If you haven’t ever taken a personality test, you can take it here. I am a ‘Rational Mastermind’. INTJ= Introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment. I excerpted the parts that stuck out to me or were especially true; the italics are my own comments:
All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be (This is so true. I almost neurotically plan and map out the way things will andan go in my mind and have several “branches” of alternatives).
Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead (TRUTH. I hate being the “group leader” because I don’t like dealing with certain personalities, but I also hate inefficiency. It makes me itch inside.). Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords (this explains a lot of my stress at my current job). Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don’t, aren’t, no matter who thought of them (Yes, yes, YES. I have given so many side-eyes and Kanye shrugs to my assistant and supervisor over non-sensical rules and ideas.). Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.
In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past (Generally, this is pretty true. However I get irritated/impatient reeeeally quickly so problem-solving often turns into LAWD get me through the day).
Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided (This is true, I cannot sleep, eat, or think about anything else for too long if something is up in the air). But before they decide anything, they must do the research (YAS, I STAY looking up facts and examples for whatever arbitrary point I need to make or decision). Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality (Yes again).
They are good at solving problems and like to work on tough intellectual puzzles. They are often led into technical positions such as scientific researcher, design engineer, environmental planner. The developing field of genetics benefits from their intensity as does the field of medicine (I have considered getting a Masters in Genetic Counseling more than a few times). In education they are most often found at the college and university level (um, hello?). In the professions, they may be a lawyer (have also considered this a few times), a business analyst (would love to be an auditor), or strategic planner. Some have a strong artistic/creative bent and may become an artist, inventor, or designer (this was the path I was on as a child. I didn’t further my painting/drawing, but now have a strong urge to do printmaking and jewelry making). Whatever they do, they do it with intensity.
The Mastermind sees situations from their own unique perspective and they enjoy finding new solutions to complex problems. They are driven to implement their ideas whether or not others can see their vision for improvement. If they are given no support, they dig in their heels and work all the harder to achieve their vision (this is all so true. I’ve been known to play deaf when there’s resistance to one of my perfectly logical suggestions). Stress comes when they are forced to deal with too many unexpected events or if they are forced to be too extraverted for too long (TESTIFY. I HATE being cheery, outgoing, smiley, etc. at work. The facade crumbles quickly, it’s almost like you can countdown to my face falling). The stress manifests itself by obsessive thoughts on external data and feelings of the world being against them. They can recover if they are given time to be alone, get their tasks rebalanced and have time to pursue their visionary solutions. It’s best if others do not try to give them advice or suggestions (mm to the freakin HMM).
Rational women tend to be late bloomers on the dating scene (true though I was surrounded by some fast ass peers). They are sometimes unaware of or don’t wish to follow cultural norms which dictate what is considered feminine (ask Crabby how blunt and crass I can be sometimes but I try to follow it up with a dainty *tee hee*). As they get older, men often appreciate their logic and general lack of emotional outbursts (this is true as has been told to me, not counting couple argumentz), along with the fact that Rational women tend to clearly state what they think and want.
So what are you? Let me know!