Myers-Briggs Dionysian

michaelMyers-Briggs tests categorize individuals according to categories of personality types.  When I think of people like Michael Jackson, I recall the cateogory type of Dionysian, or Dionysian Perfectionist I think it was.  It says a lot about people like him.

I have never been a big fan of Jackson’s music, but his dancing, especially that performance at the Grammy’s long ago, made a big impression on me.  The MB typology indicates a person who is consumed with a desire to create and present, or perform, his creation.  He or she will work tirelessly to get it just right, every detail, always looking for a way to do it better or with a new and more creative element.  Fred Astaire was that way.  Bob Dylan.  The great Vladimir Horowitz.  Olivier.  Artists who live for their work, and never cease to revolve in their minds what their next thing should be.

Doesn’t that describe Michael Jackson?  They are different from most of us…

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6 Responses to Myers-Briggs Dionysian

  1. Man of Roma says:

    Interesting, this Dionysian type, “consumed with a desire to create and present, or perform.” Although I can find only little connection to my mental image of Dionysos, an intoxication and orgiastic passion for a life without boundaries etc.
    I mean, I cannot see any relation with this ‘precision of detail’ you’re talking about.

  2. lichanos says:

    I guess it is the passionate involvement with the creative process that prompted these psycho-metricians to use the name of the God.

    You raise an interesting point here – what is amazing to me about such people is that they sustain a high level of energy and passion for the process in the midst of all the little details. For me, and most people, I think, the details overwhelm and exhaust. For them, each detail partakes of the important goal.

  3. Man of Roma says:

    Mmmm…I guess you (and these psycho-metricians) refer to an idea of Art in the highest sense of the term (= Greek ‘techne’.) In great Art – and Tragedy, connected in some way to Dionysos, was to the Greeks a supreme form of Art – you have vision and inspiration, on one hand, but also precision of detail and execution, on the other hand.
    So what you all mean is that Jackson was a great artist, like Horowitz, Bob Dylan.

    And yes, in most people you have one of the two: either good talents who are a flop because they have no real will, dedication, precision of detail, or bureaucrats deprived of inspiration.

  4. lichanos says:

    Yes, and Thomas Edison said that genius was 98% perspiration, 2% inspiration. Not a romantic view, but closer to the truth. The genius is in being able to keep sweating the details…AND to have vision.

    Balzac understood and commented on this continually in his books.

  5. Man of Roma says:

    2% and 98% seem exaggerated to me, although it can have the merit of underlining that talent is overrated. My (arbitrary) figures are: 30% inspiration, 70% perspiration: if talent is not crucial, you gotta have some of it!

  6. lichanos says:

    Well, the Edison quote is a very famous one, and probably true for him!

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