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Monday, October 24, 2005

Quiz: What Type of Thinker Are You?

What Kind of Mind Do You Have? (via Zen State)

I got three results. Apparently I am a Spatial Thinker, a Musical Thinker, and an Existential Thinker. Other similar types of tests have given me very high results for Logical (the pattern recognition/problem solving part NOT the adding and subtracting part. I suck at math, but that's what computers are for, right?), Linguistic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Kinaesthetic.

I wonder if this means I am a Rennaisance girl? Or maybe it just means I am indecisive. Or maybe I am indecisive because I am a Rennaisance girl ... so many possibilities...

Anyway, my quiz results are below. I have highlighted appealing career options in red because I am due for another career crisis anytime soon. When it occurs I can look back at this post and say yes if "Religious Leader" is a valid career choice, then it is not all that much of a stretch to think that "Goddess" is also a valid career choice. Besides, given that I don't agree completely with any existing religion, working in the religion industry will work out much better if I start my own religion.
Spatial Thinkers:
* Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of the physical world.
* Think well in three dimensions
* Have a flair for working with objects

Spatial Thinkers include
Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Careers which suit Spatial Thinkers include
Mechanic, Photographer, Artist, Architect, Engineer, Builder, Set designer

Musical thinkers:
* Tend to think in sounds, and may also think in rhythms and melodies
* Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings.
* Feel a strong connection between music and emotions

Musical Thinkers include
Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix

Careers which suit Musical Thinkers include
Musician, Music teacher, Sound engineer, Recording technician

Existential thinkers:

* Like to spend time thinking about philosophical issues such as "What is the meaning of life?"
* Try to see beyond the 'here and now', and understand deeper meanings
* consider moral and ethical implications of problems as well as practical solutions

Existential Thinkers include
Leonardo da VinciThe Buddha, Gandhi, Plato, Socrates, Martin Luther King

Careers which suit Existential Thinkers include
Philosopher, Religious leader, Head of state, Artist, Writer

It thinks I'm a linguistic thinker. One of the best professions for me would apparently be salesperson. Which is actually one of the professions I would least like to ever consider trying.
I'm sure the quiz is not all that accurate. But it is interesting about the Linguistic Thinker thing. Was Writer one of the professions suggested?
If I had saved the results, I could tell you. Since I didn't save them, I'd have to re-take the test. I wonder if I'd come up with the same results. I will leave that as a ponderable for the ages...
I certainly could have been a professional writer though, as part of the jobs I've had over the years has been technical documentation of various sorts, and I must say that I'm pretty good at it. Not to polish my own apple or anything.

Does that last sentence sound naughtier than it ought? Another ponderable for the ages.
"Ponderable for the age" I like that :)

I guess programming is writing too. Communicating mostly with the computer instead of mostly with people. And there is the blog and novel and music.

I was always good at my personal broader definition of language - writing, learning new languages, programming, music, art, dance, science, and even maths until I decided I couldn't be bothered with the boring stuff.

ps he sentence didn't sound naughty until you asked if it did!
Snap David:

You are a Linguistic Thinker
Linguistic thinkers:

* Tend to think in words, and like to use language to express complex ideas.
* Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings.

Linguistic Thinkers include: Leonardo Davinci, William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Anne Frank.

Careers which suit Linguistic thinkers include: Journalist, Librarian, Salesperson, Proof-reader, Translator, Poet, Lyricist, Blogger.
Hm, programmer as writer? Interesting, I've always considered programming much more like engineering: given a problem, find the solution. But there are definitely creative aspects to it as well, so ok, I'll go with it :)

It's funny, in responding to my cubicle neighbor the other day regarding something she said she didn't like, I said "Nor do I". She smiled at me and said that it sounded very "scholarly", and most people would have said "me neither". Of course, now I wonder, does that make me seem like an oddball...
Zen your blog persona is definitely Linguistic. I often think there are hidden meanings in your posts that I completely miss!

I just made up "programmer as writer" as I was writing that comment :)

I used to think programmer = problem solver. But a programmer is also a translator of sorts and isn't a writer a problem solver too? I mean most writers have something they want to communicate. It can range from instructions (very programmer like), to an idea, to a feeling. Even if a writer's goal is to raise questions and make people think...then they still need to write in such a way as to achieve that goal (ie problem solving).

And as with most problems there are constraints. I guess some writer constraints could be style, or word count.

Or maybe I am just pushing the similarities too far... probably most programmers are crap writers :)
probably most programmers are crap writers

Yes! I've had to edit documents written by programmers before. And while they usually know how to communicate with their CPU's, many of them don't know how to communicate with humans. One such is on my team in fact...
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