*Updated with a couple of links...
http://www.personalitypage.com/ISTJ.html (my type)
I borrowed the handy-dandy personality type widget from Supablogga, but Jason and I have been "type-watching" for awhile now. You can read tons more about this at sites all over the Net, but here's a quick rundown:
According to the Myers-Briggs theory, there are 16 personality types. (You can take the quiz by clicking on the picture to the right.) These are based on the combinations of the four main groups: Introvert/Extravert; Intuitive/Sensing; Feeling/Thinking; and Perceiving/Judging. This basically defines all of humanity, and, before you get skeptical, here's my story.
Jason was actually introduced to and interested in personality types way before I came along. He had me take the test back in college, where I scored pretty much the same as I did above, but I was majorly skeptical, thinking this was pretty much like the quiz I took in Cosmo every month (i.e. What kind of animal are you? Which literary character are you?).
Not that there's anything wrong with those and other personality type theories, but this one, to me, blows all the rest of them away. I didn't realize this, however, until a few years later when I spent a little more time researching the types and their descriptions. Why did I get interested at that point? Because that was when I had a crush on Jason, and you know how that goes. Your guy likes Aerosmith, you start learning all about Steven Tyler.
Anyway...before long, I was convinced, too. In fact, I would go so far to say that, next to putting God at the center of our marriage, this is the thing that most helps us have a happy and healthy marriage.
It's been unbelievably valuable to us in other relationships as well (work, family, even Fred, who is an ESTP, by the way).
And if you're more curious about multiple intelligences, go to library school! You will learn all about it there!
So, if you're still reading and if you want to know a little more about me...here goes...
ISTJs have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ, and you can set your clocks by us.
ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that we do without considerable energy loss.
ISTJs are most at home with "just the facts, Ma'am." They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Once a new procedure has proven itself (i.e., has been shown "to work,") the ISTJ can be depended upon to carry it through, even at the expense of their own health.
ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact. The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in situations that require making tough calls and sticking to them.
The ISTJ does well in the service of established institutions. Home, social clubs, government, schools, the military, churches. "We've always done it this way" is often reason enough for many ISTJs. Threats to time-honored traditions or established organizations are to be fought at all costs.
So now I want to know...what's YOUR type?