12 Feb

My Week

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Busy week which was extremely productive. Flew to Hamburg Sunday evening. Amused to hear that they have been surprised by the depth of the winter and been caught out with inadequate grit and sand, so the streets are like ice rinks. The reputed Germanic model where householders clearing the street outside their home seems to have fallen apart in apartment based Hamburg with the city and tenants both refusing to clear the deadly glaciers outside the flats. Sadly my luggage didn’t manage to make it over with me and was still in Manchester. The hotel didn’t recognise my Priority Club status and hadn’t upgraded my room until I reminded them.

From a good meeting to plan trains from Cologne to Gyor I went back to Hamburg airport, picked up my luggage which had just arrived, and flew to Dusseldorf where I had the tightest of connections for a flight to Newcastle. I managed the transfer with only minutes to spare. I arrived in Newcastle certain my bags would be lost again, but no they arrived! A wheel had been broken off, so that’s a luggage claim to do. The hotel hadn’t upgraded my room despite the fact that their website showed availability of the relevant room, but I couldn’t be arsed to argue.

Tuesday we had a very good meeting about paper writing in our research group. It was good to take 2.5 hours and talk, with no rush or panic, and actually use our brains for once. Some good plans made. I then went and met Matt, and we had a good meal at the ‘Cheeky Duck’ in Newcastle, followed by watching the ‘Avatar’ film in 3D. We didn’t like it. Neither of us warmed to the 3D. I found it’s retelling of the genocide of Native Americans (but with a happy ending this time) frankly exploitative and Matt thought they could have used all the money to make a whole more better films.

Wednesday I attended the second Principal Investigator Development Programme course session. It was great fun and quite liberating to spend some time with academics from other disciplines, many of whom are closer to my original roots than where I work today. Anyhow, in the afternoon we did the Myers Briggs self evaluation and then compared it with the results of the MBTI questionnairre we had done some weeks ago. Anyway, I am either INTJ or maybe INTP, it depends on whether my planning behaviour is learnt or preferred. I am fairly sure it is learnt, which makes me INTP.

NTP types are quiet, thoughtful, analytical individuals who tend to spend long periods of time on their own, working through problems and forming solutions. They are curious about systems and how things work. Consequently, they are frequently found in careers such as science, architecture, and law. INTPs tend to be less at ease in social situations or in the "caring professions," although they enjoy the company of those who share their interests. They also tend to be impatient with the bureaucracy, rigid hierarchies, and the politics prevalent in many professions. They prefer to work informally with others as equals.

INTPs organize their understanding of any topic by articulating principles, and they are especially drawn to theoretical constructs. Having articulated these principles for themselves, they can demonstrate remarkable skill in explaining complex ideas to others in simple terms, especially in writing. On the other hand, their ability to grasp complexity may also lead them to provide overly detailed explanations of "simple" ideas, and listeners may judge that the INTP makes things more difficult than they are. To the INTP, however, this is incomprehensible: They are merely presenting all the information.

Given their independent nature, INTPs may prefer working alone to leading or following in a group. During interactions with others, if INTPs are focused on gathering information, they may seem oblivious, aloof, or even rebellious—when in fact they are concentrating on listening and understanding. However, INTPs’ extraverted intuition often gives them a quick wit, especially with language. They may defuse tension through comical observations and references. They can be charming, even in their quiet reserve, and are sometimes surprised by the high esteem in which their friends and colleagues hold them.

When INTPs feel insulted, however, they may respond with sudden, cutting criticism. After such an incident, INTPs are likely to be as bewildered as the recipient. They have broken the rules of debate and exposed their raw emotions. To INTPs, this is the crux of the problem: emotions must be dealt with logically—because improperly handled emotions, INTPs believe, can only harm. Source: Wikipedia, Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

I think that’s me, check out INTJ for the other possibility. I like the Keirsey Temperament Sorter definituion of INTP as ‘Architect’. Go on, is that me?

On Thursday my PhD student and I spent a good 2.5 hours on his survey results and developing the next round of his Delphi Study, things are looking up for him. Then a long cramped train journey home and a Friday spent almost wholly on expenses!


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