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ENFP 3 1.80%
INFP 3 1.80%
ENFJ 1 0.60%
INFJ 8 4.79%
ESTJ 5 2.99%
ISTJ 48 28.74%
ESFJ 1 0.60%
ISFJ 6 3.59%
ENTP 4 2.40%
INTP 22 13.17%
ENTJ 4 2.40%
INTJ 52 31.14%
ESTP 2 1.20%
ISTP 6 3.59%
ESFP 1 0.60%
ISFP 1 0.60%
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:05 PM   #21
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Maybe these folks are better off in FIRE or working for themselves since they have the ideas and are just going to have a harder time talking themselves up in an organization?
Interesting thought. So far I've taken the opposite appraisal of myself: that I get my foot in the door of a big organization and they see over time what I'm capable of because I'm not the sell-myself/toot-my-own-horn type and figure that's necessary in entrepreneurship. Aside from sales/getting business I think I would run my own business very well.

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Another issue, if so many on this board are introverted, what allows them to be so brazen in their posts. Alcohol? and/or frustrated?
Anonymity and the ability to silently shrink away if we don't like the response. Well, that and alcohol.
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Old 09-13-2005, 09:14 PM   #22
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Further thoughts on "talking my ideas up in an organization." Come to think of it I have lots of ideas, but I've long since given up even trying to promote them in my company. 15 years ago the company was small enough that individual suggestions were heard and frequently acted upon (but I was younger and had no useful ideas then), but these days the system is built to reject all suggestions while trying to appear like they're soliciting suggestions. Two recent examples jump to mind where the suggestion came right back around to local management; my coworker has not yet surrendered to futility as I have. Gee, if it was something local management had the capability or inclination to implement in the first place then why would we need a suggesition system? It's just part of the game.

I've stifled my creativity while getting comfortable and lazy. It's probably time to move on to something else. (Trying to talk myself into leaving as I mentioned last holidays...think I may actually do it this year as I have a new nephew back in Texas who's growing fast and cute as hell.)

Tying this rambling back to the original topic, I think my introvertedness has slowed down my earning power since I don't search for jobs while I have one. The time I burned out and quit for a stupid job eventually resulted in a huge raise after I got over my young ego.
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...trying to think of a smart, introverted successful guy in the work world. The one that came to mind is Bill Belichick, the Patriots Head Coach and huge success...Maybe these folks are better off in FIRE or working for themselves since they have the ideas and are just going to have a harder time talking themselves up in an organization?
I don't have many "heros" but Belichick is up there, not just because I'm a big Patriots fan, but because I like the way he does his job. He just shuts up and gets things done. He doesn't try to impress people by the way he dresses and he doesn't try to draw attention to himself in any way. All you see are results.
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:17 PM   #24
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I've tested INTJ and this test gave ISTJ. Works either way for me.

I've read that people begin to develop a secondary or tertiary characteristic as they grow older. I sure hope I'm not growing up...
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DW took the test, drum roll please.....

....ISTJ, yep, she's the reason we'll retire early, I guess!
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Introverted thinkers are the overwhelming majority.
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INTJ here.
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Introverted thinkers are the overwhelming majority.
Any thoughts as to why on a RE board the overwhelming majority would be Introberted thinkers?
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Any thoughts as to why on a RE board the overwhelming majority would be Introberted thinkers?
I believe being in Itroberted and thus more Earny. Helps them reach
FI sooner.

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Coming up to the finish line,

it's INTJ and ISTJ neck and neck

and the winner is
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all current ER and future ER members of this forum.

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Interesting even with our self selected small sample size that the results are holding up to be similar to what Intercst found several years ago.
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INTJ -

20 years ago when I discovered that I was an INTJ, I also found that there were very few of them around - less than 1% of the total population.* Now I see that INTJs and their close cousins, the ISTJs, make up approximately 60% of the ERers and the ER-wannabees, at least at this Forum!!!

Who'da thunk it?* It sure puts an interesting twist to who is a good candidate for ER and who is likely to expire at their desk.*

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If I get around to it, I'll run the same poll over in the trombone forum.
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Off-the-scale unambiguous INTP, here.

(I wonder what it is that makes Myers=Brigg personality tests so absolutely fascinating to INTx's! This topic never seems to come up in the Britney Spears forums that I frequent.)
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:35 AM   #35
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Here is a observation which might amuse. Intercst cited findings that 40% of MENSA members had "IN" personality types. As of now, more than 50% taking our poll have that type. According to Intercst, only 5% of the general population are "IN" types. http://www.retireearlyhomepage.com/mbti.html

(not that this is scientific or anything)
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Any thoughts as to why on a RE board the overwhelming majority would be Introberted thinkers?
My wild guess would be that introverts tend to make their own decisions on how to live their lives, rather than just go along with the crowd. Thus retiring before the crowd says they should is not a problem. The thinking aspect indicates that they make decisions based upon logic, rather than feelings. If the introvert decides to retire early, the thinker would then figure out how to accomplish this goal efficiently.

Of course, this is just a theory. I don't really know.
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Here are some famous INTJs:

Famous INTJs:
Alan Greenspan, federal reserve board chairman
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers)
Susan B. Anthony
Arthur Ashe, tennis champion
Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
William J. Bennett, "drug czar"
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironsides)
Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane) (Fletch)
Phil Donahue
Michael Dukakis, governor of Mass., 1988 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate
Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster
Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader
Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues)
Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote)
Orel Leonard Hershiser, IV
Peter Jennings
Charles Everett Koop
Ivan Lendl
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Joan Lunden
Edwin Moses, U.S. olympian (hurdles)
Martina Navratilova
Charles Rangel, U. S. Representative, D-N.Y.
Pernell Roberts (Bonanza)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), mystery writer (Brat Farrar)
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor
Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense
General Colin Powell, US Secretary of State
Lance Armstrong
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman)
Katie Couric


U.S. Presidents:
Chester A. Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
James K. Polk
Woodrow Wilson
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My wild guess would be that introverts tend to make their own decisions on how to live their lives, rather than just go along with the crowd. Thus retiring before the crowd says they should is not a problem. The thinking aspect indicates that they make decisions based upon logic, rather than feelings. If the introvert decides to retire early, the thinker would then figure out how to accomplish this goal efficiently.

Of course, this is just a theory. I don't really know.
Plus they tend to not need a bunch of people around, so retiring away from the social aspect of work doesn't scare them.
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Or "innies" are not very friendly and outgoing and spend their time figuring out ways to avoid having to go to work so they can sit at home playing on the computer.
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