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This is a discussion on INTJ - Musicians/Artists? within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Hello all, I've been following these boards for a while, but this is my first post. I recently discovered MBTI ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    INTJ - Musicians/Artists?

    Hello all,

    I've been following these boards for a while, but this is my first post. I recently discovered MBTI through a buisness class, and became fascinated after I tested (heavily) as an INTJ. After reading discription after discription of the type, I find it fits me perfectly; I mesh into most of the sterotypes quite well.

    I am starting my degree in Music Education (Focus on instrumental), and have been a musician all my life, starting on trumpet and settling on horn. It seems that we are low on the list of types frequently thought of as artists, and I'd like to do some research on this, for my own enjoyment. I am curious as to how many of you are artistically inclined, if not as a career than as a strong hobby/side interest. Please post what interests you have, instrument you play, etc. Even if you don't have an artistic bone in your body, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter!

    Thank you for your time!
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    You should read, The Essential Jung. It gets right to the root of Jung and takes you away from the pseudo-theory you will see at jobs and online. I say that because tonight I realized I am an introverted intuitive and not an INTJ or an INFJ. According to Jung, the artistic personality is representative of this personality. As for myself, I leave and come back to artistic endeavors but haven't seen anything solid materialize yet. Architecture is a career that I keep coming back to me and find myself absorbed in studying art and their lives. I hope your studies go well and you art takes off in the direction you wish for it.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    all INTJ's creative?

    I have always had 2 loves: science and art. I am fascinated by nature and insects, and also the beauty of such things. I started out as majoring in biochemistry/genetics, but mathematical physics got me- I couldn't pass it, and so going to graduate school for genetic research just wasn't going to happen. (plus, all the chemistry classes I would have to take would have driven me crazy- I can't STAND doing experiments that other people have done, what's the point? they're such a waste of time- and I have a hard time telling where exactly the water line is in those beakers, so I was never certain I was doing the experiments correctly)

    SO, I switched my major to communication design (which is a conglomeration of digital imaging, design and studio art classes) with an emphasis on digital imaging because I just love creating and editing in Photoshop so much.

    what is interesting though about personality in all this, is that I didn't fit in with my other science students or the teachers- most were ST types. The professors weren't thrilled when I suggested changing up the experiments- my N coming out- they wanted to do the experiments they way they were supposed to be done in the book = no fun for me.

    I also wasn't liked by some of my art teachers. Being an N, not an S, some things were harder for me than the other S students, like figure drawing- I couldn't get the proportions of torso and limbs right, but excelled in abstract respresentations of people. The professor told me that art wasn't my niche, and that I should drop his class and choose another major! Well, I switched schools and went to one with a much better design program. I didn't make all "A"s, but I did some good work. I have learned that my "niche" as an artistic, creative N is being sensitive to shadow, light and ambiance in a piece of art or a photograph, rather than things S types might notice.

    Now, I read somewhere that all INTJ's are creative. Is this true?
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I do well with string instruments when i have a mind for it, but i am not creative with music.

    I am creative as a teacher or leader and do very well with problem solving.

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Nice to see you here, Myn. I'm not very all. I suppose I'm a pretty good whistler
    At 8 years old, I played the violin and was only mediocre. Then, I dabbled with a few more instruments and decided music wasn't for me.

    Now my artistry and creativity comprise mainly Writing, and dynamic thinking. But, nobody can appreciate dynamic thinking unless I write it.....
    In fact, too many people don't/can't appreciate really getting down to solving matters by more than, "Well she started it!!!"

    Some artists I like:
    AFI, Saves the Day, Breaking Benjamin, I am Ghost, etc.
    Only within the past few days I've discovered Rammstein. They sound really mean. I love it

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    When I was in middle/early high school, i played tuba. After 5 years of it, it became incredibly boring and i lost the drive to continue. Around that time, I really began to like Photoshop and Flash through school classes. I find working with photoshop to give me good downtime, even if it just ends up deleted.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I would consider my primary interests to be the written word, music, art, science, and film. But what Aranae says about science classes kept me from pursuing it (not to mention my weakness in math). Although I'm finding myself increasingly drawn in that direction...

    EDIT: oh, so I was a film studies major, I did animation, and I play the guitar (not very well) and I am writing a novel. I also wrote a children's book of poetry that was heavily science-based.
    Last edited by sodden; 08-28-2009 at 09:03 AM.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I shall be checking ALL your profiles for albums There have been a number of discussions in this vein recently. My belief is that anyone can be artistic, but that an "N" preference will cause a leaning to abstraction and an "S" preference will cause a leaning to "realistic" art. (Because the mod eof perception must surely drive anything - such as art - derived from those perceptions)
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Hi Myn.

    This is the part of your original post I'm responding to.

    I am starting my degree in Music Education (Focus on instrumental), and have been a musician all my life, starting on trumpet and settling on horn. It seems that we are low on the list of types frequently thought of as artists, and I'd like to do some research on this, for my own enjoyment.
    This is a question you're uniquely placed to answer. Soon you'll be embedded, first hand, in the very domain you were asking about! It's researcher heaven. As a long time musician, well, if it feeds your soul, it's the right stuff. Best of luck with the degree

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    ISFJ - The Nurturers

    I've been in our school band for 6 years now. In it I play flute and percussion [mallets]. I also play bass and piano. I hope to have some kind of career in music.
    I also love to write, and have been told I'm good. lol
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