The Myers-Briggs test is a simple way of measuring certain personality traits. Much more info can be found here.
I am an INTJ or ISTJ.
Profile: INTJ Revision: 2.0 Date of Revision: 20 Mar 95 ============================================================================= Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging by Marina Margaret Heiss (email@example.com) To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they *don't* know. INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it *work*?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake. INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice. In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in *marketing* their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality. Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations. This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make *sense*. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness. Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Famous INTJs: Dan Akroyd, actor (_The Blues Brothers_) Susan B. Anthony, suffragist Arthur Ashe, tennis champion Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus), Emperor of Rome Jane Austen, author (_Pride and Prejudice_) William J. Bennett, "drug czar" William F. Buckley, Jr., conservative political advocate Raymond Burr, actor ("Perry Mason", "Ironsides") Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane), actor (_Fletch_) Phil Donahue, television talk show host Michael Dukakis, governor of Mass., 1988 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader Veronica Hamel, actress ("Hill Street Blues") Orel Leonard Hershiser, IV, major league baseball pitcher Peter Jennings, television newscaster Charles Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general Ivan Lendl, tennis champion C. S. Lewis, author (_The Chronicles of Narnia_) Joan Lunden, television talk show host Edwin Moses, U.S. olympian (hurdles) Martina Navratilova, tennis champion Charles Rangel, U. S. Representative, D-N.Y. Pernell Roberts, actor ("Bonanza") Maria Owens Shriver, television newscaster Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), mystery writer (_Brat Farrar_) U.S. Presidents: Chester A. Arthur Thomas Jefferson John F. Kennedy James K. Polk Woodrow Wilson Fictional: Cassius (_Julius Caesar_) Mr. Darcy (_Pride and Prejudice_) Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein's Middle Earth books) Hannibal Lecter (_Silence of the Lambs_) Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Ensign Ro ("Star Trek--the Next Generation") Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (_Hamlet_) George Smiley, John le Carre's master spy Clarice Starling (_Silence of the Lambs_)
Profile: ISTJ Revision: 1.5 Date of Revision: 7 Nov 94 ============================================================================= by Joe Butt (firstname.lastname@example.org) ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. The secretary, clerk, or business(wo)man by whom others set their clocks is likely to be an ISTJ. As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss. ISTJs are most at home with "just the *facts*, Ma'am." They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Once a new procedure has proven itself (i.e., has been shown "to work,") the ISTJ can be depended upon to carry it through (even at the expense of their own health). ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact. The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in officiation of sports events, judiciary functions, or an other situation which requires making tough calls and sticking to them. His SJ orientation draws the ISTJ into the service of established institutions. Home, social clubs, government, schools, the military, churches -- these are the bastions of the SJ. "We've always done it this way" is often reason enough for many ISTJs. Threats to time-honored traditions or established organizations (e.g., a "run" on the bank) are the undoing of SJs, and are to be fought at all costs. Famous ISTJs include: Thomas (Christ's disciple) U.S. Presidents: (most frequent type) George Washington Andrew Johnson Benjamin Harrison Calvin Coolidge Herbert Hoover + George H. W. Bush Rosalynn Carter, former U.S. first lady Paul Coverdale (U.S. Senator, R-GA) Jackie Joyner-Kersee (U.S. Olympic athlete) Evander Holyfield, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Webb (Joe Friday) Fictional ISTJs: Mr. Martin (hero of James Thurber's _Sitting in the Catbird Seat_) Eeyore (_Winnie the Pooh_) Puddleglum, the marshwiggle (_Chronicles of Narnia_) Cliff ("Cheers")