This is the last thing that I got from Seimei-san's famous (or is it infamous ;) e-mail. It's a very fascinating psychologica profile of Nakago, using the Keirsey (is that how you spell it?) temperment sorter. I took the test out of curiousity, and I have found that I am the same type (INTJ) as Nakago. I wonder what that says about me, hmm? Just to be warned, it gets slightly esoteric in times, so people that aren't really interested in psychology might find it a bit of a struggle to get through. I thought it was frankly cool...but then, I'm a psych major. I'm actually currently working on profiles for the Suzaku Seishi, and I'll be moving on to the Seiryuu Seishi when I'm done. ^_^ Anyways.
I don't know how familiar you are with psychology and personality, but Nakago is an INTJ personality type. This is the rarest type there is, and often the most difficult to relate to, but understanding what makes an INTJ tick explains a _LOT_ about Nakago and why he often comes off as so arrogant and cold upon surface examination. If you'd prefer a bit of background on personality in general please check out this site: http://metalab.unc.edu/personality/ You can also take an online test there to find out YOUR personality type.
There are two parts to the breakdown on Nakago. The first is Nakago as the Promethean personality type (NT). (It's fairly long)
The following passage is a direct quote (except for my little comments inserted throughout) from the book Please Understand Me Character & Temperament Types by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates - distributed (ironically enough considering the title of the passage I quoted) by Prometheus Nemesis Book Company, 1984, p. 47-57. The Promethean Temperament To make man more like the gods, Prometheus gave him fire, the symbol of light and energy. In harnassing light and energy mankind gains control and understanding of nature. To understand and control nature is to possess powers, and it is that - the desire for powers - that sets the Promethean apart from others. These are the NT's: INTP, ENTP, INTJ, ENTJ. They are rather infrequent, only about 12 percent of the population or some 24 million people. In school, before there are selective factors operation, only four in a class of 32 would be NTs. Of these four, only one would be introverted - an INTP or INTJ. So an entirely different social environment surrounds the NTs. They must live with aliens, while the SPs and SJs are continuously surrounded by their own kind. The teachers and parentsof NTs are more likely than no to be SPs or SJs (about one family in 16 would have both parents as Ns and only on in a thousand families would have both NT parents). Power fascinates the NT. Not power over people, but power over nature. To be able to understand, control, predict, and explain realities. Not that these are the four aims of science: control and understanding, prediction and explanation. Scratch an NT, find a scientist. These forms of power, however, are but means to an end, the end best expressed by the word competence. So it is not exactly power that the NT wants but rather competencies, capabilities, ablities, capacities, skills, ingenuity - repertoire. The Promethean NT loves intelligence, which means: doing things well under varying circumstances. The extreme NT can even be seen as addicted to acquiring intelligence, hooked on storing up wisdom, just as Aesop's Ant must store up goodies. Tell the NT that he is a fake, a liar, a cheater, lacking in responsibility and in spontaneity, and he will reflect on your criticism and reply that "you may have a point there." Not that he is not perturbed or offended, for he often wonders and doubt his sense of freedom, responsibility and authority. But tell him he is foolish, stupid, or incompetent and discover the exact value he places on your warrant to say so. Only he can judge his capability and he does so with ruthless self-criticism. "Wanting to be competent" is not a strong enough expression of the force behind the NT's quest. He must be competent. There is urgency in his desire; he can be obsessed by it and feel a compulsion to improve, as if caught in a force field. The NT's compulsion is similar in its tractor bast to the SP's compulsion to perform, though different in its object: The SP must act, but has no interest in improving (though his performance become superb); the NT must improve, but has no interest in action as such (though he does act, and with increasing precision and exactitude). In a sense the SP is the NT's mirror image. For the SP, ability is mere means which sets him free to perform, while the NT performance is only a means for enabling him to store up his beloved abilities. Means Ends NT Performance Abilities SP Abilities Performance (In passing, we might anticipate finding that neither the SJ nor the (as yet) mysterious NF (That would be moi and Soi.) has more than meager concern and interest in performances and abilities. And we perhaps can understand both NF and SJ temperaments better if we notice this relative disinterest. They would seem to have other fish to fry as may well be puzzled by the militance shown by extreme SPs and NTs; those militant about ability or performace are just as puzzled by others' indifference.) The NT is the most self-critical of all the styles. He badgers himself about his errors, taxes himself with the resolve to improve, and ruthlessly monitors his own progress. He continually check the pulse of his skills and takes his conceptual temperature every hour on the hour. He must mater understanding of all objects and events whether human or extra-human, physical or metaphysical, in whatever domain he stakes out as his area of competency. And the more extreme the NT style, the more exacting and stringent the demand placed by the NT on himself in the acquisition of skill and knowledge. The NT must be competent in whatever domain of enterprise or inquiry he chooses; he will settle for nothing less. In contrast to the should's and ought's of the SJ, the NT has many should know's and should be-able-to's itemized in massive lists inside his head. He is inclined always to accumulate more items, never deleting any. He runs a kind of bureaucracy of excellence, and thus can be a perfectionist, becoming tense and compulsive in his behaviors when he comes under too much stress. Constantly alert to his shortcomings, to his failures to reach perfect competency, he may greet with scorn and amusement the criticism of others concerning his powers. He may or may not express this reaction, although the extraverts are more likely to do so, but the NT is very conscious of the credentials of his critic and in what degree they license comment. Allied to this demand for competency in critics is a recalcitrance on the part of the NT - even from an early age - to accept without question in the domain of ideas even a widely accepted authority. The fact that a certain person proclaims something, whatever his or her title, reputation, or credentials, leaves the NT indifferent. The pronouncement must stand on its own merits, tried in the court of coherence, verification, and pragmatics. "I understand that Einstein said so," comments the NT, "but even the best of us can err." This recalcitrance to established authorities tends to make an NT, particularly those with extreme Promethean temperament, seem unusually individualist and even arrogant. Ever since I was twelve, I had been occupied with the question of the meaning of human existence...(No doubt this was intensified by the cowlike drifting of the people around me.)...I was obsessed by the idea that there must be a scientific method for investigating the question of human existence. At fourteen I discovered Shaw's Man and Superman and realized with a shock that I was not the first human being to ask the question. [Colin Wilson, The Outsider. New Your: Dell Pub. Co., 1956, pp. 289-90.] NTs often report (to those they trust!) that they are haunted by a sense of always being on the verge of failure. This time, surely, the necessary degree of competency will not be produced and failure is at hand. This time acquired knowledge will be inadequate for this issue. Constant self-doubting is the lot of the NT. Because of those doubts, the NT, particularly the NTP, may have difficulty in taking action. He can be so immobilized by self-doubts that is resolution fades. Somehow the Promethean never believes that he knows enough, or that he does what he does well enough. And he adds to this discomfort by escalating his standards of performance. What may be accepted by him as satisfactory today may tomorrow be judged only passable. And the more extreme the NT, the more likely he is to increase his standards of performance to coincide with unusually good performances which occur now and then. His ordinary performances are thus viewed as short of the mar, and the NT experiences a pervasive sense of inadequacy. He intensifies his belief in his inadequacy by making unyielding demands on himself, taxing himself with constant improvement, holding a sort of mental stopwatch over himself, recording his gains and losses. He must be wholly competent in his work and in his play, and he never gives himself respite from this self-imposed level of excellence. Watching an NT at "play" is apt to be touching and a little sad when compared to the SPs abandon. The NT, knowing logically that recreation is necessary for health, schedules his play, and during the "playtime" taxed himself with improving his recreational skills. For example, when engaging in a card game, he must make no mistakes. At the bridge table, others may make mistakes, but the NT does not allow himself lapses of logic or strategic inaccuracies. In tennis, each set must be the occasions for the improvement of certain strokes or the elimination of previously-noted errors. The NT even demands of himself that he have a good time, since recreation is so defined. The NT may find himself sending two contradictory message to those he contacts. The first message is that he expects very little from others, since clearly they do not know much, nor can they do much well. One way the NT sends this message is to express subtle surprise when he does find competency or comprehension in others. The NT often assumes that people cannot completely comprehend the intricacies of the ideas he discusses and he somehow transmits this attitude. This is in contrast with the other three styles, all of whom assume to some degree that people are able to comprehend their communications. The second contradictory message the NT sends to those around him is that they are expected to at least attempt to achieve at the same exacting standard as the NT imposes on himself. And since neither the NT nor anyone else can live up to these standards, all are found wanting. The NT thus can be seen as unduly demanding on those around him - which, in truth, is often the case. An unfortunate by-product of these two messages sent by the NT is that those around him come to feel intellectually inadequate. In time, they become defensive, withdraw, and make fewer and fewer attempts to communicate their ideas. The NT can thereby become isolated from the intellectual experiences of others, who withhold their reactions in the fear that they will be labeled "stupid" in the mind of the NT. The consequences of these transactions, is, of course, that the NT confirms his perceptions of the trivialities of the minds of others. While this arrogance does not endear the NT to the hearts of others, it can produce documents which have had profound influence on the thinking of man. For example, Machiavelli demonstrates this stance as he "instructs" Lorenzo the Magnificent in the art of statesmanship, even though he, Machiavelli, is a "man of humble and obscure condition": It is customary for those who wish to gain the favour of a prince to endeavour to do so by offering him gifts of those things which they hold most precious, or which they know him to take especial delight. In this way, princes are often presented with horses, arms, cloth of gold, gems, and such-like ornaments worthy of their grandeur. In my desire, however, to offer to Your Highness some humble testimony of my devotion, I have been unable to find among my possessions anything which I hold so dear or esteem so highly as that knowledge of the deeds of great men which I have acquired through a long experience of modern events and a constant study of the past. With the utmost diligence I have long pondered and scrutinized the actions of the great, and now I offer the results to Your Highness within the compass of a small volume; and although I deem this work unworthy of Your Highnesses' acceptance, yet my confidence in your humanity assures me that you will receive it with favour, knowing that it is not in my power to offer you a greater gift than that of enabling you to understand in a very short time all those things which I have learnt at the cost of privation and danger in the course of many years. [Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Mentor Classic, New York: 1952, p. 31.] In his communications the NT is likely to speak with little or no redundancy. His communications tend to be terse, compact, and logical. He has a deep reluctance to state the obvious, restricting his verbal communications because, he believes, "Of course, everyone knows that..." And, it follows, for the NT, that if he did state the obvious, his listeners surely would be bored. The NT tends to place little reliance on nonverbal qualifiers an, at times, is oblivious to emotional "meta-messages" in others' communications. The NT is inclined to be precise in his choice of language and hopes that others will be the same, though he soon leans that they will not. Henry the Eighth's daughter, Elizabeth the Great, who ruled England so competently for four and one-half decades, illustrated this characteristic as she replied to the pressures of her courtiers to declare her matrimonial intentions: Elizabeth's reply was impressive: "What I shall do hereafter I know not, but I assure you, I am not at this time otherwise minded than I have declared unto you." Words could scarcely speak plainer. [E. Jenkins, Elizabeth the Great. New York: Time Publications, 1958, p. 57.] Elizabeth offers a fascinating contrast in personality with her antagonist of a lifetime, Mary Queen of Scots, who lived her life in an NF style. Elizabeth always was somewhat remote from those around her; Mary drew others close - even her "jailers" came to love and adore her. Mary's behaviors were conceived and carried out emotionally. Mary willed the possibility of her becoming Queen of England and acted on the naivete, never believing that her own son, James, might refuse to come to her rescue. Elizabeth's reaction was predictable: logical, ruthless, the necessary action taken with deep regret and sorrow, but with as little personal involvement as possible in condemning Mary to the executioner. Because the NT is so serious about the knowledge he must have to be competent (and to be seen by others as competent), he does, in fact, frequently gain outstanding proficiency in his field. The dominance of his power hunger over his lesser hungers for action, duty, or self-actualization often exerts itself early in life, usually taking the form of childish curiosity as to how things work, especially machines. The NT begins his search for explanations as soon as he has the language for questioning. He is puzzled by the world around him and is not satisfied with non sequitur answers from his elders. He wants the answers given to him to "hang together" and to make sense; he can be insistent in his efforts to gain these data, to the extent of annoying others. Learning for the NT is a 24-hour preoccupation, and this characteristic exerts itself early, particularly in the extreme NT. (<-- Which, by this time in the passage, you should see that Nakago is - a VERY extreme NT. *grin*) Because of the NT's passion for knowing, he can develop a large repertoire of competencies by the time he finishes his formal education. His early start and his persistence enable the NT to excel above the other styles in technology. And, as the intellectual ability of the NT increases, the tendency to seek the sciences, mathematics, philosophy, architecture, engineering - indeed, anything complicated and exacting - also increases. These occupations, therefore, are heavily populated by NTs. Perhaps more than any other style, NTs live in their work. For the NT, work is work and play is work. Condemning an NT to idleness would be the worst sort of punishment. Work is done not so much to achieve a product or for the pleasure of action, but for the improvement, perfection, or proof of skill or knowledge required by the work. The NT does not have the function-lust of the SP; rather, he has, through his work, a law lust. He ever is searching for the why's of the universe. He ever attempts, in his Promethean way, to breathe a fire of understanding into whatever he considers his domain. NTs usually enjoy developing models, exploring ideas, and building systems. They, understandable, are drawn to occupations which have to do with the formation and application of scientific principles. Science, technology, philosophy, mathematics and logic, design and engineering, research and development, management, manufacture, criminology, cardiology, securities analysis - all appeal to NTs. Sales and customer relations work do not hold such attraction, nor do NTs tend to gravitate toward services such as clerical work, repair, maintenance, entertainment, or distribution. They can be found in high frequency in engineering and architecture, in the teaching of mathematics, sciences, and philosophy. Wherever they are and whatever they do, the NTs strive (and usually succeed) to perform competently. And wherever they are and whatever they do, the NTs, especially the NTJs (Nakago. That would be him. *grin*), are compelled to rearrange the environment either through constructing physical edifices or building institutional systems (or becoming all-powerful. The usual you know? Hee hee.) Ayn Rand, master of the NT character, again describes this characteristic in Howard Roark, her protagonist in The Fountainhead (THIS guy is soooooooooo Nakago): He tried to consider it. But he forgot. He was looking at the granite. He did not laugh as his eyes stopped in awareness of the earth around him. His face was like a law of nature - a thing one could not question, alter, or implore. It had high cheekbones over gaunt, hollow cheeks; gray eyes, cold and steady; a contemptuous mouth, shut tight, the mouth of an executioner or a saint. He looked at the granite. To be cut, he thought, and made into walls. He looked at a tree. To be split and made into rafters. He looked at a streak of rush on the stone and though of iron ore under the ground. To be melted and to emerge as girders against the sky. These rocks, he thought, are here for me; waiting for the drill, the dynamite and my voice; waiting to be split, ripped, pounded, reborn, waiting for the shape my hands will give to them. [Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead. Signet Books, Bobbs- Merrill Co., New York, 1943, p.15-16.] The Promethean is likely to listen attentively to new ideas, to accept changes in procedures and policies without distress, as long as the changes make sense. He wants to learn about competing ideas and is usually able to give them consideration with an open mind. The NT has an inquiring attitude and values the development of will, self-control, and intelligence. He tends to be straightforward in his dealings with others, although others report often finding the NT cold, remote, and enigmatic (no...really??? ^.^). Yet if an NT is asked outright his position on any issue, he is more than likely to state his ideas on the subject without equivocation. The NT is vulnerable to the all-work-and-no-play syndrome and can easily become isolated in an ivory tower of intellectualism, seemingly cut off from the world other types find as reality. The NT is, at times, the eccentric genius. Einstein shuffled in the streets of New York in his bedroom slippers and communicated intelligibly with only a few. Doubtless, Einstein had no regrets concerning this situation, and fortunately his work has not been lost. There is always is, however, the danger that the work of NTs will be lost to others because of this tendency to communicate at levels of abstraction others find unintelligible. NTs as a group tend to enjoy playing with words, finding pleasure in exploring verbal intricacies. (My BROTHER!!!! Okay, so he's not Nakago, but Nakago does look more like my brother than my brother does and they are both INTJs and I just had to throw that in because "word wars" and "word games" are very common in my home between my brother and I.) Convoluted phrases and paradoxical statements fascinate them. Contemplating Einstein's comment, "The laws of mathematics, as far as they refer to reality, are not certain, and as far as they are certain, do not refer to reality," would give delight to the NT, as does the reading of satire and the savoring of such complicated word structures as those found in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. NTs tend to focus on the future, regarding the past as something dead and gone. What matters most is what might be and what might happen next. The past is useful only as a means of giving direction to the future and for deciphering the lessons of history, taking heed to the warning that "He who remains ignorant of history is doomed to repeat it." The NT is never willing to repeat an error. He is impatient with his initial mistake; to repeat such a behavior is anathema. (And its a WHOLE lot of fun catching an INTJ in a repeated mistake and then teasing them about it. *grin* Nothing mean or vicious mind you... Hee hee. Drives them crazy!) Clearly, if principles were sufficiently understood, a repetition of errors would be unnecessary! And it is quite humiliating for an NT to be in the position where others are witness to the errors he makes in his work, especially errors in logic. (Meaning: If you are going to be close to an NT so much so that you can identify their "boo boo's" then you should never tease them in public about it - only tease them where no on else can see or they will feel really really bad.) Once an NT masters a technology or theoretical framework he is apt to move onto other challenges. Having isolated rules which provide order and reason in his activity, and having mastered the necessary skills, whether it be work or play, the NT turns his eyes to other challenges; always, however, he expects to improve in his competency in every subject, new or old. As the NT speculates about the possible motivations and thoughts of those he is with, trying to fit his experiences into some system he carries around in his head, he sometimes misses direct experience. He may be so occupied with trying to figure out what is happening as it is happening, that he misses living the event. At times, the NT seems to stand beside instead of in the stream of life, seeming to watch bemusedly as the river flows by - a little distanced, a little detached, a little uninvolved. This distancing sometimes causes the NT to make personal commitments which he later regrets. In particular, the NT whose "feeling" is not developed can become involved with members of the opposite sex who might be totally unsuitable as life companions. Forester catches this tragedy as he describes his famous hero at the alter: "Repeat after me," said the parson. "I, Horatio, take thee, Maria Ellen -" The thought came up in Hornblower's mind that these where the last few seconds in which he could withdraw from doing something which he knew to be ill-considered. Maria was not the right woman to be his wife, even admitting that he was suitable material for marriage in any case. (I wonder if Nakago wonders if he is suitable marriage material and maybe that is why he initially tells Soi she isn't the one who for him. I still hold to the opinion that he loved her, but he may have been unsure of his own choice of who he cared for - was Soi the right one for him??? - and also he may have assumed he was not right for her either and that the marriage/relationship would therefore be illogical: something that NTs wrestle with. Back to the quote... ^.^) If he had a grain of sense, he would break off this ceremony even at this last moment, he would announce that he had changed his mind, and he would turn away from the alter and the parson and from Maria, and he would leave the church a free man. "To have and to hold..." He was still, like an automaton, repeating the parson's words. And there was Maria beside him, in the white that so little became her. She was melting with happiness. She was consumed with love for him, however misplaced that might be. He could not, he simply could not, deal her a blow so cruel..." And thereto I plight thee my troth,: repeated Hornblower. That settled it, he thought. Those must be the final deciding words that made the ceremony legally binding. He had made a promise and now there was no going back on it. (<-- He can't kill Miaka because he promised... so what to do?) There was comfort in the odd thought that he had really been committed from a week back, when Maria had come into his arms sobbing out her love for him, and he had been too softhearted to laugh at her and too - too weak? Too honest? - to take advantage of her with the intention of betraying her. From the moment that he had listened to her, from the moment he had returned her kisses, gently, all these later result, the bridal dress, this ceremony in the church of St. Thomas a Becket - and the vague future of cloying affection - had been inevitable. [C. S. Forester, Hornblower and the Hotspur. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1962, p. 3-4.] The spirit of the NT is caught in the myth of Prometheus, the Greek God who created man from clay. Disappointed in his lifeless sculpture, Prometheus enlisted the help of Minerva. She carried him to heaven where he stole fire form the wheel of the sun. Prometheus applied the stolen fire to the breast of man, giving him life. Prometheus paid for his theft by being "nailed hard and fast in chains beneath the open sky" (Grant, p.200). A greedy vulture tore at his blackened liver all day, year in and year out. And there was no end to the pain: every night, while Prometheus hung bound on the cliff, exposed to cruel frost and freezing winds, his liver grew whole again. Prometheus rescued man from ignorance, even though he had to rob heaven to do so. He proclaimed the doctrine of progress for man and secured the gifts of science and technology.
The second part is information about the INTJ specifically.
The following passage was taken from the book PLEASE UNDERSTAND ME Character & Temperament Types by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates, pages 180-183. There are periodic "NOTES" by me (in parenthesis) relating the passage to Nakago, which is the method to this madness. *grin*
Portrait of an INTJ:
INTJs are the most self-confident of all the types, having "self-power" awareness. Found in about 1 percent of the general population, the INTJs live in an introspecitve reality, focusing onpossibilities, using thinking in the form of empirical logic, and preferring that events and people serve some positive use. Decisions come naturally to INTJs; once a decision is made, INTJs are at rest. INTJs look to the future rather than the past, and a word which captures the essence of INTJs is builders - a builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. To INTJs, authority based on position, rank, title, orpublication has absolutely no force. This type is not likely to succumb to the magic of slogans, watchwords, or shibboleths. If an idea or position makes sense to an INTJ, it will be adopted; if it doesn't, it won't, regardless of who took the position or generated the idea. As with the INTP, authority per se does not impress the INTJ. INTJs do, however, tend to conform to rules if they are useful, not because they believe in them, or because they make sense, but because of their unique view of reality. They are the supreme pragmatists, who see reality as something which is quite arbitrary and made up. Thus it can be used as a tool - or ignored. Reality is quite malleable and can be changed, conquered, or brought to heel. Reality is a crucible for the refining of ideas, and in this sense, INTJs are the most theoretical of all the types. Where an ESTP sees ideas as the pawn of reality, an INTJ sees reality as the pawn of ideas: No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained. INTJs are natural brainstormers , always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them.INTJs manipulate the world of theory as if on a gigantic chess board, always seeking strategies and tactics that have high payoff. In their penchant for logic, the INTJs resemble the INTPs. The logic of an INTJ, however, is not confined to the expressably logical. Unlike INTPs, INTJs need only to have a vague, intuitive impression of the unexpressed logic of a system to continue surely on their way. Things need only seem logical; this is entirely sufficient. Moreover, they always have a keen eye for the consequence of the application of new ideas or positions. They can be quite ruthless in the implementation of systems, seldom counting personal cost in terms of time and energy. Theories which cannot be made to work are quickly discarded by the INTJs.To understand INTJs, their way of dealing with reality rather than their way of dealing with ideas should be observed closely. Their conscious thought is extraverted and empirical. Hence, they are better at generalizing, classifying, summarizing, adducing evidence, proving, and demonstrating than are the INTPs. The INTJs are somewhat less at home with pure reason, that is, systemic logic, where principles are explicit. In this respect they resemble the ENTJs. The INTJs, rather than using deductive logic, use their intuition to grasp coherence. INTJs have a drive to completion, always with an eye to long-term consequences. Ideas seem to carry their own force for INTJs, although they subject every idea to the test of usefulness. Difficulties are highly stimulating to INTJs, who love responding to a challenge that requires creativity. (<-- for instance the rather unique way Nakago handles the "problem" of Tamahome anyone??? Ermm... yeah, THAT was definitely creative. ^.~) These personality traits lead INTJs to occupations where theoretical models can be translated into actuality. They build data and human systems wherever they work if given even a slight opportunity. They can be outstanding in scientific research and also outstanding as executives who generate a plethora of implementations for ideas. Teamed with an INTP who is the architect ofsystems, the INTJ provides a dimension to an organization which insures that the work of the INTP does not gather dust on library shelves.INTJs can be very single-minded at times; (You wouldn't think so from watching Nakago would you??? *grin*) this can be either a weakness or a strength in their careers, for they can ignore the points of view and wishes of others. INTJs usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are steady in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither time nor effort (nor sleep. I've NEVER seen Nakkie-poo sleep) on their part or that of their colleagues and employees. INTJs live to see systems translated into substance; an INTP, by way of contrast, is content to design the system. In both these types, however, coherence is the mater. Both internal and external consistency are important, and if the INTJ finds that he or she is in a working situation where overlapping functions, duplication of effort, inefficient paper flow, and waste of human and material resource abound, the INTJ cannot rest until an effort is made to correct the situation. Cost-effectiveness is a concept which has a strong imperative for INTJs, who frequently select occupations in engineering, particularly human engineering. They also can be found in the physical sciences, in roles which require development, such as curriculum building, and, in general, any job which requires the creation and application of technology to complex areas. Fellow workers of INTJs often feel as if the INTJ can see right through them, and often believe that the INTJ finds them wanting. This tendency of people to feel transparent in the presence of the INTJ often results in relationships which have psychological distance. Thus colleagues find the INTJ apparently unemotional and, at times, cold and dispassionate. Because of their tendency to drive others as hard as they do themselves, INTJs often seem demanding and difficult to satisfy. INTJs are high achievers in school and on the job. On the job, they take the goals of an instiution seriously and continually strive to resond to these goals. They make dedicated, loyal employees (did you ever think of Nakago in THOSE terms???) toward the system, rather than toward individuals within the system. So as the people of an institution come and go, the INTJs have little difficulty - unlike the NFs, who have their loyalties involved more the persons than offices. INTJs tend, ordinarily, to verbalize the positive and eschew comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an institution forward than commiserating about mistake of the past. As mates, INTJs want harmony and order in the home and in relationships. They are the most independent of all the types. They will trust their intuitions about others when making choices of friends and mates, even in the face of contradictory evidence and pressures applied by others. The emotions of an INTJ are hard to read, and neither male nor female INTJ is apt to express emotional reactions. At times, both will seem cold, reserved, and unresponsive, while in fact INTJs are almost hypersensitive to signals of rejection from those for whom they care (*sniff* SPOILER ALERT::::::::::::::::::::::: Nakago as a little kid asks his mom, "Why don't they like us?" It would be even more difficult to be a Hin as an INTJ, considering the personality type. No one wants to be friendly with you anyhow, PLUS they want to wipe you out for your race, PLUS you are a seishi and you just accidentally killed your mother and landed right in the lap of the scuzziest emperor in the universe and you are the only one of your race left alive....::::::::: *sobbing* It's so awful!!!!!!!) In social situations, INTJs may also be unresponsive and may neglect to observe small rituals designed to put others at their ease. For example, INTJs may communicate that time is wasted if used for idle dialogue, and thus people receive a sense of hurry from an INTJ which is not always intended. (<-- See? It's not on purpose. ^.^) In their interpersonal realtionsips, INTJs are usually better in a working situation than in recreations situations. They do not enjoy physical contact except with a chosen few. (Kind of makes your rethink how he feels about Soi doesn't it?) As parents, (Nakago with kids???!!!!! *grin*) INTJs are dedicated and single-minded in their devotion: Their children are a major focus in life. They are supportive of their children and tend to allow them to develop in directions of their own choosing (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!:::::::::::::::: he would have been a really great dad if Tamahome - this does NOT put tamahome on my top 10 list *frowning* - didn't have to go and kill him.:::::::: Think how pretty his kids would be: and smart. ^.^) INTJs usually are firm and consistent in their discipline and rarely care to repeat directions given to children - or others. Being the most independent of all the types, they have a strong need for autonomy; indifference or criticism from people in general does not particularly bother INTJs, if they believe that they are right. The also have a strong need for privacy. The most important preference of an INTJ is inuition, but this is seldom seen. Rather, the function of thinking is used to deal with the world and with people. INTJs are vulnerable in the emotional area and may make serious mistakes here. (MORE SPOILERS::::::::::::: "HOW COULD YOU TELL SOI YOU DIDNT LOVE HER!!!!!!" He knew it was a mistake, but he knew it too late. *sniff* Also, his entire decision to get revenge on the world was an emotionally based mistake. Remeber little Nak asking his mother why no one liked them? ;.; Nakago is very perceptive and sensitive emotionally - DEEP down. And that pain caused him to make some bad choices, even if he thought those choices were for good.)