Disclaimer: Though I hold a degree in Psychology, I do not profile people professionally. What I have written below is simply based on the education I have gained, and a bit of guess-work (as is all things in Psychology). It should be noted that aspects of each Goblin-type are not “end-all-be-all” aspects, and that often individuals will display characteristics of each type of Goblin. Lastly, all Goblins have one particular interest they each hold – the love of gold; this is what defines them as a “Goblin”.
The Intellectual Goblin
Of the Goblin types that I have written about, the Intellectual Goblin has a natural ability beyond which any amount of “learning” could produce; some might call this type of Goblin “gifted”. The Intellectual Goblin plays the Auction House because it is easy for them to assess and profit from. Some things you might find the Intellectual type doing are the following:
• Make impulse purchases (when they see a deal, they often “just know”)
• Find and execute the most efficient means of working the AH (whether that be with particular addons, macros, professions etc.)
• Spend the least amount of time at the AH as possible (the AH isn’t necessarily fun for them, as much as it is merely an easy way of making gold).
The Intellectual Goblin is probably the type to have gone to private school when they were young. This isn’t necessarily because their parents were rich, but rather that the public school system didn’t provide enough advanced services for them. On the other hand, it is also possible that they remained in public school, but advanced in grade levels faster than peers their age. What differs the Intellectual Goblin from the other Goblins is that they take very little joy out of the money making process. For them, the mountains of gold they earn are viewed as a means-to-an-end. What end that is can only be determined by the individual (pets, mounts, epic flying for other characters, purchasing items out of raids / raid spots etc).
Something else that I’d like to note in association with the Intellectual Goblin is the possibility of having a “touch of madness" (conclusion on page 4). In some circles within the field of Psychology, it is believed that there is a correlation between genius and insanity. In these circles, the line between the two is thought to be very thin; for some that line is crossed over in a back-and-forth fashion rather frequently. People that might be used as classic examples of this idea might be Einstein, Beethoven, or Van Gogh.
In conclusion, the Intellectual Goblin is most easily associated with people like John Nash – a brilliant mathematician and Nobel Prize winner known to have schizophrenia (as displayed in the movie A Beautiful Mind). Like Dr. Nash, the Intellectual Goblin can see the patterns unfold right before their eyes, and as such make some of the best predictions on how to make gold. They might not be the most social of Goblins, but if you can befriend one – do it! Their knowledge and inherent vision of patterns would be quite the resource.
And so, this article sums up my 4 part “Goblins: Who and Why?” series. Stay tuned for my next series, “Into the Mind of the M & S.”
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