Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Random Blatherings of an INTP Woman

One of the topics I love reading about is personality types, especially the Myers-Briggs types. I consistently test as an INTP. Not-so-oddly-enough, I have discovered that a couple people who tend to read this blog, and whose blogs I tend to read, are also INTPs. But I have found it estimated that only somewhere between 1-4% of the population fall in this particular type, so there must be some sort of gravitational pull factor going on there.

Last night I was perusing a few websites on the subject which I had not read previously and found once again that all of the examples given of famous INTPs were men. Funny, that. I remember as a kid -- a Protestant kid at that -- thinking that I would really like to be a monk, or at least live with monks. Now, I believe I have actually gotten very comfortable with the fact that I am indeed a woman, but in some ways my brain still resonates a bit more happily with most men than with many women. Funny, that.

So today I watched the movie Daddy Daycare with my son at his request. It's the one where a non-swearing Eddie Murphy and his friends open a daycare after losing a job. It's filled with stereotypical the-way-men-parent-in-the-21st-century scenarios, and it's a cute movie and all. Throughout the day I couldn't help thinking of several ways that I could relate to these Daddies in my own parenting journey. It was cute how they gave copies of their mission statement to 3-and 4-year-olds on their first day of business, and sat down to go over it point by point (asking for a volunteer to read). It's pretty lame, but in spirit at least I could actually relate.

Anyway, I am grateful for the work of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. It really and truly fascinates me to see how people differ in basic personality hard wiring. What an amazing idea God had to create one human race with so much variation in the details. Sometimes we are drawn by the ways someone else is just like us; we feel understood. Sometimes we are fascinated by someone who is quite opposite us in some way; we feel completed. It is interesting to me to notice temperament differences within my family and to learn more about people this way.

Yeah, ok, so you can tell I am an introverted thinker, huh? Some people like browsing through craft stores to look for pretty decorative ideas. (This would be my daughter.) I prefer browsing through lovely ideas and picking out the ones that I think I could really do something with!


Laura A said...

As a fellow INTP (who sometimes flips over to F), I'm with you on browsing through lovely ideas!

I read an interesting article last week on "Introverts in the Church." The author was a mainline Protestant, but much applies across the board, and I could relate. If you don't want to Google it, there's a link on my blog.

Marie said...

Hi Laura,

I saw that on your blog the other day!

Anonymous said...

Hi from a fellow INTP gal.

Stumbled upon this blog entry...

Finding Myers Briggs helped me understand why some people just think so radically differently than me. They just process the world differently. I also realize explains why I'm miserable doing routine tasks and miss deadlines too often.

I like your comment about browsing through ideas like other browse through antique stores. The internet search has been a real joy for me, as can find and hear university lectures and folks from different cultures from the comfort of sitting at my desk.

Interesting that you appear to be religious, which I am not. Notion of a god just made no sense to me.


Anonymous said...

Quick addition... note your home schooling and pro-life stance. Even as a non-religious person, I'm with you on both those things!