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Yesterday I went through my old blog posts to see which ones got the highest ratings from readers. Based on that information I have compiled a psychological profile of you.

You are unusually curious about how things work. You value function over form. You like solving problems, even if they are not your own problems, and other people don't always appreciate that about you. You can be argumentative. You like pets.

At least one of your parents is a bit of an intellectual. You place a high value on education. You think people control their own success over time, although luck plays a huge role in any given moment.

Your generosity has gotten you in trouble in the past. You don't trust the media. You think you're smarter than most of the people in your life.

You like finding ways to save time and money. Your relationships have been bumpy. You get angry a lot but you think it is usually justified. You wish you were funnier and more creative than you are.

You have imperfect vision. You don't exercise as much as you think you should. You wonder what it would be like if you were more attractive. You value science over superstition. Learning makes you feel good.

How'd I do?
 
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Jul 25, 2009
sharmanaetor said:
You did not compile this list based on ratings info. All you did was make statements that could be applied a majority of the population. This is the same trick horoscope writers use.
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Thanks, Captain Obvious. I'm guessing your Sherlock Holmes-like deduction skills are why you consider yourself smarter than most.
 
 
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Jul 16, 2009
I'm either too arrogant or too broadminded to subscribe to a "you think". One way or the other I balked at that. And I balk at any such general profiling. Probably arrogance.
 
 
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Jul 13, 2009
Just have one thing to say; perfect!!!!
 
 
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Jul 13, 2009
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8147566.stm
 
 
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Jul 10, 2009
Based on your summary most of your readers are:

INTJs (MBTI) - perhaps you are too Scott - which is why you attract an INTJ audience to your blog (though not necessarily to your comic...)

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the "Systems Builders" of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be "slacking," including superiors, will lose their respect -- and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

In the broadest terms, what INTJs "do" tends to be what they "know". Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete', paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

for me personally: (INFP)

Yes Definitely

You are unusually curious about how things work.
You value function over form.
You like solving problems, even if they are not your own problems,
and other people don't always appreciate that about you.
You like pets.
At least one of your parents is a bit of an intellectual.
You place a high value on education.
You think people control their own success over time,
although luck plays a huge role in any given moment.
You don't trust the media.
You like finding ways to save time and money.
You don't exercise as much as you think you should.
You value science over superstition.
Learning makes you feel good.

Yes = mostly
You have imperfect vision.
Your generosity has gotten you in trouble in the past.
You think you're smarter than most of the people in your life.
Your relationships have been bumpy.
You wish you were funnier and more creative than you are.

No
You wonder what it would be like if you were more attractive.
You can be argumentative.
You get angry a lot but you think it is usually justified.
 
 
Jul 9, 2009
Thanks for post. It’s really imformative stuff.
I really like to read.Hope to learn a lot and have a nice experience here! my best regards guys!
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Jul 8, 2009
It's as if you KNOW me!
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
"Your generosity has gotten you in trouble in the past.
You don't trust the media
You have imperfect vision.
You don't exercise as much as you think you should."

This is all you got wrong for me, so you get 81%.

I'm only 18 though, so I may develop these traits in the future.
 
 
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Jul 7, 2009
Dead right on "You think you're smarter".

For the rest I disagree a lot. You'll see, I'm handsome by nature and nerd by choice.
I've got a lot of people skills and I guess i was meant to be the european version of "popular", but I always got interested on the weird guys and the pretty girls, never the opposite.

I hope there are quite a few readers among us that don't fit in the "fat geeky unmateable" cliche.
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
Only two things on the list didn't personally apply to me - or maybe in a small way they did. Good job... strange and freaky, kind of like reading a true-to-life horoscope... but otherwise a splendidly superb collection of observations.
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
Wow, sounds about exactly right for me. Except for the part about one of my parents being an intellectual.
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
LOL
Sounds like a Scott Adams profile!
 
 
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Jul 7, 2009
so, I'm exactly like Dilbert.
how sad.
 
 
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Jul 7, 2009
This looks like standard mind-reader / fortune teller stuff. Throw enough characteristics out there, and almost everyone will recognise at least half of them (particularly complimentary stuff, plus the usual self-doubt issues of attractiveness and exercise). They will be so impressed you got that half right, they will not give much consideration to the stuff you got wrong.

Your score on me? 11 out of 20 correct, so 55% (with a further 15% as neither one nor the other, and 30% wrong). But it's funny how much higher it feels when I read the description, before I actually settle down and tot up the scores.

I'm sure the fact that I decided to tot up scores tells you something more about me (i.e. that I am an over-analytical geek with a disturbing love for spreadsheets).

Right:
Curious about how things work
Value function over form (just about)
Solving problems
Pets
One intellectual parent
High value on education
Balance of control / luck
Saving time & money
Imperfect vision
Value science over superstition
Learning feels good.

Wrong
Generosity - I'm generous, but never known it get me into trouble
Media trust - some isn't trustworthy, but I choose media sources I feel I can trust. May be easier in UK than US?
Get angry a lot - I'm rarely more than riled.
Wish I was more funny and creative - I'm averagely skilled there, and reasonably happy with that.
Exercise - I take plenty
Wondering about being more attractive - I'm no male model, but I'm reasonably satisfied with what I have.

Neither one or the other
Arguementative - I enjoy an intellectual arguement, but back off from personal or angry arguements
Smarter than most people in my life - I'm smarter than most people in the world, but the people I spend time with (wife, work colleagues etc.) are mostly pretty smart too.
Bumpy relationship - been pretty solid most of my adult life.
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
Freak!
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
I think the problem with your post is that the response is self-selecting. Those people for whom there is a good match are more likely to respond than those for whom it is not a good match (the WOW factor versus the can't be bothered factor).

This will then skew the results in favour of your theory.
 
 
Jul 7, 2009
You did not compile this list based on ratings info. All you did was make statements that could be applied a majority of the population.

This is the same trick horoscope writers use.

Are you practicing to get into the horoscope writing business? Is the Dilbert gig not working out?
 
 
Jul 6, 2009
You're messing with us, aren't you? You couldn't possibly get that from readers' ratings of your old posts! Fun, though :)
 
 
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Jul 6, 2009
Very well done.

All except the following apply:

Your relationships have been bumpy.
You get angry a lot but you think it is usually justified.

I read all your posts, but never vote on them cos I do it via RSS, so somehow you've hit my nail on the head.
 
 
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Jul 6, 2009
Penn and Teller did this on this week's episode of Bullsh!t.
 
 
 
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