Slightly Different Myers-Briggs Spin

kinnon —  July 31, 2007 — 6 Comments

Those of you who know me personally are aware that I became quite taken with the MB personality tests a couple of years ago…after making fun of other MB devotees for way too many years. This site has a slightly different take on the personality types. I’m an INFP.

INFP: The Idealist

The INFP is a dreamy, imaginitive, idealist, capable of finding the good in anything or anyone, even something as foul as Newark, New Jersey. INFPs are sometimes dangerous to the well-being of society as a whole, as they are prone to adopting subversive and destructive ideologies like "The world should be fair," "People should treat one another well," and "You know, ‘Friends’ is a really, really stupid television show."

These irrational thought patterns may sometimes cause INFPs to run off and join the circus, the Resistance, or the Rebellion, where they tend to do well in any position requiring excellent hand-eye coordination or mastery of the Force.

COMPATIBILITY: INFPs and ISTJs generally exhibit a natural predator/prey relationship, which, though it might appear harsh and cruel from the outside, is all part of the natural cycle of life. In fact, were it not for the predation of the ISTJ, the population of INFPs would soon grow to unsustainable levels, overwhelming the ability of their ecological niche to support them.

Famous idealists include that girl in your sixth-grade homeroom who got the teacher fired for saying that girls aren’t good at math; that guy in the cubicle next to yours who got the manager fired for saying that women don’t make good employees; and Anais Nin.

Pity poor Brother Maynard, the INTP:

The INTP is really only suited to two careers: college professor and game show contestant. Of these career choices, only one offers the financial rewards which allows him to suport himself; for that reason, INTPs often take the other path, and become tenured academics.

Or Jamie Aprin-Ricci, the INTJ:

RECREATION: INTJs are often baffled by the strange and incomprehensible recreational rituals of other people, such as going to parties, watching television, and having sex. Instead, they prefer to spend their leisure time installing twin missile launchers in their cars to deter tailgaters and playing chess with megalomaniac CEOs of the Tyrell corporation.

COMPATIBILITY: Silly person, INTJs don’t have relationships! They may, however build their own friends.

MB Profiles will just never be the same.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

6 responses to Slightly Different Myers-Briggs Spin

  1. Bill,
    Those were interesting descriptions. I am an INTJ (borderline E) also. I think the recreation description for INTJ’s was way off. I don’t like chess, but personally I really enjoy parties and … um, television. πŸ˜‰

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! For coming to the defense of us poor maligned INFPs …

    And send it to a friend with much laughter … LOL … Thank you.

  3. I thought there was something funny about you, apart from being Canadian – now I know [winking]. I’m an INFJ.

    I had a good day with Al R yesterday – day 3 of his time in Auckland. It was good to catch up in a way we couldn’t in the US. He certainly added something valuable to the NZ/Allelon conversation “down under”… and we managed to gather a couple of significant denominational leaders to hear the story and interact with him.

  4. Well, well, well, now I understand myself.

    ENTJ: The Evil Overlord
    The ENTJ is best characterized by his charisma, his ability to grasp complex situations and to think flexibly and creatively, his keen and active intelligence, and his overwhelming desire to crush the world beneath his boot.(YES, YES, YES!!!) ENTJs are naturally outgoing and love the company of other people, particulary minions, henchmen, slaves, and the others they rule with ruthless efficiency … and a fanatical devotion to …
    I’m changing my name to Cardinal Fang.
    Very good Bill.

  5. LOL! Too funny.

  6. From one INFP to another, thank you! I knew there was a reason you made sense to me. πŸ™‚

    I’m married to an ENTP, which makes life very interesting.


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