According to a number of personality tests, I'm an INTP ("Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiver"). This personality type makes up less than one percent of the population, and according to all the people I know, I'm unusual.
One of the key things about me is that I have a very high insistence on basing decisions on facts and logic. In a number of ways, Spock from Star Trek is my role model. Unlike him, though, I don't seek to eliminate emotion entirely, just to base my decisions on more concrete things.
In discussions, I almost never side with the "accepted" view, either because I disagree with it, which is often the case, or because I want to stimulate the discussion. My technical decisions are always based on deep scientific or philosophical principles, which can sometimes clash with the normal office politics.
I have a deep "silly streak", but it can sometimes be hard to tell when I'm just goofing around or trying to make a point. This tends to frustrate a number of people, because they feel I "don't take things seriously". This is not the case. While I tell a joke, the literal portion of my brain is constantly trying to make sense out of it.
I have a hard time in social situations. The small talk and social pleasantries usually don't make much sense to me, and I keep trying to synthesize them into a logical system. If the environment feels at least somewhat "safe", though, I can become very firm in trying to make my point.
Relationships with people are difficult for me, because I have a very high threshold until I will trust someone. Once I feel I know a person, though, I tend to be completely open with them, trying to communicate my personality in a way that someone, at least, will understand. This intensity almost frightens some, but it should be taken as a compliment, because it means that person have earned my trust in a way very significant to me. If that trust is broken, it is hard for me to make sense of it afterward.
I'm viewed by many people as "intelligent", and I'm good at figuring out elegant solutions to seemingly complex problems. I can figure out in minutes what it may take others weeks to understand, but I often have problems with my attention span, preferring to move along once I understand something.
I have a unique personality, but if you get to know me, it will be a very rewarding experience.
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Last modified: Mon Apr 17 19:13:59 MDT 2000