Since I'm not quite sure where to start, I'll just put down my basic thoughts and go on from there.
I have known about Socionics for a few months, and I've dabbled in it from time to time. I haven't really committed to finding out my type on my own because typing oneself relies on the accuracy of your own observations, and this adds an uncertain factor.
So, the basic question that I'm asking is: What is my type?
From here, I am presenting my evidence. I appreciate that I have put a lot of stuff down, but this is the fullest description that I can provide.
I am an unknown for all the letters. For the fourth, I have some indicators telling me that I am a P, although I definitely exhibit rational behaviour. This means that my J-P scale is not clear.
Regarding my appearance, a guest called Rick put up this link:
My comments on the pictures are this:
I have an Irrational height of nose.
I have an Irrational angle of the nose.
I have a Rational stretchability of profile.
I have an Irrational thickness of lips.
I have an Irrational area around the mouth.
I have a Rational height of chin.
I took the test on this site: http://www.cognitiveprocesses.com/as...nt/survey.html I got Ti, Te, Si, Fe, Ne, Se, Fe, Ni. Ti, Te and Si all had similar levels of developed use.
I then re-took the same test, this time with a person who is very familiar with me, and I got Si, Ti, Fi, Te, Fe, Ne, Se, Ni. Si, Ti and Fi all had very similar levels of developed use and very similar levels of synergistic use. Si, Ti, Fi, and Te all had similar levels of basic use. Fe, Ne, Se and Ni had similar levels of synergistic use.
Now, I’ll give a description of my personality here. I’m the quiet, non-judgemental type. Some would say that I’m not actually quiet, but I’m just thoughtful. Either way, I speak less than average. Visually, when I smile, I do not expose much of my teeth. When I do speak, I am to the point and no-nonsense. I am adaptable. I usually come across as stable, level-headed and unemotional. I also come across as being very thoughtful, intelligent, perceptive and considerate of others. Emotionally, I am sensitive and mature. I am also balanced, disciplined and calm, but I can be aggressive if the need arises. Concerning aggression, I am gentle outwardly but tough, or resilient internally. Due to this resilience, I handle stress well. I am the quiet achiever, the “grey man” in the respect that I don’t have a big mouth, although I keep my principles. When I say “aggressive”, I do not necessarily become angry. I am normally a gentle, patient, self-controlled person, and it is not easy to make me angry. I will only be aggressive when necessary or when provoked, but even then I believe that I would only be aggressive to restore peace and not simply for the sake of being aggressive.
I can be both independent and a team player. I play hard as well, although sometimes I view play as work and work as play, because I give both work and play my all. I have a desire to do the best, to be the best. I think that I value quality over quantity. I work slowly, precisely and pay attention to detail. I put in a lot of effort into jobs that I am given and this is habitual for me. I think that I am a bit of a prude and I am bit of a purist, because I want things to be done well and properly. Normally, I am somewhat relaxed and content, although I am worried about the consequences if I break the rules. In this sense I am quite obedient, even to those superiors who I have little respect for.
I once asked my father about how I would fit in with other cultures. I mentioned a certain culture that he described as being, “Proud, strong, individual and tough. They believe in service.” I once read that this culture’s fighting men are described as being loyal, silent and reliable. My father said that I would probably fit in well with these people.
I am meticulous. When, for example, designing and making a product, I have a tendency to go for simplistic designs which hinders me slightly. I have an independent understanding of ideas. If I do not understand a concept I will put forward my query. This means that I question more often than most people. In a certain person’s opinion, I “always try to ensure that he has understood exactly how to answer [a particular problem] … [and due to this can] occasionally become slightly fixated and unable to adapt his knowledge to the problem”. I am well-mannered, respectful, and in many ways a natural student of both athletic and the scholarly pursuits.
If one were to measure my personality on the scales of Intelligence/Wisdom, Compassion and Courage/Bravery, I would score highly on each one. I feel compassion, though I sometimes do not really show it. I also have the ability to empathise. I show mental toughness and resilience, but “bravery” carries connotations of physical bravery and I am not sure about that because I have never been in a situation requiring serious physical bravery. Generally speaking, I have a balanced personality.
When I came to think of bravery, though, I consulted with someone else who knows me thoroughly. He said that there are many kinds of bravery, such as emotional bravery, physical bravery and mental bravery. He said that I am emotionally and mentally brave, and probably physically too. I am also a stalwart – a resolute and determined man. I also do not tend to procrastinate. My advisor told me that I am honourable, upright and strong. I am therefore a good, honest person, stalwart and strong. Physically speaking, I project this by having a posture with a straight back. I can also sit still for a long time.
I am not sure about my capacity to love. I think that, with my loyalty and devotion, I would be able to love profoundly, but I cannot be sure.
Regarding intelligence, I am highly intelligent, although I am definitely not the kind of person to stay at home and be surrounded by books. I like nature, I like exercise – I want to be outdoors, challenging my physical self and much as my mental self. However, sometimes I wonder whether my “intelligence” is not actually due to brain power, but a good work ethic. I believe in hard work and keeping to the rules. I also have an academic mind, one that is logical, with a very good memory and I also work very hard. Add those together and this creates outward intelligence. However, I do not think that I like to be praised for my intelligence, although I am not sure about this.
When I am gregarious and excited, I still retain a sense of [at least exterior] calmness and I tend to remain measured. I always exhibit some sort of reserve, but I am certainly not cold and I do have a dry sense of humour. I am serious in the sense that I am thoughtful, earnest and not frivolous. I think before I act and I think before I speak. I am not too adventurous, although I am quite curious and imaginative. I make decisions based on the productivity of the project and how I will feel before, during and after the project, although I am fully prepared to suffer for a large gain. I am a bit “naffed” if I am caught unawares by something, but I usually get over this reasonably quickly.
I am usually quieter with people until I get to know them. Usually, I will only become really close friends with somebody if I deem them worthy. Of course, I would have friends that I would not deem worthy, but all of my close friends would be “deemed worthy”, if you follow me. I am somewhat disappointed and even, deep down, upset if I were to, for example, arrange a night out with a friend only for him to forget or run off with his girlfriend.
I can get along with just about anybody because I am not pushy and imposing. I am also modest, personable, mature, and I have a nice sense of humour (I am not a natural comedian). My sense of humour has been described as “dry”. I like to read and to exercise.
For me, materialism and money are not important – I prefer deep, quiet, slow and profound, and to be at one with nature and myself. I don’t try to control or restrain my emotions, mainly because when I tried that, a certain tension was created – but even without controlling my emotions I am calm and relaxed. I say “relaxed”, but I have principles which I stick to. I believe in hard work, honesty (but I’m not blunt), loyalty and compassion etc. I was once described as having a “sincere and reverent heart”. I am loyal to those above me and kind to those below me. If I am given responsibility it is against my nature to abuse it, and I take things seriously.
I am not quite sure about my way of life in respect to solitude (choosing to retreat from society). I seem to enjoy conversing yet I prefer deep, quiet, slow etc. and being at one. So I’m not certain – the idea of a quiet life devoted to the study of a certain “Way” is appealing but I’m not sure how I’d like the practice of such a lifestyle. But I do want to have a difficult lifestyle because I am aware of a saying that goes along the lines of “It is oppressive to run until one is breathless. But it is an extraordinarily good feeling when one is resting after the run. In a similar manner, one’s life should be as toilsome as possible with rest at the end.”
I have a purposeful, relaxed and steady gait. One could even call it elegant. My voice is soft and gradual, and therefore is quite pleasant to listen to. It is slightly deeper than normal, which is coupled with proper enunciation to create a voice that is firm but also nice to listen to.
Physically speaking, I’m slim. But one person remarked that my frame is “compact”, as though I had been shrunk down from adult size to a teenager’s size without a loss of weight. He did say “stocky”, but then he retracted this statement, and was unable to pin down the right word.
I am very sorry if I've overwhelmed you or been impolite in making such a massive post, but this is, in my view, necessary to find my type. I also didn't want to release this information gradually because you could take a look at the first piece of evidence, decide that I was type A, and ignore conflicting information in later pieces of evidence indicating that I am clearly type B. In other words, releasing information gradually could generate unwanted bias.
On the topic of bias, I'd like to ask you to lay aside any bias that you may have based on the idea of type demographics (such as which types are likely to be involved in personality theory). I'm on this forum because of a need, not a natural interest.
Thanks very much in advance.