I took several online Myers Briggs tests online. The results I got were INTJ, INTP, INFP-A, and one result which said that I was intuitive but on the borderline of the other characteristics. I relate to almost all INTJ characteristics, such as being "insatiably curious" and pondering over the deeper meaning of existence, etc. Also I have several tendencies, such as to correct people even when their shade of meaning is just a bit off, typical of INTP. When I was small I used to spend a huge amount of time writing "novels", often exceeding 100 pages in length, characteristic of INFP, but simultaneously doing math for hours each day. Plus I can spend over 6 hours each day (without getting tired) improvising at the piano (self taught). What type am I?
(btw I'm 17 years old)


Ranjit (not verified) says...

Any ideas?

Sargon (not verified) says...

You are an INTP.

I am an ENTP and you provided sufficient information so it's easy for me to determine. Let me try to explain:

You've posed your question as a logical puzzle without logical mistakes (I like you already, even professors at university are usually only capable of correctly posing say 3/4 questions in their "exams", provided they are max one sentence) which in itself is a strong indication of an NTP. An NTJ could also have done this, but the question should have been way simpler and would have been soulless. A J also can't be an erudite in useless tasks such as writing novels and playing piano (no offense please, I am almost completely useless - to a J), unless trying to impress others (then it isn't useless).
Writing novels, doing math and improvising at the piano is really hard for ENTPs to do for long, but I understand you know you aren't E.

Let me try negate letter by letter:
E - novels, piano, math - nope
S - a question with elaboration and some length, "pondering over the deeper meaning of existence" - nope
F - "correct people even when their shade of meaning is just a bit off" as a tendency, logic(in case it is also a tendency, I only see one paragraph) - nope
J - hard for me to explain my reasoning here, but you can know you aren't J if you dislike externally imposed schedules and seek information rather than direction from the outer world.

If you see any faults in my reasoning or would like me to elaborate, please feel free to engage, let's get to the bottom of this.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you very much for the reply.
The first time I took the Myers Briggs test, I got INTJ and related quite well with the personality type. What is the fundamental difference between INTJ and INTP as per Jung's theory? What exactly do judging and perceiving mean in this context?

Guest (not verified) says...

P.S. Thanks for the reply. You're right that I don't like externally imposed schedules. Though I'm not clear what you mean by information vs direction from the outer world, I get your point.
I'm pretty much convinced by now that I'm an INTP.

Sargon (not verified) says...

Sorry for not getting back to you for so long.

Firstly "information vs direction from the outer world" is simplified to the point of falsehood, I hope I'll be able to explain it better now.
The fundamental difference between INTJ and INTP as per Jung's theory is that they share no "cognitive functions" in their "conscious stacks".

Definitions of cognitive functions (CF):
Ti conserves the analytic process of avoiding cognitive errors.
Te consumes those methodologies of expounding every detail needed to complete something.
Fi conserves those emotions needed to sustain personal balance and identity.
Fe consumes the emotional valence of attachment one feels from exposure to others.

Si conserves exposure to reality to only remember relevant information.
Se consumes reality to the extent that every texture is remembered.
Ni conserves insights to only those that can be drawn from within.
Ne consumes every insight one gains from the external environment.

INTP CF hierarchy:
Dominant: Ti (introverted thinking)
Auxiliary: Ne (extroverted intuition)
Tertiary: Si (introverted sensing)
Inferior: Fe (extroverted feeling)

INTJ CF hierarchy:
Dominant: Ni
Auxiliary: Te
Tertiary: Fi
Inferior: Se

You can deduce CF Hierarchy from Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in the following way (if you feel like doing math go through it, otherwise induce the system from examples I'll write down):

- the fourth tells whether the highest Extroverted function in the hierarchy (so either Dom or Aux) is Perceiving (Nx or Sx) or Judging (Tx or Fx)
- the second tells whether the highest Perceiving function in the hierarchy (so either Dom or Aux) is Sx or Nx
- the third tells the same for Judging
- the first letter tells whether the dominant CF is I or E
- the sequence in the hierarchy alternates in (I and E) and (J and P) from Dom to Aux
- from Aux to Tertiary it continues to alternate only in (I and E)
- From Ter to Inferior it alternates in both
- no CF can be repeated regardless of i and e

For example for ESTJ we see that dominant function is E, and that it is J ->
Dominant: Te
next change e to i and J to P ->
Auxiliary: Si
next i to e and opposite of S ->
Tertiary: Ne
next e to i and from P to J ->
Inferior: Fi

Another example: INFP - dominant is i, but it isn't P since the first e is P (so Aux is Ne), therefore:
Dominant: Fi
Auxiliary: Ne
Tertiary: Si
Inferior: Te

Dominant: Ne
Auxiliary: Ti
Tertiary: Fe
Inferior: Si

I believe it is important to understand that any tests you might have taken ... I'm sorry, I need to catch some sleep, hope I'll continue soon...

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