Sunday, 27 March 2005


Or at least iNTj. That's what I am according to this personality test, based upon Jung and Myers-Briggs.

I've had similar results before, so whether they're correct or not, they're at least consistent.

Under this theory, the 16 basic personality types are:
  • Guardians
    • Supervisor ESTJ
    • Inspector ISTJ
    • Provider ESFJ
    • Protector ISFJ
  • Artisans
    • Promoter ESTP
    • Crafter ISTP
    • Performer ESFP
    • Composer ISFP
  • Idealists
    • Teacher ENFJ
    • Counselor INFJ
    • Champion ENFP
    • Healer INFP
  • Rationals
    • Fieldmarshal ENTJ
    • Mastermind INTJ
    • Inventor ENTP
    • Architect INTP
I suspect that other names for these personality types would be equally accurate, and not nearly so complimentary.
In a sense, Masterminds approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity.
OK, it's a fair cop.

But it has its advantages when designing safety-critical systems where people's lives are at stake. Multiple levels of defence, not just preventing problems, but implementing lots of facilities for ameliorating and minimising the extent of disasters, no matter how improbable they may seem at first sight. And, all modesty aside, I'm good at foreseeing problems before they occur. Which rather makes up for failings in other areas.

Hat Tip : The Armchair General article on Understanding you local Grognard. A fancy name for Wargaming Maven.

Now back to my fiendishly brilliant plan for taking over the world.


Eagle1 said...

Hey, I'm a Mastermind, too. But my secret plan for taking over the world is better than yours...

Zoe Brain said...

I'm glad you think so.

Very glad.