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INTJ and creativity


Over the holidays, I finally get to work on my ToDo list regarding this blog. This list includes every topic I want to address, and creativity has been on it for a long time. So this is also an answer to INTJunicorn. Although I am not a professional artist, I put my nose into some art forms and at least got ridiculously underpaid Euros for it. And yes, the question is whether as a highly organized, "emotionless" INTJ can do anything with art at all is worth a look.

But we start at the very beginning. There are two artistic subjects at school here: art and music. Art just means painting with watercolors, and I was not so good at that. Although I took the ninth place in a children's painting competition and my shot at etching (bird's nest in the tree) was at least good enough to be hung public with the other best pictures in the class (and unfortunately never returned). In hindsight everything was rather modest, since my imagination could never quite keep up with my painting technique. I had already considered showing these art works here, but then the stereotypical INTJ perfectionism won again: we only go public with something if we know it's good. For the outsider, it may seem like we are awesome with everything we do, in fact, we only hide what questions that image.

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Permanent Input

Sure, INTJ are not known as social contemporaries and Christmas is the time for social gathering. Fortunately, I have the gift of a strong sense of self-awareness and could recognize some amazing details this year. I have a little nephew who is turning two now. This one is - like most biennials - not to keep quiet in his chair, but runs around in the apartment, touches everything (especially everything that looks like a car) and woe, you take it away, then the crying begins. As a result, he is allowed to do it all. Sure, two-year-olds are in the middle of getting to know and interacting with their surroundings.

What struck me now is that I feel the same way, but in contrast I am not allowed to do that, it is expected socially that i just have to sit quietly in my chair and listen to the chatter of the adults. Evilly formulated. INTJs are not different in that respect from two-year-olds: we too need a permanent mental stimulus, and conversation about topics that are not interesting in our eyes simply does not count.

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As an INTJ I do not belong to the personalities with a percieving function, unlike an INTP. Here, however, the model also reaches its limits if I am to classify my self-observation here. The functions of INTJ are Introverted Intuition, Extroverted Thinking, Introverted Feeling and Extroverted Sensing. This also makes sense so far, since the two extroverted functions represent my productivity outwardly well, both abstractly and tangibly. According to MBTI, percievers are personalities that have Introverted Feeling or Thinking as one of the first two functions, and are thus particularly responsive to environmental influences, unlike Ni or Si, which has to do with information processing. Of course, that's true in the first place, and what happens around me usually leaves me cold.

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INTPMom - Nachtrag

There is an addendum to the article: "INTPMom": My mother is INFP and unfortunately can not speak English, so I have given her the article to read in the German translation. Her opinion was that this is terribly lonely and invented the very nice comparison that INTP / INTJ are lonely castles. Right. In that case, you can go one step further, that either INTx lives alone in the castle - which is not bad at all - or if you find a soul-related INTx, then it is just two, but just as lonely in relation to the world. I had to make it clear to her, that's just how it is, and we do not mind. Well, I would prefer the state of "lonely together" to "lonely alone" and have spun the comparison a little further: The problem is then that the lonely castles also hide and want to be untraceable. I seem to be an exception because I've been hired a barker for a long time (means online dating, blogs ...), unfortunately, but still no one finds me. On the other hand, looking for INTx in the dating portals is fruitless. That, however, is really not logical: Of course, online is pretty frustrating, but better that than nothing and the latter makes really sure that you will not be found. So far, nothing better has occurred to me with better chance of success. It does not work on the street anyway and I can not change my job every few months just to meet other people.

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Typisierung: Hermione Granger

This article is a good example of the merciless INTJ objectivism. Actually, I wanted to prove here that Hermione Granger is an INTJ, despite different opinions in various forums. Then I read again volumes 6 and 7 and had to revise my opinion. What distinguishes an INTJ from many other types is that opinions are (almost) based solely on facts, and if the facts just do not support the opinion anymore, you have to change it, it is that easy.

So what personality type does Hermione Granger from Harry Potter have? There are essentially two opinions: INTJ and ISTJ, but INTP and ESFJ have also been mentioned. After skimming through the last two volumes, I first noticed that the books are almost exclusively about Harry, Ron and Hermione are really little more than sidekicks and do not have much text. What you can say: She is clearly introverted: she draws her power from within (there is this scene where she sits alone in a classroom with the little birds around her). Apart from Harry and Ron, she does not have any friends, and these only because they met each other on the very first ride on the Hogwarts Express.

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True words ... from intpmom

I'm always rummaging through the web for interesting blogs - from and with INTx. So I came across The blogger is INTP and has given up her scientific career in favor of two children. Again, it is a good read in a congenial style.

Especially worth reading were these four articles:

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Nobody let me help

This headline is not quite right, but right for the things that I would really like to improve, to contribute to. I now have quite a handful of repositories at GitHub and Sourceforge where my suggestions for improvement have simply been rejected. Why is that exactly? I have no idea. Either other people do not see the need for improvement, or they do not like the way I made the improvements or ...?

Actually, it is very prevalent in the software field, if not part of the principle, that several volunteers work together. In principle ... Let's take Mach3. This is a home-use CNC software, and a lot of hobbyists are using it to remodel their own machines (and it's not freeware). If you want to cut threads on the lathe

Mach3-cut thread M8

Mach3-cut thread M8

then you can not determine the machine code directly and the included tool was ... let's say very rudimentary.

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Blöder Perfektionismus

I don't know if I it's possible that i have the worst possible combination of personality traits: The analytic-logical side of the INTJ combined with the perseverance of the perfectionist (Enneagram 1). Worst in the sense of: No one else is that freaky. Anyway, that's how it feels in these days. Example 1: This photo

My Prusa I3 Mk2

My Prusa I3 Mk2 with modifications, shot with three flashes

As with many other things that I do, this photo also has two purposes, which is simply more efficient: on the one hand the photo as such, on the other hand the pictured 3D printer. I wanted to discuss the latter for the same reason and I saw the potential for a good photo, then I wanted to make one. Click once with the phone would have taken 5 seconds. This photo about 4 hours.

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INTJs - similiarities across borders

The discussion about the reliablility of MBTI is constantly flaming up again and again. An INTJ-Youtuber Youtube Channel: INTJ lost it completely (untypical for an INTJ), erased everything, and claims now that all this is nonsense. On the other hand, I had an experience that, on the contrary, is a very strong argument for people with the same MBTI type being very similar. I came across this blog: and although the blogger - Geomeun Goyangi - is a woman from a very different culture - somewhere in Asia - the content could easily be mine, even the writing style - with a penchant for side notes - is similar. This means nothing else than that the thought structures for a type are the same regardless of the environment.

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The death of the cat

Basically, I'm not a friend of procrastination - with one exception: Schroedinger's cat. In situations where there is a good chance of killing the cat when lifting the lid, I like to postpone it. I've been stalling a real intelligence test for several years now. On the one hand, the results from self-test books and Internet tests suggested that it would have to be enough for giftedness (> 130), but then you never know. But because Mensa seemed to me to be the last chance to get in contact with like-minded people, there was no other option left as to take the test. Now it was quite short-term and there was a big catastrophe in the company and two 80-hour weeks without a weekend in a row are not exactly the ideal test preparation. For the test itself, the organization was a mess and a hallway with improvised tables is not exactly the ideal environment. In short, the result (126) killed the cat quite spectacularly.

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Introverted Intuition Part 2

This is a spontaneous short article: The functions were the part of the MBTI where I was most skeptical. Since the Big Five and therefore the four personality factors of the Jungian model (plus neuroticism) are now anchored in official science, the functions are still controversial. On the other hand, I just realized again that Introverted Intuition really has to exist. If I build something, I have either a flash of insight and, so to speak, design something on the beer coaster which "only" has to be implemented. On the other hand, I was improving something and had only a vague idea how - and then I unconsciously forward slowly in small steps, with many pauses and waiting for the ideas. This is completely untypical to other craftsmen whose motto is "screwing first, then think" and they are oftentimes much faster. But in the case of something that can not be easily reversed (holes are drilled much more quickly than closed) and with the requirement of a new, better solution, you have simply to give intuition time to act, since this takes place in the subconscious. I was already in the situation having to explain a customer why I idle for a time while the wage ticks, but it is good invested if you know afterwards exactly which steps are the best and what is the optimal tool for these steps. I just can not stand making a quick botch.

Sapiosexual ... or something like that

I am writing this blog partly because INTJs are more or less confronted with the same problems when it comes to interacting with the world. Since I regularly test as a hardcore-INTJ with values ​​above the 80% and also have the curse of giftedness, I'm like a freak among the freaks. Its most painful and obvious when it comes to dating, where I - surprise - so far had no success. Personalityhacker speak about INTJs in their Podcast and have very interesting insights, which for me as archetype are right on the spot. Among other things they bring up the idea of an exoskeleton which the INTJ develops to protect its inner self and which renews itself with every molt. The last one improved me very much in the field of self-awareness, and so it is foreseeable that a relationship leads to an enormous boost in personality development, even more because that has been overdue for many years.

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Why is no one able to do things right?

For an INTJ finding the right career path is no easy task. With the inborn lack of respect for the authorities - they have to gain that respect - aiming for promotion is difficult because usually said authorities decide about these promotions. That is why the normal employment is usually not the way to success. In the same way, today's professional world is so specialized that every single job in general has only very little variety - and gets boring over time for the ever-learning INTJ.

In this respect, my personality and my skills are very much suited to being my own boss in a small company and thus enjoying maximum variety and freedom. The price is the responsibility which you have to bear. What annoys me as enneagram 5-1 most is the fact that many things you delegate - you can not do everything by yourself - the returning results don't match what you expect from yourself in that situation. And if the others make that crap, they don't even stand for it and do everything to correct their mistakes. The consequence is that I am in such times almost only on crisis management. Like a crime scene cleaner i remove the manure of other people and then do the originally delegated task myself to get the desired result.

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