Idiosyncratic Personality Type
Main Interests of the Idiosyncratic Personality Type
Characteristic Traits and Behaviors
I did conceive of "character strengths and virtues" in a positive way as Martin Seligman does in his Positive Psychology, but now see them as images of perfection that inflate the idealized self theorized by Karen Horney.
Character Strengths and Virtues (what the Schizotypal type is proud of)
"Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering
"Open-mindedness [judgment, critical thinking]: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; Not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one's mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly "
"Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it"
"Appreciation of beauty and excellence [awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience"
"Spirituality [religiousness, faith, purpose]: Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort" (Peterson & Seligman, 29, 30).
"eccentricity, idiosyncrasy are not always clearly distinguished when they denote an act, a practice, or a characteristic that impresses the observer as strange or singular. Eccentricity ... emphasizes the idea or divergence from the usual or customary; Idiosyncrasy implies a following of one's peculiar temperament or bent especially in trait, trick , or habit; the former often suggests mental aberration, the latter, strong individuality and independence of action ..."
Analogous: "peculiarity, individuality, distinctiveness or distinction, characteristicness or characteristic: manner, way, method, mode: mannerism, affectation, pose" (MW, 412)
Merriam-Webster (1984). Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms: A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.
Careers and Jobs for the Idiosyncratic type
Source: U.S. Department of Interior, Career Manager - INTJ.
Noteworthy examples of the Idiosyncratic personality type
Many people (and not just those of the Idiosyncratic personality type) have idiosyncratic traits or behave in a idiosyncratic manner. But the traits and behaviors of the Idiosyncratic personality type are not so inflexible and maladaptive or the cause of such significant subjective distress or functional impairment as to constitute
"To some extent, sanity is a form of conformity" - John Nash.
I hypothesize that the personality theories of personality theorists best describe themselves and those of their own type. See also Introduction.
“I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning.” ― James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love of Novelties
"According to Aquinas, vainglory is a capital vice, meaning that it is a weakness that gives birth to many other vices. When our hearts are set on gaining the praise of men, we are likely to develop several other faults along the way. For example, we may seek to win people's attention through self promotion in our words. In conversation, we might drop certain people's names, point out our achievements, or exaggerate our successes with the hopes of having others esteem us highly ("He must be important"). Aquinas calls this vice boasting. We also might tend to throw ourselves into the center of attention through eccentric behavior, or by being "in the know" about the latest news or gossip, or by having the latest technology. Aquinas calls this fruit of vainglory love of novelties."
"How does an eccentric's curiosity differ from that of a normal person?
"An eccentric's curiosity knows no limits. If an ordinary person wants to know about electricity he simply reads a book on the subject. The eccentric might also call the local public utility and go look at a power generator to see how it works. Then he might knock on some professor's door and ask him about it. One man I read about became so immersed in the study of Robin Hood that he legally adopted the name. He wears a green Sherwood Forest costume, carries a longbow and lives in the forest when he's not installing bank security equipment."
"Closely allied to creativity is the eccentricâ€™s intense curiosity. Most eccentrics told us that they first became aware that they were different from everyone else when they were children, because they were constantly searching for underlying answers. When they asked their parents â€śWhy?â€ť they were never content with â€śJust because,â€ť and even less happy with â€śBecause I said so.â€ť"
Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry - Book by Barbara M. Benedict
"Curiosity is the mark of discontent, the sign of a pursuit of something beyond what you have. In ancient literary culture, curiosity betrays the desire to know and therefore to be more than you are."
Curiosity and Creativity - PsychCentral.
"Kashdan also thinks curiosity â€śappears to be a fundamental motive in facilitating industry and creativity. Writers, artists, inventors, scientists, and others engaged in the creative process often refer to curiosity to describe the compelling psychological need to work at their craft.â€ť"
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