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Subject: Re: Why are WE like we are? Date: 3/19/2000 8:46 PM
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arrete asks,

What I am really looking for is a psychologist or similar person to explain the basic question:
Why do we on this board understand the need for savings, etc. while other don't? Are we some special type, à la Myers-Briggs? Or do we just reach our greatest level of satisfaction without resorting to Mercedes, etc.?, i.e., we are just naturally happy with less - whatever that means.


It's interesting that you brought up the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

I took that test 10 or 12 years ago during one of those week long corporate management seminars that folks are often sent to when they'd be more profitably occupied in a "Three for One" activity.

Anyway, the test showed that along with a few other technical/engineering types I was an INTJ. The test results included some personality traits that were common for that type. I remember that one trait for an INTJ was "most likely to quit his job and do something else."

Since then I've found at least 2 other early retirees who took the Myers-Briggs and are also INTJ, so maybe there's something to it.

For those of you who are unfamilar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, it's a psychological test that puts an individual into one of sixteen different personality types. If I remember correctly the most common of the 16 types made up 5% or 6% of the population. INTJ was less common, making up only 1% to 2% of the population. Maybe that's why there are so few early retirees.

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