Job Title Goes Here

“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!”

8 Responses to Job Title Goes Here

  1. jamesviscosi says:

    Excellent analysis! Now if I could only figure out a way to have an actual income as a writer, I would be all set … oh well, the world needs programmers, too. 😉

  2. livingisdetail says:

    Thanks for that lavenderbay. It does make really good food for thought…and it would be great to blog / write for a living. As long as it didn’t get too solitary…then I would go a bit loopy I think.

  3. I haven’t had a chance to take the test but I will. I’d be interested to know how I fit.

    Hope you are well. (I always like your comments on my blog. So keep doing your thing.)

  4. lavenderbay says:

    Exactly, James! Did you need any stoop-and-scoop bags today?

    I go loopy when all I’m doing is researching, Livingisdetail, but the regular feedback on my writing — especially from people like you and Alyson, who walk the earth while I sleep — is just marvelous!

    I hope you check back here, Urban Thought. I’ve just realized that I had the wrong name for the personality test! You want to google Myers-Briggs, not Keirsey (which I originally spelled wrong anyway) . I edited this entry less than an hour after you left your comment.
    BTW, thanks for letting me know you’re okay with my comments. I realize that there might not be too many middle-aged QWFs among your readers, and am afraid that my comments might sound reeeeeally stoopid sometimes.

  5. Shelley says:

    I always find these personality things fascinating.

    Its funny that I’m not supposed to be a writer. I actually wrote a childrens story at 7 (in grade 3) that got sent to a publisher by my teacher. They wanted to publish it but my parents wouldn’t allow it. I wonder what ever happened to it?

    The problem they don’t mention in “health care” is that people (and animals) bleed, and die 😦 That is why I didn’t follow through on veterinary medicine, which I studied for. I knew that not only could I not handle the needles (ask the anesthesiests who have had to chase me around an operating room), but I could never put down someone’s healthy pet because they got tired of it.

    If you make a mistake in numbers, worst that happens is that someone chews you out or the auditors question it. Then you use “Creative Accounting” skills to prove the wrong number is actually right 😉

    Speaking of which…another theory of mine. James – is your wife in Finance in any capacity? Seems accountants and nerds end up together!! Me and Chris, our IT manager at work and his wife, SEVERAL couples who have adopted dogs from us 🙂

  6. lavenderbay says:

    Sorry to hear about your quashed career as an author, Shelley. My little brother wanted to learn ballet when he was 7. My mum (along with just about everyone at the time) mistook “gay” for “pedophile” and was afraid for him, and enrolled him in Scottish dancing instead. He hated it. Sigh.
    I know what you mean, too, about the right fit still being uncomfortable. My chapter says I would be good at teaching kids. I did take an education degree, but blew the internships, so I never even started the profession. I’m quite happy with one-to-one, but my classroom control skills are zilch and I hate noise. I’ll just help you out to the car with that Eukanuba kibble.
    Interesting, though, that (like me) you did try one of the strongly-recommended professions for your type.

  7. Checkers says:

    I love Fergus’ speckles on his snout! He looks like a handful!

  8. lavenderbay says:

    Hey, Checkers! Haven’t heard from you in a while. It’s a good thing dogs don’t speak, or Fergus would be at the opthalmologist’s, complaining that he see spots before his eyes.
    I love his freckles too. Hmmm… freckled snout — speckled trout — there’s a limerick in here somewhere…

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