This MOTM was suppose to be March MOTM, but was too "busy" to answer these interview questions - so just look at it this way, his contributions to the forum (16 Type, Cognitive, and Enneagram Test), was enough to land him 2 months in MOTM.
Here now is an interview with timeless....
Motto: Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
What is your real name? First name is fine no need for last name.
Eric L. Wright.
How old are you?
Which country are you situated in?
The United States!
How would you describe yourself in one word?
Single, Dating, Married, or all three?
In a relationship. ^_^
“Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.”
Why did you choose "timeless" as your username?
I got it from one of my favorite poems, The Dry Salvages by T.S. Eliot.
“Men's curiosity searches past and future
And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint—
No occupation either, but something given
And taken, in a lifetime's death in love,
Ardour and selflessness and self-surrender.
For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
Or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.”
How did you find Personality Cafe?
Through Google. I had taken an MBTI test for the first time in a few years, and I wanted to read more on it. I can’t remember exactly what I searched, but I ended up on PerC and spent a few days reading through the forums before I eventually signed up.
What made you join us?
I already was aware of the MBTI, but what really got me interested in PerC was the Enneagram. I had never heard of it before, but the system intrigued me. I always also very much impressed by the high quality of threads and posts.
What is it like moderating the PerC Community?
Nothing could prepare me for all the unusual situations I’d run into as a mod, but that was part of the fun. The best part about it is how helpful I get to be. (Seriously! It’s fun.) Not to mention the all-night mod meetings that usually end up completely off-topic. :P
Give us a little overview of your background in psychology...
One of my majors was Psychology (specifically, clinical psychology) in college. I enjoyed it and thought I was going to end up being a therapist for a while. I even joined some professional psychology associations but I ended up deciding on a career in law.
How did you get involved with Personality Typing?
I first heard of MBTI in high school. I took the test and came out as an INTJ. I basically forgot about it until a psychology class in college. (I think it was Psych Theory but I don’t rightly recall.) And then I forgot about it again until 2010!
I suppose I was nostalgic about psychology in college so I started doing a bit of research on analytical psychology. I ended up researching MBTI, as I was familiar with it to some extent. I never took it seriously before that though. I have to admit, I was not very introspective at all when I was younger. I was much more impulsive and actually analyzing myself wasn’t appealing to me.
What is your Myers Briggs Personality Type?
This is debatable! I thought INFP for a long time, but people always tell me that I seem more like an ENTP.
So what's it like being an INFP?
It’s weird. I always test as an INFP, and if I go down the letters I get INFP, but lots of people think I’m more like an ENTP. So who knows?
Everybody who knows me really well says that I can’t possibly be an INFP. I hear that I sound more like an ENTP, so I’m going with that for now. I always figured that I was Ne dominant, so this makes sense to me. Maybe I have a well-developed Fi?
Whatever I am, it’s a good time.
Do you prefer to associate yourself with certain MB types? If so which?
I tend to gravitate toward other N types, mostly because I’m constantly talking about theory and many S types tend to get annoyed at me for that. I don’t think in a concrete way at all and I have no sense of the world around me. Seriously, I can’t move without bumping into stuff. This tends to frustrate my Se-dominant friends.
Do you use "Personality Typing" in the real world?
Yes, actually. I used to be a mediator so I found that trying to identify someone’s MBTI type helped reaching a resolution. Certain types are more receptive to certain kinds of arguments. For example, an NFJ would often care more about what’s fair and right and an NTJ would be more about the hard facts and law behind the situation. Of course, that’s a generalization that doesn’t always hold true, because people are individuals and may vary greatly from what would be expected of them from their type.
What is your Enneagram Type?
My core type is 8w9, but I have a strong connection to my 7w8 head type. My heart type is 4w5. My variant stackings are sx/sp/so. This tritype has varied a bit over time, as I’ve gotten more knowledgeable about the Enneagram. I actually thought I was a core 2 when I first started, because an 8 in a growth state can resemble a 2.
You seem very well versed in many personality theories, if you had to choose, which do you find most helpful and accurate?
Generally speaking, I think that the Enneagram tends to be the most helpful overall. I see MBTI as being just as useful but in a more limited capacity. To me, enneagram represents motivations while MBTI represents modes of thought.
I’d probably use MBTI in a more professional setting while enneagram can be deeper in some regards.
I’ve taken a liking to Socionics but it’s a bit hit-or-miss.
Do you think the different personality theories give an accurate description of you?
I think that enneagram is spot-on while MBTI can be a bit troublesome sometimes. 8w9sx describes me pretty accurately. In fact, I was pretty surprised when I first read the description for 8w9sx because it was so correct. Socionics ENTp is spot on too.
So what do you believe is your greatest accomplishment at this point?
This is actually a hard question for me to answer because I don’t pay attention to that kind of thing. When I look back on it, I have accomplished a lot but I’m mostly looking toward the future. I don’t think that an accomplishment has value unless it’s going to carry forward and help you out later.
I guess my greatest accomplishment was actually buckling down and doing work when I needed to instead of endlessly putting it off! This applies to so many situations…
What is your greatest weakness?
I have a tendency to start a bunch of projects at once and never finish them. This is a huge problem, because I usually end up having way more on my plate than I can deal with at one time. (Which is why it took me so long to answer these questions.) I’ve been so busy lately. I recently finished a research paper and I’m in the process of studying for several exams. So that’s why this MOTM took forever!
What is your greatest strength?
When I’m really interested or motivated, I can get a lot done in a short period of time. For example, in the span of a week, I learned enough PHP to code an enneagram test and wrote about 1,000 lines of code.
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t think I have a greatest fear. But even if I did, I wouldn’t tell anybody!
But really, I just don’t get afraid in general. If I am anxious about something, it’s so fleeting that it comes and goes before I can process it.
What motivates you?
This varies depending on the situation. If something catches my interest, I definitely get motivated by it. It sounds kind of cliché, but when I get ahold of a new idea, I want to pursue it until it’s worn out.
What is your philosophy?
My philosophy is hard to describe. I don’t like putting a name on it, because it devalues it to categorize it. Long story short, you could say that I look for understanding beyond words. After all, “the truth that can be told is not the truth.” I think that anything that’s truly important is going to be absolutely personal.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about the law. I love that subject and I can talk about it endlessly. Unfortunately, this bores most people.
So you already have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, why law?
I was interested in both law and psychology in college. I eventually decided to get into law because I need a job where I can have conflict and I just wasn’t going to find that in psychology.
What are your pet peeves?
Pretenders. No, not the band. I hate it when someone changes their four letters or their number and suddenly becomes a “badass.” People who aren’t genuine are instantly shut out to me.
None! Maybe heights, I don’t know…
Who do you look up to if any?
I can’t say that I actually look up to anybody. I’m generally unaware of what other people are doing, so it’s hard for me to care. You’d be surprised at how oblivious I can be to the world around me.
What is your favorite place to travel to?
It sounds funny, but I haven't done much traveling. I wish I had the time! I would, however, like to visit Russia at some point. I'd also like to visit the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Is it true that lawyers sleep in coffins?
Yes, this is actually 100% true. Mine is lined with red velvet.
Your favorite color and weather.
Purple and cold/overcast.
What are your favorite books, movies, tv shows, food, beverages?
My favorite book is probably The Madman by Khalil Gibran. I think when it comes to movies, my favorite is The Princess Bride. (Yes, I know that's kind of cliche.) It’s hard to say what I like on TV because I haven’t watched TV in forever, but lately I’ve been watching teh ponies on YouTube. Hence my avatar!
I enjoy Diet Coke. Oh, and Long Island Iced Tea. Both are great. :D
What can I find in your fridge?
Lots of pineapple. Greek yogurt. Cheese (lots and lots of cheese.) Eggs… pretty much everything you need to make lots of breakfast, some lunch, and very little dinner. I plan on inventing a time-release breakfast at some point.
What type of music genre do you listen to?
I listen to everything! Seriously. Every genre.
Any favorite singers or band?
Probably The Wallflowers & And One. My favorite individual artist? Eazy E.
Your favorite websites to visit?
PersonalityCafe, AboveTopSecret, Google News. I pretty much cycle between those three. (That’s how I avoid getting any work done.)
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I recently got a Nook (the Barnes and Noble version of the Kindle), so that’s been my main source of relaxation lately… I’m also addicted to Netflix Watch Instantly. Lately I’ve been watching the RoboCop movies. :D I'd buy those for a dollar.
What do you know now that you wish you'd known 5 years ago?
Don’t be so lazy. (That’s something I wish I knew now.) Also, don’t start projects you won’t finish…
Tell us something about yourself that we don't already know.
I’m nicer than I seem!
What do you like most about PersonalityCafe?
I like how there’s always so much going on. There’s no way that I’ll read all this new material as soon as it’s posted, so I have this reassurance that I’ll never get bored. :P I’m also a huge fan of the enneagram discussion forum.
What do you dislike most about PersonalityCafe?
I think we ought to have a Socionics forum. Other than that, I love the way it is.
Has PerC taught you anything?
I’ve figured out almost everything that I know about Enneagram from PerC, and I’ve gotten a great deal of information about MBTI from PerC as well. PerC is really an invaluable resource for those topics.
If you had to choose your favorite forum on PerC, which would it be?
Definitely the MBTI forums. So many interesting conversations go on there. I’ve been incredibly busy so I haven’t been posting as much but I do go in there and read it from time to time. MBTI is a great personality system and the quality of discussion is always pretty high.
Do you have any advice for the community of PerC?
Don’t take things so seriously sometimes.
So what is next for you? What are your plans and goals for the future?
About this time next year, I’ll have my doctorate in law. After that, who knows?
Give us your parting words.
I’m glad I finally got this out! (I’ve been so busy.) I’ll see you all around the forum. :0