Last Saturday we went to a political picnic and got the chance to meet Michael Medved. I listen to his show for three hours every day, so this was big for me. We had a nice chat with his blogger who very kindly posted us on the Medved Fan blog site. All of this got me thinking about this blog and some of the opinions that show up here occasionally, and as I get my share of angry mail based on my political viewpoints, here are some need-to-knows before you write me:
1. I am female. If you respond to the Ball Blog you will get Georgia, not Scott. Scott is shy and reserved about his politics. I am not.
2. I am an INTJ. The following concerning INTJs comes from our discussion group.
3. Be willing to back up your statements with facts — or at least some pretty sound reasoning.
4. Don’t expect me to respect you or your viewpoints just because you say so. An INTJ’s respect must be earned.
5. Be willing to concede when you are wrong. The average INTJ respects the truth over being “right.” Withdraw your erroneous comment and I will see you as a very reasonable person. Stick to erroneous comments and I will think you are an irrational idiot and treat everything you say as being questionable.
6. Try not to be repetitive. It annoys me.
7. Do not feed me a line of bull.
8. Expect debate. INTJs like to tear ideas apart for intellectual stimulation. Especially yours.
9. Do not mistake the strength of your conviction with the strength of your argument. INTJs do not need to believe in a position to argue it and argue it well. Therefore, it will take more than fervor to sway me.
10. Do not be surprised at sarcasm. I majored in it.
11. Remember that INTJs believe in workable solutions. I am extremely open-minded to possibilities, but I will quickly discard any idea that is unfeasible. INTJ open-mindedness means that I am willing to have a go at an idea by trying to pull it apart. This horrifies people who expect oohs and ahhs and reverence. This also means that I will not just accept any viewpoint that is presented to me. The bottom line is “Does it work?” – end discussion.
12. The ultimate INTJ insult to an idea is to ignore it, because that means it’s not even interesting enough to deconstruct.
13. Do not expect INTJs to actually care about how you view them. I already know that I am viewed as an arrogant jerk with a morbid sense of humor. Telling me the obvious accomplishes nothing.
Keep to the ground rules and you and I can enjoy many hours of debate, depending on how much time I can allocate to your viewpoint. Considering my schedule these days, don’t be surprised if that means I can’t answer at all, and I’m truly sorry in advance if I don’t get back to you.