BwP gets a fair amount of traffic from web surfers interested in the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator (MBTI). Some time ago I did a whole set of posts on Greek divinities and Myers-Briggs. Myers-Briggs chatrooms are among the few places my blog is linked elsewhere on the web.
Delphi: Apollo's home.
Here is a good summary of the system. Go there and come back if you are not familiar with MBTI.
I like Myers-Briggs. Some people think it's as reliable as astrology; others consider it reductive and not reflective of the variety of human personality. I think it's true that if you stick to the basic 16 personality types not everyone is going to fit in. But if you use the "X" option, where a person straddles the line between the four basic opposites, things get extremely various. Some people believe, for example, that Jesus Christ would have tested out as XXXX.
But sometimes Myers-Briggs is dead, straight on. I was reminded of this recently when my son posted to Facebook his annual college football bowl winner predictions. There are 35 bowl games, and he spent a large number of hours analyzing each matchup, then crafted capsule summaries of his analysis with a predicted winner for each game. I don't doubt he will be very accurate with his predictions. He got no remuneration out of this process (his mother pointed out the pro journalist at Sports Illustrated only disagreed with him in 5 games). He did it for its own sake.
This type of behavior is totally characteristic of the INTP, or Apollo in my mythological typology. INTPs are often extremely gifted intellectually. They have a singular ability to concentrate. Their intellectual output is detailed and finely considered. They live to analyze, deduce and explain. Sports statistics are male INTPs' Garden of Eden.
Reading through my son's predictions, I was immediately reminded of another INTP I knew very long ago, about whom I once posted. Ted was a precocious sports journalist, and when he was 13, in the 8th grade, he wrote an analysis of a college football game between the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California that was published in the student newspaper at Cal. He predicted the Trojans would win, but as well we know, all the logical analysis goes out once the chaos of life intrudes. Berkeley won, behind the heroics of quarterback Joe Roth and running back Chuck Muncie.
Ted and I went on to write at student newspapers throughout high school, and as he went off to college I thought he would be a broadcaster some day, one of my predictions that did not come true. Recently my son has expressed an interest in broadcasting. Last year he was the play-by-play announcer for his high school's Powder Puff football game. He was brilliant, in my humble opinion.
Apollo is often seen as the perfection of Greek manhood, the eternally shining youth. This is a fiction of 19th century romantics. Apollo was an excellent athlete (another INTP, Tiger Woods, is an example of the extreme athletic potential of INTPs), but he is mainly a geek-- interested in such complex and theoretical arts as music, poetry, medicine, and prophecy (e.g. bowl game predictions).
This is the INTP. Yes, a reductive way of classifying the variousness of human beings. But useful for those of us "N" types who love to see the big picture.