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Finding My Way

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  1. As a disclaimer/context, this thread is inspired by my recent discovery of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. While each alone presented many complex issues of morality and psychology, I find one of the most fascinating questions arises when they are read together. The dichotomy of superlative leadership vs superlative intelligence is articulated by observing a similar set of events through each lens. This led me to questioning which ability I find more important, and for which situations. It is often true that the intellectual will come up with the more ingenious solution, but the leader will be able to actualize more of his beliefs. Which, then, is of greater benefit to society? In short, my questions are: Which do you gravitate more strongly toward and which ability would you prefer to have?
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  3. I am certainly attracted to men of intellect. I can be very affected by turn-of-phrase so there are people I am attracted to intellectually just by having read their work, or having listened to them speak on a topic of interest.
  4. I have had many similar experiences (being called an "old soul", preferring to spend time with adults rather than my peers in pre-school and elementary school). I remember someone thinking I was a teacher when I went to a dance in middle school, probably because I looked like I thought the whole thing was asinine - it was. I have never thought of myself as being older, just wondered why everyone else always appeared to be acting so young. I think it has something to do with my emphasis on competence, general reservedness, and interest in intellectual topics of conversation.
  5. Their willingness to try new things and put themselves in new situations instead of finding comfort in the status quo. And of course, the conversations, with no subtext, each party stating their precise thoughts. A conversation with another type never feels "right" like it does with an INTJ.
  6. This past summer, I worked at a hiking cabin in Norway. I love the outdoors and travelling, so this was an ideal experience. I didn't know anyone when I arrived and didn't speak the language. Although I did form relationships with my co-workers, my best memories are from solo hikes. I spent the majority of my time off exploring the land around me. On days off, I would leave early in the morning carrying just some layers, lunch, and a map and hike until the sun set on unmarked terrain. Most of those days, I wouldn't see any people for the entirety of my journey. Although I have spent a significant amount of time alone in society, this was different; my solitude was more potent. I think what I appreciated most about the experience was the self-reliance it necessitated. I was completely in control of my direction and my safety. The vastness of the landscape around me also provided a backdrop for me to re-evaluate my priorities and passions. As a college student, this introspection was extremely welcome. I felt so energized coming back to the real world after this summer - it was the first time in my life I felt completely "alone" and I loved it.
  7. Also couldn't help but add my favorite poem: Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. -William Ernest Henley
  8. I definitely agree with the vast majority of what has been said. In addition - and I'm not sure if this is just me: Don't assume you know me. I take pleasure in surprising people and have a great capacity for discomfort. I prefer to learn by jumping straight into things and figuring them out. I am always trying to improve myself, my knowledge, and my base of experiences. I may come off as easy-going, but I have strong convictions. I don't get intimidated and won't back down if I know I am right. I have an inner strength that I can draw on to push myself through pain and fear to do what is necessary given the situation. Never doubt my determination or commitment.
  9. I had never talked about my personality type with others - despite always being very interested in type descriptions - until very recently, when a few friends at school brought it up in conversation. As a result, I brought the subject up with a few of my closest friends and found out they were all also INTJs. It's funny how we sometimes seem to find each other even without the label.
  10. A few of my favorites: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of a crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. -T. S. Eliot "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" -Robert Frost And of course, one of the trademark Ayn Rand quotes: "The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me"
  11. Hi everyone! After perusing this site off and on for the last year, I have finally decided to join. I have consistently been typed as an INTJ and am only starting realize how this has affected my life. As a college student, it is nice to find a community of people who understand my bursts of intellectual passion, frustration with the inane frat basement conversations, and need to sometimes just be alone. I look forward to many future discussions with you all. -Finding My Way