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Analyzer Career Success Stories and Strategies

A request from Donna Dunning

Please Share Your Story or Strategy

Although I have studied personality type for over 20 years, I still find it most helpful to hear from the experts on the different types. That’s you. To help others learn and develop, please share your stories. How does your career suit who you are? What have you learned to do to be successful? Thanks for sharing.

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7 Responses to “Analyzer Career Success Stories and Strategies”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    my biggest strategy for coping as an INTP is to be easy on myself. when i am not performing well, or i make a mistake, i can be the most intolerant and unforgiving person with myself. i am unrelenting when it comes to reaching my own standard, even though i raise the bar every morning when i wake up. i have to remind myself that i am just as worthy of patience as the people around me who amazingly have access endless patience from me. I do work best alone. though i am a hard worker, the peculiar misunderstandings that arise between me and co workers has me knowing for a fact ill have to be freelance, whatever it is that i do. the harder i work to identify the realistic boundaries and expectations, the more i am able to maneuver within them. knowledge keeps pushing those boundaries out further in the pursuit of knowledge. i have a strange presence about me, though im a normal person. i radiate an intensity that draws in some poeple, but pushes others away. its been an interesting life. ive learned A LOT, and i have to take it easy. i have to take it easy on myself-its my biggest set back.

  2. Kurt Cagle says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    Intensity seems the operant word for me. While I would consider myself easy-going, others have often described me as being very intelligent but also very intense and focused, so much so at times that I tend to intimidate other people when I don’t want to – to the extent that my role is typically to establish a baseline of technology for my clients but usually interact with developers at a remove. I work as an information architect, developing large scale information systems where the idea is to make information accessible to people in as many ways as possible, and I’m generally at home when able to work with complex systems and abstractions.

    There are drawbacks to being INTP. I prefer to work alone with minimal interruptions, and often find the interrupt driven atmosphere of a business office very disruptive to getting work done. Office politics and being a team player is almost incomprehensible to me, and while I generally work well with clients as a consultant, I also frequently have to dial back that intensity of analysis and interest in problem solving and recognize that most clients don’t want to know the technical details, even when not knowing could result in costs or delays down the road. However, as the ability to see the big picture is my stock in trade, this also means that I’m generally very good at being able to design systems that will keep my client’s needs met for years.

    I also find that prolonged exposure to social situations is enormously wearying for me, and I have to marshal my energies when in that mode. I’ve had more than one coworker describe me as being friendly but aloof, and even when at conferences surrounded by other introverts, I find it difficult to engage with other attendees outside of giving presentations. Ironically, I enjoy giving presentations themselves and being on stage, but I suspect it’s because there’s an implicit fourth wall there, and even so a couple of hours of that can wipe me out for a day or more.

    The self-criticism mentioned by others is also certainly at work. An analyst is good at seeing both the strengths and weaknesses of a given construct, and that applies as much to myself as to a piece of software or an information system. We all lie to ourselves some, but the analyst is more consciously aware that these are lies, and it makes it harder to expect less from ourselves than we do of others.

    Finally, the P of being an INTP tends to manifest itself as procrastination, especially over difficult or costly decisions. It’s not the same as laziness – it’s rare for me not to be working on code, or writing a book, or staying otherwise engaged – but it does mean that decisions that need to be made often get deferred, sometimes dangerously so. Combined with a tendency to become easily distracted, this can prove to be problematic at best, though the flip side is that I often tend to have a deeply thought about understanding of those things I do work on, and I’m always gathering and attempting to interpret information about the world.

  3. Sarah says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    I was homeschooled and enjoyed the easy-going, independent nature of my education, but when I began community college classes at 15, it was like hearing music for the first time. Suddenly everything I knew about myself changed. I found that I was a natural student, and that I thirsted for knowledge. All my time during my community college years and my university years (studying Anthropology) were absorbed with quenching my thirst for knowledge through study. Looking back, I wish I had had the maturity to step away from study for downtime with friends, since those years of youth and relative carefreeness are fleeting. But to me, as an INTP, my sincerest pleasure was found in the challenge and thrill of classes, assignments, and study.
    Post-college, I studied abroad, traveled and lived in Europe for a short time. I would have loved to have made a career out of analysis, thought, and long hours of concentration (computer programmer, graphic designer, maybe even a laywer), but as my life progressed to today, things took very different turns then expected. Now I find myself married to a man 22 years older than me (I am 27 as I write this), and we have a beautiful little 11 month old girl, and I am due to deliver our second child next year.
    How I happened into this path in life is a long story, but the relevant facts are that with an INTP mind, I really struggled with the idea of being a mother. I thought that a Feeler would be much better suited to care for the myriad needs of babies and children. But during the course of my struggles with thoughts like this during my first pregnancy, I came to realize that my children were going to benefit from having a mother that loved to explore and learn, and that I knew it would be fun to see my children grow and discover the world for the first time. They will learn how to “handle” someone being direct with them, they will learn how to think things through carefully, and to care about accuracy. These things they may not learn from a Feeler.
    I understand that this doesn’t apply to the career question directly, but indirectly, I find it relevant to know that we don’t need to feel pigeonholed by our personalities into jobs or lifestyles that isolate us more than necessary because we aren’t naturally sweet all the time or tactful, or any other desirable quality for interacting with others. It is liberating to know that we bring beauty through quick wit, accuracy, maybe some loyalty, and openness.

  4. Donna Dunning says:

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing your story and for emphasizing the importance of not becoming pigeonholed by our preferences.

  5. Aleny says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    It is so nice to read from other INTPs because I often feel like the odd man out. Reading these contributions gives me renewed hope in what feels like a world of extroverts and feelers :).

  6. Christine says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    What I’ve read so far totally resonates. I do love to work on my own and get the necessary quiet environment I need to think most effectively. I do need to absorb things from the outside and to digest them before I speak out. I am a coach and a consultant and my colleagues and clients have told me it was a real strength as when I actually said something out loud, they knew it had been thought through and is hence reliable. They also say I’m a very driven person holding integrity as a major value. I agree on that but I tend to be so demanding with myself I often have to fight against my inner saboteur. I tend to think everybody knows what I know so I put the bar very high..Each workshop hasn’t got to be a post graduate level 2-day-learning experience ;-). Finally the P preference isn’t a sign of procrastination but rather gives me a choice towards having to put an end to something or not. Provided I can adjust to and deal with the context, I’m fine. I would say that becoming aware of my types preferences helped me step back and see them at work. Even if I still think about what’s happening, now at least, I know why. In one word I tend to analyse things very quickly but I also like to create from that. Even if the creation and analysing parts are more interesting for me than the realization itself.

  7. Charleen says:

    Personality Type: INTP

    It has been a little over 20 years since I participated in the workshop where the MBTI was administered, and I learned for the first time, I was not somehow defective. I embraced my strengths and became more aware of the challenging aspects of my personality, thereby becoming more accepting and forgiving of myself. This self awareness led to an opening for compassion and understanding of my fellow man. I have a deep understanding of the way society functions and what motivates people and groups, I have developed a passion for finding and implementing solutions. And, at 47 years of age, have gone back to school to study sociology. My goal is to teach at the high school and Junior high levels and hopefully provide some insight for future generations.

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