INTJ-A

So everybody is Myers-Briggsing these days, and I decided to try it out, too. Turns out I’m in the same category as Elon Musk and a bunch of really distasteful politicians, so thank you very much for that. But the description of me they gave me is very flattering:

It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, Architects know this all too well. Architects form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the Architect personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

I definitely like being rare. But I’m afraid the test tells everybody they are rare. Hey, did anybody take the test and was told they are not rare? I’m just curious.

It’s a nice test, though. See this part about me:

Architects are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict. But this is because Architect personalities tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people

are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results.”

That’s totally me. And Elon Musk.

And sorry for long quotes but this one is very good:

Architects radiate self-confidence and an aura of mystery, and their insightful observations, original ideas and formidable logic enable them to push change through with sheer willpower and force of personality. At times it will seem that Architects are bent on deconstructing and rebuilding every idea and system they come into contact with, employing a sense of perfectionism and even morality to this work. Anyone who doesn’t have the talent to keep up with Architects’ processes, or worse yet, doesn’t see the point of them, is likely to immediately and permanently lose their respect.

I wouldn’t say I radiate the aura of mystery, although I’d surely love to. But the rest is true, and we all know it. Especially my new buddy Elon.

The test also says Elon and I are arrogant, judgmental and clueless. I don’t know about Elon but it’s definitely true about me. I perceive these adjectives as compliments, so that tells us something.

Here is the link to the test.

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The Mystery of Mysteries

Does anybody know why all new book releases in the mystery genre happen in February and August? It’s clear why most important episodes in a TV show air in February. But what is it with books? It’s so annoying to have nothing to read all year and then to get inundated with half a dozen 400-page mysteries in one week.

P.S. The ones I read are not really mysteries. It’s the police procedural genre.

Gender Differences

A very young teacher assistant at Klara’s school last week: “Look at how quiet they are! It’s because they are all girls. I know it’s not fashionable to say any more but these differences exist.”

Me: “Erm. . . This one here is Leo. This is Luke, and this one is Max. The other four are, indeed, girls.”

The kids this age are so unaware of gender that I can’t convince Klara that the father of her friend Kara is a father and not a mother. The fellow has long, thick hair, so she’s convinced that means he’s a mommy. The fact that he also has a handlebar mustache is not making a difference to her.

People who say that their child “identified as” male or female at 18 months are crazy.