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Personality Types

Post by calvinist » Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:20 am

My girlfriend and I were recently reading about our personality types (we're each other's recommended types! :D ) and it gave me an idea. :idea: Since Latin and Greek are for the most part voluntary pursuits, I'm interested if the subject attracts a certain personality type (or at least similar types). Let me say that I realize the shortcomings of the Myers-Briggs system. People are infinitely complex, and no system of describing personalities could ever be perfect. That being said, I think the Myers-Briggs system does have some validity and if nothing else, it's fun and interesting!

So... I'm an INTJ according to multiple tests over the years. (I once came up as ISTJ)

Obviously, I have a hypothesis about this, which some of you may guess... but I may be completely wrong! :D

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Re: Personality Types

Post by pster » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:01 am

All my pursuits are voluntary.

If INTJ means skeptical hedonist, then I would help confirm your hypothesis.

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Re: Personality Types

Post by ferrous » Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:25 am

I'm not sure how accurate my own MBTI type is, since I always have somewhat ambiguous scores and trouble answering the questions accurately. But, I've received ISTP as a result several times now, and the description seems to fit well enough.

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Re: Personality Types

Post by Lex » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:05 am

INTJ.
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Post by SeanL » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:05 am

INFP, with a high degree of certainty. But the NF are fairly weak and I share traits w/ ST.
Hmm... Let me see...
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Re: Personality Types

Post by Markos » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:35 am

I think you are on to something, Calvinist. I am an INTJ, and most of the people I know who study Ancient Greek seem to have a similar personality type.

INTJ is the rarest type, and people who like Ancient Greek are pretty hard to find. "We few, we happy few."

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Post by jaihare » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:29 am

I'm INFP. :">

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Re: Personality Types

Post by Scribo » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:40 pm

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Post by delicious » Tue May 10, 2011 12:40 pm

I'm an INFP.

What's with all the INFP's and INTJ's? Should I be looking for love in these forums too? Cause there is definitely a high concentration of similar personality types according to M-B.

As an INFP, I should definitely share some of these feelings I'm...feeling. Let's do this.
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Re: Personality Types

Post by Quin Firefrorefiddle » Thu May 12, 2011 1:48 am

INFJ

And I know a bunch of people who have studied Greek, and many of them were INTJs- most of the rest were I's, at least. Of course, a lot of them were going into seminary.
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Post by jswilkmd » Sun May 15, 2011 12:50 pm

I'm the oddball, I guess. I'm a ESFJ, which I feel to be fairly accurate. I'm a physician (medical complications of pregnancy), medical school professor and poet and passionate about my work, a former theology school student, a former rock musician and high-school debater. I'm liberal on the political spectrum and vocal about it. Apparently Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Clinton, Dezi Arnaz and Dr. McCoy on Star Trek (the fictional character, not the actor who played him) are this personality type. I can live with that.

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Post by Markos » Sun May 15, 2011 1:47 pm

I'm liberal on the political spectrum and vocal about it.
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Re: Personality Types

Post by Quin Firefrorefiddle » Sun May 15, 2011 8:24 pm

Also, for what it's worth, I've always heard that INFJ is the rarest type. I know a lot of INTJs, universities and such are full of them. :)
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Post by jswilkmd » Mon May 16, 2011 5:11 am

Markos wrote:
I'm liberal on the political spectrum and vocal about it.
οὐδεὶς τέλειός ἐστιν. :D :D :D

Joke, joke, joke, that was a joke! :D :D :D

πως εχεις ω φιλε μου? εγω καλως εχω. τί νυν αναγνωσκεις? γραφε εμοι. χαρησομαι τῳ αντησαι προσωπον προς προσωπον.
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Re: Personality Types

Post by mingshey » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:07 am

I'm INTJ.

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Post by Ste11aeres » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:15 am

I'm INFP

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Re: Personality Types

Post by citizen » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:48 am

INFP.

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Post by Paul Derouda » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:41 pm

I'm an INTJ, like many people around here apparently... I didn't know about this test before you revived this thread. Skimming thru the wikipedia article, this Myers-Briggs classification doesn't seem to have enough validity for real (medical or other) use. Beside an amateur Hellenist, I'm a physician (no specialty yet).

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Post by Bart » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:25 am

I'm an INTJ, like many people around here apparently... I didn't know about this test before you revived this thread. Skimming thru the wikipedia article, this Myers-Briggs classification doesn't seem to have enough validity for real (medical or other) use. Beside an amateur Hellenist, I'm a physician (no specialty yet)
My advice (as a fellow INTJ and a fellow physician): keep away from orthopaedic surgery! :)
I specialised in neurology which is more in line I guess with the personality type you would expect from someone interested in ancient Greek.

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Re: Personality Types

Post by renaissancemedici » Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:43 pm

ENTP

Oh, well... :lol:
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Re: Personality Types

Post by Scribo » Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:21 pm

Lovely to have some variety!
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Re: Personality Types

Post by uberdwayne » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:36 pm

Just did the test, Here's what I got
INTJ

Introvert(22%) iNtuitive(25%) Thinking(62%) Judging(22%)

You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (22%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
You have distinctive preference of Thinking over Feeling (62%)
You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)
Looks like I'm similar to a lot in here. lol
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Post by daivid » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:54 pm

When I did the test I spent the entire time thinking the questions stupid because I could easily answer all of them either way. All my final scores ended up as 50 50 so enthusiasts for the test would say that was why it was so hard for me chose between the options.

My real objection however is that in my experience your personality does not predict what you do. What it does do is predict the rationalizations that you use to justify what you do.
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Re: Personality Types

Post by Σαῦλος » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:30 pm

ESFP
Beat that!

I would have been dumbfounded and stupefied if I fit the pattern. I don't know any Greek learners who are like me.

I've many, many times thought about the concept Calvinist brought up in this thread. Briggs is not a system I really know. But according to the four point scheme I know, there seems to be a clear pattern.

  • 1 ___ GET IT DONE ___ Directive
    2 ___ HAVE FUN _____ Persuasive
    3 ___ GET ALONG ____ Cooperative
    4 ___ GET IT RIGHT ___ Regulative

The VAST majority of people I know who study Greek are primarily Regulative (4). They are detail minded, intelligent people. They like to be exact, they fear embarrassment. If attacked they withdraw. They protect themselves from controversy by making well crafted rules. They notice the whopping mistakes and anticipate problems far ahead of others. They have a heightened sense of justice. They love a pun. They are introverted, less interested in relations, and more interested in the job -- but not in getting the job done, but in getting it right. The epitome culture of the Regulative is German. There is also a discussion board about Greek that epitomizes the Regulative temperament. On it, the lengthiest and most read comments revolve around accuracy and analysis. Many comments lack the tact, or contain the hubris, that is typical of those who put serious value on Rightness.

I believe that the grammar-translation approach to instruction is itself a filter that favors this type of personality and is, in part, responsible for more Regulative people being Greek students. If a student enjoys the analytic and precise approach of the grammar/translation method, he will survive it (and may go on to actually learn Greek). If a student is interested more in getting the job done (1), or having fun (2), or getting along (3), he will wither in a grammar-translation class.

There is a knock-on effect, as well. Those who end up as Greek instructors are most often Regulative types who are less concerned with relationships, less attuned to learners' needs, and quite content with the grammar-translation method since they respect both tradition and accuracy.

But, these are just some thoughts. I find this sort of stuff engaging, but I realize others find it downright unpleasant. I'm sorry if you who are reading this are one of those. If so, just please dismiss it all. After all, these conclusions are all based only on observation and intuition. And besides, it's all written in big purple font. What's up with that?!?
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