Saturday, January 26, 2013

Being an INTP

I experienced a revelation about a week ago. I discovered I’m probably most like the Myers-Briggs INTP personality type.

INTPs are:

Those points describe me well, I think. I also read on one of those sites that many INTPs become journalists or editors, a factoid I’d never heard before. Funny, huh?

But it’s nice to know that all these random quirks that I thought were “just me,” simply a conglomeration of oddities, are not so randomly thrown together as I once thought.

Also, I’m glad to know there are personality descriptions that fit me better than the ones for the INFP did. I was tested and found to be an INFP at 15 years old, but have since read up on that type and was never fully comfortable with the descriptions (though many elements fit me to a T).

I also identified strongly with these INTP-related statements from a very long Myers-Briggs type assessment my cousin forwarded me:

INTP’s are not likely to have a very large circle of significant relationships in their lives. They're much more likely to have a few very close relationships, which they hold in great esteem and with great affection….

The problems that INTP’s have with regards to fitting into our world are not usually related to platonic friendships. Usually, the INTP has trouble finding and maintaining a love relationship….

Realize and accept that for you a satisfying relationship will start with the head, and move on towards the heart.

(As a sidenote: To work around some of the quirks of being an INTP, this document recommends that an INTP “pair yourself with an Extraverted Thinker (ESTJ or ENTJ) who is less likely to assume that the lack of feedback is the same thing as negative feedback.” Well, that’s solved.)

I consulted with a good friend from college, a Master’s student in psychology and three-year veteran roommate, on her opinion of this assessment. She thought that the INTP type fit me well, too.

What type are you?

Compendium of Links #37

I’m winding down a week of filling in for the associate editor, which means I’ve been at work until 11 p.m. most evenings (good thing I didn’t start till afternoon!) and am still running on that second-shift schedule. One of these days I’ll recover my mornings.

In the meantime, I hope the following links entertain, interest and invigorate you:

A friend recommended I listen to some music by Future of Forestry, a group from the Northwest that does Christian music now. It was okay, not addicting though, like Rich Mullins or Simon and Garfunkel.

12 things every author needs to know before a radio interview – actually pretty worthwhile for anyone being interviewed on radio/podcast. Pretty sure I found it via Challies.

200 years of Pride and Prejudice book design!! How fun! My favorite is the one from circa 1894, I think. I do love the peacock symbolism.

This blogger explains better than I can why I didn’t finish the book The Circle Maker when I started reading it this fall.

It’s meant to be inspiring, to awaken the dreamer in each of us. To rekindle a sleeping imagination with the embers of faith and prayer.

But this cynical heart of mine is not easily inspired anymore. I read books like this through narrowed eyes. I allow myself to become closed off by words and sentences that feel too simplistic. I am stirred to frustration rather than faith.

Show me your slideshow of Before-the-Miracle and After-the-Miracle snapshots, and my first thought is It’s not really as simple as all that. My thought is You’ve left out the mess. It’s the craft tutorial that leaves out the glue-gun burns and all the times you’ll have to pull out the stitches and start over. It’s the episode of Extreme Home Makeover that’s so inspiring but so unrealistic.

I want to know more about the “long, boring” years of praying that Batterson mentions in the book. I want to know what it feels like to walk around and around and see nothing happen.

The post should be read in its entirety, though. Go check it out.

Gene Veith asks, “how do you know when you’re an adult?” I think it’s when you commit to something major and stop blaming something external to yourself for a failure to achieve some dream.

A mathematician ponders the wonder that is the beginning of a child’s life…

Awesome in the fullest traditional meaning of the word.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Compendium of links #36

I had a fantastic week in Boston, a great couple of days with my mom’s side of the family, and then a whirlwind week at work (say that five times fast). I will do some more posts about Boston soon – but first, links to clear out of my browser! I can’t even wait until Saturday, the browser is so full.

10 excellent reasons to date a bookworm – as linked on a Facebook group I belong to.

Two-year degrees show stronger path to middle-class income – Finally, someone is acknowledging that not every career needs oodles of hours spent in a classroom! Via @PaulGlader.

A Christian blogger tells husbands to treat their family time like a part-time job – ensuring that a man will put his full effort into strengthening the marriage and building up the children. Via Challies.

So true: (on Indexed, one of my favorite online comics)

From another Christian blogger’s essay, “A Hundredfold”

…I wanted him to know that following Jesus is more than worth it, even with all it entails for gay people. And I also wanted to tell him that I had come to know this not just from studying the Bible and listening to others, but from my own personal experience.

Homosexuality is an issue I have battled with my entire Christian life. It took a long time to admit to myself, longer to admit to others, and even longer to see something of God’s good purposes through it all. There have been all sorts of ups and downs. But this battle is not devoid of blessings, as Paul discovered with his own unyielding thorn in the flesh. Struggling with sexuality has been an opportunity to experience more of God’s grace, rather than less.

The whole essay is worth a read. Not long either. (Via Challies, again.)

I really need to buy this shirt.

Try your hand at a pretty extensive collection of word puzzles (like “yyy men”).

Gene Veith blogged recently about a quote on journalism from one of my favorite historical journalists (and favorite authors, period), G.K. Chesterton:

“It is the one great weakness of journalism as a picture of our modern existence, that it must be a picture made up entirely of exceptions. We announce on flaring posters that a man has fallen off a scaffolding. We do not announce on flaring posters that a man has not fallen off a scaffolding. Yet this latter fact is fundamentally more exciting, as indicating that that moving tower of terror and mystery, a man, is still abroad upon the earth. That the man has not fallen off a scaffolding is really more sensational; and it is also some thousand times more common. But journalism cannot reasonably be expected thus to insist upon the permanent miracles. Busy editors cannot be expected to put on their posters, “Mr. Wilkinson Still Safe,” or “Mr. Jones, of Worthing, Not Dead Yet.” They cannot announce the happiness of mankind at all. They cannot describe all the forks that are not stolen, or all the marriages that are not judiciously dissolved. Hence the complex picture they give of life is of necessity fallacious; they can only represent what is unusual. However democratic they may be, they are only concerned with the minority. [from The Ball and the Cross]

Apparently there is a reason things are cute. And it all comes down to how much things resemble babies. (Via Challies, I think.)

My cousin found this set of guides on flirting and laughed her head off. She told me about them and I did the same. The Microsoft Paint-esque illustrations are my favorite part.

I must’ve had this link open for quite some time. Building a community isn’t easy. Relevant Magazine had a few tips for it – including asking how to help people, asking for help, and committing to a church, among others.

Finally, a friend of mine is weirdly excited to see the movie Warm Bodies when it comes out. Here’s why.

If the entire movie has the “voice” that makes this trailer so entertaining, I might even go see it.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Wasn’t this a perfect Christmas gift?



Not only are they eminently fitting for me, my old college roomie MADE them herself. They’re the only set in existence.

I keep telling her she should start a little craft business selling jewelry.

Friday, January 04, 2013

I own a new computer.

I bought a computer with Christmas money. And it is AWESOME. :)

Translation: It's this one, except I got it on sale. I'm very happy with it so far. (I've been playing with it since it arrived about two hours ago.)