Personal(ity) Minority

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Since I’m working on planning my future and I happened to find out that the local college is having a virtual open house, I decided to take their ‘Career Assessment’, which turns out to be a fairly standard personality test (which wasn’t really all that surprising). It came back with, as usual for the tool this particular test is based on, as INTP.

I think the notion of sixteen personality types is a bit hokey, and have serious concerns about how much stock some folks put in these tests, but I find it at least interesting to see, in a general way, how it might help or help me understand myself. I do like a post I came across for The Warning Label Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type Should Come With and I think Councillor Bill Gordon can attest to my implementation of the INTP warning label in his case. It reads:

INTP: May fact check literally everything you say and catch you in any attempt at a lie or exaggeration.

Heidi Priebe, The Warning Label Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type Should Come With

More interesting to me is that only 3-5 percent of those tested match the INTP personality, which helps explain why I often feel like ‘the odd one out’ in local gatherings and groups. There are a number of other ways in which I am unique, and in which I am in unique situations, which at times complicates life and leads to a sense of isolation as well the feeling other’s don’t understand me (and sometimes that they are disinclined to even try).

Despite all that I still find it kind of interesting to look through things like 19 INTP Careers to Avoid (and 7 to Pursue) | Psychologia which I think is pretty good generalization of where I’d fit and where I wouldn’t in terms of a career. I find it kind of ironic, however, that a personality type for which software development is a major area of interest also doesn’t fit well in a big corporate environment, given how much of the tech industry is controlled by ‘Big Tech’.

Despite my misgivings about ‘personality tests’ I think this is proving to be useful starting point.

By Daniel Dickinson

I’ve had quite an interesting (read challenging) life and managed to do some pretty good work despite all of that. On this site, however, I am mostly focused on topics that are either personal or political, rather than ‘real work’ like firmware development, web development, work history, and the various professional and hobby activities that are what far too many folks see as the only things that make a person’s life valuable or make a person’s life matter.