Hello my new friends, I have basically been typed as every possible intuitive type out there and I wanted to run this questionnaire by you to see what you have to say. I have an idea of what my type might be, but I have considered multiple options in the past so I was wondering what an 'outsider' might make of it. Let me know what you think!
Briefly describe your ideal social gathering. Include details such as approximate length of time, number of people, location, activity, etc.
My ideal social gathering is either one-on-one or with two friends at the same time, drinking a glass of wine at their or my place while discussing ideas, philosophy, politics, psychology but also exchanging funny stories about things that have happened to us and making jokes. I could spend a few hours talking to someone like that without feeling drained.
What sort of tasks do you feel you are naturally adept at?
-learning and memorizing new information and understanding how this new info fits in the big picture (especially on topics I find interesting)
-understanding multiple perspectives on issues or considering various possible outcomes or options available to someone in case of a problem. Basically 'personalized troubleshooting'.
-learning foreign languages, using precise language while writing in my own language, interpreting the exact meaning of the words other people use while speaking.
-motivating people to turn their ideas (or tasks on a to-do-list) into reality and helping people come up with a step-by-step plan of how to do it. I prefer doing this by asking questions and facilitating but I am not opposed to some tough love when I feel like the person I am dealing with would benefit from it.
How do you feel about interacting with others, before, during, and after?
Depends on the people, the setting and my mood. If I'm in the mood I can look forward to a party full of strangers but when I'm in an introverted mood I can dread going to the supermarket and having to talk at the checkout.
Unless I'm in the mood, I usually have to 'switch myself on' before interacting with others. Unless I have nothing to talk about and can't think of any questions to ask the other person/people, I generally enjoy spending time with others - until I reach my limit and I feel like I have to go home and rest for a bit. I usually feel a bit tired afterwards but with a fresh perspective on things.
Describe your general mode of expression when dealing with others. You may include some details regarding what you talk about, but primarily describe how you do so.
-I have been told I tend to use difficult words when speaking in my native language.
-I believe I can be quite expressive and animated in my speech, especially when telling a story or when approving or disapproving of something.
-Despite this, I am not expressive in an emotional way and I tend to feel uncomfortable when others ask too many questions about how I feel. I like to ask lots of questions, but feel less comfortable when other people ask me questions.
-I am generally very direct and I will answer questions very honestly even if I prefer not to answer them.
-Sometimes I need to collect my thoughts before explaining something. My inner world is really clear to me but it can take some time to put my thoughts into words. Other times, I react really quickly, especially when presented with the opportunity to make a joke. I prefer listing things (various steps, multiple options) or using chronology or other logical sequences to present information.
-I can come across as fairly stubborn when discussing something I know a lot about, but I prefer not to make strong statements (x is impossible, y is definitely not true) because I believe everything is a matter of perspective.
Describe your general pattern of thought processes. You may include some details regarding what you think about, but primarily describe how you do so.
-my thoughts feel like a 'sense', an understanding or an overview of things.
-I've heard many people describe their inner world saying the process may sound concrete, but feels very abstract to them. For me it's the other way around: my thoughts and inner world are VERY clear to me, despite being abstract to most other people. My thoughts are very logical and my conclusions very obvious to me.
-I tend to research topics of interest intensively but usually for a short period of time. I may revisit the same topics months or years later to connect my understanding of them to the new information of other things I have acquired. This gives me new insights into the same information.
-I do not think about emotions frequently. When I do think about my own emotions, I either try to understand where they come from or I think about how to manage them effectively (do I express them? Do I give myself some space? Do I need to think about this more in order not to repress them?). When I think about other people's emotions, it's usually when I'm considering their motivations for doing something or how they are likely to react to something. This is more of an unconscious process I do automatically, not something I spend a lot of time dissecting.
-I do not think about relationships between people often.
-The questions I ask myself most frequently are 'why?' and 'how?'. I see things as part of a process and as interrelated. I think about the big picture first, then I zoom in on its individual parts to gain a deep understanding of them and then I connect those parts to arrive at the big picture again.
What sort of tasks have you repeatedly failed at?
-Walk or drive me somewhere, then unexpectedly tell me I have to make my own way back without a map. I will fail horribly. I don't register directions and always rely on visual tools (maps or visual memories or even the visual memory of a map) to get where I need to be. I have only learnt how to do this in my late teens.
-Guessing numerical values. 'How much do you think this property costs? How much money do you think is being spent on this government program? What is the exact distance between these two places? How many gumballs are in this jar?' All questions I probably will not answer correctly. I think in relative terms and have difficulty working with absolutes. Things like space, distance and value are concepts to me instead of practical things I can work with in reality.
-I don't exactly fail at this, but I dread filling out forms with limited possibilities and standard answers. I had to fill out a long and complex form recently and asked for a Te-dominant to help me. I told him my 'real' answers to the questions, and he understood how to simplify them in a way that would be most useful to those on the receiving end. I would not have failed on my own, but this was definitely a more effective way of doing it.
Describe your personal worst case scenario - what would you absolutely hate to have happen to you? Where and how would you most hate to end up?
My personal worst case scenario is not living up to my potential. The worst way this could happen to me is by self-sacrificing for someone who does not turn out to be worth it.
'Small' failures to meet my own standards do not bother me as much, my worst case scenario is consistently living an average life.
How do you react to stress?
When others are stressed, I naturally become calm and take over. When in stressful situations or interactions, I generally keep my cool until the situation is over. When it is over, I will start to feel the stress and allow myself to retreat and process it.
How do you react to authority?
I comply if they're competent. If not, I rebel quietly. I will just smile and secretly do things my way.
I usually will not feel the need to argue unless really frustrated (I usually only argue with people I deem competent or otherwise worth my time). I'd rather save my energy for things I find more useful.
How do you react to emotions or irrationality?
I try to be friendly and understanding in the face of emotions, but I will explain others they are acting irrationally if this is the case. I do not mind emotions, as long as we can have a rational conversation about them. I do not believe rationality and emotions are mutually exclusive. However, when someone is led solely by emotions and refuses to hear my point of view or when someone keeps talking about the same emotions, I will definitely become impatient. I will try not to show it, but I feel like offering advice or talking something out once should be enough.
I also prefer people who talk about their emotions rationally over people who do not talk about their emotions at all.
How do you react to novelty or change?
I am the first to say I love change and novelty, but that's mainly true for changes I've initiated myself. If the change is imposed on me, my reaction depends.
How do you react to routine or tradition?
I tend to question it. I usually do not see routine or tradition as an argument in itself to do something a certain way, it must serve a purpose for me to embrace it. Because the usual purpose of traditions is to impose order on something, and I believe we must wonder whether or not we agree with the kind of order that is being imposed on us.
Describe your decision making process.
I lock myself up for a week, gather as much information as I possibly can and make 100 lists with pro's, cons, things I find important and other criteria to base my decision on. After processing all this information, I will probably get an insight telling me which option I should go with. I can then explain my choice to others using all the information I have. I will probably not change my decision if I have gone through this process properly, unless presented with new information.
Thank you for reading this. Not sure if it's interesting for other people to read an entire essay on how I process information so it is highly appreciated.