Putting on the Sorting Hat

Day #5 of Blogtember.

Monday, September 9: Take this short personality test and respond to your results.

This definitely felt like Sorting. Imagine, spectacled, bird-like me, sitting on the chair while the Hat evaluated my merits, qualities, abilities, and of course, limitations. And I was sorted into…

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INTJ house! *Round of applause from the house table*

The Humanmetrics Jung Typology test says that I am:

Introvert(67%)  iNtuitive(12%)  Thinking(1%)  Judging(33%)

    1. You have distinctive preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)
    2. You have slight preference of Intuition over Sensing (12%)
    3. You have marginal or no preference of Thinking over Feeling (1%)
    4. You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

So, I happen to be pretty balanced as far as Thinking and Feeling is concerned, and to quite an extent, Intuition and Sensing too. I knew it!

Quoting from the INTJ profile:

When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.

Several areas of expertise… I rather like the sound of that! A great deal of self-knowledge too! Not to brag or anything, but I consider that to be really respectable. 🙂

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type.

Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia).

Cool! Akshita, the intellectual, incisive engineer!

Apparently, we INTJs are at a disadvantage as far as romantic relationships go. The website says that we are capable of caring deeply for a few select others (true that!), and are willing to invest a great deal of time and effort on a relationship. But because being Sensing over Feeling, instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the we expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Well, maybe the balance of S and F that I seem to have will take care of that! Oh, I see that my Intuitive side is taking care of it.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to “work at” a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

You know, I’ve got to say, I’m pretty flattered by the description! Many of these qualities are admirable to me. And to be told that I actually possess these traits is pretty awesome. Maybe this is the reason:

sorting hat

And guess, who else was INTJ?

Stephan Hawking (feeling honoured)

Marie Curie (can you believe it!)

Jane Austen (Ooh!) and….Mr. Darcy! These guys have a way of figuring out the responses of a fictional character too! Just shows the brilliant character development of Jane Austen!

Have you taken this test? What’s your personality type?

9 thoughts on “Putting on the Sorting Hat

  1. Good one.. I took the Briggs Meyer test years back and got INTJ too ..the percentages were different though..don’t remember all but I think Introvert was 42%; I have a feeling now that figure must have become more 🙂


  2. I think it’s great that you appreciate your personality type! It’s taken me awhile to come to terms with my own. I think that the most important thing to remember is that each personality has it’s advantages and disadvantages, and there’s nothing saying that we can’t work on the things we don’t like 🙂


  3. Your sorting hat title had me clicking on this post with the passion of a million wingardium leviosas! But seriously, I love the Harry Potter references drizzled throughout this post! And I also enjoy that you are an INTJ. Like you, I really admire the traits that INTJs have. I am always so impressed by the INTJ ability to see a possibility and then make it a reality. That is so cool! And INTJs tend to be really intelligent — beyond most people — and I find that there’s always something interesting to learn. Perhaps the most important things I’ve learned from my INTJ friends are how to be efficient and how to actually get things done (instead of just talking about them).

    Also, is that last sorting hat image a quote? How interesting in this light… it sorts you by what you value, not what you embody. Makes so much sense and makes me think of Neville differently and even Tom Riddle and Harry. And in some ways, do we not have sorting hats in our own lives? We all prioritize our values differently. Some people choose ambition above all while others choose love and still others choose knowledge. Maybe, like with Hogwarts, all of those things are equal and necessary in order for the world to function, but sometimes it’s hard to understand from the outside.

    Anyway, true to INTJ form, you have me with my thinking hat on (which looks quite lovely underneath my sorting hat, no?) 🙂


    • Hey Erica! Now you have me blushing! The sorting hat image isn’t exactly a quote, but that was implied all throughout the series, wasn’t it? “It is our choices that make us who we are, far more than our abilities.”, Harry choosing courage over slyness.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading the post, and it was great discussing Harry Potter with you! 🙂


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