Posted by Caroline on March 28, 1998 at 14:59:38:
In response to Sarcasm?, written by P. Bingham on March 27, 1998 at 03:58:29
When reading Patricia's answer, the first thing that struck me was how like a description of the INTJ personality of Myers- Briggs it was. This personality type is supposed to be one of the rarest, and is characterised by aloofness, operating very largely without obvious reference to other people or things in general. In short ,it is a personality rarely encountered and difficult to understand, although if they allow you to know them, they are just as worthy of affection and understanding as anyone else, very trustworthy and honest, loyal to the people they care about, someone whose judgement is to be relied upon.
Somewhere on the net, in all the Myers-Briggs stuff, I've seen stated that Jane Austen was probably an INTJ.(It's not at the Kiersey site, and not in our old archives, any of them, as far as I can see, so I don't know where I got it from.) I personally think it very probable that she was. Her writing is so definitely 'N' and 'J', almost all writers are 'I' and differences between 'T' and 'F' is fundamental to almost all her books.
The combination of INTJ personality (rare) and exceptional intelligence (rare) gives an extremely unusual person. I t probably scares the willies out of your average John Doe. If you met one, what would it be like?
I think it would be awfully like Mr. Darcy! The thought that Darcy is actually Jane Austen isn't original to me. Anyone who wants to follow it up on-line should look at "Mr Ashton Dennis' " page at Geocities ...http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/2138/
If you don't know about Myer's Briggs, and you'd like to, you can find it by searching for "Personality types" in Yahoo! or whatever. (I won't link because I don't have their permission to do so.) You can also find the "Kiersey Temperament Sorter " the same way, and test yourself!
Caroline, (who now needs an "E" to tell her to lighten up, an "S" to corroberate or reject her evidence, a "T" to put all these random ideas into some coherent order, and a "J" to tell her whether she's barking up the wrong tree completely or not.! )
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