Colin McEnroe Show: How Do We Measure Personality?

Are you an ISFP? An ESTJ? Curious about what these anagrams mean?

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Personality expert Paul Tieger
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Colin McEnroe Show 05-13-2010
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Colin McEnroe Show 05-13-2010

I'm not sure I've ever made any concrete use of it, but I've known my own Meyers-Briggs personality type for many years, courtesy of today's guest Paul Tieger.

Paul assured me that not only am I an INTP - Introverted / Intuitive / Thinking / Perceiving - but that I am the mold from which other INTPs are stamped out. 
 
Which is what I believed until Patrik Skahill became my producer. Patrick may represent some new gene-spliced interference-resistance INTP hybrid. 
 
Listen to this description: INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They see everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. They live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to analyze difficult problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations.
 
That's pretty much Patrick's Craiglist ad. 
 
What's your personality type? Is personality something you're born with or something you can develop? Join the conversation. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

  

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INTJ vs. INTP

I'm an INTJ and what you say about INTP is true. But I have seen that INTP's are often less concerned with implementing the things they imagine. INTJ's are often more focused on application.

Huh.

You know, I've been told many times that I'm a total INTP. When I took the test, that's what I got. But I've decided this is incorrect - I'm much more an INTJ. Maybe people were just trying to be nice... "judging," as a personality trait, has negative connotations, I suppose.

Listener E-mail from Jill

The mbti was a huge help for me and I got my friends to take the test as well. Now we speak in abbreviations :"He's just SOOO "j"! or her in-laws are so SJ. I guess you can figure that we are most Ps…… Do we change over time? Do we tend to be more middle of the scale as we get older? Having taken a few versions of the mbti, I can see what the question is trying to get at for type and find myself overthinking my answer. How do you get past this?

INFP in Meriden

Listener E-mail from Ann

I think I have noticed a relationship between Myers Briggs and birth order. What do you think?