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June 04, 2005


There are lots of tantrums at our house.

Mom, Dana, my brother Matt took my Myers-Briggs and got classified respectively as ENTP, INTP, and INTP. They're thinkers with a tendency to hold judgement until they've uncovered the full story.

I can pretend to be calm like that, but it's fundamentally against my nature. I don't naturally think at all, ever, but instead react on feeling, and quickly. As INFJ I'm instantly incredibly sure, convinced to the marrow, see the realization as something fundamental about reality itself. Until I change my mind.

Anyway, Mom or Dana, not sure, sent a link to an article written by Thomas L. Friedman, who works as a columnist for the NY Times. A Race to the Top says:

Voters in "old Europe" - France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy - seem to be saying to their leaders: stop the world, we want to get off; while voters in India have been telling their leaders: stop the world and build us a stepstool, we want to get on.

You can probably imagine the rest of it. The underlying theme reminds me of his book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree.

The article is interesting. You can almost pull the entire US model out of the implications between the lines. Last night I was exhausted, though. It just brought out a tantrum.

Having INFJ tendencies can be incredibly frustrating.

Posted by Mark at June 4, 2005 11:49 AM