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What is an INTJ?

INTJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers . It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging. INTJ indicates a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). INTJs are sometimes referred to as Mastermind personalities because of their strategic, logical way of thinking.

What are INTJs like?

INTJs are analytical problem-solvers, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas. They have a talent for seeing possibilities for improvement, whether at work, at home, or in themselves.

Often intellectual, INTJs enjoy logical reasoning and complex problem-solving. They approach life by analyzing the theory behind what they see, and are typically focused inward, on their own thoughtful study of the world around them. INTJs are drawn to logical systems and are much less comfortable with the unpredictable nature of other people and their emotions. They are typically independent and selective about their relationships, preferring to associate with people who they find intellectually stimulating.

What are the core values of the INTJ?

INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals.

INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

How can I recognize an INTJ?

INTJs are typically reserved and serious, and seem to spend a lot of time thinking. They are curious about the world around them and often want to know the principle behind what they see. They thoroughly examine the information they receive, and if asked a question, will typically consider it at length before presenting a careful, complex answer. INTJs think critically and clearly, and often have an idea about how to do something more efficiently. They can be blunt in their presentation, and often communicate in terms of the larger strategy, leaving out the details.

Although INTJs aren’t usually warm or particularly gregarious, they tend to have a self-assured manner with people based on their own security in their intelligence. They relate their ideas with confidence, and once they have arrived at a conclusion they fully expect others to see the wisdom in their perceptions. They are typically perfectionists and appreciate an environment of intellectual challenge. They enjoy discussing interesting ideas, and may get themselves into trouble because of their take-no-prisoners attitude: if someone’s beliefs don’t make logical sense, the Mastermind typically has no qualms about pointing that out.

Who are some famous INTJs?

Famous INTJs include Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Dwight Eisenhower, Alan Greenspan, Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Ayn Rand, Isaac Asimov, Lewis Carroll, Cormac McCarthy, and Sir Isaac Newton.

How common is the INTJ personality type?

INTJ is the third rarest type in the population, and the rarest type among women (with ENTJ ). INTJs make up:

  • 2% of the general population
  • 3% of men
  • 1% of women

What do INTJs like to do?

Popular hobbies for the INTJ include reading, cultural events, taking classes, appreciating art, computers and video games, and independent sports such as swimming, backpacking, or running marathons.

What the experts say

“INTJs are the most independent of all the sixteen types and take more or less conscious pride in that independence.”

– Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

“Difficulties are highly stimulating to INTJs, who love responding to a problem that requires a creative solution.”

– David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

“Their capacity for intellectual and conceptual clarity gives INTJs both vision and the will to see it through to completion—leadership qualities that are prized in our society.”

– Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about INTJs

Interesting facts about the INTJ :

  • On personality trait measures, score as Discreet, Industrious, Logical, Deliberate, Self-Confident, and Methodical
  • Among types least likely to suffer heart disease and cardiac problems
  • Least likely of all the types to believe in a higher spiritual power
  • One of two types with highest college GPA
  • Among types with highest income
  • Personal values include Achievement
  • Of all types, least likely to state that they value Home/family, Financial security, Relationships & friendships, and Community service
  • Overrepresented among MBA students and female small business owners
  • Commonly found in scientific or technical fields, computer occupations, and legal professions

Source: MBTI Manual

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Guest (not verified) says…

6 years 3 weeks ago

Perfect!.. This describes me 100%! 🙂

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Guest (not verified) says…

4 years 11 months ago

so true

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Guest (not verified) says…

4 years 10 months ago

I agree…. I was scared when I saw how accurate this was

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Guest (not verified) says…

4 years 1 month ago

Me too! I read this and thought: This person I’ve never met knows me better than I know myself. When I read INTJ stuff in general, I feel like I am reading my own biography, written by a psychologist who downloaded my brain to their own.

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female intj (not verified) says…

4 years 1 week ago

Precisely this! I was reading this description and seeing things that I myself have written out in the past typed in the words of another.

I personally am an artist(music and traditional and digital art) as well as an aspiring fashion designer. It’s rather interesting now studying how my INTJ personality handles this. None of these professions were on either list, well, graphic designer was but that’s much more logo and less Van Gogh.

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a 1% INTJ (not verified) says…

3 years 3 weeks ago

I am a writer and musician and even though I’m really successful in those fields, I am most definitely an INTJ, even though it doesn’t entirely match up with my personality. I think sometimes it’s just up to talent. If you’re talented at something, you’ll try your best to excel at it. Perhaps it feeds on the determination part of the personality.

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Alpha Prime (not verified) says…

2 years 10 months ago

It is just logical to use your natural talents in the most efficient way! Cheers for the INTJ community!

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Melissa Ann Lambert (not verified) says…

1 year 6 months ago

I’m a female INTJ too – former computer programmer now artist specializing in digital art. Feel free to email me!

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brewall131 says…

1 year 5 months ago

Hi Melissa, I’m also a female INTJ currently working on teaching myself programming and trying to figure out how to turn this into a position that I would enjoy. I would love to talk to you if you’d be open to it! 

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Regine Arnold (not verified) says…

1 year 5 months ago

Brewall and Melissa, 

Would love to connect. I am also a woman INTJ. I have a past in corporate marketing/ digital marketing. I also have my own small business health coaching. And working on going back to school for human systems engineering, which is largely about computer engineering and psychology. Plus, I’m a video game nerd. I literally felt like the only female INTJ left in the world until I saw your comments. Haha Only a handful of us out there. Let’s get to know each other! 🙂

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Frank Wang (not verified) says…

1 year 4 weeks ago

Would love to connect with all of you as well! A male INTJ here. Graduated with a Master of Molecular Biology, studying Software Engineering, and learning game development on the side. All the other comments were at least 1-year old so it’s nice to see recent people who are still trying to connect.

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Daniel O. (not verified) says…

3 months 2 weeks ago

I am also INTJ and a molecular biologist! 

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Guest (not verified) says…

3 months 1 week ago

I’d like to connect with you due to your background. 

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Olivia_K (not verified) says…

9 months 4 weeks ago

Hi Regine, 

I’m an Intj female currently in an undergraduate BBA program. I’d love to connect with you to hear about your experiences in the corporate world as an INTJ as I’m having doubts about whether Business is the right fit for me!  

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Busy-Bea (not verified) says…

5 months 1 week ago

Krikey Regine!  I read your post and was like what what?!  I’m in marketing, background in film/video production and seriously considering going back to school – but for history or anthropology or sociology.  Human systems.  Oh and was a personal trainer years ago and have been contemplating wellness coaching.  Ha! 

Ladies – we should connect!  Sorry is has been a @ a year since you all have posted!

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ClaireK (not verified) says…

11 months 1 week ago

Hello, fellow INTJ women. Typing with a sleeping baby in my lap, so have mercy on my spelling and punctuation 😉

Knowing about these types has changed my life! I wish I had been able to experience the validation when I was a younger woman. I am def an INTJ, but feel I am an odd one because I am religious and care a lot about home and family life. I love to learn constantly and I share that with my children; I homeschool them because I am sure I can do a better job, and I like to be with my kids. I use my drive to improve systems and to fulfill potential in my home and family life. This works well, because my husband is an ENTP and is so extraverted, fast moving and big picture, he lets me run things the way I want! My struggle is to keep pursuing order and to get alone time in my large family. I also tend to pursue things I am interested in and gain a level of expretise, but I don’t turn any of this into anything income building, because I don’t like to promote myself, and I  don’t want to feel awkward about promoting myself in my social network. INTJs, any thoughts for me?

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Ann Red (not verified) says…

11 months 1 week ago

Fellow INTJ woman and we are in our first year of homeschooling as we felt we could also do a better job (grades 5/7).  So interesting reading your comment as my husband has typed as INTP (although he thinks he’s on the line as an ENTP).

I googled career types for INTJ’s and landed on this site as I’m feeling the push to do more with myself but am not sure which field is best suited for me as past experiences have landed me in toxic work environments with unmotivated co-workers.  I really want to work with driven people who want to collaborate instead of compete so I figured I’d look where the INTJ’s are and narrow down my options from there.  My passion lies with analyzing processes/procedures and then streamlining/organizing to increase productivity.

Self promotion isn’t my thing either although I feel that’s the way of our world now.  How old are your kids?  Have you homeschooled from the beginning?

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ClaireK (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hi Ann,

Hope you are enjoying homeschooling. It is super challenging to balance, and there is a temptation to over plan and to over critique ourselves. But I find it so very rewarding. My oldest is sixteen, I homeschooled her through sixth grade. Now we send her to a 7-12 school in our town that is excellent. I still have five children at home, so I will be doing this for a while! My main goal is to cover the basics, while giving as much freedom as I can and keeping the kids’ natural sense of wonder alive. They also do a lot of helping with siblings and helping around the house and yard. In terms of employment, it would be so wonderful for you to find the right fit, in an employer who wants someone with your skills, in a positive work environmant. It is crazy how often I hear about supervisors who are threatened by competent people! I would think a fast-changing industry would be a good place to look for an attitude of growth? I learned a lot when I was listening to a podcast called Radical Candor, about communication in the workplace and how to be a good manager. Best wishes!

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ElisaC (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hi Claire,

You remind me of my younger self, when my priority was raising my two daughters.  Being a mother, investing and shaping two lives has been a most rewarding experience and privilege, despite all the challenges of raising children and grind of daily living.  My role has evolved over the past few years into friend, coach and mentor, as we share from the trivial to deep questions of life.  I encourage you to keep on investing into your children, as you appear to be filled with love and passion for your current purpose in motherhood!

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ClaireK (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

Elisa, Thank you for that very encouraging message! It occasionally seems funny to me to be the “criminal mastermind” type and spending all my talents at home. But nothing seems more crucial to me than teaching, training, mentoring and loving other human beings. I love getting to know them and trying to help them grapple with life and learn what their talents and passions are. I hope to support them in a way that enables them to find their purpose. Thanks again.

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ElisaC (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hi Claire,

You are welcome!  I have a suggestion… while you’re at home, you can expand your mastermind (dropped the “crimminal” :)) in your areas of interest.  Over the past couple of years, I have become interested in the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) community and have been reading a lot of blogs, such as Mr. Money Mustache.  This past year, it extended into investing and I followed a blog investment workshop (Millenial Revolution) and have been reading a lot on this subject.  Lately, I have been immersed in Dr. Jordan Peterson’s youtube channel on The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories, having been interested in psychology since my university days and currently attend Bible studies.  There is so much to learn and free resources available online; my education is just starting!  What are your areas of interest and thoughts on this?  I encourage you to also invest in yourself!

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Discovery13 (not verified) says…

7 months 3 weeks ago

Hmmm. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. Shocked is an understatement when I did the test, emphatically accurate!🤔

Autocorrect description of mua!

I wonder what more?

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Cristal (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

Hi Elisa and INTJ Girls,

( please forgive my grammar , my first language is not english ) I related to your comment because as a mom in my 30’s I am finding myself struggling between been the best mom ever and figuring out my career life – and I mean Struggling. As you evolved with time, did you find happiness and a feeling of accomplishment?  It is nice reading to all your comments and realizing I am not the only one. Best Wishes!

 

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ElisaC (not verified) says…

9 months 2 weeks ago

Hi Cristal,

I am sorry to hear that you are really struggling.  If I may, I’d like to pose some questions for you to ponder – What is your most important goal in life?  What gives you meaning?  When my first child was 7 months old, I had a full time nanny take care of her, while I worked full time for 3 months.  It was a most difficult time, knowing that I wanted to be the person raising her, but the nanny spent the majority of  the day with her.  Therefore, I took on a part time position that effectively was a demotion.  This also wasn’t easy at first; I had to ask myself what my higher priority was throughout the past 20 years.  I have had to chose over and over again.  Fast forward to today, I am still working part time.  Looking back, I would choose the same course, because the relationships I have with my 2 children are rewarding and most meaningful in my life thus far.  Also, what has given me more clarity is to think about what would matter at the end of my life, what more would I have wished for, any regrets?  Hope this helps!

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NatD says…

9 months 2 weeks ago

The ladies in this thread who are homeschooling and/or mothering, all with INTJ personalities… Hi there. I just breathed a sigh of relief to find you all, as I’m relating with almost all of what has been said here. My husband and I homeschool our 4 children, and I can say honestly it has been a big challenge for me. I have often felt so alone in how I view or carry out our homeschool due to my personality that it makes for some dark days and doubting. Some days there is fulfillment in knowing we’re giving them the best we can. But, there are days when I feel the opposite for all parties invovled (myself included!). It has been helpful to read the last comment from Elisa about keeping things into perspective… will we regret keeping them home, fulfilling what they need to learn, but giving them that extra time to be free in and of themselves, all within the maximum time as a family together? We all must evaluate such weighty questions with our own lives and families, and they are worth pondering. Thank you all for being open and honest. I wish we could all have a facebook group together. Know that this thread has been an answer to prayer from frustration as I’m contemplating whether to continue homeschooling next year or not. Best wishes to you all in your endeavors, fellow INTJ women. (*flexes arm with peace sign*)

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ElisaC (not verified) says…

9 months 2 weeks ago

Hello,

I have set up “Fellow INTJ Women” in FB Group and invite you gals to connect, just message and say from Truity.  Thanks for your suggestion NatD!

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Bakerp (not verified) says…

7 months 3 weeks ago

Aren’t we all odd though? Based on our personality types and the rarity of finding one of us in the general population it is safe to say that we believe ourselves to be odd because we do not encounter many people like ourselves. Thus based on our understanding of regular society we consider ourselves to be odd.

Cheers, Bakerp

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Donna Violet (not verified) says…

6 months 2 weeks ago

Hi Claire – I’m INTJ, small business owner.  I fit all the INTJ descriptions, but I too am Christian and have valued raising my family and spending time with my kids.  I also volunteer at church and in my community.  Your pursuit of order is admirable, but don’t take yourself too seriously!  Order and lots of kids is close to impossible.  Your best bet might be controlled chaos.  It is very difficult to find alone time with kids and family commitments – I found that to be the most exhausting part of raising a family.  Use your drive to raise your kids to be the people you want them to be, then give it over to God.

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kerri (not verified) says…

6 months 1 week ago

Me too!!!! Knowing my personalitiy would have been such a confidence booster as a younger woman! I’m 33 now. Had a ton of kids. Homeschooling. Had a sleeping baby on me as I read your comments. Learning constantly. I have no income, which is a constant source of discouragement for me! I don’t mean to be proud but looking back I know I could have been a doctor, scientist, anything. I love science and learning. My brother is an electrical engineer, mom a teacher, dad an engineer at Space Center. Sometimes I think I’ve failed to become qualified to make money and sometimes I wonder if God has me exactly where I am because he values my time with my children more than a second income would benefit my family. Alone. Time. Oh my goodness. I constantly live sleep deprived because I MUST be alone to think/plan/read/learn. I’ve kind of fallen into hippie medicine. Herbs/natural remedies, love biology. I have no idea what I’m supposed to do with my life still. haha. I guess I’m doing it but feeling like I’ve got some fire burning to accomplish something more than educate my kids. Honestly, I feel like that’s wildly important but much easier than people make it and that there’s more I could be doing. No adivce for you Claire, but awesome to meet someone else with same passions and personality.

 

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JuliaM (not verified) says…

4 months 3 weeks ago

ClaireK,

Like yourself I am very family-oriented and spritual.  Less “religious” than spiritual.  Daily studies in the word. I have read other personality profiles that state that we are family/home and spiritually oriented, so it seems to be an opinion, rather than a fact. Perhaps, speculation based on the way that we think. 

Be kind to yourself at home and do not let the frustration and imperfection of home/family life drive you crazy.  Just try to enjoy the process of improving because there is always something to work on!

I am a data analyst, and I love it! I could not homeschool, but I respect you for it.  I would drive my children nuts and we would all be miserable.  They are best taught in their wonderful school. We all do love learning, and share the love together.  I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with them until they went to school.  I was so ready to rejoin the work force.  While I was intimidated, when I went back to work I found my nitch.

I would continue to focus on your children, until you feel they are ready for the next phase, then the work and the opportunities will come to you.  I promise. God has a way of working things out for us. 

 

 

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Sahar (not verified) says…

5 months 2 weeks ago

Hey , I’m a female INTJ too!

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Morgynn (not verified) says…

5 months 23 hours ago

Hey Melissa, I am a female INTJ as well. I decided to go back to school about a year ago to pursue computer programming. Would love any advice you have!

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Ashish Sakhare (not verified) says…

3 months 2 weeks ago

Hi Melissa just found myself to be intj…feels great

Reply if u read this

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R. Tyler (not verified) says…

3 days 19 hours ago

Melissa, 

I would love to pick your brain and learn how you got to where you are now in life. I am always looking for a new direction. I hope to talk to you.

 

 

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Kate108 (not verified) says…

11 months 1 week ago

I am an INTJ and have always had artistic and musical gifts (drawing, graphic design, piano, etc) – I think it goes with the territory. However, I have not developed those talents to any significant degree. I also wanted to be a fashion designer for a time. For practical reasons, I pursued computer programming and was a natural at it. I love complex systems and organization and this career was a good match for me. However, because I despise working within organizations and institutions, I left the IT world and became a freelance writer. I’ve been much happier working on my own, but I find writing a bit tedious at times. While rewarding in its own way, I don’t find it mentally stimulating. For fun, I’ve decided to take up FOREX trading. So you see, INTJs are complex people who are interested in a wide range of stuff.

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Logos (not verified) says…

8 months 3 weeks ago

It took years for this INTJ to figure out FOREX. Countless nights. Such an inordinate amount of time and energy! Good luck.

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Kris Chamblee (not verified) says…

7 months 1 week ago

I’m an INTJ female and cross dresser by necessity.

Should you decide to return to the idea of fashion design, please fix the women’s clothing. Functional pockets, comfort, and easy to care for are lacking in women’s clothes. Keep me posted.

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Rachael K (not verified) says…

9 months 3 weeks ago

I’m a female INTJ that loves creating garments, sewing, and graphic design also 

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Guest (not verified) says…

3 years 9 months ago

Hey Me, it turns out all these comments are actually you just as we suspected, or us rather. Heck I don’t understand it all exactly either but that’s besides the point. We keep returning to this website and agreeing with ourselves on how much we are like us. -Just a friendly reminder:)

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INTJ and proud (not verified) says…

3 years 1 month ago

Your right it’s like my 5th time to a site like this

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INTJ and proud (not verified) says…

3 years 1 month ago

So true I’ve been to 5 sites about intj personality types and been to this one 3 times.

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kmignano says…

3 years 3 months ago

Ditto. Scary yet ditto.

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Guest (not verified) says…

2 years 11 months ago

omg this changed my life

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Fellow INTJ Male (not verified) says…

2 years 10 months ago

I agree. Knowledge of the various types has changed my life as well. Personality Types was (one of) the missing puzzle piece(s) I’ve been looking for. Additionally, there is some debate on whether or not personalities are developed or if it is something we are all born with. I believe the latter. If personalities could be changed or edited, the world would be out of balance. Understanding personalities is especially valuable for me in understanding why people behave the way they do; especially with the knowledge of and acceptance that most won’t understand me. This is okay; this is not his or her choice or mine and I don’t need everyone to understand me. With best intentions in mind, I am learning what and when something should be shared and with who and most importantly who not to share with. Some people are not capable of understanding and I do not mean this in a negative way. Due to the fact that ‘others’ actually can’t understand I feel the reasoning for the lack of understanding is really not relevant. What is relevant is I know my role, whether others understand or not, and continue to edit the world around me, to my liking.

In regards to the INTJ descriptions, I fit perfectly. When thinking about INTJ’s in leadership roles, again I agree, I realize not everyone can be good at everything and I prefer to be controlling all things relevant and have to issues allowing someone else to present my ideas as their own. My motivations in life seem to be entirely different than most other peoples; I ‘do’ because I ‘must’ and this isn’t up to me. Hopefully some will relate to this ‘gift’ we’ve been given. Kind of an inside joke of the perceived genius relative to the outside perspective, it’s a “gift” alright…haha. I also seem quite sensitive to being controlled; this is not something that I don’t like or prefer, this is something that I cannot allow, if I believe I can control it anyway. I want to be #2, but I can’t allow anyone or anything to control me. What does that make me … hmm … a leader? Whether I want to accept this or not, this is not up to me. I can not change. Yes, I expect everyone else to change… haha… any they will as they always have; this is a constant. I very well agree that there is possible that I may have lost my damn mind, but again … this is also irrelevant and until I can measure an actual problem, I have no problem, it doesn’t exist. On this ‘crazy’ topic, I recently watched the trailer of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ when Jack Nicolson was being interviewed by the physiologist. Doc said (equivelant), ‘do you think something is wrong with your mind, really?’ Jack replies, ‘Not a thing, Doc’. I can relate!

On another relatively similar note, I believe our existance-life-equation is actually quite balanced, regardless of all the drama, doom and gloom crap I see, read and hear. “People do not know what they do”, wow, how true. I find quite interesting to ponder the needs we all have. This leads me to believe all things are perfect, from a cause and effect perspective, and it helps me to justify why things are they way they are and this is very comforting. I believe things are the way they are, because they have to be, otherwise they wouldn’t be. I believe we are all equally important and all are required, even the perceivable ‘crap of society’. With out them, we would be out of balance. I’m regularly impressed with how our physical laws apply to seemingly everything and I try to understand the ‘net force’ for all things. Nothing happens without force and it’s a bit of a trigger for me when I hear someone try to convince me that something they said or did was for no apparent reason. I immediately think, “nothing is without reason, nothing happens without force”. And the ever-ongoing follow up question of ‘Why?’ presents itself. Why are you trying to convince me of this? Why? Why? Etc.

With this, now I can appreciate the lives some (all) people are required to live. I feel as if I should thank them, for playing the card they were dealt, because I’m happy I don’t have to, but more importantly so my kids don’t have to. All people contribute equally to the required net force of life. I remind my kids and myself of this nearly each time we pass a homeless person begging for money. Historically, I almost never give, but now feel I should. I’m not contributing to their problems. I want to make their live easier, because I get to live a great life of abundance and I realize I can improve theirs in their perspective, which is most important to them, regardless of my opinion of how I /we / others think they should live. Drink on, my people; be happy, if you think it’s best. This is what we all do and have in common. I need to admit that I am not much different and perfectly capable of making wrong choices that can lead me to undesirable places in life. For now, I learn from everyone around me and say my thanks for setting an example of how not to live for anyone who will look their way.

I often push people away from me for various reasons. However, when I analyze this as a problem in a system, I’m quite amazed on how non-random all events are and how I maybe missing the luster of life when I push people away. The unimaginable number of required events in history combined with an unfathomable duration of time required for any given moment in my (our/all) day is infinitely impressive. Everything that has ever happened was required to allow you to read my ramblings. I try to think about this when someone doesn’t quite fit in my life, which is quite often. We as a species are possibly very immature and have only scratched the surface of a very small scratch on the surface of a very small scratch on the surface of the unknown. I can easily imagine our understanding of anything is really an illusion, we understand pretty much nothing, we only compare. Up to any point in life regardless to how meaningless is appears, I like to reflect and realize that this moment is what everything that has ever happened in the past has lead to, thus far.

On the topic of wealth, it is fascinating to me to realize how insignificant most things are. Wealth seems to be, understandably, a worldwide goal common amongst the population, but it seems to be imaginary and potentially created to provide a net force for society to strive or improve (or be controlled). In reality life has nothing to do with money and possessions and statuses and so one. Wealth is entirely to do with life’s experiences and emotions, even for us robots. At any given moment, the richest person in the world may quite possibly be a child sharing an actual dirt/mud pie, made by his/her mother, with a sibling. In that moment, this person may have several ‘real’ problems in their lives’ that seem imaginable to cope with, but I believe it is a possible that no one at that moment may be any richer.

Happiness is relative; it has a variable span, determined by the minimum and maximum happiness previously experienced, specific to the person. Sometimes it really is the small things that make the biggest improvements in someone’s life.
Life and all things are relative, infinite and nothing is random. In legal terms, those reading this now have ‘willful knowledge’ of my perspective. Do with it what you may, whether I am right or wrong, you now know a fraction of my perspective.

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2 years 8 months ago

Typical reply you’d expect from an INTJ…

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2 years 6 months ago

Yes so true a very typical response. I enjoyed your thoughts/perspective and I thank you for sharing. One never truly knows/understands the consequences of each and every single action one makes to string a linking chain of cause and effect.
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2 years 4 months ago

Well said.

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2 years 4 months ago

100% agree

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2 years 3 months ago

you have too much free time to type all this out

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1 year 8 months ago

Maybe not meant for you to understand, no offense.  I, on the other hand, completely agree. Remember,  we are a group of individuals who aren’t meant to be understood.

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Architects are the most likely personality type to spot plot holes in movies or books.

Source: Attention to Detail survey, 15614 respondents.

INTJ Personality (“The Architect”)

It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs know this all too well. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.

Nothing Can Stop the Right Attitude From Achieving Its Goal

With a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of “bookworm” as children. While this may be intended as an insult by their peers, they more than likely identify with it and are even proud of it, greatly enjoying their broad and deep body of knowledge. INTJs enjoy sharing what they know as well, confident in their mastery of their chosen subjects, but owing to their Intuitive (N) and Judging (J) traits, they prefer to design and execute a brilliant plan within their field rather than share opinions on “uninteresting” distractions like gossip.

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”

A paradox to most observers, INTJs are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense – at least from a purely rational perspective. For example, INTJs are simultaneously the most starry-eyed idealists and the bitterest of cynics, a seemingly impossible conflict. But this is because INTJ types tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results. Yet that cynical view of reality is unlikely to stop an interested INTJ from achieving a result they believe to be relevant.

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In Matters Of Principle, Stand Like a Rock

INTJs radiate self-confidence and an aura of mystery, and their insightful observations, original ideas and formidable logic enable them to push change through with sheer willpower and force of personality. At times it will seem that INTJs are bent on deconstructing and rebuilding every idea and system they come into contact with, employing a sense of perfectionism and even morality to this work. Anyone who doesn’t have the talent to keep up with INTJs’ processes, or worse yet, doesn’t see the point of them, is likely to immediately and permanently lose their respect.

Rules, limitations and traditions are anathema to the INTJ personality type – everything should be open to questioning and reevaluation, and if they see a way, INTJs will often act unilaterally to enact their technically superior, sometimes insensitive, and almost always unorthodox methods and ideas.

This isn’t to be misunderstood as impulsiveness – INTJs will strive to remain rational no matter how attractive the end goal may be, and every idea, whether generated internally or soaked in from the outside world, must pass the ruthless and ever-present “Is this going to work?” filter. This mechanism is applied at all times, to all things and all people, and this is often where INTJ personality types run into trouble.

One Reflects More When Traveling Alone

INTJs are brilliant and confident in bodies of knowledge they have taken the time to understand, but unfortunately the social contract is unlikely to be one of those subjects. White lies and small talk are hard enough as it is for a type that craves truth and depth, but INTJs may go so far as to see many social conventions as downright stupid. Ironically, it is often best for them to remain where they are comfortable – out of the spotlight – where the natural confidence prevalent in INTJs as they work with the familiar can serve as its own beacon, attracting people, romantically or otherwise, of similar temperament and interests.

INTJs are defined by their tendency to move through life as though it were a giant chess board, pieces constantly shifting with consideration and intelligence, always assessing new tactics, strategies and contingency plans, constantly outmaneuvering their peers in order to maintain control of a situation while maximizing their freedom to move about. This isn’t meant to suggest that INTJs act without conscience, but to many Feeling (F) types, INTJs’ distaste for acting on emotion can make it seem that way, and it explains why many fictional villains (and misunderstood heroes) are modeled on this personality type.

Architects You May Know

Samantha Power

Christopher Nolan

Colin Powell

Elon Musk

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Vladimir Putin

Michelle Obama

Friedrich Nietzsche

Walter White (“Heisenberg”)
Breaking Bad

Petyr Baelish (“Littlefinger”)
Game of Thrones

Tywin Lannister
Game of Thrones

Gandalf the Grey
The Lord of the Rings

Yennefer of Vengerberg
The Witcher series

Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games

Seven of Nine
Star Trek: Voyager

Professor Moriarty
Sherlock Holmes series

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Dmytro

1 week ago

Very good interpretation of the test, I really relate to it.

Have read through some comments, and many of them are really arrogantly foolish. People are trying to justify their weaknesses as uniqueness. Its really sad, that instead of realising your weakness and mitigating it, you are just comforting yourself with the thoughts like – I am so rare and so special, and thats why no one understands me. To all the young kids with this type of personality – dont repeat this mistake, which we as a type are susceptible of – dont consider other people inferior! Question your own knowledge and first of all ask the question – what can I personally improve on. Our weakness in social relationship is a WEAKNESS and should be improved on, its not something to be proud of! Being kind and polite to people does not compromise our analytical skills and only make us better, as a person. I fell to this trap before. Now Im 29 and I want you to overcome this weakness earlier in your life than I did.

Jacob

1 week ago

There are those of that try and those of us that are in denial. I personally try as hard as I can to be a better person but sometimes its difficult.

Anonymous

3 days ago

Agree with you. As INTJs ,we should Never stop improving ourselves.

ScorchStorm

3 weeks ago

This is so me, the older I get, the more I see myself like this. This is so accurate it can be scary. I wish people could see what i see when a I read this and understand me. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone else like this. I guess I’m the only INTJ I know. It’s sad that way.

Droid 04 Bb

2 weeks ago

So am I.

Desiree Schultz

1 month ago

Ive always felt misunderstood in every aspect of my life, so reading this just goes to show im not crazy after all. hahaha.

Droid 04 Bb

2 weeks ago

Are you an INTJ or an Architect?

Anonymous

1 month ago

An awesome test to take…
🙂

Adam Coufal

2 months ago

I would add to fictitious people (architects) Batman and Spock.

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By Egle Babachinaite on June 9, 2016

INTJ women are one of the most flexible and interesting characters of the MBTI personality types . Only ~0.8% of the human population are INTJ females, so they are also the rarest personality type. You’re unlikely to find an INTJ female, especially if they don’t want to be found, due to the INTJ preference for staying in quiet places where they can enjoy privacy and time alone . Let’s learn more about these INTJ women.

1. INTJ Girlhood

The female INTJ’s childhood might appear harsh and difficult. Despite a complete lack of interest in empathy or “girly” activities, it is at times necessary for the INTJ girl-child to pretend to be “normal” in order to please her parental authority figures.

In some ways, the INTJ girl-child appears more masculine than her non-INTJ counterparts. She isn’t interested in hugs or kisses or sharing feelings. It’s likely the INTJ girl will socialize (when necessary) with boys, where “touchy-feely” activities are less common.

The INTJ girl may experience bullying from other girls in her age range for not adhering to societal norms because her actions will appear to others more like those expected from a boy. This lack of acceptance from other females will likely encourage the INTJ girl to primarily, or even exclusively, befriend boys throughout her childhood. It might also lead to the beginnings of INTJ social anxiety .

Once the INTJ girl has started to realize that she functions differently than other children, the reason why fitting in is so difficult becomes more clear. This will result in either an adaptation for better “fitting in,” or (more likely) in isolation from other children.

Mothers of INTJ girls might not be fully satisfied with the complex character of their INTJ daughters. It is especially hard for an INTJ girl to meet the expectations of respected familial authority figures when those authorities are expecting her to act like other children do. This situation can be exacerbated by the presence of a sibling, particularly a female sibling who meets the “normal” criteria of being feminine and empathetic. The INTJ girl-child may compete with her sibling for her parents’ attention by becoming a perfectionist and arrogant.

2. Female INTJ Teen Years

Like their childhood counterparts, female INTJ teens do not often meet the expectations of others. As a defense, the female INTJ teen becomes an expert at hiding her intense and complex emotions, choosing instead to be viewed as “cold-hearted” and unempathetic.

Many INTJ females will become competitive in their teenage years. The way in which this competitiveness shows itself will differ from one INTJ female to another, though academic superiority is almost universal. This can highlight the elevated self-regard and arrogance characteristic of the INTJ.

 

INTJ girls are often disinterested in appearing like other girls and do not usually feel obligated to adhere to gender-specific standards. That complicates interactions between the INTJ teen and her non-INTJ counterparts. As a result, it can be difficult to find peers with whom she shares enough common interests to found a deep or lasting relationship on.

A female INTJ teen’s capacity for handling difficulties like this largely depends on the depth of character and self-respect cultivated earlier in life, during the childhood years. If an INTJ girl is self-confident enough, she will make lifetime goals and plan for success. Others may not deal with the lack of support as well, losing themselves in anxiety or even depression .

Struggles with low self-worth or self-respect can both lead to and be caused by the perfectionist habit of comparing oneself to others and to impossible, internalized standards. This can deepen anxiety in social situations, making it increasingly difficult to relax. Pressure to meet social expectations can drive the female INTJ to take refuge inside her own mind in order to avoid external judgment.

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3. Relationships for the Female INTJ

INTJ women hate being stereotyped into mundane gender roles. When seeking a fulfilling relationship , an INTJ woman will look for a person with whom she can create an equivalent partnership, where both partners invest in one another and help each other to reach their life goals.

Anyone trying to form a close relationship with an INTJ woman will have to pass the formidable mental/emotional defenses that she has erected to cope with being misunderstood . Due to this desire for understanding, the first item on the “preferred trait” list is almost never physical. Interactions with a potential partner are unlikely to include flirting or physical touch, as INTJ women believe intimate relationships should be founded on intellectual and emotional compatibility and acceptance.

INTJ women love challenges, so will always seek an intellectually gifted partner (though it’s worth noting that the chosen partner isn’t always intelligent in the same way as their INTJ). In addition, they will avoid drama; this means that arguments based on emotions or logical fallacies will drive the INTJ woman away.

If a relationship doesn’t work, the INTJ woman will end it. INTJ women would rather be alone than in a nonfunctional relationship.

4. INTJ women in a workplace

INTJ women take their work seriously, approaching work situations with a professional mindset. INTJ females would rather be judged by their performance than their ability to “play nice” with their co-workers because work is viewed as a business gathering rather than a social interaction. Any desired raises or promotions will be pursued openly, rather than using “womanly charm.”

Like their male counterparts, INTJ women tend to dislike authority. As a boss with a female INTJ employee, the best way to handle them is simply to not handle them. INTJs love independence and respect. Tasks that don’t make sense or that are counterproductive to the INTJ’s perceived position may be refused. If given the option, the INTJ woman will almost always work alone or in small, like-minded groups. Forcing the INTJ woman to work in a large group or giving her unimportant, repetitive tasks is a waste of the INTJ’s greatest strengths.

Getting into workplace social interactions is a challenge. INTJ women value expertise and skills over “team-building” activities and gossip. They also hate small talk and see it as a waste of time.

And INTJ woman’s confidence can be confused with arrogance, making her seem unapproachable. In addition, anything outside of reliable work skill or related expertise in other people is ignored in a work context. Every task must be completed perfectly, and they just don’t have time to create relationships or indulge in friendly communication with colleagues.

5. Other INTJ female traits

INTJ females enjoy dark humor. Dark or “dry” humor may appear insensitive to others, particularly coming from a female. The attraction of this humor is based primarily on wordplay and irony, rather than on any hurtful intent, so within the right context, an INTJ woman will be seen as “witty” rather than unfeeling.

Most INTJ women are uninterested in children. While other women find young children or babies “cute,” INTJ females generally regard children as loud, disruptive, and undesirable. Without motivation to follow the expected standard of getting married and having children, the INTJ woman may choose to take in cats, dogs, or other (better behaved) pets instead.

Reading books is a primary interest. INTJ females like to prepare themselves for intellectually challenging discussions, or simply learn something new. If you’re thinking about giving a gift to an INTJ woman, consider a gift card to a bookstore.

People think they are sad/upset. In general, this is untrue. The INTJ female is accustomed to hiding her emotions, which results in the INTJ Death stare as her resting expression. (Don’t take it personally. Her thoughts are more interesting than what most people say – it’s not just you.)

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