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tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/23/2008 13:07:58 MST Print View

There's another thread here that seems to be trying to get at a personality profile of lightweight backpackers, but instead it really seems to be a demographic sketch. Rather than add on to an old thread, I believe it would be better to offer a real, free online Personality Test. I hope this is helpful in getting us a true personality profile for UL backpackers here on this forum.

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

The test has just 72, quick yes/no questions. The site describes the test as follows:

"After completing the questionnaire, you will obtain:

"1)Your type formula according to Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology along with the strengths of the preferences

"2)The description of your personality type; and

"3)The list of occupations and educational institutions where you can get relevant degree or training, most suitable for your personality type - Jung Career Indicator."

Again, I hope this tool is useful.

-vino vampire-

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
My type is ENFJ on 12/23/2008 13:19:31 MST Print View

Your Type is
ENFJ

Extraverted - 89%
Intuitive - 38%
Feeling - 25%
Judging - 50%

Idealist Portrait of the Teacher (ENFJ)
Even more than the other Idealists, Teachers have a natural talent for leading students or trainees toward learning, or as Idealists like to think of it, they are capable of calling forth each learner's potentials. Teachers (around two percent of the population) are able - effortlessly, it seems, and almost endlessly-to dream up fascinating learning activities for their students to engage in. In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible.

http://keirsey.com/handler.aspxs=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=3&c=teacher

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Personality on 12/23/2008 13:31:53 MST Print View

Oh hell.....I'm apparently one of those INTJs.

Introverted - 22%
Intuitive - 38%
Thinking - 62%
Judging - 22%

Edited by skinewmexico on 12/23/2008 15:31:57 MST.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: 10T 524631m E 5034446m N
INTJ on 12/23/2008 13:44:40 MST Print View

INTJ

I - 22%
N - 62%
T - 12%
J - 11%

Thinking from my other post - based on the number of INTJ's in the prior survey - 64% (7 out of 11) were INTJ and yet the general population contains only 3.5% INTJ. Is there is any correlation with lightweight backpacking, and do traditional backpackers differ?

Edited by ChrisMorgan on 12/23/2008 14:01:52 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
ESTJ on 12/23/2008 14:00:28 MST Print View

I am an ESTJ.
Famous ESTJ - George W. Bush.

Now I am just depressed...

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
INFP on 12/23/2008 14:07:40 MST Print View

Bastian (The Neverending Story),
I'm not even real. If I'm not real than I'm not really here and your not really reading this. I THINK I'M IMPLODING :(

M G
(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
Re: ESTJ on 12/23/2008 14:29:12 MST Print View

Ben, Cheer Up! It's a personality test not an IQ test...you should be fine.


--------------
I am an ESTJ.
Famous ESTJ - George W. Bush.

Now I am just depressed...

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/23/2008 14:48:34 MST Print View

INFJ

Introverted - 78%
Intution - 62%
Feeling - 50%
Judging - 44%

Edited by simplespirit on 12/23/2008 17:32:42 MST.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/23/2008 15:24:23 MST Print View

Thomas,

Thanks for putting this thread up.

You are right....in my thread, it really was about demographics vs. personality profile.

Great link that you had to this personality test.

I am:

INTJ

INTROVERTED: 33% (this is funny as I am in sales)
INTUITIVE: 6%
THINKING: 38%
JUDGING: 22%

*Note: I re-took the test after realizing that I failed to answer a few questions on the exam.

**********************************************************

Christopher,

Yes, I do think that there is something fundamentally different about BPLer's vs. traditional backpackers that will show up in the personality profiles.

I was hoping to see some sort of pattern with the thread that I posted, but using demographic data.

The major difference, on an emotional level, is passion and desire to take the leisure & recreation to another level. (Not better, just different).

Going light can be about comfort, but I am betting that there is an element of wanting to push the phsyical limits and higher mileage.

If you think about it, going lightweight/UL requires a detailed review/analyst of your gear to think ahead to what you might or might not need. To carefully consider everything in advance of the conditions that you might face and to adjust your kit.

For me, I can confess a desire for high mileage and pushing, more than a healthy dose of obsessive/compulsive behavior, and an anal retentiveness to organize my gear out to the last 0.5 ounce....all with the passion and desire to get out on the trail and see more and go to places that most regular people will never see.

-Tony

Edited by Valshar on 12/23/2008 19:59:15 MST.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
ISTJ on 12/23/2008 15:30:19 MST Print View

Your Type is ISTJ
Introverted 78
Sensing 1
Thinking 75
Judging 44

I only wish that my numbers weren't so extremely skewed when I take this type of test.

Famous ISTJs:

Thomas (Christ's disciple)

U.S. Presidents:
George Washington
Andrew Johnson
Benjamin Harrison
Herbert Hoover
George H. W. Bush

Edited by Quoddy on 12/23/2008 15:32:43 MST.

Ed Engel
(Doorknob) - F

Locale: West of what you think is west
ISTJ on 12/23/2008 15:38:20 MST Print View

I - 56
S - 1
T - 50
J - 39

I also am in sales.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: ISTJ on 12/23/2008 15:45:10 MST Print View

John Haley:

Your Type is ISTJ
Sensing 1
Famous ISTJs: Thomas (Christ's disciple)


Hahaha... Jesus said to sensing-challenged Thomas, "Look here, Tom, just listen, OK now just put your finger in H-E-R-E! Yes, it's really ME! Got it finally? Sheesh! (rolling eyes)."

Edited by ben2world on 12/23/2008 16:49:34 MST.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Personality on 12/23/2008 16:19:43 MST Print View

Wow. If Thomas took it, it must be a really old test.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Personality Profile of a Lightweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 16:20:35 MST Print View

INTP

Ben there done that!!

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 16:53:00 MST Print View

INTP

Introverted 100%
Intuitive 38%
Thinking 38%
Perceiving 67%

Well, I knew I was shy and like to be alone, but I guess that confirms it.

John Quinn
(inspector8598) - M

Locale: Northeast
Personality Profile of a Lightweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 17:09:38 MST Print View

INTJ

Introverted 56
Intuitive 50
Thinking 25
Judging 44

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: ESTJ on 12/23/2008 17:55:13 MST Print View

Ben,
You could always go back and retake the test. ;}

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Personality Profile of a Lightweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 17:56:27 MST Print View

EFSJ

I believe that.

And I am too in sales

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: ESTJ on 12/23/2008 18:01:23 MST Print View

Tom wrote, "Ben, you could always go back and retake the test".

Absolutely not. We have the truth and we will stick to our course, persevere, and win! No short cuts, no cut and run!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: ESTJ on 12/23/2008 18:06:56 MST Print View

Not to worry, Ben, I'll take care of the cutting and running. Especially when the bear shows up. :-))

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 18:34:46 MST Print View

Another INTJ here. From the description, I can't argue!

78 38 12 22

Described as "Mastermind" ... sounds fiendish!

Edited by mad777 on 12/24/2008 12:35:14 MST.

jeffrey bennett
(jollygreen)

Locale: Near the bottom
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 20:30:44 MST Print View

ENTJ

Extraverted 22
Intuitive 50
Thinking 25
Judging 33

Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt , Mark Anthony, Sean Connery, Madonna, Yulia Tymoshenko , Margret Thatcher, Carl Sagan, Bill Gates, Golda Meir, Edward Teller, George Benard Shaw, and General George C. Marshall and the scariest of all Hillary Clinton!

Does this mean I can still be a member in the League of extraordinary lightweight backpackers or am I on the other team?

Lizzie O
(LizzieO) - F
INFJ on 12/23/2008 21:11:32 MST Print View

Introverted 33
Intuitive 12
Feeling 25
Judging 11


the Counselor (INFJ)


Mohandas Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Emily Bronte, Sir Alec Guiness, Carl Jung, Mary Baker Eddy, Queen Noor are examples of the Counselor Idealist (INFJ).

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
INTJ on 12/23/2008 21:17:08 MST Print View

introverted - 33%
intuitive - 38%
thinking - 56%
judging - 56%

I'm so middle of the road I don't even think I am upset about it.

I'm not sure I took the right test...my famous personalities were Uncle Rico, Mr. Green Jeans and Juice Newton.

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
INTJ on 12/23/2008 21:29:42 MST Print View

tally up another INTJ

Introverted 89
Intuitive 25
Thinking 100
Judging 22

I noticed that efficiency and problem solving kept appearing in the INTJ type description which seems relevent to LW backpackers. Also, INTJ's supposedly have "an independence of mind" which could explain how many have moved from mainstream backpacking over to LW/UL.

Edited by pedro87 on 12/23/2008 21:36:18 MST.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
INFP on 12/23/2008 21:42:13 MST Print View

Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbs). What the he**, it's got me this far. Now, where did I put my Transmagorifier?

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
ISFP on 12/23/2008 21:42:23 MST Print View

Introverted 44
Sensing 6
Feeling 75
Perceiving 33

Artisan™ Portrait of the Composer (ISFP)

Brooke Shields
Britney Spears
John Travolta
Ashton Kutcher
Donald Trump

Completely different than the first time I took it. I retook it so my wife and I could take the marriage test. Damn, we passed. Guess we're stuck together. :)

Huzefa Siamwala
(huzefa)
INTP on 12/23/2008 22:17:08 MST Print View

I-67
I-38
T-88
P-22

* distinctively expressed introvert
* moderately expressed intuitive personality
* very expressed thinking personality
* slightly expressed perceiving personality

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
ISTJ on 12/23/2008 22:29:31 MST Print View

Introverted 89
Sensing 1
Thinking 38
Judging 44

Like it or not it pretty much sounds like me, more or less. Now I want to be alone and think about this before I pass judgement. Your opinion doesn't really matter to me ;-),

Brian UL
(MAYNARD76)

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 12/23/2008 23:46:53 MST Print View

INTJ

Introverted 33
Intuitive 50
Thinking 1
Judging 22

Not that these test mean much, I mean most questions did not even have a clear yes/no answer like all questionnaires. Some question were not clear and needed further explanation.

-Computer Programming - who are they kidding? not me!
Natural Science ,Natural Science Education, Engineering (we have enough of those on here already),Management ,Entrepreneurship ,Law.
I studied art in college!

Edited by MAYNARD76 on 12/24/2008 02:35:46 MST.

Brian UL
(MAYNARD76)

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Re: Re: ESTJ on 12/24/2008 00:21:02 MST Print View

"Ben,
You could always go back and retake the test. ;}'

-Every time Bush wins something someone wants a recount!

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Personality Profile of a Lightweight BPer on 12/24/2008 01:56:47 MST Print View

Ummm....another INTJ.

My goodness, we may need a support group.

Timothy Cristy
(tcristy) - F

Locale: Ohio
Results on 12/24/2008 02:35:46 MST Print View

INTJ also. Good thing I am a scientist, unlike some above who are in the wrong profession :).

We have applicants take this test and 90% applying for one of our scientist positions are INTJ.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Results on 12/24/2008 04:49:28 MST Print View

ISTP. Pretty much described me! :)

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/24/2008 05:45:37 MST Print View

INTP
It suggests careers like "Natural Science, Information Systems Specialist, and Computer Programmer". I do academic research in natural science, write software to solve my problems, and UNIX system administration.

Famous peoples include Newton, Bohr, Nostradamus, Descartes, Pascal, Einstein, and Tiger Woods.

INTPs are pessimist, continually haunted in our thoughts by all the ways things might fail.

Edited by redmonk on 12/30/2008 18:28:23 MST.

Jesse Glover
(hellbillylarry) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/24/2008 07:58:18 MST Print View

INFJ

I 67%
I 38%
F 12%
J 1%


Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones.

This sounds like me BUT I don't understand how I can be such an A-hole and still be INFJ.

Edited by hellbillylarry on 12/24/2008 08:03:57 MST.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/24/2008 08:34:06 MST Print View

INFP

Introverted 67
Intuitive 62
Feeling 88
Perceiving 17

Very much describes me. Even the famous personalities, all of whom I admire:

Immanual Kant, William Shakespeare, Ludwig Beethoven, Pearl Buck, Arthur C. Clark

I may not be able to get the tarp up, but I can guarantee that I can FEEL just how badly thw storm is going to keep us up all night!

Daniel Fosse
(magillagorilla) - F

Locale: Southwest Ohio
INTJ on 12/24/2008 08:44:24 MST Print View

INTJ here. I'm so common. I am average height, I wear medium clothes and I live a middle/middle class lifestyle. I'm also nearly middle aged. I can never find shoes in my size because I have an average foot size. I drive a mid-sized car and I like my steak done medium. Now it looks like my personality is average. This does not make me upset or happy.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 12/24/2008 09:54:44 MST Print View

ENTJ (corrected) - interesting.

Hey Ben,

Hillary Clinton, Napoleon, Margret Thatcher, --- Bill Gates and a few others.

Fieldmarshall - sounds good to me.

Edited by bfornshell on 12/24/2008 10:56:09 MST.

Brian Morgan
(bmor831) - F

Locale: Houston, TX
INTJ on 12/24/2008 10:45:56 MST Print View

INTJ

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Poster child for Introvert on 12/24/2008 10:51:24 MST Print View

ISTJ

I = 100 (Does this mean I should hike solo?)
S = 50
T = 75
J = 67

By the way Bill, there's no such thing as an "S" in the 4th category. Try a P or a J. Sorry, but the "S" in me focuses on details like that. I know another ISTJ, and we agree our conversations would drive anyone else nuts.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
Re: Poster child for Introvert on 12/24/2008 11:02:21 MST Print View

Hi Kathleen,

I guess I need to learn how to read my own handwritting. You are right it is a "J".

You don't need to hike solo just bring along a set of ear plugs for each of the folks you hike with.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
interesting results thus far on 12/24/2008 11:56:38 MST Print View

I don't know about anybody else, but the results thus far have been really interesting to me. Clearly, when a personality type is found in just 1% of the general population, yet occurs in a much higher percent of this ULB population, it seems like something is different here in this community. I look forward to sitting back and watching more results get posted.

vino vampire!

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
ISTJ on 12/24/2008 12:06:02 MST Print View

54-1-57-73

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
INTJ on 12/24/2008 12:53:27 MST Print View

INTJ

The 'career path' reads like my resume.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
profile on 12/24/2008 13:22:38 MST Print View

ISFJ

You are:

* slightly expressed introvert
* moderately expressed sensing personality
* slightly expressed feeling personality
* slightly expressed judging personality

Joe Westing
(pedro87) - F
about the test on 12/24/2008 14:01:02 MST Print View

Here's something I found that is helpful in understanding the test results:

Many versions of the MBTI and related instruments reveal a “strength of preference” score beside each of the 4 letters in the code. This score is simply an indication of how sure you were about answering the questions the way you did. These scores are primarily intended for the type professional administering the instrument to use when assessing the true type of the client. They are NOT an indication of how “strong” you are at “doing” any of the functions!

The MBTI is based on Jung’s theory of psychological type, which posits a dichotomous preference between the pairs of functions. A low score on any dimension does NOT mean that you can easily flip between them, or that you’re not sure which you are — all it means is that the prevailing conditions that influenced the way you answered the questions meant that you were unsure about some of the answers you gave. It simply means that your contextual or developed self was intruding into the answers that your core self would have given.

If you answer the instrument more than once over a period of time, you may find that you get different values in these scores. This is normal and is merely an indication of the different environmental factors at work — it does NOT mean you are “becoming more INTJ” or “less INTJ”. What’s significant is that the basic code should stay the same.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Profile on 12/24/2008 14:05:30 MST Print View

I'm just glad is didn't turn out a -

DORK

Wait, maybe I did.

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Yup on 12/24/2008 14:15:49 MST Print View

Another INTJ here.

A quick search on the internet yields:

"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."

This may explain why these forums are so useful, so full of freely given, good, "non-positional" information. I think the INTJ type is as eager to learn something new as he is to impart something he knows.

Of course, this is not to minimize the contribution of other types. I don't really know much about the various permutations-- Meyers-Briggs is not one of my specialized knowledge systems! :>)

Edited by swimjay on 12/24/2008 14:17:18 MST.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
Atlantic Monthly article from 2003 on introversion on 12/24/2008 14:58:38 MST Print View

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?

If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?

If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren't caring for him properly. Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone. Introverts may be common, but they are also among the most misunderstood and aggrieved groups in America, possibly the world.

I know. My name is Jonathan, and I am an introvert.

Oh, for years I denied it. After all, I have good social skills. I am not morose or misanthropic. Usually. I am far from shy. I love long conversations that explore intimate thoughts or passionate interests. But at last I have self-identified and come out to my friends and colleagues. In doing so, I have found myself liberated from any number of damaging misconceptions and stereotypes. Now I am here to tell you what you need to know in order to respond sensitively and supportively to your own introverted family members, friends, and colleagues. Remember, someone you know, respect, and interact with every day is an introvert, and you are probably driving this person nuts. It pays to learn the warning signs.

What is introversion? In its modern sense, the concept goes back to the 1920s and the psychologist Carl Jung. Today it is a mainstay of personality tests, including the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Introverts are not necessarily shy. Shy people are anxious or frightened or self-excoriating in social settings; introverts generally are not. Introverts are also not misanthropic, though some of us do go along with Sartre as far as to say "Hell is other people at breakfast." Rather, introverts are people who find other people tiring.

Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially "on," we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn't antisocial. It isn't a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: "I'm okay, you're okay—in small doses."

How many people are introverts? I performed exhaustive research on this question, in the form of a quick Google search. The answer: About 25 percent. Or: Just under half. Or—my favorite—"a minority in the regular population but a majority in the gifted population."

Are introverts misunderstood? Wildly. That, it appears, is our lot in life. "It is very difficult for an extrovert to understand an introvert," write the education experts Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig. (They are also the source of the quotation in the previous paragraph.) Extroverts are easy for introverts to understand, because extroverts spend so much of their time working out who they are in voluble, and frequently inescapable, interaction with other people. They are as inscrutable as puppy dogs. But the street does not run both ways. Extroverts have little or no grasp of introversion. They assume that company, especially their own, is always welcome. They cannot imagine why someone would need to be alone; indeed, they often take umbrage at the suggestion. As often as I have tried to explain the matter to extroverts, I have never sensed that any of them really understood. They listen for a moment and then go back to barking and yipping.

Are introverts oppressed? I would have to say so. For one thing, extroverts are overrepresented in politics, a profession in which only the garrulous are really comfortable. Look at George W. Bush. Look at Bill Clinton. They seem to come fully to life only around other people. To think of the few introverts who did rise to the top in politics—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon—is merely to drive home the point. With the possible exception of Ronald Reagan, whose fabled aloofness and privateness were probably signs of a deep introverted streak (many actors, I've read, are introverts, and many introverts, when socializing, feel like actors), introverts are not considered "naturals" in politics.

Extroverts therefore dominate public life. This is a pity. If we introverts ran the world, it would no doubt be a calmer, saner, more peaceful sort of place. As Coolidge is supposed to have said, "Don't you know that four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would just sit down and keep still?" (He is also supposed to have said, "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it." The only thing a true introvert dislikes more than talking about himself is repeating himself.)

With their endless appetite for talk and attention, extroverts also dominate social life, so they tend to set expectations. In our extrovertist society, being outgoing is considered normal and therefore desirable, a mark of happiness, confidence, leadership. Extroverts are seen as bighearted, vibrant, warm, empathic. "People person" is a compliment. Introverts are described with words like "guarded," "loner," "reserved," "taciturn," "self-contained," "private"—narrow, ungenerous words, words that suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality. Female introverts, I suspect, must suffer especially. In certain circles, particularly in the Midwest, a man can still sometimes get away with being what they used to call a strong and silent type; introverted women, lacking that alternative, are even more likely than men to be perceived as timid, withdrawn, haughty.

Are introverts arrogant? Hardly. I suppose this common misconception has to do with our being more intelligent, more reflective, more independent, more level-headed, more refined, and more sensitive than extroverts. Also, it is probably due to our lack of small talk, a lack that extroverts often mistake for disdain. We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours. "Introverts," writes a perceptive fellow named Thomas P. Crouser, in an online review of a recent book called Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money? (I'm not making that up, either), "are driven to distraction by the semi-internal dialogue extroverts tend to conduct. Introverts don't outwardly complain, instead roll their eyes and silently curse the darkness." Just so.

The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to themselves. Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books—written, no doubt, by extroverts—regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward. We can only dream that someday, when our condition is more widely understood, when perhaps an Introverts' Rights movement has blossomed and borne fruit, it will not be impolite to say "I'm an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush."

How can I let the introvert in my life know that I support him and respect his choice? First, recognize that it's not a choice. It's not a lifestyle. It's an orientation.

Second, when you see an introvert lost in thought, don't say "What's the matter?" or "Are you all right?"

Third, don't say anything else, either.

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Great post on 12/24/2008 15:45:24 MST Print View

Thanks for that great post. It's informative, sure, but even better, it's extraordinarily well written. In general, the quality of the language used on these forums is quite high, and a pleasure, but this was especially great.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
correcting something on 12/24/2008 17:08:54 MST Print View

James - I may be wrong, but your post seems to suggest that you believe the poster on this forum wrote the long piece on introverts, but the subject line suggests that he cut & pasted something from The Atlanic. Just wanted to be clear.

best.
vip

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Memo to self--read the subject line, carefully on 12/24/2008 18:01:27 MST Print View

Thanks, Thomas. You're right, and I've already PM-ed Tim, apologizing.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
no, I can't take credit, but it really is a great article, isn't it? on 12/24/2008 19:11:52 MST Print View

I read it several years ago, but could still remember enough to google it the first time.

James, no need for an apology.

I'm also an INTJ. I suspect that most who participate in internet forums tend toward introversion, so I'm not sure we can conclude lightweight backpackers tend toward introversion.

Somebody needs to write a dissertation on this, and how our personalities direct decision making in the wild. See, I really am an INTJ.

Heh, everybody out there have a Merry Christmas! I'm going to go socialize now, just don't expect me to talk about it...

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Another... on 12/24/2008 21:39:49 MST Print View

INTP here (though the P and J are almost equal in score).

As a group, we're definitely skewed from the norm...

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: 10T 524631m E 5034446m N
Internet Usage on 12/24/2008 22:19:16 MST Print View

I definitely agree that internet forum usage likely has some affect on the results, and those trends towards "I" for example, may be a result. Perhaps a similar survey could be conducted over at one of the traditional backpacker forums, for a non-scientific sample with which to contrast.


Update - after searching backpacker.com forums, looks like they had similar results, especially in regards to the INTJ:

http://www.backpacker.com/cgi-bin/forums/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=852107219;t=9991112120;st=0


Further update - and here is a post from a laptop forum from a random google search, looks like the numbers are highly skewed due to internet usage:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=101063


Last INTJ fueled google search - yields a non-scientific sample of about 200 outdoor enthusiasts - note only 3.5% INTJ, but on the INTJ page, a heavy slant towards backpacking. Maybe there is some validity to the numbers:

http://www.superiortrails.com/research-report.html



Now off to start planning how to spend money I don't have on 40% of items tommorow...

Edited by ChrisMorgan on 12/24/2008 22:36:50 MST.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Mixed results on 12/25/2008 01:17:10 MST Print View

I've changed to an 'E' this morning. So i'm an extrovert in the morning, and become introverted at night.
Leave me alone, i'm tired! :)

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
INTJ/INTP on 12/25/2008 12:45:40 MST Print View

I guess it makes sense that INTJ/INTP's would be represented disproportionately here--an introverted person would welcome the way he can leave a virtual "conversation" whenever he wishes, and an intuitive person would be able to have enough of a sense, from subtle cues of phrasing, context, etc., of those with whom he was "conversing" for the conversation to be satisfying.

Perhaps, in an earlier time, INTJ/INTP types were letter writers.

Edited by swimjay on 12/25/2008 12:58:09 MST.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Mixed results on 12/25/2008 17:28:32 MST Print View

Years ago I had to participate in a job related seminar that used the M-B personality tests. It was done to understand the team's individual types so as to be able to work better. A point made was that you can be a different type at work versus at home or in another circumstance. Also, your types can change.

Here's the M-B in a nutshell...

What world do you like? the outer world (E) OR on your own inner world (I)?

How do you learn? direct hands on, touchy-feely (S) OR interpret the symbols and increase their meaning (N)?

What makes up your mind? logical and consistent processes (T) OR people and special situations (F)?

How do you handle the outside world? go ahead and make a decision, shut it down (J) OR keep things open for more options (P)?

What I found really interesting was that my wife and I are totally opposites. We've been married over 32 years. One thing for sure, when we argue it's really weird. I've always thought that being aware of our types helps us understand each other, and she says M-B is a bunch of crap.

Hers...

ESFJ
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.


His...

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.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Mixed results on 12/25/2008 18:26:28 MST Print View

"Hers...

ESFJ
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and what they contribute.




His...

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."

Hi George,
This sounds to me very similar to the traditional role definitions of man and woman. Not saying they currently apply to men and women, just how they were traditionally viewed.
We have also been married just over 32 years and, as in your case, when we argue it's really weird. Mostly we don't argue anymore, so it's no big deal. I wonder if the people of our generation are a bit more locked into traditional roles that don't quite the M-B test parameters, at least in our domestic environment? Complicating factor in my case is that my wife was born into a very traditional society where M-B would almost certainly have been considered crap, albeit more diplomatically put, if one were to ask them about it. Hmmmm. Maybe next time we visit family...

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
RE:"A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)" on 12/25/2008 18:46:16 MST Print View

I don't think this is a very effective personality test for backpacking. Your home, office and backapcking personality and viewpoints can totally differ and this test has office flavor.

This tread should be moved to Chaff...BPL Staff?

Regardless of what the personality test says, I think I came out as DORK.

Edited by edude on 12/25/2008 18:50:56 MST.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
RE:"A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)" on 12/25/2008 20:45:10 MST Print View

INTJ here.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
Re: RE:"A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)" on 12/25/2008 22:25:40 MST Print View

Evan - I think you're quite mistaken for several reasons, except perhaps the being a dork. The Jung-Myers-Briggs-type personality test that I posted is a test that has been used widely among all different sorts of groups and people. This may allow us to look at the differences between backpackers, UL backpackers, and non-backpackers. Creating and using a personality test just for backpackers would have less value to us, since it could only be used within that community and wouldn't be of any use telling us what sets UL and other backpackers apart. Since we know what the general %s are for various personality types in the general population and we have an idea of the general that there are biases among the web-based community, we may be able to pick apart what makes UL backpackers different.

Of course, this isn't scientific, since we're not using a probality-based method of sampling, but it's still an interesting exercise.

I know that some people are simply resistant to this type of measure. So I can understand if you're resistant to this thread. Still, it would be interesting to hear what your results were if you're willing to share.

best wishes,
vino vampire!

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
RE:"A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)" on 12/25/2008 23:16:41 MST Print View

I'll post my results tommorow, they might be differant because the first time I was in a hurry.

Sorry if I showed any hostility,

Evan

Edited by edude on 12/25/2008 23:17:36 MST.

Shawn Basil
(Bearpaw) - F

Locale: Southeast
Personality Profile on 12/27/2008 12:45:15 MST Print View

I always score solid I's and J's. However, I can score out as an INTJ or ISFJ since I'm usually within 10% of going either way whenever I take this test. It all depends on my mood on any given day. Today I scored as an ISTJ, but I was a 1% on the S and 11% on the T.

But as a teacher in a behavior intervention setting, I need that balance of authority and ability to relate to and build rapport with my students to be successful.

William Puckett
(Beep) - F

Locale: Land of 11, 842 lakes
"A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch)" on 12/28/2008 09:36:14 MST Print View

Your Type is
INTJ
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
44 38 50 89

Seems to me that planning, organizing, and the "less social" part of the personality spectrum are a good match toward backpacking (in general) and lightweight backpacking specifically. (oops! there goes my judgmental side showing! =-))

Joseph Austin
(hnryclay) - F
Another INTJ on 12/28/2008 11:46:08 MST Print View

INTJ ... and I am in management, the description kinda fits, in a harsh way.

John L Collins
(WVCubDad) - MLife

Locale: Not too far off the Tuscarora Trail
Hi, I'm John and I'm an ISTJ on 12/28/2008 18:10:05 MST Print View

Somehow fitting that my first post is in this thread, although I've been lurking around BPL for a while and getting fantastic information. Thank you all.

I've taken this or similar tests over the years and it doesn't change much each time I take it (that I can recall).

John Carter
(jcarter1)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Yet another INTJ on 12/29/2008 01:52:38 MST Print View

INTJ here; interesting to see Ryan Jordan the same. Perhaps this explains why I enjoy stopping by these forums so often; there are a lot of like-minded people here.

S. F.
(hoogte_ziekte) - F
. on 12/30/2008 11:17:44 MST Print View

.

Edited by hoogte_ziekte on 01/08/2011 19:24:28 MST.

Adam Kowis
(akowis)

Locale: Austin
Allow me to pile on on 12/30/2008 17:54:04 MST Print View

INTJ

Introverted: 78
Intuitive: 69
Thinking: 100
Judging: 67

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
me too! on 12/30/2008 18:27:45 MST Print View

i took the test a few days ago just once, and the results said I was to be a "natural sciences teacher at the high school level" degree from the U. of Phoenix, of all places :)

wanna know the weird part? thats exactly what my wife said about a week ago. :P

I N T J
33 62 75 11

"Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, C. G. Jung, Michel de Montaigne, Michel Nostradamus, Ada Lovelace"

who the hell are they? lol

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 12/30/2008 18:37:00 MST.

Craig Burton
(MissingUtah) - M

Locale: Smoky Mountains
INTP on 12/30/2008 18:53:03 MST Print View

I'm in operations management, and I'm the Einstein of the bunch... I can live with that.

I 52
N 62
T 75
P 11

Though, normally I score much higher on each of the four.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
I am NOT the norm on 12/30/2008 18:57:53 MST Print View

ENFJ

Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Clara Barton (Founder of the American Red Cross), Ronald Reagan

That's me - wanting to save the world at any opportunity.


Considering I am clearly not the norm, I will be cancelling my membership and will be joining Backpacker.com.

Edited by FamilyGuy on 12/30/2008 18:59:31 MST.

M. Halley
(tinyscraftsyup)
hmmm on 12/30/2008 22:55:39 MST Print View

INFJ

Judging.. hmmm... but I'm so tolerant...

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
ENFP...Seem to be in the minority on 12/31/2008 04:33:00 MST Print View

ENFP
Extraverted.....33
Intuitive.......12
Feeling.........31
Perceiving......78

I think David and I will need to have our own little support group for the non-INTJ crowd.

Edited by dirk9827 on 12/31/2008 04:37:01 MST.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Extroverted introvert. on 12/31/2008 04:50:44 MST Print View

I've tried this a few times now, and get different results each time! Sometimes i'm an Extrovert, and other times i'm an Introvert. Maybe i should start up a helpline! :)

Sean Nordeen
(Miner) - F

Locale: SoCAL
I'm not buying it on 01/02/2009 18:25:18 MST Print View

I 75%
N 25%
F 25%
J 22%

And I'm apparently like Mother Teresa and Nicole Kidman only without the boobs. Though, what does Nicole Kidman have in common with Mother Teresa anyway? D@*# it! I'm an Engineer, not a social worker.

Edited by Miner on 01/03/2009 14:07:07 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: I'm not buying it on 01/02/2009 18:35:07 MST Print View

Question: "Though, what does Nicole Kidman have in common with Mother Teresa anyway?"
Answer: No boobs.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: INTP on 01/02/2009 18:37:16 MST Print View

"I'm the Einstein of the bunch... I can live with that."
No doubt, but can the others?

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: I'm not buying it on 01/02/2009 19:17:54 MST Print View

This time around I'm ISTJ. 78/88/62/22 respectively.

When I took the test 3 years ago I was ISTP.

Adam

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
ENTJ ("fieldmarshal") on 01/02/2009 20:13:14 MST Print View

You are:

* slightly expressed extravert
* distinctively expressed intuitive personality
* distinctively expressed thinking personality
* slightly expressed judging personality

Surprisingly I think this is fairly accurate. I should probably be "distinctively expressed" on the judging bit though.

The funny thing is, I often find myself unable to decide between different answers to the questions in this type of test. I want an option "c" which says, "either a or b, depending on the situation". Perhaps this says something about my personality (strongly thinking and judging, not intuitive). I really dislike being forced to choose one of the two incorrect responses! Does anyone else have this problem? I am delighted when I come across a question that has a clear answer, which is only about 1 in 5 of them I think (maybe less). For the rest of them I grimace and choose the lesser of the two evils.

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 01/02/2009 21:02:27 MST Print View

ENTJ

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
INFP on 01/03/2009 01:02:31 MST Print View

with very strong on the I - 56
n/f around 12
P 33 or so

i'm going back under my blanket now

Open Space
(OpenSpace) - F

Locale: Upstate New York
Lighweight Backpacker on 01/03/2009 10:00:30 MST Print View

Removed by poster.

Edited by OpenSpace on 11/16/2009 19:36:44 MST.

Open Space
(OpenSpace) - F

Locale: Upstate New York
The Personality Test Results (40% are INTJs) on 01/03/2009 10:44:38 MST Print View

Here is a tally of the results so far (as a percent):

INTJ 39.66
ISTJ 13.79
INFJ 8.62
INTP 8.62
INFP 6.90
ENTJ 6.90
ESTJ 3.45
ENJF 1.72
EFSJ 1.72
ISFP 1.72
ISTP 1.72
ISFJ 1.72
ENFJ 1.72
ENFP 1.72

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 01/03/2009 10:59:45 MST Print View

Todd,

I too repeated the test a couple of weeks apart and again INTJ, also an Engineer. Maybe we should throw "engineer" into the correlation :-)

Jim Sweeney
(swimjay) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
INTJ on 01/03/2009 11:16:17 MST Print View

Better minds than mine might want to come up with a song, "INTJ", sung to the tune of "YMCA".

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: INTJ on 01/03/2009 11:24:04 MST Print View

Engineers wouldn't sing .... even if they could.
Capital I ntj

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: INTJ on 01/03/2009 12:32:28 MST Print View

Another one.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Cult of Personality: Ryan Jordan on 01/03/2009 13:15:20 MST Print View

What is interesting is that in sales, if it often said that you sell more often to people like yourself.

I believe that Ryan Jordan is an INTJ and engineer by education.

Perhaps he has created a movement and website that appeals very much to people like himself in personality and perspective?

Given the high number of INTJs, myself being one of them, that are showing up on the personality profile, there might be something to Ryan Jordan being a magnet for like/similar personalities?

Or is it that many UL Backpackers are INTJs???

-Tony

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Cult of Personality: Ryan Jordan on 01/03/2009 14:11:44 MST Print View

Tony -
"What is interesting is that in sales, if it often said that you sell more often to people like yourself."

If you want to Stay in sales you learn how to recognize other styles and adjust accordingly.


"Or is it that many UL Backpackers are INTJs???"

Or is it that many >>BPL<< members are INJT??...

Looking at the emotional rhetoric on some other sites I believe you would see a different profile spread there.

Paul Tree
(Paul_Tree) - F

Locale: Wowwww
ORYM on 01/05/2009 23:31:51 MST Print View

Your Type is INTP

Edited by Paul_Tree on 01/05/2009 23:32:25 MST.

Russell Swanson
(rswanson) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Re: ENFP...Seem to be in the minority on 02/04/2009 13:00:47 MST Print View

"ENFP
Extraverted.....33
Intuitive.......12
Feeling.........31
Perceiving......78

I think David and I will need to have our own little support group for the non-INTJ crowd." - said Dirk Rabdau

I had to search for another ENFP. I scored 22/62/25/33. I can't disagree with most of the description from the provided Keirsey.com link of my type Idealist/Champion. 2-3% of the population? I often feel that removed from the rest of my fellow man.

Jeremy Gustafson
(gustafsj) - MLife

Locale: Minneapolis
The first ENTP?? on 02/04/2009 13:31:23 MST Print View

Am I the first ENTP?

Extraverted 56
Intuitive 50
Thinking 75
Perceiving 33

and I just happen to be another engineer...

ENTP makes me an Inventor?? - Hmmm... I guess I better get to work inventing some new UL Gear.

Walt Disney, Benjamin Franklin, Ray Kurtzweil, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Feynman, Thomas Edison, Camille Paglia, and Nicola Tesla

Edited by gustafsj on 02/04/2009 13:50:02 MST.

Michael Landman
(malndman) - F

Locale: Central NC, USA
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 02/05/2009 11:49:19 MST Print View

Yet another INTJ

Introverted 44
Intuitive 62
Thinking 38
Judging 1

...and I am SO intuitive, but I already knew that!

Work:
IT (doing that now!)
Computer Programming (I'm not a code monkey, been there, done that.)
Corporate Lawyer (a bit too late for that!)

Famous people of this particular type:
Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, C. G. Jung, Michel de Montaigne, Michel Nostradamus, Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace from Wikipedia:
"She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine."

Edited by malndman on 02/05/2009 12:07:48 MST.

ben wood
(benwood)

Locale: flatlands of MO
ISTJ on 02/10/2009 21:03:00 MST Print View

hey clint eastwood can't be that bad.

do ya feel lucky?

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
INTJ on 02/14/2009 11:33:27 MST Print View

I'm also an INTJ, and I have to point out...

The fact that Todd broke it all down by percentage shows just how much of an INTJ he is! :)

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
INTP on 02/14/2009 20:35:49 MST Print View

I 67
N 50
T 12
P 56

which equals Keirsey type "Architect"
(good for my studies too!)

Open Space
(OpenSpace) - F

Locale: Upstate New York
Lightweight Backpacker on 02/15/2009 06:25:24 MST Print View

Removed by poster.

Edited by OpenSpace on 11/16/2009 19:37:37 MST.

scri bbles
(scribbles) - F

Locale: Atlanta, GA
Re: INTP on 03/06/2009 13:36:13 MST Print View

INTP

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 08/20/2011 23:00:56 MDT Print View

This was a fun thread. I am interested in how some of the new ones here score. Come on kids, let's see how your minds work.

I'm still an ISTJ

100/1/23/22

Take the test and share your results.

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes3.asp

Edited by kthompson on 08/21/2011 08:07:52 MDT.

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F - M

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 08/21/2011 00:29:58 MDT Print View

INTJ 44/62/25/11. Probably why BPL feels like a community of like minds to me.

Rodney OndaRock
(RodneyOndaRock) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 08/21/2011 00:49:23 MDT Print View

Dr Evil

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: Midwest
INFP/INTP on 08/21/2011 03:16:29 MDT Print View

About 3 times INFP and 1 time INTP for every time I've taken the Meyers-Briggs assessment. It's fairly accurate by my own judgement.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Another INTJ on 08/21/2011 06:28:24 MDT Print View

I was also bothered by the vagueness of certain questions and how I would answer differently with regard to work related vs personal issues. I took the test three times using alternate answers for those questions. I came back INTJ each time, though the percentages varied. Guess I really am one, if it wasn't already obvious from my need to "test" the test.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
Updated Percents on 08/21/2011 07:39:26 MDT Print View

Jung Test Results

Figure. Percent of Jung Types on BPL (9:35AM EST on August 21, 2011)

John Frederick Anderson
(fredfoto) - F

Locale: Spain
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch on 08/21/2011 08:12:51 MDT Print View

Your Type is
ENFP
Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving
Strength of the preferences %
22 50 62 22

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

 You are:
slightly expressed extravert
moderately expressed intuitive personality
distinctively expressed feeling personality
slightly expressed perceiving personality

This is about right for me. I am a Champion.

With regards to hiking, I don't really like wandering about on my own for too long, and love meeting people on the trail and making trail buddies for. Few days at a time.

Great thread

Fred

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Updated Percents on 08/21/2011 08:43:18 MDT Print View

It doesn't surprise me that INTJ is "winning"; I studied to be an engineer and the atmosphere here is very familiar ;) but I'm surprised it's outpaced the others by so much.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 08/21/2011 09:20:32 MDT Print View

INTJ

I 67
N 50
T 25
J 44


The % may have changed over the last 30 years, but I've always scored a solid INTJ every time I've taken the MB tests.

I'm a retired Quality Assurance Manager/Engineer/Food Scientist.

Jennifer McFarlane
(JennyMcFarlane) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Yet another INTJ on 08/21/2011 11:03:08 MDT Print View

Relatively new here- about a year

Joslyn Bloodworth
(JoslynB) - F

Locale: Southwest
Seeing a trend here... on 08/21/2011 13:29:53 MDT Print View

So not wanting to break the overall trend here, I'm of course a INTJ. It's actually something that goes back and fourth with INFJ, but I think that has to do with the fact that I'm really passionate about my thinking side and I definitely have an artistic streak, though science is my first true love.

Introverted - 78
Intuitive - 38
Thinking - 38
Judging - 78

I think it's interesting that the biggest single result I'm seeing in other posts is Introvert. I think that says something significant about UL backpackers if not Backpackers in general. I'm gonna have to think about that...

Barry Cuthbert
(nzbazza) - M

Locale: New Zealand
INTP on 08/21/2011 16:15:54 MDT Print View

Your Type is
INTP

Strength of the preferences %
Introverted 56
Intuitive 12
Thinking 75
Perceiving 78

I tried the test 4 times over the past day or so with 3 INTP results, all with fairly similar percentages. The other result was a ISTP.

ISTP
Strength of the preferences %
Introverted 56
Sensing 12
Thinking 75
Perceiving 78

I wonder how many people answered yes for Q68: You get pleasure from solitary walks.

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
INFP on 08/21/2011 18:39:51 MDT Print View

INFP's are only 1% of the general population, but according to the graph they seem to be more common here. (Basically, an INFP is an impossible idealist.)

Rodney OndaRock
(RodneyOndaRock) - F

Locale: Southern California
Comedy on 08/22/2011 23:21:04 MDT Print View

I shared the stats with the Mrs who has academic training in psychology and is a gift shop dweller at national parks instead of the real outdoors.

She said: of course they are introverts. These are people who want to get away From everyone.

Comedy.
She doesn't get the outdoors. Or is it that simple?

Edited by RodneyOndaRock on 08/22/2011 23:24:59 MDT.

Ryan Christman
(radio_guy) - MLife

Locale: Midwest U.S.
INTJ on 08/23/2011 00:32:06 MDT Print View

Took the test a while ago a few times and am a solid INTJ. People always gave me a hard time about how I am the way I am. That one psychology class in college did more good for me than I could ever imagine. Learning more about my ...er... OUR personality type and how we are perceived made me feel much better.

Nice to see I am not "alone" and that a great majority of us BPLrs are similar in this regard.

Scott Truong
(elf773) - M

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker (instead of demographic sketch) on 08/23/2011 01:48:25 MDT Print View

Took the test 3 times about 3 years apart. Everytime an INTJ.

This site drew me in like a moth to a flame. Now I know why.

Must be the liking systems thing and that line in "Barfly" when Mickey Rourke says to Faye Dunaway: "I don't hate people... sometimes I feel better when they're not around."

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
INTJ on 08/23/2011 04:01:19 MDT Print View

I 72%
N 62%
T 62%
J 11%

Aka, "Mastermind"! Which I find incredibly amusing. However, I am offended at being categorized with Ayn Rand.

And, sure enough- I'm in natural sciences.

Given my low rating in J, I think that I would be best described as an INTJ/INTP hybrid- which actually makes sense and is quite possible if you understand how such personality testing works. With those high scores in INT there is no doubt that I'm a "Rational" but, frankly, the TypeLogic description of INTP "Architect" sounds much closer to me than the INTJ "Mastermind". I also seem to remember scoring that way the last time I took this test, decades ago.

Edited by acrosome on 08/23/2011 07:16:01 MDT.

Ron D
(dillonr) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
INTP on 08/23/2011 08:50:24 MDT Print View

I've consistently tested as INTP over the last 25 years.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
re: personality profile on 08/23/2011 08:51:09 MDT Print View

ISFJ

Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging

56 25 12 56

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 08/23/2011 10:17:33 MDT Print View

Another INTJ 78/25/12/22.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: A Real Personality Profile of a Lighweight Backpacker on 08/23/2011 11:26:03 MDT Print View

I took the test and came up with: P.E.R.V.

What does that mean?

And why to women on the trail keep spraying me with mace?

-Tony

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
INFJ on 08/23/2011 15:59:25 MDT Print View

I- 89
N - 100
F - 25
J - 44

In the past I was usually an INTJ. Interestingly I am currently reading a book on Jungian psychology, so this is perhaps something of a synchronicity.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
re: profile on 08/23/2011 16:11:34 MDT Print View

Well, Tony, I think they have a saying: if you have to ask the question, you probably won't understand the answer. :)

Andy F
(AndyF) - M
eNTP on 08/23/2011 22:12:51 MDT Print View

eNTP here. Notice the small e. I sometimes test as INTP or INTJ too, but I identify most with the ENTP preference.

Alice Hengst
(Moondust) - MLife

Locale: Southern Sierras
Whatever on 08/25/2011 17:43:05 MDT Print View

Your Type is
ENTJ
Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
22 25 62 33


Whatever that means. It didn't ask a question about whether I care what this means.

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
INTJ's on 08/29/2011 07:47:17 MDT Print View

i think the bulk of backpackers would be INTJ's to a degree given the nature of the hobby. gadgets, analysis, isolation, resourcefulness, and self reliance are core components of backpacking. anyone can walk in the woods, but to do it for days on end alone with all your gear strapped to your back... that's a different animal all together.

my profile:

I - 11%
N - 38%
T - 62%
J - 11%

Edited by asciibaron on 08/29/2011 08:00:40 MDT.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
ENTP on 08/29/2011 08:40:56 MDT Print View

ENTP

Extrovert - 1
Intuitive - 100
Thinking - 1
Perceiving- 22


I found my scores interesting and pretty dead on. The fact that I scored a (1) in two categories, Extrovert and Thinking. I am an individual who is energized by others and being extremely social at times, also I am quite content to be introverted for extended periods of time. Also I believe that I do go back and forth between thinking and feeling with relative ease. Also its pretty bad ass I scored a 100! :)

My girlfriend (backpacker) is another INTJ


There is another thing called BrainTypes. Here is the questionnaire below. It used to be free, and the interesting thing about it was they would have a corresponding BODYTYPE that went along with your brain type. I found that very interesting and accurate.

The questionnaire below is free, it gives you your results with a brief description and corresponding jung-meyers, see if you match up, I did. Wish they still had free access to Bodytype section :(

http://braintypes.com/questionnaire.asp

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Jung shmung! on 09/02/2011 19:38:48 MDT Print View

I taught psychology in high school for many years. Carl Yung is a pioneer in psychology and for me that's where it ends. I have found absolutely nothing scientifically based in Jungian psychology and even less merit in his philosophy.

That's why I avoid any test based on Jung's ideas.

Meyers-Briggs is not bad but quite outdated and has been morphed into many personality "tests" like "True Colors.

Based on my own observations I've found a wide range of personalities among backpackers, almost as wide as the general population - excluding psychopathic personalities, that is.

Edited by Danepacker on 09/03/2011 12:46:16 MDT.

J. Lopes
(Jay_NJ) - F
INTJ on 09/07/2011 20:37:06 MDT Print View

Your Type is
INTJ
Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
Strength of the preferences %
22 12 62 56