Thursday, January 12, 2012

MBTI: Intellectuals

The third personality group according to MBTI comprises a mere 10% of the population...

Here are the four Intellectual personality types (with fictional examples). Song of Scarabaeus has just the one intellectual and she's not happy.

ENTJ - The Chief (2%)
The Chief (also called the Strategist-Mobilizer), is the most ambitious of the types, a disciplined, independent workaholic who's great in business and makes the most money. He's direct, eloquent, and loves to debate. His self-confidence, vision, love of strategizing, and ability to direct people toward shared goals make him the best leader. He's decisive, analytical, efficient, and quickly sees illogical or inefficient procedures, developing and implementing systems to solve problems. He enjoys expanding his knowledge and lives in a world of ideas. He has little patience for laziness or incompetence. He's likely to be atheistic, and copes well with stress.

Socially, he's not the warm and fuzzy type. He's interested in others' knowledge and expounds his own ideas - forcefully! He's determined to provide comfortably for his family. He seeks autonomous, productive relationships and although career-oriented, he puts a lot of effort into a relationship, once committed to it.

He may become narcissistic, meaning that he feels superior, exaggerates his abilities, expects constant praise, and ignores other people's feelings.

This type makes for a great villain - in fact, from Voldemort to Eric Cartman, it's hard to find fictional examples who are not villains. Natesa from Song of Scarabaeus is a Chief. She has a vision that she'll stop at nothing to achieve, and she expects everyone else to appreciate her brilliance.

Example of Chief: Geordi from Star Trek The Next Generation

ENTP - The Originator (3%)
On the face of it, the Originator (or Explorer-Inventor) with the most positive traits - the most creative, most spontaneously clever type. He's innovative, flexible, enthusiastic and resourceful in solving challenging problems. He generates endless possibilities and analyzes them strategically. He seldom does the same thing the same way and turns to one interest after another. He values fairness and consistency, and makes a great coach. He may take risks with money, and he can be argumentative. These are the inventors and entrepreneurs of the world, as well as the lawyers, systems analysts, and engineers.

Socially he's charming, funny, popular and laid back. He appreciates beauty and honesty and is good at reading other people. He loves to share ideas. As a partner, he's helpful and supportive, harboring intense feelings he's unable to communicate.

On the negative side, he's prone to rebelliousness and ADD, which makes him go off on tangents and become outwardly unfocused. Like his more decisive and disciplined counterpart above, he may also become narcissistic.

I think this personality type makes for a great hero or villain, epitomized in both cases by Dr Gregory House.

Example of Originator: House

INTJ - The Strategist (2%)
The Strategist (or Conceptualizer-Director) is the scientist, business manager or military leader who sees life as a giant chessboard. The most academic, she has great drive for implementing ideas. She's a perfectionist who also expects high standards from others, and needs creativity, independence and variety in her work. Everything has room for improvement - she quickly sees patterns and figures out the reasons behind events. She's liable to disregard rules and proper procedures. She's skeptical, analytical and objective.

Socially, she's thick-skinned and her serious intensity may be mistaken for aloofness. She's private, independent, self-confident and atheistic. She's on a constant quest for self-improvement and a voracious reader. She shuns small talk, preferring deep conversations, and she honors commitments in relationships. She's not affectionate unless she feels safe, and may not know how she affects others. At the extreme, she can be schizotypical, which is a personality disorder involving magical thinking and finding hidden symbolic messages. She may also become paranoid or schizoid (the latter makes her indifferent and unable to pick up social cues, similar to Asperger's).

Someone who's questing for self-improvement isn't necessarily a good genre hero because they're supposed to grow as a result of their adventures, not because they sought to grow. Ellen Ripley digs deep into her nerd-self to pull off the reluctant action hero. This type actually makes a badass villain, too – the secretive superscientist who wants to put right the wrongs of the world but goes too far.

Example of Strategist: Ripley from Alien/Aliens

INTP - The Engineer (3%)
The Engineer (or Designer-Theorizer) is the detached philosopher, the most logical of the types, and probably works as a scientist, mathematician, strategic planner, systems analyst, technical writer or engineer. He loves problem solving and is an ingenious thinker, focusing with intense concentration on the issue that interests him. He appears thoughtful and detached, imaginative and adaptable. He's skeptical and quite atheistic, and prizes intellectual honesty.

On the social scene he's quiet and easygoing, observing others to understand abstract principles about behavior. Relationships are not a priority because of his intellectual pursuits and acute autonomy. He is supportive and willing to sacrifice in a relationship with someone who respects his independence. If his partner is dissatisfied with the relationship, he's the least likely type to be aware of it.

He's impatient with sloppy thinking and may develop a paranoid personality disorder, leading to distrust of others. He's also prone to being schizoid (indifference and unable to pick up social cues).

Probably best as a sidekick, not a main character. It's hard to sympathize with someone who doesn't sympathize with anyone.

Example of Engineer: Spock from Star Trek


MCPlanck said...

Apparently I'm the Originator?

Could explain why I use quotes from Dr. House in my sig lines... :D

Sara Creasy said...

No, you are the Chief. You are J, like me. "Change is bad", remember?


Sam_Wiser said...

So your husband is a stereotypical villain. Did you base Natesa off of him? :)

Some more non-villain ENTJ's I found listed on the web: Jeff Winger from Community and Barney from How I Met Your Mother. Well I guess both of them are a bit villainous after all.