IT personality types: 8 profiles in geekdom

Forget Myers-Briggs. Here are the true archetypes that underlie the IT breed

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IT personality type No. 5: The Übergeek
Job title(s): Software engineer, senior programmer

Profile: Fiercely intelligent, stubbornly logical, and disturbingly anti-social. In other words, what most people think of when asked to describe a techie. In Myers-Briggs nomenclature, the Übergeek would be classified INTJ -- an introverted, intuitive-thinking, and judging person -- says Beth Armknecht Miller, co-founder of Executive Velocity, a professional coaching service. If the Übergeek absolutely must communicate with beings of inferior intelligence (i.e., you), she would rather do it by e-mail. But if she can avoid all human contact, that's OK, too.

"I call this type 'Mr. Artiste,'" says Don Rainey. "He is creating software -- sometimes the company's core product or hope for future success -- and he isn't limited by the contents of the requirements document. He isn't limited by it because he isn't reading it. He is creating, damn it, and brings his own vision. Plus, staying consistent with his vision keeps him closer to his imaginary specification with its imaginary time line -- and yes, he's on schedule."

  • Hobbies: What are these things you call hobbies?
  • Last book read: "Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software"
  • Greatest accomplishment: Completely rewriting and debugging every line of system code without anyone noticing
  • Identifying marks: Sometimes confuses real life with Second Life; unconscious "air typing"
  • Role model: Mr. Spock
  • Most resembles: Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) from "Big Bang Theory"

IT personality type No. 6: The OS Fanboy

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