15. Perfectionist - INTP (Thinker) - Curious but lazy. Let’s take time to do it right the first time!We are always careful to emphasise to the cohort that this measures behaviour. It can be useful in assessing stress, correct imposition (communication), energy and preferences. It does not measure a person's values, aptitude, honesty, intelligence, sexuality, gender preference, personality (nice or not) nor whether they have any mental health issues, are addicted, consider themselves discriminated against or have been brainwashed. Conducted and composed by Elizabeth Hunter™ - Last Update May 28, 2020
Statistics and Overview
Perfectionist outline in pdf: Click here
Approx. Population US: 2.5% - 13/16 - M:4.0% - F:1.0%.
Other Profiles: MYERS BRIGGS (MBTI) - INTP - The Thinker Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. KIERSEY - Rational - Architect. iPERSONIC - Analytical Thinker. Other - Engineer, Ardent.
Career: Optometrist, plastic surgeon, neurologist, scientist, lawyer, detective, architect, financial analyst, higher academic levels - archeology, chemistry, philosophy or mathematics, musician, inventor, or photographer. Restorer of antiques or old cars.
Key like: A good documentary.
Key hate: Rejection; Those who do not listen to them.
Key factors: Very difficult when in the role of the customer.
Key propensity: To appear to second guess themselves.
Smarts: Curious smart. Number reasoning smart.
Missing in their lives: Connectivity.
Rankings: How organised ranking: 14/16. How dominant ranking: 10/16. How submissive ranking: 7/16.
Twosome Descripta™ - Absentminded professor.
Augmentation: A fearless ability to challenge the assumptions that many other people take for granted. Emotionless and socially awkward.
Point of Characta™ - Deduction.
Eight Pos Traits:
1. Most logically minded of all behaviours.
2. Usually very independent, unconventional and original.
3. Not like to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity.
4. Highly values intelligence and knowledge.
5. Loves new ideas and is excited by new theories.
6. Not well equipped to handle the emotional needs of others.
7. Generally laid back and easy going.
8. Assertive identity.
Pos Traits Description: The Perfectionist is gifted at looking beyond convention and tradition to find illogical behavior and inconsistencies. They can cut through denial, biases and expectations to find pure data and truth. It is as if they see the underlying logical blueprint for how everything works, all the connections, assumptions and logical consequences. They are also good at seeing things in new ways and finding innovations and creative strategies that many other types find surprising and ingenious. All these gifts together make them skilled in strategic thinking, systems thinking and troubleshooting.
1. Too introspective.
2. Very difficult when in the role of the customer.
4. Withdrawn and private.
7. Loathe rules and guidelines.
8. Has the feeling that everybody around are part of some other species. 9. Constantly second guess themselves, the nature of their existence, the nature of humanity. Are in perpetual existential crisis. The combination of self doubt, an innate thirst for knowledge and difficulty connecting with others make it easy for a Perfectionist to feel out of place.
10. When dealing with people, everything is now twice as hard.
11. Has difficulty forming relationships.
12. Has reputation for not accomplishing anything.
What you need to stop doing: Being so unbelievably insensitive.
Nicknames: Mr. Conceptual. Mr. Bogged-Detail. Crow. Martini. Logician. Nerd. Papillon.
Own Brand Fascination: Trust - Build relationships through dependability. With Mystique as Secondary, The Control Freak - Compulsive, Driven, Exacting.
Surˌprise, surˈprise - you should not be surprised about these sorts of behaviour! Always finds a new or alternate take on a problem - it’s never ever as simple as you think.
Pidgeonholed v. The Real World
P: In possession of more knowledge than the Internet. Reclusive geniuses, Know all, Humble.
R: Sexually attracted to science, volunteers a plethora of useless facts every hour, zero spatial and social awareness. Please help this poor soul. They seriously have no idea how to interact with the world. That is why they assume themselves to be robots who do not need humans.
As a leader - Competent
Augmentation: Gets lost in the joy of theorising and procrastinate on taking action. Becomes protective, even defensive, of their ideas, especially when under stress, to the extent that they may adhere to an illogical position despite having been presented with information to the contrary. Often neglect the feelings and opinions of others as they commit to a decision.
Dogma - Blind Faith: I don't believe it.
Focus: Stability and competence.
As a negotiator:
Style - Tend to Accommodate - eventually.
Result - Tend to be they lose and they do not mind losing.
Outcome - Very costly.
Examples: MOSES. Albert Einstein. Marie Curie.
At work & comparing with social
Worst workplace to be in: If it's run as a workplace where everyone is micromanaged and must account for what they are doing at absolutely every minute of every day.
Compared to social: Scale 1 - 8. 1&2 Excellent; 3&4 Good; 5&6 Fair; 6&7 Poor.
High C with High D: Work: 6. Social: 8.
High C with High I: Work: 3. Social: 7.
High C with High S: Work: 2. Social: 1.5.
High C with High C: Work: 3. Social: 1.
At the job souk: Researcher; Computer Programmer; Chemist; Biologist; Lawyer; Financial Planner; Mathematician; Technical Consultant; Artist / Photographer; Professor.
Jobs and tasks:
Designing Systems. Analysing information in a detached and subjective way; Collecting and keeping track of data; Managing projects; Doing budgets and overseeing them; Instructing; Finding more efficient ways of doing things; Controlling information; Applying principles consistently; Doing cost-benefit analyses; Improving; Focusing on what needs to be done now.
Promptness: Late. Often struggles with being on time and time management and will easily lose track of time, distracted by a million different thoughts. Will be late often. It is not from a lack of consideration, but simply comes from disconnection from the physical world and forget what time it actually is. They may believe only moments have passed, when it reality hours have gone by. Will make a strong effort for the people they care about and will feel guilty if they fail to accomplish something.
Fulfilling Commitments:The Perfectionist can often avoid commitments and suffer from a fear of missing out. They dislike feeling as though their choices have hindered them in any way. This often comes from their constant need to analyse everything. The Perfectionist wants to make the right decisions in life and can be afraid that they will somehow go down the wrong path. This can cause the avoidance making any real commitments in life, so that they can avoid making the wrong ones. Over time though, can learn to find the right choices for them and will be able to follow through with their commitments.
In a Meeting: Nit picker.
Under Pressure: Perfectionists enjoy challenges but can struggle when they feel a lot of pressure. They especially have a hard time when those close are pressuring them and dislike feeling like a disappointment. Perfectionists prefer having space and time to process the information in front of them without feeling pressure to respond. Having to respond immediately can overwhelm since their inner thoughts take time to fully process in a way that other people can comprehend.
As a performance appraiser:
Style - High C's conduct performance evaluations in very much a "matter of fact" style.
Result - Reviews are well-documented, detailed and critical. They will be objective.
Outcome - Appraisee is likely to have the whole story but not sure anything that requires remediation will change.
As a customer service representative: Style - High C's need to understand everything about everything. Will believe failure to read directions is the root cause of most problems.
Result - The specific issue will be fixed and any apology will have conditions and contingencies.
Outcome - Customer is likely to accept that the company has the whole story but not sure anything will really change.
CD - C with D - Pace. Indirect, Slower-Paced v. Direct, Fast-Paced.
CI - C with I - Pace & Priority. Indirect, Slower-Paced, Guarded, Task-Oriented v. Direct, Fast-Paced, Open, People-Oriented.
CS - C with S - Priority. Guarded, Task-Oriented v. Open, People-Oriented.
CC - C with C - Possible Threat.
In the Personal Space
How others are judged: Shallow Judgeology™. Openly critical but often without deep judgment about others. They will outwardly point out other people’s errors, but only become judgmental if their advice is ignored. They are more judgmental towards people who put on a fake face in front of others and do not show people their true colors. Good at reading people. Annoyed and judgmental at people who pretend to be something that they are not (e.g. better than others, obnoxious, self important) and at others who believe these lies. Oddly forgiving when people make mistakes and care how they affect others.
Cause of anxiety: When you are being held responsible for others.
Shyness Gauge™ (Out of the 16 patterns. Scale: Lower number is more shy: 3/16
When ill: Googles ten thousand variations of what they might have and ends up in the depths of Wikipedia, learning about a strange Polynesian virus that died out 1000 years ago.
At the shopping mall: Lost in the store that sells a wide assortment of products including remote control helicopters and drones, alarm clocks and smartwatches, massage chairs, speakers, iPads and tablet accessories, blankets, pillows, and many other lifestyle items. It will be hours before someone finds them sitting in a fixed state in a chair with a pensive look on their face, staring at the ice cube makers.
As the gift buyer: Panics trying to determine who will be expecting a gift from them. Brainstorms a variety of ideas that their loved ones might like, but trusts none of them. Subtly requests feedback from others about their gift ideas, while fiercely wishing that holidays would go extinct.
What they want as a gift: Video games, gadgets, An experience, Collectibles / memorabilia, A Book, Favourite treats, Something practical.
What sort of holiday: Solo fly fishing.
What sort of clothes do they wear - male: May take a long while before a fashion sense is developed. Early on they may pay little attention to how they dress and opt instead to wear what’s comfortable to them. Over time they may discover a good fashion sense that works for them and looks smart, simple and quasi-hipster. Apt to find a pattern or style of clothing that is really liked and will wear that or variations of it everyday. Once they find something they like will stick with it for a while before they find a new style to go overboard with.
What sort of clothes do they wear - female: Deep thinkers and tend to see the bigger picture in life. Lost in their abstract thoughts, always carry a pair of sunglasses in case there is a need to divert gaze away from unwanted social interaction.
As a house guest: As Host: My rules, don't touch my stuff. The safe is locked anyway. As Guest: I'll stay for agreed time.
Contents of wardrobe (fun perspective):
Filled with notebooks of all the heavy calculations and theories that they have made.
In a relationship / dating:
Relationship needs – Independence and Attentiveness. Red Flag if you hear this - "Why did it take you so long to answer my text?" Not negotiable with the partner - A partner who cannot think critically. Biggest Strength - Problem solving. Ideal Date Activities - Anything that needs thinking. Chess, bridge, word games. Will be seeking - Long term dating. Target area priority - LOVABLE - 50%; ROMANTIC 35%; SEXUAL 15%. Soulmate - Developer.
Compatibility: Click here.
At the bar: Wants to engage in deep conversations.
In the bedroom: Experimental Bedroomer. Although you are not the most emotionally expressive person, you feel much more satisfied when there is an emotional connection during sex. You’ve probably experienced casual sex (because you are never averse to exploring new things) and found that it was seriously lacking. You don’t necessarily open up easily and tend to only enjoy sex fully with someone you feel completely comfortable with. Once you do find someone you are relaxed with, sex is a great opportunity to get outside of your own head. You are very keen on experimentation and enjoy trying new things in the bedroom. You have the perfect combination of wanting to be satisfied but of also wanting your partner to be satisfied.
Dalliance or not? As a perceiving type may sometimes want to break away from their commitments and try something new and this may very well apply to their relationships. Because they are introverted however, it is unlikely they will actively seek out or initiate a side relationship and even if they do, they will likely respect their partners enough to let them know before it gets too serious.
How they deal with clutter: Pondering Clutter. The bin is full again, already. As you tie up the garbage bag to
take it down the hallway, you think, “There has to be a better system”. You consider the volume and sources of trash
generated daily, how much space it would save to compress empty containers, the pros and cons of recycling and whether
or not a smaller bin can would psychologically induce less trash-generating. You have now been standing for ten
minutes blankly staring at the full bag, totally unaware of the steady stream of liquid trailing onto the floor.
Perfectionists love logic and demand explanations for everything that interests them. The kitchen-timer method, can help divide the day up into chunks of time devoted to specific tasks so the curious Perfectionist is less likely to multitask and get distracted.
What sort of kitchen: The Contemporary Kitchen. You are philosophical, complex and non-traditional. Clean lines and cool tones. You are too busy trying to figure out the mysteries of the universe to be preoccupied by the kitchen.
What religion: 25.48% Rank: 16. Lowest percentage of the sixteen. Seems logical with bias to facts and detail rather than beliefs. Likely religion: Atheist. Some Greek Orthodox.
What they like at a music festival: What's the festival? They’re not even sure how they wound up at the festival. Stays the whole time because they cannot find the exit for three days.
What they like as their musical instrument: Piano. Why? The Perfectionist is very intellectual and spends lots of time thinking about new ways to solve problems. The piano reflects the serious side and the Perfectionist's fondness of solo contemplation.
What sort of friend: Hesitant, knowledgeable. The friend that never initiates hanging out and does not really like to make plans. When you finally get to hang out, they always have some new and interesting topic to discuss. Even though they are not your most openly affectionate friend, you always somehow know they will be there for you when you truly need them. Is likely not to get along with the Practitioner. Can feel lonely when they lose friendships as a result of over absorption in activities, not being understood by others and also feel frustrated.
Weird feature: Brings up awkward subjects. No topic off limits. Body fluids discussion at the dinner table? Has weird ideas. Rank: 6/10.
In the classroom: Either never talks or always argues with the teacher over logical consistencies.
Attitude to money and risk
Augmentation: In the top 4 as the highest risk-takers together with Inspirational, Agent and Promoter. Enjoys exploring new, untested theories and possibilities. Unlike those who have facts to rely on, enjoy “jumping into possibilities” without having to spend a lot of time figuring out if something like this has been done before. In fact, if a project or idea has been done before that can be a deterrent. Drawn to the novel and original far more than the tested and established. This tends to play out in career choices. Many Perfectionists are stimulated by taking less-secure job positions if there is a higher reward. Are able to consider many new, unusual theories, projects, and endeavours simultaneously without getting weighed down by anxiety or over-planning. However, need to take a moment and pause and consider their priorities, values, and principles before moving forward. This way they can avoid floundering in a sea of unfinished projects and unlimited alternatives.
Spending money: Planner. Long term investing with contingency plans. Wants to know what they will have on daily basis. Big picture aspect. Have account for long term savings and discretionary mad money. Experience Seeker.
Financial toxicity: Planner - Slacker. Acts like they need help though they really do not need it - 'crying wolf'. They ask for money, though they actually are not doing anything to try on their own. Living off others is what they would rather do, instead of taking the difficult step of trying to be self-sufficient. This can be a challenge, so don't lend. Trustworthy Ranking: High. (Will analyze a person first in order to determine if others are trustworthy).
The following table shows the attitude to risk of each pattern
When Nefarious - actions are highly reprehensible or offensive in character
Haughty, careless, absorbed in their own world and ideas. Ignore and neglect the people in their care. They look down on “the mass” for being less intellectual or “enlightened” than they are. They avoid responsibilities and ignore loved ones, drifting into their own isolated world. Anyone who tries to join them in their world is shunned or treated with silent passive aggression. They ignore any kind of moral code; everything is about cause and effect and experimentation. They may even toy with people just to see what happens; using them like tools or objects to use and cast aside. They are harsh with their words, caring little about their affect on others. They don’t care what anyone else does with their lives as long as they are left to their own devices. Crimes: Graffiti. Drug dealer, hacker.
Bratty behaviour: Neglecting loved ones. Living in in 'own mind' may be seen as a lack of investment in a family relationship. May shut people out. Need to appreciate others who stand by them when there is trouble. Reclusiveness may be seen as a lack of investment in a relationship.
When guilty: Analyse Guilt. Quite unemotional generally. Often place a lot of pressure on themselves to do the right thing. May look back on actions and analyze them until they consider that they could have done something better. Often requires outside assistance to determine where they truly do right or wrong. Given the propensity to apply logic and understanding to every situation, this can make them sometimes feel guilty when they should not. When the analysis concludes where they should have done better, attempts will be made to make changes for the future.Shame: May appear much more impervious to shame than they actually are. They are intelligent individuals who are often capable of being rather discerning about other peoples opinions of them. When it comes to people the Perfectionist cares for or holds to a high regard, they will be rather susceptible to their judgments. Will feel ashamed if they have hurt someone that they care for, or if they have done something embarrassing during their more “open” moments. Perfectionists care very much about the people around them, which can result in them feeling ashamed. Best way to help is assisting the Perfectionist is by helping them reach logical conclusions which will assist in moving on. Help them understand how they can avoid these bad situations in the future.
Ingeniously Problematic™ behaviour: Sometimes. Is on display when it is clearly known what the desired outcome is, yet an assertion is made that may not be untruthful, is likely to be ambiguous and the author can use it to advantage. It is designed to give the recipient hope; reality may be 'bugger off' or (mis)leading you into taking up some sort of offer. It often involves blatant hypocrisy.
The Sir Robertson Sole symptoms™ - as the "asshole"!
The Overthinking Obstructor - The I Don't Care R. Sole.
Acts like an R. Sole but is secretly cuddly. Reality is subjective and use this annoying style of argument seemingly in every situation. Think they know better do not understand that others do not function like they do. Sore losers and very much adherents to the “once burned, twice shy” philosophy. Cannot understand the idea of anyone wanting to do something they have already done. Love unreliable information that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact because it is information. Terrible on task completion so are worthless professionally and academically. They will likely fret over the task and then do the opposite of what you asked. Thrash you at at Trivial Pursuit, gloat over it and point out what you did not know. Cannot be helped. Trade in abstract humour. May not have the best hygiene.
On R.Sole steroids - The inept academic.
Defined by their innate ability to create enormous amounts of useless words. Some
mange to sell these useless words to other Perfectionists. This creates an economy of uselessness in which they rule
over their dimwitted fan children. Vain. Pompous. Would lose a fight summarily and decisively.
Insulting tags: Sensitive. "You are not very smart". "You are not clever".
Worst quality: Lazy.
Prof. Sole nominates Richard Dawkins, Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan.
Robert Sole's Conviction™: Quiet and pretentious asshole. Weird on the outside, broken on the inside.
The following table shows the population of each pattern
Source: Australian Psychological Type Review and others.
16 & 2 = 54.2%
7 & 11 = 40.0%
5 & 14 = 51.5%
1 & 9 = 48.0%