Meyers-Briggs Assumes the Best About Us

Looking at the various personality descriptions for Myers-Briggs it occurred to me these were just a little bit too much on the rosy side to be representative of the entire general populace.  Here are my suggestions for how they could be rewritten to cover the others.



Boring and tends to be a wallflower at social gatherings.  They are at their best when working the checkout line or bringing in the shopping carts from the parking lot.  The brainier ones personify the stereotypical computer geek living in his Mom’s basement.  Meanwhile, at the other end of the gray matter spectrum, most  are responding to a request for cleanup on aisle three.



Another dull person.  Tends to be deferential to a fault.  Unable to successfully hold any sort of supervisory position unless they have a relative that owns the company.  On their own, they would probably do fine as an accountant as they have none of the imagination required for creative bookkeeping.



Constantly seeking meaning in relationships, usually so they can connect — primarily with other people’s material possessions.  Pretty good at ferreting out secrets people would rather not have known and exploiting them.   Often found as practicing attorneys, corrupter-than-average politicians, or conmen.   Those with lesser capabilities generally content themselves by becoming scam artists or blackmailers.



Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their nefarious goals.  Quickly see patterns in external events and develop unique, long range perspectives.  For examples, consider any of the really diabolical supervillains that weren’t also completely over-the-top bonkers.  Think of Lex Luthor, Moriarity, Goldfinger, Sauron, and Vladimir Putin (as he wishes he was) and you are on the right track.



Tends to lurk quietly as voyeurs until prepared to spring into action, but then only stays in action for a few moments.  Likes to analyze what others are up to and can readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of what they are after.  Often can be found working as an IRS auditor, or as a blackmailer, or as both.



When interviewed afterwards, the neighbors always mention how he had seemed like such a nice, quiet boy (or girl).  Generally stuck to himself and didn’t really seem to get out much.  Who would ever have guessed what he was doing in there?  Right?


Loyalty and a strong sense of ideals dominate here.  They want to join up and be a part of something bigger than themselves.  Something that will make a difference in the world.  Think SS trooper, Luddite, or suicide bomber and you won’t be far wrong.


Tends towards paranoia and is constantly finding or developing new conspiracy theories.  You’ll find a lot of them have blogs that no one but a handful of likeminded people will ever read.  They can’t ever get organized because they can’t hear someone else’s conspiracy theory without modifying it to better suit their own imaginary worlds.


They want their instant gratification and they want it right NOW!  With the attention span of spastic terriers, they generally become jocks or cheerleaders.  If they fail to find success there (or get too old to continue) they often turn to mugging or prostitution.  They are flexible and pragmatic, even if typically more than a little bit dimwitted and undereducated.


Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoys life and tries to freeload on others as much as possible but occasionally gets greedy, normally with very poor results.  As P.T. Barnum was once said, “There’s one born every minute.”


Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. Sees life as full of possibilities. Way too optimistic to be around normal people.  They make connections in their heads between events and information very quickly and confidently proceed based on the patterns only they see.  The fact that they are usually dead wrong and living in their own dream world bothers them not at all.


Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken.  Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Unfortunately, the solutions aren’t always practical, legal, or even moral.  You often see them out picketing to shut down power plants when the country is experiencing severe power shortages, exhorting people not to eat produce that is not organically grown when some people are already starving, and breaking in and freeing rodents from labs where they are being used to seek a cure for a virulent epidemic.  Many of the most idealistic become Christian Scientists or Scientologists.  Those that are more pragmatic tend to become successful saboteurs or lobbyists (like there’s a difference).  Those at neither extreme might do both.


Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact, and almost totally devoid of anything resembling empathy. Decisive, and often derisive, they quickly move to implement even the most cold-blooded decisions. Tend to focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible.  Often find work as hit men, drill instructors, insurance adjustors, or skinning baby seals.


Emotional, hyperactive, and can’t stand to be alone.  Want harmony in their environment, and are perfectly willing to stomp anyone that disrupts it.  God help the spouse or kid that bugs them while they are watching television.


Warm, pathetic, responsive, and responsible.  Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others.  Will generally be walked over by any and everyone they ever come in contact with and, no matter how many times it happens, they will never see it coming.


Decisive and quick to seize leadership when they can. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies — if only in their own minds.  Eager to develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve these perceived organizational problems, generally through some sort of a final solution. Well suited to careers as mob enforcers, cult members, despotic dictators, or consulting efficiency experts.

Movie Titles

According to a recent poll*, the worst words to use in a movie title included: cop, future, karate,  ninja, robot, cyborg, beast, Bruce, darkness, and cyber.

From this I deduce the worst movie title possible would be:
Bruce Future and the Cyborg  Karate  Cops Versus the Ninja Robot Cyberbeasts of the Outer Darkness.

I have this sneaky feeling that someone, somewhere, is already trying to get this funded.  Worse, there are people who will feel compelled to watch it if it gets made.


* No idea where but I think I really saw it somewhere a few years ago.


I used to go to DragonCon every year

JediNow that live in New York I may have to consider the New York Comic Con but the crowds!  The Javits Center does not seem big enough.  In Atlanta, DragonCon just sprawls over the whole downtown and yes, it is crowded, but we are funny people.  When something that looks like a rather large and senior Jedi master comes striding purposefully down the sidewalk people don’t even think about it, they just clear a path as regular people in other places and times might for someone high up in the local clergy, whatever religion it might be.  Don’t even have to whip out the light saber. It’s somewhat worrisome just how easy it is to get used to that kind of treatment.

Short on Vowels

Most people who think about it at all think the Welsh have too few vowels in their words.  Actually, if anything, the reverse is more likely to be true as they have seven!  Worse, it’s not just the short and the long sounds either, W is a vowel and is pronounced ‘oo’ but in several different ways, while Y actually has four pronunciations.  Thank goodness there is no place in Tethera named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll- llantysiliogogogoch!

Indeterminate States

Wondering whether your book is being appreciated when you aren’t even sure it is being read is probably silly.

It’s kind of like asking if that tree falling in the forest, with no observer present, makes a noise.

That tree falling in the forest is like Schrodinger’s Cat, in an indeterminate state that includes both fallen and not fallen. And you ask about a noise?