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Not wanna make it sound like INTP's are directly genius, but I think there's something going on in here...There appear to be three sorts of childhoods and three sorts of adult social adaptations made by the gifted. The first of these may be called the committed strategy. These individuals were born into upper middle class families, with gifted and well educated parents, and often with gifted siblings. They sometimes even had famous relatives. They attended prestigious colleges, became doctors, lawyers, professors, or joined some other prestigious occupation, and have friends with similar histories. They are the optimally adjusted. They are also the ones most likely to disbelieve that the exceptionally gifted can have serious adjustment problems.
The second kind of social adaptation may be called the marginal strategy. These individuals were typically born into a lower socio-economic class, without gifted parents, gifted siblings, or gifted friends. Often they did not go to college at all, but instead went right to work immediately after high school, or even before. And although they may superficially appear to have made a good adjustment to their work and friends, neither work nor friends can completely engage their attention. They hunger for more intellectual challenge and more real companionship than their social environment can supply. So they resort to leading a double life. They compartmentalize their life into a public sphere and a private sphere. In public they go through the motions of fulfilling their social roles, whatever they are, but in private they pursue goals of their own. They are often omnivorous readers, and sometimes unusually expert amateurs in specialized subjects. The double life strategy might even be called the genius ploy, as many geniuses in history have worked at menial tasks in order to free themselves for more important work. Socrates, you will remember was a stone mason, Spinoza was a lens grinder, and even Jesus was a carpenter. The exceptionally gifted adult who works as a parking lot attendant while creating new mathematics has adopted an honored way of life and deserves respect for his courage, not criticism for failing to live up to his abilities. Those conformists who adopt the committed strategy may be pillars of their community and make the world go around, but historically, those with truly original minds have more often adopted the double life tactic. They are ones among the gifted who are most likely to make the world go forward
This site suggests that there are mainly two types of intelligent, the hardworkers commited but boring ones who are expected to make money in society and the creative ones. I see this all the time btw... Jay people would be the former and *NTPs would to be the latter.
The site also suggests that these differences might stem from socio-economical disparities and thus insinuates that personnality is the product of the money of your milieu in childhood. I also believe this, many of my friends who are coming from highly educated milieus(sons of professors..etc) are oftentimes conformist and high achievers although boring people with no lateral thinking and unable to take risks... It's striking.
And then on the other side, I hear INTP's complaining about how plain lazy asses they are, procrastinators, unmotivated and underachievers, but yet intelligent and creatively, artistically and humoristically gifted... does that mean that INTP's were necessarily born in socio-economical poor families ?
Personnaly- before I encouterd MBTI- I always thought that me being rised in a very poor(culturaly aswell as economically) and unbalanced environnement was the genitor of my personnality. What Do you think about this equation ?
intellect x (SOCIO-ECONOMICAL STATUS + childhood wellbeing)= personnality