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Mapraputa Is
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There is such an important index as "hospital's average temperature", so why don't we calculate "typical programmer's personality"?
Here is a test (smells like Jung, but Ok...)
My profile: INFP (programming is not recommended )
So by now a world's typical programmer is an intuitively feeling bugs introvert :roll:
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Computer programmer was the first on the list for me!

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Michael Ernest
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An explanation of Map's acronym:
I - Introvert
N - Nitpicker
F - Feeler
P - Perceiver
These are the general axes of the Briggs-Meyers Personality Test. Each one of these has an opposite category intended to classify individuals along polar lines. It's always struck me as a "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" way of thinking (i.e., crude but not wholly inaccurate).
And of course, this is self-assessment; you can be what you want to be on such a test, in spite of who you are! Who on JavaRanch would think Map is an introvert?
[ January 04, 2002: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]

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Turns out I'm:
And Chief Information Officer was first on my list of compatible careers!
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Cindy Glass
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ISTJ - I also get to be a Chief Information Officer .

We actually to about a 30 question quiz at work once to split us up into these group - some sort of self awareness thing :roll: - but it was fun. And interesting to see who fell where.
[ January 04, 2002: Message edited by: Cindy Glass ]

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Paul Stevens
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ISTJ as well. Although there was 2 questions where it was more 50-50 on the lists. It was just where I weighted them.
It is interesting that Meteorologist was second on that list. I have always been fascinated by weather and Kristina Abernathy
Johnson Chong
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Good lord! I am an INFP!
Massage therapist is reccommended. Guess I will try to take up massage course.

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Matthew Phillips
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Computer software designer/developer is top career path. Musician was number 6.

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Nanhesru Ningyake
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INTJ: Introvert, Intuitive, Thinker, Judger
#1 Career: Intellectual property attorney!
[ January 04, 2002: Message edited by: Nanhesru Ningyake ]

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Guy Allard
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Looked at the site, did not take the test, so you be the judge.
I could not get past the spelling errors.
The word is 'extrovert' not 'extravert'.
P.S. And while I'm ranting about spelling, there is a big difference between 'implicit' and 'implicate' .... I have seen that abused in the forums here.
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
Who on JavaRanch would think Map is an introvert?

You confuse verbal diarrhea with extroversion
Extro/introversion is an interesting case of a self-proving term. The guy who invented it, C.G.Jung, was an introvert himself. In his initial usage this concept was highly sophisticated and highly unclear. Oversimplifying, an introvert is a person whose inner world defines (often distorts) his/her perseption of the outer world. That makes him/her difficult to be understood by others. Misunderstanding of the "introversion" term as a synonym to "unsociable" demonstrates perfectly what introversion is all about
In fact, introversion does correlate with unsociability, but there is no solid "cause-consequence" link.
One more point of interest. The test above diagnoses you as an intovert if you "have good concentration". I read about it in Keith Devlin's "The Math gene". Speaking about level 4 abstrations, he claims that essentaially they are no more difficult than other, but require significant efforts in concentration. Since concentration is easier for introverts, percent of mathematician-intoverts is unproportionally high. I believe the same theory would work for programmers- 100% of this thread participants diagnosed themselves as introverts.
(spelling was corrected according to Guy Allard )
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Michael Ernest
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A momentary hijack, brought about by Guy:
"The difference between sanguine and sanguinary is a bloody big one."
Also Map still hasn't acknowledged my legend for her INFP. Building up a resistance, are you dear? :roll:
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That would only encourage you, right? :roll:
I did notice your attempt to turn my serious scientific reasearch into a harmless joke by explaining N as Nitpicker when it should be iNtuitive but did not want to attract too much attention to your psychological atrocity.
Angela Poynton
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My results -
Life as an INFJ
(Intravert, Intuitive, Feeler, Judger)
People of this type tend to be creative, original and independent; thoughtful, warm and sensitive; global thinkers with great passion for their unique vision; cautious, deliberate and planful; organized, productive and decisive; reserved and polite.
The most important things to INFJs are their ideas, and being faithful to their vision.
Great careers for INFJs
Here are just a few popular and often satisfying careers for people whose Personality Type is INFJ:
Special education teacher
Alcohol and drug addiction counselor
Diversity manager / trainer
Speech / language pathologist
Career counselor
Director of religious education
Editor / art director

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Randall Twede
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according to this I am INTJ or ISTJ. I like INTJ better since network integrator, software developer, and webmaster were on the career list
brainbench has a similar test that I liked better. they offered it to me free by email. so im not sure if you can just go there and take it or not

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Jason Kretzer
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I have taken several of these having been a former teacher(HS chemistry). Roughly 80% say that I am INTP and the rest of the time I am INTJ. It is an interesting way to pass the time if nothing else.

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pick your personality type of test LoL ....
Ashik Uzzaman
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A typical programmer is ---
* moody
* don't c what happens around him :roll:
* confident & proud
* always count why there are only 24 hours a day
* thinks of his frnds & colleagues as object of Human
* a little bit

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Mapraputa Is
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Intermediate results:
Extravert (1)- Introvert (13)
Sensor (4)- Intuitive (10)
Thinker (10)- Feeler (4)
Judger (8)- Perceiver (6)
Typical JavaRanch programmer so far is
(Intravert, Intuitive, Thinker, Judger)

"People of this type tend to be autonomous, aloof and intellectual; imaginative, innovative, and unique; critical, analytical and logical; intellectually curious, driven to learn and increase their competence and knowledge; socially cautious and reserved; organized and definitive.
The most important thing to INTJs is their independence and being able to live according to their own standards."
Great careers for INTJs:
Intellectual property attorney
News analyst
Design engineer
Biomedical researcher
Network integration specialist
Software developer
Freelance writer...
We have a problem. Software developer mentioned only as # 5. Definitely we need more Perceivers here...
[ January 06, 2002: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]
Dave Vick
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ISTJ for me to although, like Paul mentioned, there were a couple of them where there were items in each category that would have fit for me. So I could have gone either way on a couple of them.
Axel Janssen
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... same as Dave.
60% Introvert
70% Sensor
60% Thinker
65% Perceiver
Like your explanation about introvert Map. If you write a book "Interesting things from various topics" I would buy.
Hey. Computer programmer is first in the list.
[ January 07, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Peter Lyons
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I'm supposed to be a psychologist. Dang.
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Kind of cool. But you sometimes aren't sure which side to pick, because both sides fit.
Chief Executive Officer
Network integration specialist
Management consultant
Franchise owner
Financial planner
Real estate developer
Marketing executive
Intellectual property attorney
Investment consultant / planner
Economic analyst
Chemical engineer
Educational consultant


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Here are just a few popular and often satisfying careers for people whose Personality Type is ISTJ:
Chief Information Officer
Database administrator
Healthcare administrator
Real estate broker
Construction / building inspector
Police detective
Primary care physician
Biomedical researcher
Office manager
Credit analyst
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Mapraputa Is
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
Like your explanation about introvert Map. If you write a book "Interesting things from various topics" I would buy.

Meaningless drivel is the book! It's a love novel, detective story, logical puzzles, obscure literature reminiscences and allusions, popular science... Better yet, it is not static, it is being written right now. If it's still not enough: there is no "writer-reader" dichotomy, readers are writers, writers are readers, everybody can participate and change the plot...
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I mean everybody except JR member #290 . He is handling the errata.
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