Things have been quiet here. I have been remarkably busy considering that I am effectively without a job at the moment. I have been posting daily thoughts on my readings on Isaiah at qaya thoughts, but as noted in the tagline there these are unpolished thoughts, and in fact not very profound especially if read outside the context of my thinking about such matters.
Part of the reason I have been busy is that there has been so much to read on other blogs. Among those has been Wayne Leman’s post on Bible translation and personality types, which has prompted lots of comments and several posts on other blogs (such as here and here, but none of them are showing up as links). I am still waiting to see how Wayne can link the two halves of his post title. I commented giving my own personality type, but well down in the comments so probably most of you won’t have spotted it. Anyway, I couldn’t put in a comment the following graphic which summarises the results.
Here is the information from the comment again, slightly adapted.
In the Personality Types Test I come out as ISTP, The “Craftsman”, which is in line with the most recent time I took Myers-Briggs which was probably about 2000. But I am very near the centre on S/N, the others are clear cut. I am now quite strongly P, but when I first took this test I was J, and more recently weakly P. I think this means that I was brought up to be P by my strongly P mother, but am not naturally like that.
In response to Wayne’s question, my preferred Bible is TNIV, or perhaps I would prefer something a little more “dynamic” such as NLT.
Beyond Words asked, in a previous comment, “how does the Spirit influence how we answer the questions? … Some of my natural tendencies have been transformed by grace.” I found several questions which I would answer differently depending on whether I am following my natural personality or going where I sense (or intuit) the Spirit is leading me. Perhaps the Spirit is making me more P and less J, and less strongly S. I might have guessed he was making me more E, but I actually scored less E than last time I tested.
ElShaddai Edwards responded to my comment:
A little more time, Peter, and you’ll be a full-fledged INTP like Iyov, JL, Michael, J.K. Gayle, brucea and myself – scary! For such a small % of the population, there’s a healthy representation of INTPs here.
Scary indeed to be like the Jewish scholar Iyov, the scholar of Aristotle J.K., and the trombonist ElShaddai! Anyway, that would make me “The Engineer”, and I don’t think I want to be that, especially in view of this little video:
So perhaps I need to develop my S side a bit more, to preserve the uniqueness of my ISTP at least among commenters so far.