“What will you be when you grow up?” “Puzzled.”
Bla bla blibbity-bla bla.
Sometimes my comments on others’ blogs, or responses to comments on my own, just run on and on! Then I wonder why I haven’t gotten around to writing the daily blog entry yet. Let alone getting supper started.
So today, I’ve cut and pasted into this entry most of what I originally put in my response to the first three comments on “Would You Like Kitty Treats With That?”, and filled in around the edges.
For a no-fuss recap, yesterday’s blog entry briefly discussed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, revealed that my Personality Type is INFP, and listed a career-research book’s desiderata (10 things) for an INFP’s career satisfaction. I then concluded, “No wonder I love blogging.”
I. Techily-inclined fiction writer James Viscosi commented that he seemed to remember being classified as an INTJ. The INTJ chapter suggests, under the heading “technology”, no fewer than 25 job titles. Scanning the other categories, we learn that Jim could also be an anthropologist, a psychologist, a pathologist, a criminalist and ballistics expert, a coroner, a news analyst, an aerospace engineer, a pilot, or — hey — even a writer, artist, or graphic designer. With all these professions presented as tempting choices for an INTJ, James’s preferred genres of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and the like all make sense. I mean, like, he’d enjoy researching that kinda stuff, eh?
II. Livingisdetail described as “uncanny” the way in which the list of INFP job-satisfaction criteria fits the pastime of blogging. Here’s a bit more information, Livingisdetail.
For each Personality Type, this book gives several career-grouping categories in order of priority (i.e. from most tempting to least so), with a similarly prioritized list of careers under each category heading. No Personality Type has exactly the same set of categories, and a category can contain anywhere from five to a couple dozen careers.
Of the 16 personality types, this book suggests “writer” or “journalist” for seven of them. Of those seven, INFP and ENFP have “Creative” as their first career-group heading. Of these two, INFP has “writer” as second on the list (“artist” is the very first) , and ENFP has “journalist” as first on the list. (E.g. is an ENFP, and yes, she has been a journalist, her favourite assignments being local arts reports. ) Looked at in this way, INFP and ENFP are the strongest “writerly” Personality Types, so no wonder the INFP career satisfaction criteria sound so familiar to all of us blogging addicts.
III. Shelley, whose blog entry of June 29th got me thinking about the Myers-Briggs test, noted that she, James, and I — all, in her words, “prolific bloggers” — are also all Introverts. Introverts as writers makes sense to me too, Shelley: writing requires solitude! And the book agrees with you, in that there are more Introverts (four) than Extroverts (three) in the “writers” camp.
However, the 16 Personality Types involve eight Introverts and eight Extroverts, not four Introverts and twelve Extroverts. Is there some other split separating the writers from the non-writers?
Well — yes, and you’re not gonna like it, Shelley. The book fails to suggest “writer” for one of the Ns (ENTJ) and all eight of the Ss.
I’m not sure why the book votes the Sensors off the island. But I must state, in fairness, that each chapter carries the same disclaimer:
“It is important to note that there are successful people of all types in all occupations.”
And let’s think of it this way:
For ISFJ, Shelley’s Personality Type, the first heading is “health care”, with a whopping 32 career possibilities, and the second is “social service/education”, with 27. There is also a “business/service” rubric, and a “creative/technical” one. So, as a creative, nurturing/educating type with keyboarding skills, why wouldn’t you be active in the blogosphere? And you are, bragging about your dogs, relating the joys and hardships of being a Cardi breeder, presenting excellent advice on how to tape recalcitrant puppy ears, and giving buck-up talks to first-timers (like me) when the taping doesn’t work. There’s lots of scope for writing in your life, Shelley.
“And when I do this, I can pick up Winnipeg!”