Saturday, November 29, 2008

Arrogant? Nous?

A site calling itself Typealyzer has opened a virtual couch on which to analyze a blog's personality. (hat tip)
Here's what it has to say about IntLawGrrls:
The Thinkers
The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications. They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality.
So far, so good. Same for the image above left, which accompanies the description. But then there's this:

Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.
Impatient, yes; that's part of being a 'Grrl.
But arrogant? Insensitive? Nous?
Now, this "evaluation" from 1 of the world's typealyzers (this site appears to have Swedish roots) is, of course, silly-season stuff. The description's an exercise of negative/positive blather familiar to anyone who's ever read an astrology column. Still, it invites thought.
We posted earlier on the tendency to link blogging with other traits often coded as masculine. Is this simply another example of that genderization? Maybe, maybe not. Could be that law professors -- as many of us are -- become accustomed to hearing their own voices, to speaking (impatiently) to those who "need some time to understand what" they "are talking about."
It's a twist on the question of balance raised more than a year ago by IntLawGrrl Hari M. Osofsky: Does legal work require one to leave the right brain at home? Should it?

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