contingency planning is not an informative activity, rather it is a directive one in which the planner tells others what to do and in what order to do it. As the organizing capabilities the Masterminds increase so does their inclination to take charge of whatever is going on.

It is in their abilities that Masterminds differ from the other Rationals, while in most of their attitudes they are just like the others. However there is one attitude that sets them apart from other Rationals: they tend to be much more self-confident than the rest, having, for obscure reasons, developed a very strong will. They are rather rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population. Being very judicious, decisions come naturally to them; indeed, they can hardly rest until they have things settled, decided, and set. They are the people who are able to formulate coherent and comprehensive contingency plans, hence contingency organizers or "entailers."

Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind's well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once in charge, however, Masterminds are the supreme pragmatists, seeing reality as a crucible for refining their strategies for goal-directed action. In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity. To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them. They are also alert to the consequences of applying new ideas or positions. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the Masterminds. On the other hand, Masterminds can be quite ruthless in implementing effective ideas, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy.

I'm amused that they'd describe INTJs as the most open-minded type. We tend toward the judgemental and dismissive in many cases. But note their specific definition of "open-minded" above - it makes more sense if you pay attention to what they actually mean by that phrase.
The Water Seeker: flowerplymouth on August 8th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
that seems like a much more useful definition of "open-minded" than the more popular one. But then as a fellow INTJ I _would_ think that :)
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Noahangelbob on August 8th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yup. You'll see different nicknames for types (and subtypes like NT) in different places. I think that's mostly something that books and web sites add for flavor. You'll see a certain amount of the same thing with Enneatypes for the same reason.
cyaneyedcyaneyed on August 9th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
i'm an INTJ too
but retaking the test a few yrs later I aquiried E/INTJ

i'm 50/50 on outgoing/introvert.


look out world.
Camille, Destroyer of Worldsskamille on August 9th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
I've always thought the whole myers-briggs thing was a little silly, but a few months back someone accused me of CLEARLY not being the type I claimed (INTJ as well), because, well, I am clearly not a T. On the internet. That really broke the camel's back of absurdity.
remington012 on August 9th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
INTJ == It's Not Thoroughly Justified

I find that the computer science field is full of INTJs, despite the fact that we comprise only about 2% of the population. It seems we flock to math/CS.