One of the blogs that I follow in my Bloglines reader contained an “HT” to another blog (and now that I know what “HT” means – thanks Bri’D), which I jumped to, which led to another, and another, and…

…you get the general idea.

Anyway, one of those blogs contained a pretentious “My Personality Profile” badge on it. Now, I don’t put much stock in this sort of thing – I admit, I’m very suspicious of most things psychobabble. My opinion on that has been changing over the years, largely through interaction with another CC pastor who also happens to be a licensed counselor, but even still, the aversion persists…

My natural skepticism amplifies when we get to the subject of “personality profiles,” which I tend to view as little different than those fortunes you get out of those really cool cookies you get at the local Chinese restaruant after you pig out responsibly enjoy your Sweet & Sour Chicken. Just general enough to fit anybody, just quasi-specific enough to give people the impression that they’re actually accurate.

Sort of like a group-think kind of Rorschach test, that your company usually sinks a lot of good money into that could have gone to profit-sharing.


Anyway, it was free; for grins, I took the test.

For further grins, I shared the results with my lovely and gracious wife and a good friend, sort of as a “chuckle chuckle chortle snort” kind of thing.

…they said it nails me.


Click to view my Personality Profile page

ENTPs are logical, innovative, curious and downright inventive. They see possibilities for improvement everywhere and possess the ability to understand complex concepts. ENTPs are introspective and carefree nonconformists. They often neglect the more common areas of life while pursuing new solutions. ENTPs can be good conversationalists and exciting company.

About the ENTP Expert Quotes & Links

“ENTPs are idea people. Their perceptive abilities cause them to see possibilities everywhere. They get excited and enthusiastic about their ideas, and are able to spread their enthusiasm to others. In this way, they get the support that they need to fulfill their visions”
– Portrait of an ENTP (The Personality Page)

“It is so natural for these individuals to practice devising gadgets and mechanisms, that they start doing it even as young children. And they get such a kick out of it that they really never stop exercising their inventive bent”
– The Portrait of the Inventor Rational (Keirsey)

“ENTPs are usually verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and generally love to argue–both for its own sake, and to show off their often-impressive skills… argument as a sport.”
– ENTP Profile (TypeLogic) “ENTPs contribute an innovative, versatile, and enterprising approach to work. They view limitations as challenges to be overcome and look for new ways to do things. They need to find a niche for themselves in order to be free to maneuver. They prefer the start-up phase of a project rather than the followthrough or maintenance phase. Once the project is designed, they prefer to turn it over to someone else.”
– ENTP – The Innovator (Lifexplore)

“…attention seeking, experience junky, insensitive, adaptable, not easily offended, messy, carefree, dangerous, fearless, careless…”
– Jung Type Descriptions (ENTP) (

It even gives a list of “Other Famous ENTPs,” both real and fictional.

Among my apparent “real” ENTP-fellows:

  1. Alexander the Great (oh yeah…)
  2. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (the “Walk Softly But Carry A Big Stick” guy…I knew there was a reason I always liked him…)
  3. Richard Feynman (the dude who thought up the entire field of quantum computing)

and others.

I don’t get too excited about all that, though, since “Celine Dion” apparently shares my same personality-DNA.

::insert blank stare here::

My fictional personality-mates are even more interesting, including:

  1. Cosmo Kramer
  2. “Doc” Brown (“…one-point-twenty-one gigawatts!!!)
  3. Wile E. Coyote
  4. Q (the quasi-omnipotent bane of Captain Jean-Luc Picard)

I’m really not sure what I think about all that…

Anyway, it was fun…now back to real work…