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    Unknown Personality

    What's my type? ISTP? ISFP? other?

    0. Is there anything that may affect the way you answer the questions? For example, a stressful time, mental illness, medications, special life circumstances? Other useful information includes sex, age, and current state of mind.

    Male, 30, Civil Engineer (in the process of changing careers), uncertain of where I am in my professional life!

    1. Click on this link: Look at the random photo for about 30 seconds. Copy and paste it here, and write about your impression of it.

    More than one picture. But for the sake of this questionnaire, I usually love going through a lot of pictures, even more landscapes, architecture or nature in general (not animals though).

    2. You are with a group of people in a car, heading to a different town to see your favourite band/artist/musician. Suddenly, the car breaks down for an unknown reason in the middle of nowhere. What are your initial thoughts? What are your outward reactions?

    Ok, what's going on with this car. Let's get out and check under the hood.

    3. You somehow make it to the concert. The driver wants to go to the afterparty that was announced (and assure you they won't drink so they can drive back later). How do you feel about this party? What do you do?

    Well, party is fun but if the drive was long/the show was late, I might want to go back home.

    4. On the drive back, your friends are talking. A friend makes a claim that clashes with your current beliefs. What is your inward reaction? What do you outwardly say?

    Inside me, I tell myself this is nuts and he is wrong for saying that. But I usually wait for someone to contest that claim before embarking into the conversation.

    5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?

    I would feel confused and even angry at first (this breaks my interior "system" or "order"), then depending on the strength of the new experience, I might take that for the new "truth".

    6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?

    Freedom, respect (self and others), family, friendship. Friendship and family are important to me because whenever I am in trouble or in times of confusion, I can always count on them to be by my side and keep me anchored into the real world (as opposed to the world of doubts). I think my values won't change unless I get "screwed" massively by multiple friends/family members at the same time.

    7. a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else? b) If you could change one thing about you personality, what would it be? Why?

    a) I am always in observation mode, ever passive, watching and learning.
    b) I would definitely like to be able to see the bigger picture and use more my sixth sense to think about the future or analyze the past.


    8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?

    I listen to them but can actually be good at shutting them out. Sometimes I just follow them without questions, at other times I just can't listen to them without sensing the logic behind them first. Interpersonal relations trigger them, 99% of the time.

    9. a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?

    Energy++: Reading, video games, movies, music, sports. Fun drives me, so does new information.
    Energy--: Parties, meetings (business), interpersonal fights. Relationships are tiresome processes for me.


    10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?

    I usually keep my opinion to myself, unless I am 100% sure I am "right" (or for that matter, have a lot of facts to support my idea). I don't really like to argue with others because I am bad at living this situation (I generally get angry when someone confronts my ideas, even though they do it with tact and diplomacy).
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    ISTP - The Mechanics

    I still think ISFP fits you better than ISTP. But try to get some second opinions... :-)

    That questionnaire was one of the early ones... I think there's a better one somewhere in that list. If you feel like writing more!

    To elaborate, I see you as someone who worked as an engineer and found it too cold and impersonal, with not enough opportunity to express your individuality. It’s like, who you are as a person didn’t matter; your creativity, your uniqueness, your special talents. You felt it was all being wasted, that you weren’t appreciated, that you might as well be a robot. To my understanding this is much more Fi than Ti.

    ISFPs aren’t necessarily artists, but they do have that need to express their own unique vision and art is just one way to do that.

    In contrast, I also quit a career in engineering but it was for different reasons.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Not sure this questionnaire gives enough clear separation of Fi vs. Ti. Simply put, an ISFP is going to have a lot more internal beliefs/desires that they are looking to enact in the world. An ISTP is going to have a lot more structure/puzzle-solving going on in their head, whilst being more responsive to group values externally.

    Examples:

    ISFP friend has little to no interest in analytical discussion, prefers practicing his social skills/performance ability- and most of all loves to dive into his personal passions alone (ranging from writing music, to watching films, to writing his thoughts etc.). They are not very concerned with talking about how someone on the other side of the world forms their values- but are very concerned with whether their values are upheld.

    ISTP friend loves analytical discussion, and often has strange ideas of how to apply mathematical/scientific theories into the practical world. They are prefer perfecting some skill, or gaining and applying knowledge from all walks of life. They are very concerned with how all people form their values, and are saddened if those values don't uphold a fair, sustainable way of life.

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    Unknown Personality

    Here is the 2.0 questionnaire with my answers:

    1. Is there anything that may affect the way you answer the questions? For example, a stressful time, mental illness, medications, special life circumstances? Other useful information includes sex, age, and current state of mind.

    Male, 30, Civil Engineer (in the process of changing careers), uncertain of where I am in my professional life!

    2. What type(s) do you usually score as on tests?

    ISTP or ISFP

    3. Click on this link: Choose 2 photos and look at each for as long as you feel that you need. Copy and paste the photos here (or write the link like example: www[dot]flickr[dot]com/photos/jacoboson/8697480741/in/explore-2013-05-01), and write your impression of each of them.

    #1: (uberdogleg/9363814771/in/explore-2013-07-25) Quiet place, beautiful nature. Nice reflection on the water, I'd like to have a second house there :)

    #2: (dinno19/9364975924/in/explore-2013-07-25
    ) Very nice panorama, nature is so cool. It makes me want to explore this place and learn about it.

    Sorry for the links :) Add Flickr[dot]com[slash]photos before them.

    4. You are on the clock to fix something, a friend of yours sits beside you and gives a lot of interesting ideas, none of them actually help or are related to your situation, but they are still something you find interesting. What is your reaction? What do you say? What do you do? What's your train of thought?

    Well, as far as fixing goes, this could annoy me a bit. But he's my friend, and I can't turn down all ideas. I surely don't have the answer to everything. However, I won't be able to listen to him while I fix stuff so I will probably stop fixing and speak with him.

    5a. What are some of your most important values?

    Freedom, respect (self and others), family, friendship. Friendship and family are important to me because whenever I am in trouble or in times of confusion, I can always count on them to be by my side and keep me anchored into the real world (as opposed to the world of doubts).

    5b. Can they change? What would be the reason if they changed?

    I think my values won't change unless I get "screwed" massively by multiple friends/family members at the same time.

    6. You are in a car with some other people, the people in the car are talking. Someone makes a claim that you see as immoral/rude/cruel. What is your inward reaction? What do you think? What do you say?

    Inward reaction, I will certainly fell angry or upset. But I will most likely wait to confirm it was his intention of saying this and if someone else will actually contest him.

    7. a) What activities energizes you the most? Why?

    Reading, video games, movies, music, sports. Fun drives me, so does new information.

    7. b) What activities drains you the most? Why?

    Parties, meetings (business), interpersonal fights. Relationships are tiresome processes for me.

    8. Do you believe you are introverted or extraverted? Why do you believe that? (Please be as detailed as possible)

    I am introverted. I prefer being alone, I also prefer keeping my thoughts to me. I like being with people at a party or in a restaurant but I will not be looking to create such situations.

    9. Please describe yourself, what do you see as your greatest strengths and what do you see as your greatest weaknesses?

    Calm guy, smiling, optimistic. The fact I am really easy-going is one of my greatest strength. I have respect for almost everyone I meet or know (unless I can say they're jerks). I am very curious and love to learn about anything new, really.

    Greatest weakness is the fact I'm taking stuff personally quite often. Also, as noted above, showing respect and tolerance to everyone I meet brings me to be naive (negatively speaking) sometimes.


    10. Please describe yourself when you are feeling stressed. How do you act and why? Real life experiences are welcome.

    Stress in real-life isn't triggering much in me. I usually find other people stressed much more than me. In times of pressure (job, family, etc), I am usually cool outside but feel a bit anxious on the inside. I sometimes just follow my instinct and act on the spot, in other times I try to go through past experiences to help me react. I try to go through things to be done and order them by priority.

    11. What is your "soft spot" (the area that makes you upset if people mess with)?

    I usually get upset when people contest what I say or what I do. I can be quite picky about this (have to work on this a lot :), even though I am fully aware I don't know everything (by far).

    12. What are most of the ideas/thoughts you get generally centered around (try to expand your answers as much as possible)?

    I usually think about fun and games. I also make a lot of fictive scenarios: I imagine myself in the place of a superhero, an actor, a president, etc. and try to live a situation with this role in mind. I also make scenarios where I "explain" something to some people (explain something I know about a precise subject, e.g. computers, video games, physics). Moreover, I also tend to create such scenarios when I feel something is wrong or partly wrong with one of my relationships.

    13. What's your opinion of getting frequent feedback on what you do? (Someone pointing out what is good, what is bad, what and how to improve) Is there a limit to how often you want feedback? If so, what is the limit?

    Well, lately I didn't get much feedback on my job and it was catastrophic. I need that kind of feedback because I can get quite insecure about doing the right thing or not. When I don't get much feedback, I tend to believe I do things right (but isn't always the case).

    But since I am also sensitive to too much feedback or badly worded feedback, I guess I can be an ass sometimes! People have to guess how much feedback I need and I can be a bit foggy about that (my impression).

    14. Anything beyond what has been discussed that you would like to add?

    Well, I am most interested in MBTI and other personality theories. I am a guy who loves learning about all sorts of things, a jack-of-all-trades in most situations. But I am also disorganized a bit so I have to frequently take time to stop what I'm doing and figure out the next step. Some people feel I am a bit lost sometimes but I always know the general direction I am going in.


 

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