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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STEAMPUNK: Personality Types and Temperaments and Archetypes, oh my!

Speculative fiction in general – and Steampunk in particular – offers us something different: a sense that the world is larger and more filled with possibility than we might be able to imagine; a sense that increasing the opportunities of other people’s lives does not mean diminishing our own.

Steampunk is a reminder that our vision is bigger than our histories; that by looking back at yesterday and learning from it, a better tomorrow is still an option.

Most of us believe we discovered Steampunk at random. We loved the genre before it was called Steampunk and we kind of just stumbled into the Steampunk movement.

I beg to differ.

All actions follow a process – Perception à Thought à Impulse à Action – thus all actions are purposeful…and anything with a purpose, or direction, can be predicted.

How could we know we would gravitate toward Steampunk? That we would write it? Read it? Wear it?

By knowing and understanding our Personality Type.

TO READ THE ENTIRE POST, PLEASE VISIT: http://chroniclesofharriet.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/the-psychology-...

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Very thought provoking. My major in college was psychology so I found the article very interesting. Whenever I've taking the Myers-Briggs, which I have several times, I consistently shown to be ENTJ (extraversion, intuition, thinking, judgment).

Thanks, Larry! I - too - am an ENTJ.

Larry said:

Very thought provoking. My major in college was psychology so I found the article very interesting. Whenever I've taking the Myers-Briggs, which I have several times, I consistently shown to be ENTJ (extraversion, intuition, thinking, judgment).

INFP here. So is my daughter.  Looks like I am in the minority.

I tend to keep shwoing up as either INTP or INTJ.

INTP, an engineer indeed. 

Ah, now that I don't have to use the Sergeant vonKramer voice anymore, I'm back to being myself, which is a solid INFP.

I scored signifigantly more on the "P" than on the "J" side, but in all else I was within +or- 2 points of center, so over the long run I veer towards XXXP.  Which is one of the main issues I've had with the Meyers-Briggs since there's a bothersome tendency, particularly in the cubicle world, to pidgeonhole people based on the "four letters" of their M-B results and ignore or downplay anything that doesn't align perfectly with the 16 "types".  I get labelled a "ENTJ" when a slightly different set of questions would have labelled me an ISTP.  It reminds me of D&D/Star Wars fans arguing endlessly over whether Kirk is "Chaotic Good" or "Lawful Good" and having a plethora of examples to support both sides...only in this case they can decide my job opportunities and pay potential for the next 10 years. 

I see the potential merit in the process, but also see the potential for long-term abuse.  Very "XXXP" of me, I guess. :-P

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