INTJ women are rather
unusual rare, approximately 0.8 percent of the population, according to the source I am using for this article. (http://www.16personalities.com/intj-personality). While we have the ability to develop our less dominant “preferences” as we mature, there is one thing that does not stop – our thought process.
By preference, we like to analyze, evaluate and improve – anything. We ask questions – “Why do you do it this way?” “Is there a reason it is not done…?” It is part of our learning and processing of new information. Over the years, I have learned if the person being asked the questions is not understanding of the INTJ personality – the quest to understand and learn – or, if they are insecure in their knowledge, or lacking in self-esteem, the INTJ’s questioning will be seen as an attack on credentials or position of power (a teacher, supervisor, etc.)
If an INTJ is put in a defensive position by someone who is threatened by questions, our response, by default, is to … yes… question and analyze more data to make better sense of things. Talk about a vicious circle – our coping mechanism to stress causes more stress for people that are challenged by the way we think and learn.
INTJ personalities also have an unusual combination of both decisiveness and vivid imagination. What this means in practice is that they can both design a brilliant plan and execute it. Imagine a giant chess board where the pieces are constantly moving, trying out new tactics, always directed by an unseen hand – this is what the INTJ’s imagination is like. An INTJ would assess all possible situations, calculate strategic and tactical moves, and more often than not develop a contingency plan or two as well.
Oh, yes. That is what my mind is like. Always. This is why I don’t play chess. Do you have any idea how many possible scenarios there are in a chess game? I couldn’t even find a source with a definite answer! A chess game move = one/player. Popular Science, January 2011 calculates the possibilities:
Some have estimated is at around 10^100,000. Out of those, about 10^120 games are ‘typical’: about 40 moves long with an average of 30 choices per move. There are only 10^15 total hairs on all the human heads in the world, 10^23 grains of sand on Earth, and about 10^81 atoms in the universe. The number of typical chess games is many times as great as all those numbers multiplied together…
Does anyone really care? Seems, so –
Hardy (1999, p. 17) estimated the number of possible games of chess as . The number of possible games of 40 moves or less is approximately (Beeler et al. 1972), a number arrived at by estimating the number of pawn positions (in the no-captures situation, this is ), multiplying by the possible positions for all pieces, then dividing by two for each of the (rook, knight) pairs that are interchangeable, and dividing by two for each pair of bishops (since half the positions will have the bishops on the same color squares). (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Chess.html)
Now I know why I don’t play chess. It is not relaxing. My mind is always “playing chess” whether I want it to or not. Granted, my sleeping brain has “highlighted” my erroneous organic chem formulas – and I will awaken with a start to correct a worksheet I thought was completed correctly. Stuff like that. Helpful and practical.
I think I’m going to go play in the sandbox for a bit. Rock-Paper-Scissors, anyone?
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