Monday, September 04, 2006

A little analysis of myself - what is it that I am looking for?

I'm a Geminian, and an INTJ.

Date of Birth & Time: June 17 1982, 4:20 PM Time Zone is AWST, Singapore, SING

On the inside:
You tend to be quiet, reserved, secretive and, at times, quite difficult to understand. Few notice your deep emotions and feelings and wonder how to draw you out. Stubborn and tough, you fight for any position you believe in. You are very resourceful and formidable when you become angered or upset about something. You enjoy living life at the cutting edge -- for you life must be experienced intensely and totally. Quite courageous, you are willing to take calculated risks. Easily hurt by others, you often strike back with bitter sarcasm. Sensitive and curious, you are concerned with the deeper mysteries of human psychology. Once you have become interested in any subject, you pursue it with total fanaticism.

You are a warm and affectionate person, and you tend to form long- lasting attachments. The reverse of this is that you can also be quite possessive once you have made a commitment. The beauty, luxury and comfort of your surroundings are important to you and you will devote much time and energy to making your home just right. Beware of your tendency toward self-indulgence, especially with respect to eating incorrectly. You also need outside stimuli to get you in gear When things come too easily for you, you can be lazy and indolent.

You love to dig deep beneath surface appearances in order to find out what is really happening. A persistent researcher, you are very interested in the psychology of any situation. You tend to become overwhelmed by the complexity of what you uncover, however, and that makes you a bit gun-shy about explaining things to others. But you must learn to try to communicate as best
you can because what you know is really very valuable to others.

On the outside:
You appear to others to have a quick, bright and agile mind, but an extremely short attention span. You appear to love the external, kaleidoscopic aspects of life, but you tend to avoid (and even fear) deep, close emotional involvements. As such, you seem to enjoy travel and sightseeing and generally being "on-the-go." You get quite listless when things around you become static and dull, but your excitement returns whenever you are stimulated by a new idea. Chatty, inquisitive and quite playful, you enjoy practical jokes and games in general. Your moods change quickly and often -- you are very restless and constantly in motion. You are known for your versatility and adaptability. Your vivaciousness enlivens any social gathering.

High-spirited and courageous, you are a fighter when your emotions are aroused. The degree of force and drive that you can bring to any effort sometimes surprises others. You have hair-trigger reactions to specific stimuli and tend to "let it all hang out." You sometimes act before you think and do things on the spur of the moment, and that sometimes gets you into trouble. Your moods change quickly -- you have quite a temper, but you don't hold grudges. Very independent, with an extremely strong and forceful personality, you are known for being impulsive, careless, reckless, foolhardy, rash and daring.

Unless you receive constant mental stimulation, you become extremely nervous and begin to act in an unstable manner. You are probably a good student because of your natural inquisitiveness. You also love to travel. Your learning tends to be superficial, though, because you have a relatively short attention span. Try to develop the mental discipline to finish what you start.

This is what is stated in general for Geminians:
Gemini (the twins) is a very complex and confusing sign. To some people you can seem like a
wonderful friend, while to others you will seem two-faced and sneaky. You will act like a child for most of your life. That includes both the good and bad characteristics of children. You are happy and energetic when things go right for you. However, when things go wrong, you can be passive-aggressive and very mean.

You find decisions hard to make, since you can never stay with the one that you originally choose. You tend to fight loosing battles for something that you call a "moral" cause (even though you know it isn't).

One quality (you decide whether it's good or bad) you have is the ability to lie and appear that you are telling the complete truth. You prefer to use someone else's solution to a problem than thinking of your own. Many of Gemini's poorer traits are due to your lack of self-esteem. It is very tough to get your attention. You will be thinking about many things at a time and you can't concentrate on any particular thing at one time. You may be praising somebody but at the same time you will be thinking against him(her).

But the most intelligent people on the earth are Geminians.

Romantic behavior:
The uncertainty of the Gemini temperament does not favor lasting affairs and is the cause of much friction in their love life. You are little swayed by passion, and the only way to retain your fidelity is to meet your varying moods constantly in a fair and unsuspecting manner. You prefer
light relationships to more lasting ones.

Good career choices: Debater/Diplomat (I like to play both), Preacher/Cult leader (I like to be manipulative too), Teacher/Professor (I do enjoy imparting knowledge now and then), Writer/Journalist/Lawyer (Yes, I am Agent Provocateur, and I like twisting the meaning of words and the truth.).

As an INTJ, this is what is stated:

INTJs are innovative, analytical types of people who work diligently to achieve their goals. Competence is an important issue for INTJs. They have a need to feel they are able to do everything very well and to appear competent to others.

INTJs’ particular intellectual style comes from the interaction of their preferences for intuition and thinking. They are usually gifted at seeing the big picture. They often talk about "mapping" things out in their head and seeing how things fit together. This makes them naturally drawn to systems-thinking or any type of analysis which requires facility with connection, abstraction and complexity. They are able to use these skills in the kind of careers which often attract them – architecture, law and management. Many scientists and engineers have a preference for INTJ. INTJs are often attracted to creative tasks and many writers have a preference for INTJ.

INTJs often appear to others first and foremost as thinking types. This is because thinking in all its forms – from critiquing to prioritizing – is what INTJs most readily do when engaged with others. But, at heart, they are primarily ideas people. When they spend time reflecting, INTJs find connections, operate on hunches, theorize and cultivate their vision. Unlike their outer life which is usually their fairly structured and controlled, inner life can sometimes seem a pretty chaotic maelstrom of possibilities and ideas.

Of all the types, INTJs are most motivated by "vision". They have a great need to come up with a unifying idea of a future, improved state which it is then their job to realize. This inner vision can be so strong and individual for INTJs that they are often reckoned to be the most independent-minded of all the types. In other words, they will sometimes cling stubbornly to what they "know" to be true and they will refuse to listen to others.

INTJs have a great need to be purposeful. They must be continually achieving, moving towards their vision or improving their mastery or competence in some way. Time is truly "of the essence" for INTJs.

This often means that INTJs come across to others as potentially impatient and time-pressured. Of all the introvert types, INTJs regularly communicate in ways which can make them appear like extraverts rather than introverts. For example, they tend to speak quickly and forcefully, putting a great deal of energy into their communications.

Their true introverted nature, however, can be seen in their need for privacy. To feel sane, INTJs must spend quality time alone. This may mean time for solitary pursuits or it may mean time for reading and writing. Like all NT types, they dislike social chitchat. If they are going to expend energy in conversation they usually want it to be to some purpose. This means that INTJs can be difficult to get to know well.

As TJs they find it easy to keep their focus on being organized but, like all NJ types, their lack of attention to practical detail can mean their organization falls apart slightly at the seams. They could misread their diary, for example, or pick up the wrong documents. However, of all the N types, INTJs can sometimes be very good on detail if it is related in some way to the attainment of their bigger goal or if they feel their competence may be at stake. Proofreading documents is a case in point. In these instances, they will go all out to ensure there are no mistakes.

Research on type preferences in the UK suggests that only 1.4% of the population have a preference for INTJ, making it the least common type. It is not surprising, then, that most INTJs say that they are aware of being "different" from most of the people they meet. Relationships, other than family and a few close personal friends, don’t usually matter greatly to INTJs yet they are often conscious of wanting to serve people in some way. Indeed many an INTJ’s vision is ultimately designed to make the world a better place to live in.

But relationships with others can present a difficulty for INTJs. They know they cannot achieve their vision alone and they can drive others towards the same exacting standards of competence and commitment that they use for themselves. If this happens when they are in a management position, they can often appear like taskmasters. This can cause resentment, particularly if the INTJ has not learned to openly appreciate others and thank them for their efforts. Female INTJs often learn this lesson more readily than male INTJs. Ultimately, it is important for INTJs to keep their intuition within useful bounds. They must come to see that their inner vision is not always right. It can be overly abstract and impractical and not take adequate account of human feelings, frailties and values. They can become more effective if they learn to use their own thinking skills to examine their vision and to solicit and pay attention to other people’s views.

Work/Team Strengths
• Having a strong vision for what the organization could be like
• Coming up with new ways of looking at problems
• Finding logical flaws in other people’s thinking
• Seeing the big picture and changing trends
• Having the courage of their convictions and not being side tracked easily

Needs at Work
• The opportunity to have a "vision"
• To feel challenged and display their mastery
• Privacy and time for reflection
• May need encouragement to consider others’ views more

Potential Problem Areas
• Coming up with an impractical vision or ideas
• Refusing to listen to others’ views
• Alienating others by not taking adequate account of their feelings and needs
• Being so critical and confident of their opinions and goals that other types feel intimidated or driven
• Being unaware of the impact they are having on others

Areas for Action
• Considering and then taking account of people issues in their decision-making
• Deliberately consulting other types and considering their opinions before making decisions
• Learning to thank and appreciate others for their efforts
• Asking others for feedback

Popular Occupations for INTJs

Technology
Scientist/scientific researcher
Environmental planner
Biomedical researcher/engineer
Operations research analyst
Webmaster
Business analyst
• Pharmaceutical researcher

Business/Finance
• Financial planner
• Investment banker
• International banker
• Credit analyst
• Financial analyst
• Strategic planner

Professional
• Attorney: administrative/litigator
• Management consultant
• Strategic planner
• Investment/business analyst
• Engineer
• Intellectual properties attorney

Education
• Teacher: university, computer, science, math
• Biomedical engineer
• Pharmaceutical researcher
• Biomedical researcher

Creative
• Writer/editorial writer
• Inventor
• Freelance media planner
• Columnist, critic, and commentator

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