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The Myers-Briggs Personality Types

An entry from ashliana got me thinking about The Myers-Briggs Personality Types. I've tested several times over the years, and I'm ENxP - I seem to flip-flop on T/F. I test ENTP a bit more often I'd say, but ENFP sometimes. A couple of times the test I took said I was too split to determine which one I should be.

So I read over the ENFP and ENTP entries. I think they're fairly accurate - but I'm curious what people who know me - personally, online, etc - think. What bits do you think fit me, what bits do you think don't?

Edit: Oh, I see there is more IDEALISTS - NF and Conceptualists - NT

Edit 2: OK, I'm a bit spooked reading the Conceptualists - NT page. I feel like I'm reading my autobiography
The NT is the most self-critical of all the styles. She badgers herself about her errors, taxes herself with the resolve to improve, and ruthlessly monitors her own progress. He continually checks the pulse of his skills and takes his conceptual temperature every hour on the hour. He must master understanding of all objects and events whether human or extrahuman, physical or metaphysical, in whatever domain he stakes out as his area of competency. And the more extreme the NT style, the more exacting and stringent the demand placed by the NT on herself in the acquisition of skill and knowledge. The NT must be competent in whatever domain of enterprise or inquiry she chooses; she will settle for nothing less.

In contrast to the should's and oughts of the SJ, the NT has many should know's and should-be-able-to's itemized in massive lists inside of his head. He is inclined always to accumulate more items, never deleting any. He runs a kind of bureaucracy of excellence, and thus can be a perfectionist, becoming tense and compulsive in his behavior when he comes under too much stress. Constantly alert to his shortcomings, to his failures to reach perfect competency, he may greet with scorn and amusement the criticism of others concerning his powers. He may or may not express this reaction, although the extraverted NTs are more likely to do so, but the NT is very conscious of the credentials of his critic and in what degree they license comment. Allied to this demand for competency in critics is a recalcitrance on the part of the NT-even from an early age-to accept without question in the domain of ideas even a widely accepted authority. The fact that a certain person proclaims something, whatever his or her title, reputation, or credentials, leaves the NT indifferent. This recalcitrance to established authorities tends to make an NT, particularly those with extreme NT temperament, seem unusually individualistic and even arrogant.

NTs often report (to those they trust!) that they are haunted by a sense of always being on the verge of failure. This time, surely, the necessary degree of competency will not be produced and failure is at hand. This time acquired knowledge will be inadequate for this issue. Constant self-doubting is the lot of the NT. Because of these self doubts, the NT, particularly the NTP, may have difficulty taking action. He can be so immobilized by self-doubts that his resolution fades.

Somehow the Conceptualist never believes that she knows enough. And she adds to this discomfort by escalating her standards of performance. What may be accepted by her as satisfactory today may tomorrow be judged as only passable. And the more extreme the NT, the more likely she is to increase her standards of performance to coincide with unusually which occur now and then. Her ordinary performances are thus viewed as short of the mark, and the NT experiences a pervasive sense of inadequacy. She intensifies her belief in her inadequacy by making unyielding demands on herself, taxing herself with constant improvement, holding a sort of mental stopwatch over herself, recording her gains and losses. She must be wholly competent in her work and in her play, and she never gives herself respite from this self-imposed level of excellence.

Watching an NT at "play" is apt to be touching and a little sad when compared to the SPs abandon. The NT, knowing logically that recreation is necessary for health, schedules his play, and during the "playtime" taxes himself with improving his recreational skills. For example, when engaging in a card game, he must make no mistakes. At the bridge talbe, others may make mistakes, but the NT does not allow himself lapses of logic or strategic inaccuracies. In tennis, each set must be an occasion for the improvement of certain strokes or the elimination of previously-noted errors. The NT even demands of himself that he have a good time, since recreation is so defined.

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