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This is a discussion on Questions for ENTJs within the ENTJ Forum - The Executives forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; I need your help! Lately, I've been entertaining the idea that I may not be an ENTJ. Certainly, I test ...

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    Unknown Personality

    Questions for ENTJs

    I need your help! Lately, I've been entertaining the idea that I may not be an ENTJ. Certainly, I test ENTJ, but I usually score around 55/45 on the N-S axis. This gives us a few alternatives: perhaps the MBTI is biased towards intuition for Americans, since we have a culture where being imaginative and creative is part of everyone's self-image. This means I could very well be an ESTJ. Or: the test is accurate, and I'm some sort of ExTJ hybrid. Or: it is one way or the other, so if I'm testing ENTJ, then that's the way it is, and this kind of navel-gazing self-analysis is just intuition with too much time on its hands.

    So I have a few questions for you guys:

    1) Do you interrupt other people? Supposedly intuitives do this a lot. I almost never interrupt anyone, and when I do, feel unpleasant about it.

    2) Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? While you probably read both, which do you value more? Supposedly this question sorts out sensing from intuition; I'm curious how it looks in the eyes of other thinking dominants.

    3) Would you rather live to work, or work to live? Again, while I understand many of you want to defy all categories, if you had to choose one or the other, what would it be?

    4) How comfortable are you with generalizing? I often hear people say, "don't generalize." I wonder why not; while all generalizations necessarily have exceptions, the point of a generalization is to quickly arrive at a judgment that is likely/probably true.

    5) Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your life?

    Thanks! And don't forget to vote in my poll!



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    ENTJ - The Executives

    1) Do you interrupt other people? Supposedly intuitives do this a lot. I almost never interrupt anyone, and when I do, feel unpleasant about it.
    I'm learning not to, but yeah. It's not very polite and my 3-ness beats up the N for that.

    2) Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? While you probably read both, which do you value more? Supposedly this question sorts out sensing from intuition; I'm curious how it looks in the eyes of other thinking dominants.
    Both, but I've been known to say that I prefer an interesting lie than a boring truth. So.. fiction?

    3) Would you rather live to work, or work to live? Again, while I understand many of you want to defy all categories, if you had to choose one or the other, what would it be?
    Live to work.

    4) How comfortable are you with generalizing? I often hear people say, "don't generalize." I wonder why not; while all generalizations necessarily have exceptions, the point of a generalization is to quickly arrive at a judgment that is likely/probably true.
    If 90% quacks like a duck, I think it's wise to assume that you're facing a gaggle of ducks. I keep an open mind for the possibility of something that defies generalization, though. In all, I'm fairly comfortable with generalizing.

    5) Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your life?
    Depends on the day, really. I do plan and continuously attempt to improve things.. everything, so maybe from the outside it looks like optimism.

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    Btw, I just read this topic about 3 subtypes, and it went on a length how threes try to conform to culturally accepted .. forms. A trait that is associated with Sensors, in MBTI. It might contribute to the sensor doubt/ tendencies.

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    1) Do you interrupt other people? Supposedly intuitives do this a lot. I almost never interrupt anyone, and when I do, feel unpleasant about it.

    Yes I tend to do this when the conversation is intellectually stimulating or something I'm quite interested on. However, when it's not I tend to wait for someone to finish while thinking "do not interrupt, it's rude."

    2) Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? While you probably read both, which do you value more? Supposedly this question sorts out sensing from intuition; I'm curious how it looks in the eyes of other thinking dominants.

    Non-fiction. Just because I daydream a lot already; no need for fiction.

    3) Would you rather live to work, or work to live? Again, while I understand many of you want to defy all categories, if you had to choose one or the other, what would it be?

    Live to work. The other option just seems so tiring and would come off routine.

    4) How comfortable are you with generalizing? I often hear people say, "don't generalize." I wonder why not; while all generalizations necessarily have exceptions, the point of a generalization is to quickly arrive at a judgment that is likely/probably true.
    Generalizations are only as true as the supporting evidence. Although I like making generalizations, I am quick to point out errors in other's generalizations. There are different types of generalizations anyway. Ones that send me on a "correcting-spree" are the illogical generalizations that people make based on erroneous data. I blame my critical view on generalizations because of the poli sci class I had to take for my major.

    5) Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your life?


    Optimistic. I use to self-loath on things and be pessimistic--- I mean I still do but not very long anymore. I just realized, nothing gets done. No growth in my character comes from being pessimistic. =T Although, my pessimistic side is only shown to those VERY close. Otherwise, most see me as someone in high-spirits and enthusiastic about getting things done.
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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    1) Do you interrupt other people? Supposedly intuitives do this a lot. I almost never interrupt anyone, and when I do, feel unpleasant about it.

    Yea i have a tendency to interrupt people. Sometimes, I have to control myself.

    2) Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? While you probably read both, which do you value more? Supposedly this question sorts out sensing from intuition; I'm curious how it looks in the eyes of other thinking dominants.


    I like both, but I prefer reading (what I deem as) useful nonfiction, like The Art of War or The Lone Survivor. At the same time, a good fiction book is REALLY good, like the Great Gatsby and Brave New World.

    3) Would you rather live to work, or work to live? Again, while I understand many of you want to defy all categories, if you had to choose one or the other, what would it be?


    Live to work. I'd rather do something I like in a field that I believe is meaningful than slave away. I also prefer a degree of autonomy or control.

    4) How comfortable are you with generalizing? I often hear people say, "don't generalize." I wonder why not; while all generalizations necessarily have exceptions, the point of a generalization is to quickly arrive at a judgment that is likely/probably true.

    Depends. I definitely prefer being blunt, but if, by generalize, you mean abstract, then yes. I notice that when I get into a conversation with another intuitive, other people tend to stay stuff along the lines of "that conversation's too deep for me."

    5) Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your life?

    Overall, I'm optimistic. I have the tendency to daydream about the future - my personal future and future stuff (like technology). However, I do harbor skepticism about the future. i.e. while various sources say that recession is technically over, I do believe that we are very prone to a double dip recession.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I think it's more E/I on the interruption thing.
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    ENTJ - The Executives

    Do you prefer problem solving that requires less recalling of facts and more outside-the-box thinking?

    Or, do you feel prefer to recall facts and points which you have committed to memory?

    It's the whole Ni vs Si thing. I definitely prefer the former, and I find memorising facts more tedious than doing several hours of problem solving.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I don't know why people are still trying to answer.

    You're obviously Ron Paul from the poll...

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    Unknown Personality

    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    There's a simple yet useful book in my MBTI collection titled The Art of SpeedReading People by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger. (It looks like we already know who wears the pants in that marriage!) It lists a lot of situational factors to look for when determining type: sensors like to use examples, talk more precisely, tend to listen to others until they complete their thought, et cetera. On their list, I mostly come down on the sensor side, which is a contrast to many online tests that try to divide sensors and intuitives along a caveman/genius axis. As we're learned from Geico commercials, discrimination against cavemen is like, not cool, man.

    While I'm upbeat in practice, I'm relentlessly pessimistic in principle. And many of my favorite thinkers -- Schopenhauer, Joseph de Maistre, Roger Scruton, D.C. Stove -- are pessimists as well. Pessimism is usually an SJ thing: it is just an unadorned matter of fact that one day I will die, my civilization will decline and fall, and our solar system will perish. Hope and Change and Unicorns and Rainbows and Ice Cream? Be All You Can Be? Bah! One won't find me trying to hunt down the White Whale.

    I'd rather work to live too; put me at an art museum or the symphony anytime over overtime at the office, even if the company is my baby. So I'm leaning toward defecting to Team ESTJ, but will punt for now and see how the idea digests. By all means, feel welcome to give more input!

    Your moment of Zen:

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Hmm... I think this test may help you resolve your dilemma, or at least shed some light on the issue.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    I interrupt only if I am extremely passionate about the subject/the discussion is good, which is usually around other intuitives, who interrupt as well, so not an issue.
    I prefer fiction to nonfiction. In fact I despise nonfiction.
    Live to work.
    I generalize comfortably, but I know that you can't run too far with that. I exceptionalize comfortably as well.
    I am neither pessimistic nor optimistic about my future. I try to put in work now for my future to be better. But I know I don't have all the control, so I am ready for anything. That's how I am about most things. However they go, I'll have to find a way to deal with them, so what's the point of thinking it would be amazing/terrible.


     
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