Laurie asked: I’ve always considered myself (and been described as) INTJ, but I also have OCD, and you said in a post that every person with OCD will score as a TJ. I know that you can’t just magically type me without knowing me, but I would really like to find out if I *really* am an INTJ, or it’s just my illness that makes me act in a certain way (though I always recognized my thought process as that of an INTJ, not my actions necessarily). How do you go about typing characters who have mental illness? I know you always try to “separate” the two things and recognize the real type that might be hidden by the illness – are there particular questions I might ask myself, or things I might notice in my actions/thoughts etc.?I know I shouldn’t give to much importance to my type – I myself use it more as a very useful tool to write plausible fictional characters than anything else – but recognize who I really am might help me overcome things and thought processes that are not “mine” but come from my condition…in a way, I believe I simply don’t want to be defined by my OCD, but recognize who I truly am, in spite of everything else. Thank you!
I don’t know the exact nature of your OCD, so I’m going to do the best I can at a generic, but applicable response.
I would suggest trying to pay attention to what you’re like when you’re less affected by your OCD (if possible). The particular function that tends to be associated most heavily with OCD is the Si function, simply because it likes to pay attention to minute details that intuitive upper functions don’t.
But it sounds like (because you’re an INTJ rather than an ISTJ) what you really want to evaluate is your Te function.
Questions to ask:
(Ni): When I think about possible negative ways that events could develop, am I thinking about it with the aim to adapt to the most likely way the event will develop (Ni)? Or do I think about it in terms of all possible ways it could go wrong, no matter how unlikely (not Ni)?
(Te): Do I organise my time efficiently (Te)? Or merely out of compulsion (not Te)? In other words, do you organise to get things done quicker, or because you like it done a certain way?
(Te): Am I direct in my communication style (Te)? Even if not blunt, Te users usually communicate directly.