I filled out a typing questionnaire on Reddit and got a result that feels like it could fit, but I wanted to get additional opinions just to be sure.
1: What makes you respect individuals, groups, or organizations? List whatever you can think of.
Intelligence, depth, ability, kindness, compassion, dependability, integrity, vision, imagination, authenticity
2: What kind of things turn you off about a person, a brand/company, or a particular environment? What gets under your skin (in a bad way)?
For entities: judgemental, controlling, shallow/fake, unreliable, incompetent, cruel/selfish, refusal to acknowledge fault/error/mistreatment and rectify. For environments: loud/high-pitched noises, too hot.
3: How good is your memory for detail? Specific conversations you've had in the past, little tasks that need to get done, what you were doing the first time you heard a song or tried a food, etc.
Not so good for tasks and such: I’m always forgetting little things I need to do and contemplating/daydreaming instead. I remember the overarching themes and points of conversations, but not necessarily specific wording and such. I have very strong memory for visual details, bordering on photographic in some cases, and also great memory for facts and concepts: I’ve never had to study very hard to do well in school, and have been given the epithet “The All-Knowing” from some of my friends.
4: What do you spend the most time thinking about - the past, the present, the future? Practical topics, logistical issues, relationships with people, theoretical concepts, issues of morality/ethics? Do you find yourself fixating on one thing, coming back to it, and trying to figure it out, or are you more prone to meandering through multiple tangentially related topics? Do you often daydream/space out? When you do daydream or fantasize, what kind of things do you imagine and think about?
All three. All of those and more, but usually the less concrete ones like theories, relationships and morality. The latter until I come to something interesting, then the former until I’ve analyzed it as much as I can from as many angles as possible and (if a problem) solved it, sometimes obsessing for months if a deep enough topic. It’s like a predator searching for prey, and then incessantly stalking and chasing down its target until it’s caught. I daydream and space out with extreme frequency, mostly about theories and abstractions, scenarios and conversations (real or hypothetical), future plans and aspirations, experiences and relationships (past actual and potential, future planned or potential), trying to figure something out/solve a problem, philosophical musings, and self reflection/”who am I?” which can sometimes spiral into depression and existential thoughts. Not clinical depression, just the temporary mood kind.
5: Think about a topic or two you're really interested in and like having conversations about. Do you think you would generally have more fun talking about that topic with an enthusiastic, curious listener who asks you lots of great questions, or do you think you would generally have more fun listening to an interesting, entertaining person talk at length about it and answer your questions enthusiastically?
Both, but probably the latter if I had to choose.
6: In the last question, what topic(s) were you think about?
Lots of stuff: academic, intellectual, philosophical, spiritual, artistic, practical, theoretical, moral, relational, etc. Pretty much anything I see as having value.
7: If someone is doing something that you strongly disagree with, how likely are you to confront them about it? If you do confront them, how do you usually tend to do it? How does your answer change depending on your relationship with the person, and whether their actions directly affect you?
Moderately likely. Usually calmly and gently, unless they’ve awakened my fury (not easy to do, but strong moral violations/cruelty will do it). Probably more likely to confront, but also more likely to be gentle/forgiving if close, and not much of a difference based on personal effect.
8: How interested are you in trying new things - traveling, trying strange and exotic foods, going on roller coasters, jumping out of airplanes, things like that? Regardless of how interested you are, how willing would you be to do those things if someone asked you to? How often do you actually do things like that? Give examples.
Quite interested, especially with intellectual and aesthetic experiences, but less so with thrills. I’d probably be willing to do most things if someone asked me as long as it’s not too potentially damaging to my wellbeing and/or future. I like most foods and types of music and art, and am always interested in new ways to expand my understanding, but am less likely to do things such as jumping out of airplanes due to the danger involved.
9: How would other people describe your demeanor? It may help to ask people you know. How emotional do you seem to people? How rational? Do you tend to be quiet and reserved, or more loud and talkative? Do you seem to choose your words carefully, or talk stream of consciousness, or do you sometimes think so fast you stumble trying to get all the words out? Do you tend to finish your sentences, or skip to the next sentence in the middle of the one you're saying, or skip to new topics entirely? Do you interrupt - if so, when and how often? How do you feel if someone interrupts you? How often do you feel like you have so much energy you can't sit still and need to be up and moving? How hard is it for you to get out of bed in the morning, or get up after relaxing for a long time?
Different people see me very differently: I’ve been described as everything from “Intimidating and reserved, almost to the point of asocial” to “Collected, but friendly, approachable and enthusiastic”, but most people seem to see me closer to the latter. My SJ mother finds me nearly impossible to read, while my INFP father describes me as “wearing my emotions on my sleeve.” Most people see me as not especially outwardly emotional, but not cold either. Although just about everyone sees me as very nice, if a little odd sometimes. Most people also see me as very rational, or at least valuing of rational thought. I mostly speak stream of consciousness, but fluently and cohesively, usually finishing my sentences. I don’t interrupt very often, and I’m usually outwardly patient with interruptions, but less so inwardly. I'm rarely spastic like the question sounds, but I often feel driven to accomplish things, although I often don’t actually do that much because I spend so much time analyzing things and figuring out the best course of action. Not usually very hard to get up, unless I haven’t gotten much sleep recently.
10: Are you involved in any creative activities or projects? What are they and why do you like them? What are your goals in these areas? What have you felt most proud of or satisfied with? How likely are you to finish a particular project you start?
Not at the moment due to being too perfectionistic and never being happy with the results of my creative endeavors: I can never produce something in the physical world that matches up with the vision I have in my head. It feels like trying to recreate the Mona Lisa with three crayons. I usually finish projects, unless I get too discouraged by the aforementioned perfectionism.
Additional Follow-up Questions:
1: We've all had conversations with someone who was 'missing the point'. Give an example or two, real or imagined, of conversations that would make you feel that way - what is the "point", and how is the other person missing it?
Talking to my SJ family members about infinity (different sized infinities, performing infinite actions in a finite amount of time, cutting an object into infinitely many pieces and then rearranging them into two identical copies of the original, etc.) They always say it's dumb and pointless because it can't happen, when it doesn't matter if it can't happen in the physical world, it's still valuable to contemplate things that only exist theoretically.
2: How long does it usually take you to realize/decide that you are unhappy with a situation in your life (e.g. job, relationship)? Do you talks to others to figure out your feelings, or are you more likely to keep it to yourself until you've figured it out? At what stage would you discuss the issue with the affected parties (boss, S.O.)? Are you likely to change your mind after announcing your decision? How difficult are changes like this for you to adapt to? How often do you experience big changes like this? Do you feel like these changes are more the result of your own decisions and opinions, or are they more the inevitable result of external circumstances?
I usually realize quickly when I'm unhappy with something, and though I usually try to figure out my feelings on my own first, I often get valuable additional insight when I talk to people about them. I'm not likely to discuss it with the affected parties until I've figured out exactly what I'm feeling and why, as well as what I'm going to do about it. I rarely change my decisions after I announce them because by the time I announce my decisions I've analyzed them extensively and am very sure of them. How well I adapt depends on how smooth the transition is: if it's violent and messy it takes a lot longer than if it's more peaceful and clean. Not too often. I generally feel like they're a mix: there's often a lot of inevitability involved, but there's also usually agency I didn't fully utilize that might've been able to prevent it.
3: How do you feel after going all day without doing anything productive? How often do you have days like this? Do you wish you had more or fewer of them?
I generally think of things in terms of value rather than "productiveness." For instance: spending time with friends or reading about philosophy are both very valuable, but not necessarily productive. If I don't do anything valuable in a day then I feel pretty despondent, but thankfully that doesn't happen very often. I do still wish I had fewer days like that though: sometimes I get sucked into the YouTube gaming sinkhole.
4: What kinds of things are you more stubborn about than most people? What kinds of things are you more easy-going about?
I'm quite stubborn about not getting to places late and about my most deeply held values and principles, but with most other things I'm pretty easy-going.
Based on this information, the thread owner concluded I was an INFJ. What are your opinions on this?