One of my favorite things to do is take quizzes that place me in sub categories. Obviously the cream of the crop is the Myers Briggs Personality Test. If you are unsure of what that is. You answer questions and based on your answers, it will give you your 1 of 16 personality types.
The test itself scores you based on 4 categories.
Upon completion of the test, which I have included at the bottom, it will tell you people who are comparable to you and break down the strengths and weaknesses of your personality among other things.
ENTP – A – The Debater
It is no secret that I am an ENTP – A.
I am a go getter and someone who likes to lead. I organize most of the social events I attend regularly such as flag football on Sundays, fantasy football, my basketball team, wrestling parties and other things when they come up. I feel like if I don’t push play on things, no one will. I have no problem reaching out to people or making new friends. Shoot your shot. If they don’t like me, cool.
Intuition is where I fall based on the fact I look at things from all sides of the spectrum. I don’t believe life is black and white. There are too many shades of gray. There are exceptions to rules. For example, we preach how much we hate killing people, but we praise a military who’s job is to sometimes kill people. I am not saying bash the military here. It is just one of the shades of gray. Meaning one size does not fit all. Sometimes the end can justify the means.
Objectivity and truth makes subjectivity valid reasoning. I had someone text me about a column the other day in which I was talking about protests in American History and the civil rights movement allowed me to be able to sit down at the same table for lunch with my black friends. I received a text saying that it implies I am filling a quota for friends. While of course respecting the feedback, I just said there is no other way to write that sentence without changing the meaning. I’m not going to walk on eggshells because someone may take what I’m saying the wrong way. I am very careful with words as it is.
Perceivers adapt. If new information comes out to support something, I will take the new information and draw my conclusions based on it. A perfect example of this is anti-vaxxers. You have years of studies and information but you still choose to act irresponsibly toward the public. Give me the facts and I’ll base my contention on reasoning and logic off those.
The “A” stands for assertiveness versus the second option which is “T” meaning turbulent. A turbulent ENTP is someone who acts more out of emotion thus making them more susceptible to depression and moodiness.
An assertive ENTP, we take on new tasks and enjoy chasing the unknown.
Some of the more famous ENTPs are Tom Hanks, Walt Disney and Tyrion Lannister. Our ideal careers include journalism, lawyer and business ownership.
Growing up, I was told by multiple people I should be a lawyer, but fuck that noise.
Ironically enough, I did go into journalism before flopping out of that. Now I am tackling the task launching a start up. Go figure. All the things my personality said I should do. On top of that, I am writing this blog so journalism clearly hasn’t left my side.
Some of our strengths lie in our knowledge, quick thinking and charisma. All of which I believe I have in spades.
One of my good friends said it best about me, “you like to have a pulse on the zeitgeist of all your interests.” That is absolutely true. Whether it is sports, politics, wrestling or history, I try my best to be as factual as I can and steer clear of talking in generalities. I want facts to back up any takes that I have. Opinions without fact and merit are worthless. I absolutely loathe blanket statements that paint a one size fits all picture.
This allows me to have charisma in conversation because I can think quickly and reference statistics and ideas on a whim. As arrogant as it sounds, I love that I can do that. I don’t think it is because I am necessarily smarter than someone more so than it is just years of due diligence providing myself with some nonsensical information.
Of course with strengths comes weaknesses. My personality type has three core weaknesses: argumentative (literally says so in the type), insensitive and intolerant.
The only one I won’t argue against is argumentative (Lol). Because I am absolutely that through and through. 99.9% of the time I will argue for what I believe in. However, if I think someone may have the right idea, but not have the facts or merit to present it, I will challenge them just for the sake of it.
I like being able to look at all sides of the coin and argue one way or another for my own personal growth. Plus to be honest, it is absolutely a tactic that makes it easier for me to debate and argue. You can’t win an argument with someone who can poke holes in all sides. Unless you’re stupid. Because as a friend once told me, “argue with someone smarter, you’ll probably lose. Argue with someone dumber, you’ll always lose.”
As for insensitive and intolerant, my friends would tell you I am a tolerant and sensitive person when I need to be. These two terms are very broad because it depends on what we are talking about. If we are talking about illogical frames of reference or subjectivity trying to take the place of objectivity and facts, then no, I am not tolerant nor sensitive.
One of the things I pride myself on is having friends who think differently than I do when it comes to politics, religion, sports or fucking hybrid grass for all I care.
One of my best friends is a Republican, another is a Democrat (who thinks very similar to me), another is a Libertarian and one hates politics and wants nothing to do with it.
The best part is I love talking to every single one of them. In fact, I talk to all of them daily. Of course I have friends who are far right and far left and I challenge them when they make ignorant statements just like I would expect any of them to do the same to me. There is no hostility or love lost. That doesn’t mean they are bad people. It is all part of the enjoyment of the conversation.
My biggest intolerance is people who waiver on their beliefs when challenged. If you had the gonads to say it, then you should be able to stand behind it. If not, I will come ruthlessly until you prove me wrong or admit defeat.
So yes. I am debater, a master debater. Heyooooo (Nard Dog voice).
In all seriousness, I love being able to discuss abstract topics. I love being able to have a conversation with my friends about the best NBA player or the best political ideology. I love learning about heritage and religion of other cultures. I love talking about technology and the impact on society.
I just enjoy being informed on as much as I can be. There is a whole world of knowledge at our fingertips if we know how to use it. Make life count because in the end, none of us are getting out alive anyway. For me, I’d like to learn as much as I can while I am here.