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Warning--this post is self-reflective rambling and navel-gazing..

My husband randomly asked me tonight who said "If you can't stand the heat..."  We both thought Truman and he asked me to look it up to verify.  I did, and it was.  But the site I ended up on was a Keirsey Personality Type site. 

Now I've taken the Myers-Briggs test many, many times (seems to be a favorite test for employers to give out in training classes.)  I'm a INTJ.  First tested as such when I was about 25 years old and with each test through the years I've remained an INTJ.  I had an instructor once say that normally once you are an adult your personality type doesn't change much although you learn to "compensate" and develop other traits to cope when needed.

So, what's weird to me is that I went to this site's description of an INTJ.  It was termed the Mastermind (hee!)  Which both felt good and felt not right--because although I take leadership roles--I really prefer to not do so and to stay in the background.  I've since termed myself a "beta" in that I'm best suited to be a very strong second-in-command.  And, of course, I learned more about what a beta really was by reading metas about SPN (everything goes back to SPN!)   But I digress. 

So I was reading through this description--which felt flattering to me because Stephen Hawkings and Ayn Rand were among other Masterminds.  And towards the end came across this statement: "Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead." 

Whoa.  I truly only thought that was me.  Not the "natural leader" part--but the part about only stepping into the leader role if someone who should be leading was not doing a good job.  I've done that so many times and it was why I frequently found myself in management roles at work--despite my preference not to.  It was eerie to see that stated exactly as I would have said it about myself (again other than the "natural leader" part.)

Here's the INTJ description.  You can find the other description types by clicking on the various tabs.

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