Friday, November 21, 2008

The Thinkers

In keeping with our day's theme of piffle, witness the amazing Typelyzer (via Abu Muquwama.)

You merely type in the address of your blog, and the Typelyzer's algorithm divines the sort of person who wrote it. Your humble Ranger bloggers earned the label, The Thinkers. Us and Rodin. Here's what they say:

INTP - The Thinkers

The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

If you go to their site, you also get to see a nifty visual which shows from what parts of our brain we are working. To test it, we also took a blog from the top and bottom of our list: Alternate Brain earned the title, "Mechanics" (Yea -- they are!), and poet Mad Celt earned the title of sensitive artist. So the 3-second assessment seems spot-on.

We have to say, this is us. We make linkages (sometimes wild) and we sometimes offend, though we never mean to. Blame it on a temporary lack of politesse. We're thinking about things, you see.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ranger, this is a crude pop application of the venerable Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Although it's my sense that this type of application is really kind of BS, from what I know of you, I'd tend to agree with the outcome in your case. Your INTP rating is an acronym, standing for Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving. Describes you to a "tee," I'd say.

INTP: Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

Military officers are often INTJ (the "J" is judgmental): Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.

BTW, I am an ENTP: Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.

Bill Clinton is an ENTP. I’d bet Obama is an INTP. I’d also bet George Bush is an ISFJ: Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

See, any personality type can excel and even become president.

Friday, November 21, 2008 at 5:56:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

they said i was a "mechanic." if they are talking about it in the charles bronson movie sense i guess OK.

they must not have delved too deeply into the gun posts.

is there one for "large calibre hair trigger?"

Friday, November 21, 2008 at 7:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I think that would be an STSF, with the emphasis on spiritual feeler, in tune with the rhythm and harmony of the universe (!)


So you and Bill, like that, are you?!

Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

last time i myers-brigged it i was INTJ.

Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 1:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Publius says that is your typical military officer-type.

"INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. They value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, and typically have high standards in these regards, which they continuously strive to fulfill."

I am an INFP.

Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2:09:00 PM GMT-5  

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