Monday, July 27, 2015

Postcard from the Subtropics

Just a quick administrative note: I'm staying for a few days at my grandmother's house in Florida, where the Internet is, as usual, not working (I'm writing this in a Starbucks). I was counting on updating my blog at least a couple of times during this visit, but it looks like my next real post will be from San Francisco later this week. In the meantime, I'll have to content myself with working on my dissertation (which is what I should be doing anyway), wasting my monthly data trying to determine whether I'm actually an INTP and not an INFJ, nursing the sunburn I managed to get on my waist, reading Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, and wearing the hell out of my awesome new sunglasses:


I feel like it's 2007 and I'm updating my LiveJournal, but that's not really a bad feeling. I hope you're all having a not-too-odious Monday. <3

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  1. Picking up from my Instagram comment....I just took a MB-style test that I somehow hadn't taken before (humanmetrics.com) and got INFJ again, which I think pretty accurately describes me. I do think that, depending on the understanding and skill of the group that is doing their own version or interpretation of Meyers-Briggs, one might get somewhat conflicting results, but I've been INFJ across the board (except for that one time I got INTJ...)

    Now, if you wan to get SUPER in-depth, take a look at the Birkman Method. My employer had everyone take it last year and we got back these insanely detailed analyses. Scarily accurate, too. The idea was to have each department sit down and discuss everyone's results as a group in order to improve communication, find ways to best utilize everyone's skills and such. We still haven't gotten around to sitting down as a group yet, but I learned a lot about myself and my work style (and, most importantly, I learned how to better articulate some of these needs/stresses I have on the job.) Interesting stuff!

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    1. I've always been juuuust on the border of J and P. The first time I took an MBTI test, in college, I got INFJ; then it was INFP for a few years, and now I'm back (mostly) to INFJ. I value structure and organization, but I also feel suffocated if my plans are too concrete or my decisions can't be changed. Come to think of it, the only really pronounced letters for me are I and N. The other two seem subject to change depending on my mood or my position in life.

      Birkman Method, eh? I've never heard of that, but I'll check it out!

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    2. I just looked up Birkman to check the cost associated with it and HOLY COW, it's prohibitively expensive and I'm a little horrified at what it must have cost to have everyone at work take it. If you're curious, I'd be happy to share some of my results to give you an idea of the sorts of findings they provide.

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  2. I'm an INFJ through and through. I took the test again recently thinking maybe I'd grown since the last time, but no - still INFJ. Apparently we're the rarest type, which makes me unnecessarily proud, so I'll take it.

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida and California!

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    1. We may be the rarest type, but I swear I know more INFJs than any other type (probably a result of spending most of my time in academia, where INFJs and INTJs abound). And as someone on Instagram pointed out, INFJs certainly seem over-represented in online discussions of the MBTI! Maybe we're the type most likely to take personality tests...

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  3. The one and only time I took the MB test I got INTJ, which Google informed me is also the personality type of Gandalf, so I'm satisfied. Safe travels!

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    1. My boyfriend is an INTJ, as are many other great people in my life! I've always been drawn to NT types for some reason.

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  4. Fantastic lipstick!

    -Jennifer

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    1. Thanks! It's my favorite coral, Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin.

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