Seriously, Why Does Everyone Think They're INTJ?

Something I've noticed: there are more articles for INTJs out there than for any other type. And apparently, they’re all written by INTJ authors.

This means one of two things.

Either, that a handful of super-productive bloggers are churning out an ungodly amount of articles about their type. Or, there are way too many INTJs – far more than the statistics reckon there are, which is around 2 percent of the population.

Now, these hypotheses are vague and irritating answers, and logically inconsistent. If I told you that 20 percent of the population were INTJ and every piece of research ever conducted was completely wrong on this issue, could you stomach it? Clearly, there’s something else going on here. So let’s take a look at why someone – even the most unlikely candidate – might think he’s INTJ.

1. Birds of a feather flock together

It’s no secret that INTJs are programmed to be analytical and naval-gazey, so there’s a fair chance that INTJs who’ve heard of personality typing disproportionately take the test.

How disproportionate? Well, there’s a guy on Quora who reckons that 28 percent of all personality test-takers are INTJ. That’s a massive number! I don’t know where these figures come from but even if they’re wildly inaccurate, it gives you some sense of the magnitude of the discrepancy.

If I might go a step further, and this is totally anecdotal evidence, the more relieved someone is to discover that he’s not “weird” and just INTJ, the more likely he is to shout about it from the online rooftops. The internet is a safe space for the socially awkward and INTJs surely find a community there. Online, if not in life, we come out of hiding.

So, it’s not that people are testing wrong, and it’s not that there are more INTJs than the data suggests there are. It just looks that way because they’re all hanging out in one place.

2. Wishful thinking a.k.a confirmation bias

Since the 16-type system is a self-reported test, it’s only accurate if people answer the questions truthfully. Unfortunately, a lot of people game the system to claim the “rare” or “cool” type they most want to be.

For some reason – and I assume it’s because they want to feel special, intelligent, rare or gifted and have somehow forgotten the robotic, nerdy, heartless and socially awkward part – INTJ is a type that people want to be. In an era where weirdness is cool, INTJ looks fifty shades of enigmatic compared to the other types and let’s face it, being rare is a bonanza for the ego. So, they keep taking the test until they get the preferred result.

Most of the aspiration here focuses on Intuition over Sensing. Not so long ago, it was desirable to be Extraverted over Introverted since Introverts were perceived as shy, underperforming and standoffish. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way. Sensing hasn’t received the same renaissance. In many ways, it’s still seen as the little brother to Intuition which, being both rare (30 percent of the population) and “extrasensory,” is imbued with all sorts of mystical powers.  

Who doesn’t want to be rare and ethereal and have flashes of superhuman illumination? If I were a linear, logical, specific, boring ISTJ, would I keep taking the test until I tipped over into Intuition? Would I?

3. They are unintentionally testing wrong

When you take a personality test in a professional setting, you are warned to answer truthfully as you really are. Not as you wish to be, and not as the persona you take on at work to get the job done. Ignore this advice, and it’s pretty obvious that your results won’t bear any resemblance to your true personality.

This is good advice …. but it assumes that people are capable of greater personal insight than they actually are. “It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around,” wrote Henry David Thoreau, and the difficulty is multiplied tenfold when you’re parsing multiple personas – boss, wife, mother, volunteer, counselor and family maid. We’re vastly complex beings. Knowing yourself is much harder than it sounds.

Who is more likely to get it wrong and test INTJ when they’re not? Well, ISTJ is the obvious choice. INTJs and ISTJs have a lot in common. They both:

  • Are Introverted
  • Have auxiliary Extraverted Thinking, so will make decisions using logic and objective analysis
  • Have tertiary Introverted Feeling, so are private about their feelings and won’t be led (misled?) by their emotions. Both types have a strong moral compass that guides their decision-making.

The only difference is how they think about the world: Introverted Intuition for INTJs (focusing on big picture ideas using symbols, hunches, patterns, clues and other impressions) and Introverted Sensing for ISTJs (focusing on practical, matter-of-fact details and concrete realities – what is, rather than what could be).

Is that one difference enough to tip the personality scales in the right direction? With a perfect test, it should be. But consider ….

4. Many tests are biased to throw out Intuitives

Is it possible that the test is biased to throw out INTJs left and right when clearly the test-takers are something else? I think so. On a personality assessment, questions that are designed to spot an Intuitive preference as easy to find.

One of my favorite test questions is this one: “Your mind is always buzzing with unexplored ideas and possibilities.” Obvious, right? Any question that features words like “possibilities,” “ideas,” “imagination” and “future” is leaning in the direction of Intuition.

In the interests of research, I ran this question by my friend. She answered with a “strongly agree.” So, I asked her to elaborate. “My mind is always buzzing with ideas for creating new home furnishings, what we can do on vacation, activities I can do with my scout group,”  she said. “And you know I’d love to turn my home furnishings ideas into a business someday.”

Is my friend an Intuitive? Nope. She’s a walking-talking stereotype of an ESFJ. She clearly churns out ideas by the bucket load, but look at her ideas. They’re all so enviously real. And as much as she enjoys the possibility of her future business idea, she barely has the time between her day job, her family commitments, her volunteering, community groups, yoga classes and all the other stuff she packs her days with to do anything about it. The test doesn’t do justice to the breadth and depth of the roles she plays.

Me? I answered this question positively too, but less emphatically than my friend. I only “agree” that my “mind is always buzzing with unexplored ideas and plans” because – INTJs will recognize this – if it’s a great idea, I won’t leave it unexplored! I’ll do something about it, even if it’s just sitting in a dark room for several hours mulling over the variables and deciding whether to accept or reject the hypothesis.

As for the “buzzing” part, who’s to say that my friend’s definition of buzzing is the same of mine? My head is so buzzy, I carry it as background noise. Maybe my friend spots her ideas more than I do, because they come less frequently. Maybe her ideas are more realistic and implementable than mine so she pays more attention to them – I’m not her, and I can’t even begin to understand the rich and broad nature of the way we receive information.  

But you can see how certain questions trigger an Intuition preference, giving an INTJ type description result to people who really should be typing as something else.

Do you know for certain you’re an INTJ?

How do you know for certain that you’re an INTJ? Unless you peg out to the extreme of all four dichotomies, I’m not sure you can. Even when you’re a clear-cut case, there’s a risk that you’ve been less than truthful with yourself, like someone who lacks social skills claiming the INTJ label as a crutch.

All of this is one hundred percent completely normal.

And it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter that someone’s typed INTJ when the label doesn’t fit him perfectly. Maybe it fits him 70 percent, and that’s good enough. Maybe he’s a stressed out ESFP who’s got it horrendously wrong, but following the guidance for INTJs will help bring him back to normality. Maybe he’s looking for relationship advice and the tips for INTJs have been the most helpful.

Point is, personality type was never meant to explain everything. Does it matter if someone thinks he’s INTJ when he’s not, as long as he’s getting something from the label?

Jayne Thompson

Jayne is a freelance copywriter, business writing blogger and the blog editor here at Truity. One part word nerd, two parts skeptic, she helps writing-challenged clients discover the amazing power of words on a page. Jayne is an INTJ and lives in Yorkshire, UK with her ENTJ husband and two baffling children. Find Jayne at White Rose Copywriting.


xXx (not verified) says...

I completely understand the 'issue' and the possibilities mentioned here seemed to be valid - in certain percentage of the final result. The thing is that also one of main characteristics of INTJ is actually that as they are focused internally in their own processes and systems, they are most probable to get to know themselves for example to get their own inner world working as efficiently as possible and that would of course also mean to map the system, optimally to the most possible extent.

Also statistically speaking- most extroverted people don't need to go so deep into their own personality, they usually are focused on external world, being in social situations etc. Types other than INTJ are usually also not so interested in that particular goals of changing the world, spend less time in research. Not everyone also likes analysing things that much and like constantly, every item in the world around them. Majority is also not so interested in self development. Nowadays it is all quite popular. Yet, INTJ type, amongst others of course, have this inner desire naturally.

People with this kind of interest in things and how things and people work are sooner or later bound to find MBTI, Big Five, etc. Personally I noticed not many people U meet actually know about MBTI - it is different from people U meet on the internet.

Like research of political prefference - there is always huge difference in between the research thru internet and other - plastic - way of research.

Also - how about INTP ? ENTP, ENFJ or ENTJ? INTPs for example have very similar traits to INTJ.

And I would also mention to the tests - yes, the questions are actually so easy to read that it can be easilly manipulated or unintentionally misrepresented. Like many people misinterpret shyness with introversion.

It is upon each individual, if they become interested in the topic to research more and validate the type, wheter it really fits their inner working to get the most out of it.

Zhelle (not verified) says...

Your comment exactly are the same thoughts I have while reading this whole article. It just have so much points to point out because they seem "inaccurate" so thank you for this.

Zhelle (not verified) says...

Your comment exactly are the same thoughts I have while reading this whole article. It just have so much points to point out because they seem "inaccurate" so thank you for this.

Leanna (not verified) says...

I would say it depends on the test you take too. You can answer the same answers to the same questions from two different provider's tests and get different results. Also interesting to note that most people don't pay for an official test. In fact, some don't take a test at all! Some just compare themselves to memes on the internet and go, "Oh wow, every single INTJ meme reminds me of me!"

I know depending on the test it will put me as ISTJ or INTJ. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the real INTJ's, though. It's the same for me with more ideas than I can implement, realistic or not, currently attainable or not. It would be hard for me to believe your a Sensing type when your daily dreams are Instantaneous transporter (I know this is far in the future, I'm still working on it all right!!) and a Dinosaur Zoo (after many trips to the African Jungle and lots of bioengineering).

KellyL (not verified) says...

Unless you test everyone on the planet, there's no way of knowing that an INTJ is so "rare" and only 2% of the population. Maybe most INTJs are the only ones taking these kind of personality tests, and writing about them.

Oh please (not verified) says...

Well actaully thats not correct at all. If it was then all statistics known to human kind would be wrong! It's called a population sample. Look it up

Devorah T. (not verified) says...

But where did this study come from to begin with?

Emmyline (not verified) says...

Can you link to the original source? actual research study, please! I've tried to find the original source for MBTI statistics online, but no luck.

pagesculptor says...

I actually tested as INTJ the first time around. Immediately that was a red flag.  I thought, "no way I could be that rare or clever." Or maybe that introverted.  I mean I am introverted, but man can I put on a good face and be an entertainer.  Again, it boiled down to I am just not this rare or clever.

So I read through all the rest and figured I am an ENTP on a good day and ENTJ on a grouchy day. They just seemed to fit more of my daily nature.  Of course, we can never really see how we are. For years people would tell me how others just did not think or act like me, and I thought they were crazy.  It isn't only until my 40s that I realized they were right.

So I guess it doesn't really matter is about as good as it gets.

Oh please (not verified) says...

What? it has nothing to do with how clever you are! the very fact you said this proves you are not!

Rachael Kvapil (not verified) says...

And how is pointing out the obvious supporting your argument? 


Hélène XVI (not verified) says...

Writing this response in French because I' m afraid I will sound illetrate in English. Please tranlaste in Google if interested.


Je suis  d'accord avec toi. La première  fois que j ai passé  le test du MBTI j ai eu le résultat  INTJ. Moi non plus je ne l'ai pas cru. Je me suis dit "impossible , je ne suis pas aussi froide et calculée ". J ai passé  le test 5 fois. 5 fois INTJ. La 6ème  fois, j'ai enfin eu un autre résultat : INFP. Pendant longtemps j ai donc pensé  être  une INFP. Mais en étudiant  les fonctions,  j ai remarqué  que j'étais bien une INTJ. La plupart des INTJ ne pensent pas avoir un "super pouvoir" ou être des "êtres magique éthérés"... Comme le presente cet article. C'est du bullshit. Notre intuition cest juste un flash , une idées forte qui apparaît. Pas une boule de cristal. En plus, le résultat du test et les forums parlent peu des "super intuitions" mais appuient surtout sur le manque de sentiments et sur la froideur des INTJ. Ce qui est un cliché blessant pour nous.

Donc non, être INTJ ce n'est pas vraiment quelque chose qui est présenté comme "cool". Ni sur les forums, ni dans les résultats. Même  moi qui en suis une, j'ai refait  le test 6x pour ne plus etre le "super méchant" du MBTI.

Je pense surtout que les INTJ adorent discuter du MBTI. Et si les ISTJ ne sont  pas présents sur les forum , c'est simplement  parceque que les ISTJ ne croient pas au MBTI. Il s'en fichent de débattre là dessus. 





Bmb (not verified) says...

I test INTJ mostly, what sells me is the way I think. I think in systems and in patterns and visually and I think about concepts for 30 and 40 years. Plus parts of me remember almost every or a least how that part fits. 

I do the preferred isolation, have maybe 3 friends and have been single for 30 years.

What can I say?

CSLuke (not verified) says...

I just have to say, I am an INTJ (a real one mind you; so much so that this is one of the few times I will post a comment in a public space) and this is the funniest article I have read in quite some time. Considder, "Is my friend an Intuitive? Nope. She’s a walking-talking stereotype of an ESFJ. She clearly churns out ideas by the bucket load, but look at her ideas. They’re all so enviously real."-- Truth. Also, "It doesn’t matter that someone’s typed INTJ when the label doesn’t fit him perfectly. Maybe it fits him 70 percent, and that’s good enough. Maybe he’s a stressed out ESFP who’s got it horrendously wrong, but following the guidance for INTJs will help bring him back to normality. Maybe he’s looking for relationship advice and the tips for INTJs have been the most helpful."--I think that it is quite possible for an ESFP to get there, but he came to the wrong place for relationship advice!!

"Online, if not in life, we come out of hiding."-- I disagree. While it may be easier to vocalize our voices, we do not feel oligated to peep out and show our selves.

Thanks for this wonderful article!

Jonno999 (not verified) says...

Posting is also extremely rare for me, but I felt a strong urge to speak about this article. In the most part it is damaging to those on their journey of self-discovery. The condescending twist at the end shamelessly "reassures" the reader that "it doesn't matter, awww you're probably not an INTJ, but don't worry", which, given that the first damaging 90% is unfounded assumptions that cause self doubt and confusion, makes it ironic to put it nicely. As someone who's just discovered personality typing and has connected so deeply with the literature around INTJ, I'm angered by this artical and the obviously complex nature of self typing confusion it so self-righteously amplifies. It's not helpful.

chloe (not verified) says...

you brought up a really good point, honestly. i was just trying to figure out if i was pushing myself into the intj category, didn’t really want to get insulted for five minutes and then told that it doesn’t even matter...

guimua (not verified) says...

Thank you for your comment. I couldnt have said this better. The tone in which this article was written is not constructive. I pick up a lot of frustration which makes me question the objectiveness of the writer. 

Sam G. (not verified) says...

Good question you ask, and I really enjoyed reading this. I agree, we all like hanging out in the same cyber spaces. That makes perfect sense. My son, who tested ISTJ (and he is boring 😂), could easily test INTJ at times.

I knew for certain I was an INTJ when I was looking through one of my MBTI books and it said “Right now, INTJs are looking through every page of this book to see what applies to them.” Seems like it’s the same thing on the web.

Anyway, glad I opened and read this :)

Nach (not verified) says...

What this article even encessary?

I mean, you are not giving groundbreaking information here, rather rehashing what people who criticise the MBTI like to peruse about: "It's grooming you into answering for a certain type.'' ...Really? If this test was geared to churn out intuitives, you would have more of them in the statistics of the general population, don't you think?

Also, don't confuse online PRESENCE with dominance of intuitives. A lot of the people who are online are there as a "relief" from the external world and its flurry of commitments, financial burden, social expectations and sensory overload. Most of them are definite, introverts, not necessarily intuitives or even thinkers. Some of them only post sporadically (i.e comment sections of any online publication), others consider an online forum some sort of private club where they can gather anytime of the day (i.e reddit, quora, etc).

Overall, this article was pointless and useless. "It doesn't matter", just like you concluded.

AnINTJ (not verified) says...

The article's supposition ignores a (or the) likely cause of the over-representation of INTJ articles (if this is indeed even true) and then goes on to support related errant logic streams.  More precisely there is a sampling error in trying to correlate the prevalence in the general population of a phenomenon with the frequency of internet blogs on the subject.  

Using this logic, I expect to see dinosaurs, flying cars, and the zombie apocalypse.  But I don't.  What gives?

Tepishane_13 (not verified) says...

I tested as an INTJ when I was in a highly extroverted major in college. This was the actual test the school paid for, and it seemed to be highly accurate. When the counselor was explaining the 16 types to us, she skipped INTJ because, "There's no INTJ here, right?" After a year, I eventually shifted to another program. 

I'm really friendly, lazy, and clumsy, and I am against world domination. My friends don't even accept me as an INTJ because of the psycho-stigma it has. Hahaha. I guess pin-pointing the real INTJs isn't that easy at all. Many INTJs have grown into better versions of the stereotype such that we look really normal. : )) 

Sad INTJ (not verified) says...

So INTJ of you to make an article to dismantle INTJdom, but then basing it off how many internet blogs that are written by INTJ proclaimed authors - not the most accurate measuring stick, wouldn't you think? 

With that said, I don't know why anyone would want to type as an INTJ for fun. There's a reason most people type as sensors, because it's usually quite accurate - especially the actual test. I do type wrong often, usually as an INTP, which I think may come out when I'm not sleeping enough and turbulently diving into my work without much pre-thought. Sometimes I test as INFJ when my self-esteem plummets and I go into people-pleasing mode. Otherwise my Fe is the lowest function. I could even see myself testing as an ENTJ in the future when I get over my ego and start to appreciate the value of networking. Find your best matching cognitive functions and keep trying to discover more about yourself - the more you know, the more success you will drive.  Like you say at the end, it doesn't matter.

Najwa (not verified) says...


Based on the opinion given to the issue, I can say that it is back to how we view our self. Maybe most people INTJs, they jus don't realize it yet because every human being is leader in this world. We just have to improve and maybe we all can create a better world for future generation.

Guest (not verified) says...

300 years from now the meyer briggs personality test will just be considered a farce, similar to how astrology is regarded nowadays.

(not that I think astrology or meyer briggs is bs, truth nuggets can be derived from nearly anything)

Wonder what new thing will replace it. Probably a virtual reality simulator personality test. Now that may be accurate.

crocolyle (not verified) says...


Introspective Ins (not verified) says...

I think you're talking about yourself in this article, as I don't think you're an INTJ yourself. You're projecting your own insecurities about your type onto others. Like all other Type-Police out there, who want to tell people "Hey You're Mistyped!". What they're really talking about is themselves. Let me cite Carl Jung: "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

You come across as an intuitive and a feeling & judger [NFJ] where you think "talking tough" is what INTJ:ism is about. Your "tough talk" comes across to me like synthetic and learned. You come across as someone who feel group-belonging in the INTJ community (note: there is no such thing as an INTJ community) and you yourself want to feel rare, so if 28% (or whatever the Quora person claimed) are INTJ:s then "Ohh My God! I'm Not Rare Anymore! Time to Kick Out Fake INTJs from the INTJ community [that doesn't exist".

Some thoughts from me, a real INTJ (typed as INTJ by every single family member and score as INTJ on every single test, including the Truity one): I don't give a shit about how many INTJs there are. Many? Fine. Few? Fine. Someone claims to be an INTJ? Well, good for that person. I'll still make up my own mind about it. All other INTJs? I don't care about them anymore than I care about your average Doe on the street. To be honest, I think other INTJs except myself are relatively uninteresting. I'm much more into types that are different from my own, e.g., ENFJs, INFPs, ISTPs, etc. Sure, I can feel certain levels of sympathy to INTJs as we go through some of the same things but I am not them and They are not Me. I wish them well, as I keep going about my own business.

CraigKooper (not verified) says...

That's an aweful lot of words to say your not interested

qsilver000 (not verified) says...

I agree. She’s trying too hard to be smart

PandaMaestro (not verified) says...

The Fi is strong in this one.

Markus (not verified) says...

Don't forget that intj's have an immense desire for unterstanding how everything works. Because they have dominant Ni, everything they experience is immediately questioned, and their brain will usually sacrifice the experience itself for thinking about the implications of the experience. This need for understanding ties in really well into the jungian personality theory, while the stereotypical esfp, istj, etc. may take the test, but will usually not be interested enough to study such an abstract subject deeply or even post stuff about it.

Emotionally studying the jungian functions can make intj's feel understood which is a rare feeling for the typical intj. Added to that, understanding the mbti helps intj's understand people, it fits neatly into the intj study-focussed approach to social connections.

Many people misstype as intj, I think mainly because Ni is often missunderstood and because most test suck, just like people suck at taking the tests, but the high amount of intjs in the mbti community also comes from the fact, that this stuff is much more interesting to dominant intuitives than it is to especially Si/Se dominants.

Victor A (not verified) says...

Thanks for this article. It's fascinating how this whole mbti thing works. I, by writing this, am a living proof of the points you make: 1) i am attracted by the topic and am here, 2) i've read articles that celebrate intj, but they lack honesty: yes there are some desirable 'cool' traits,  but the nasty dysfunctional stuff is ignored, 3) intj value integrity above all, so it is unlikely for them to test INTJ one day, ISTJ on the next, and ESFP on another occasion, and  INTJ take the test more than once and check againt just to see 'what if ...', 4) Wording in questions is at times confusing, but just as with the example with "buzzing" an INTJ can better guess the original meaning. No wonder the type least likely to fake character - INTJ - are overrepresented around mbti topics - when looked at with integrity and honesty the system is brilliant and really helpful.

Jlane01 (not verified) says...

I've taken the test numerous times and rarely get INTJ. I take it more often than not to see if the results will change. It's best to learn about the cognitive functions as well as that is a better indicator of what one's type is - at least in my experience. More often than not I get INFP and as I learn more about the cognitive functions it seems to fit, though honestly I don't care if i'm rare or not. I'm just interested in learning about myself. 

eltel (not verified) says...

Well everyone. I am 74 years young having had a rich life where my highly driven self has ploughed through life being logical and empathetic.

Strange I always test as INTJ.

Well that shocked me. True I play my cards close. Relate to a few and prefer space. So why a natural leader and innovator ?


Lots of stuff in my head for many more years learning new technology.


StephanB (not verified) says...

Perhaps I have looked on the wrong places, but actually the number of active INTJ bloggers is only a dozen or so. At least if you google "INTJ" and "blog". A lot more cold blogs out there. So I really don't think there are mistyped INTJ bloggers. Mistyped INTJs are something else, because a lot of people think they are creative, but creative and creative are two different things, just like you said. But those ISTJs wouldn't go out and write a blog about crazy ideas. The unifying theme for all the INTJs is: "I am really not crazy, I am normal - just an INTJ". And because MBTI is a theory which fits the reality quite well, and also provides answers to the question why people do what they do and why they are as they are, INTJs really like that system. Because a lot of them have really low interpersonal intelligence and couldn't do that naturally. Most S-Types think you cannot put them into a category so they ignore MBTI - at least those who I haved talked with.

So, INTJs are really rare - I don't know anyone else in RL who is like me - and I test very strong on all four factors towards INTJ. We all have shadow functions and aspects of other types - in some situations, I am a perceiver - but very much most of the time I am directed by the Judging function. Only real INTJs can understand what that means - that nobody else shares your kind of view of the world. But it is also true that INTJs tend to flock together also in the real life - like STEM jobs - but that is not the case for me. I am even an outsider among INTJs because 20 years in sale left their trace and I am a strong Jack Of All Trades which is also rare. But you can read more about that at . At least the older post have an english translation. Because nobody reads my blog, I don't know if I should continue to write it - on the other hand, it is a kind of diary about my thougts being what I am.

Jessica Morris (not verified) says...

Just checked out your blog...for some reason Google translate is not working??? I am an electrical/electronic engineer and for the first time, seriously, on this page I'm discussing my INTJ personality disorder.  Yes, I really meant that.. :) Other than obvious intelligence it is a complete social afflicition, and I have been a weirdo my entire life...It really sucks thinking this much...I don't discuss or do blogs because I honestly do not care for the most part but I'm entirely tired of being misunderstood..

Mohamed Mohamed says...

I took your test. Answered as honestly as possible. And got INTJ. Borderline introversion/extroversion. Second most likely type is ENTJ. Closest S type is ISTJ, and then ESTJ. INTP was more likely than said sensing types, but not ENTP. After reading up on cognitive functions, INTJ seems more sensible than ENTJ, because I don't think I have inferior introverted feeling. Nor do I believe I have tertiary extroverted sensing. I also don't use introverted thinking all that much, like INTPs. My rationale is rather simple. If the proof is evident, then it's sensible to accept it as objective. Apparently introverted thinkers, such as the INTPs and ISTPs, do not fall for these modes of thinking. Reminds me of my ISTP co-worker. As for my affinity for ISTJs and ESTJs, that's probably due to extroverted thinking. All four types, ESTJ, ISTJ, ENTJ, and INTJ either have it as their dominant or auxilary function. The difference is apparently introverted sensation vs introverted intuition. Although these are two contemplative perceiving functions, the difference seems to be easy to grasp. Introverted sensors apparently contemplate using their memories. It's sensory in the sense that it's based on reality. Introverted intuitives comtemplate with ideas and concepts. All in all, seems like when you go by the process of elimination, INTJ seems to fit the best with me. 


Also, I think people don't appreciate that each of us are not a monolith. Not all ESFPs to INTJs are the same. They simply share the same type and have similarities. They all still come from different cultures, upbringings, environments, and nations. These obviously play a role in the individual's overall development. So you may be surprised by your typing, but you shouldn't let stereotypes on a behavioural basis detract from you accepting your type as is. Instead, prove people wrong by living the way you want to live and expressing your personality type, your own way. 

Hiram A. (not verified) says...

I enjoyed the article. It opened up a thought that I hadn't considered; that there are some people that may think certain type(s) may be 'cooler' to supposedly be. 

I myself am very strongly an INT, it is the J and P that I border between. Now I accept it, as it is just another part of my own mundane human existence, but I could honestly not care any less. 

I also guess that while I accept the way my conscious and unconscious minds work (pretty solid understanding of both) I struggle with having to always be the 'odd one out' when it comes to group learning. I often come up with an abstract self-realized path to the solution for an issue, and then whatever teaching it is confirms this. ES people seem to struggle with naturally finding or 'realizing' the answer, and I don't like to always play the 'teacher' to another in a group. After all, I'm rather misanthropic, and ultimately don't see it as my concern. 

As a self-realized INTJ/INTP I can say my only dream job would involve near-completely unstructured research work for the pure sake of the result of the research itself. Anything else is limiting to the way I theorize about ideas, think of abstract completely unrealistic solutions to matters, and so forth. I could be nice to think that a mundane cookie cutter desk job is enjoyable, but alas such a thing escapes my ability entirely. 


crystal92 (not verified) says...

One of my favorite test questions is this one: “Your mind is always buzzing with unexplored ideas and possibilities.”

about this one.. your friend answer is good example of (NE) extroverted intuition and your answer is the (NI) introverted intuition.

mbti is not only about 4 letters, it has cognitive function.

everyone has intuition.

whether they aware or not.

Jessica Morris (not verified) says...

Not everyone has intuition; this is for certain...I have studied everyone since I was very young and aware that I was different.  This is why I study them...How was I so different at such a young age?  I have always been aware, and now I see, and view the world as my "Golden Book," the story is always on the cover...Though you are not wrong in your assumption of intuition, some of us who have it are aware, marginally aware, or maybe floating a battleship down the river denial,  but are not necessarily aware that everyone will have it or understand it as we do...the level of cognition we possess depends upon looking at intelligence at a multi-dimensional level...not literally multiple dimensions in an abstract or theoretical sense, but how do you understand people on an individual level and how the outside world influences them? I'm sorry to say after years of testing and trials with various personalities, races, sexes, etc...etc...It doesn't matter...most of them don't know and will never know, and that's the best thing for everone.  It is a curse to have the sense of intuition and intelligence to know and see people how they really exist and in the truest sense; and believe me if you are this way they will know, and they will fear and then judge you for this.  I don't understand why people think that being an INTJ is an asset or how being different, or weird, or overly-intelligent is an asset...It's a curse...I think that you are getting a sense of who you are, your obvious question says a lot about you...However, you will always be a different, a deeply thinking person, and most will never understand you...You are experiencing the Dunning-Kruger issue, which I do as well, and sorry to say 99% of people, especially 99.2% will never be like you.  Dunning-Kruger syndrome, in reverse,  for certain! FYI, 30% of individuals that take the MTBI test claim to be INTJ's...It's always fun and games until you are really different or a weirdo...

FYI...take it as a compliment I'm saying something....I think that your looking for answers but finding many false prophets...always know that you're not alone...and I'm sure you're smart enough to weed through the bullshit, though you will never find the answers your looking for...those answers will never be enough...and yet you have the ability to figure it out for yourself...the conundrum of experience!!!

Jessica Morris (not verified) says...

Please forgive the grammatical errors...I've had "fun" night with friends and was expressing my general frustration without thought of grammatical proficiency...I am just answering these questions out of complete frustration and hopes that I find people that are not so dissimilar from me, and because I'm tired of all the BS surrounding our personality I said before, It's all fun and games until you are really different on the inside and outside the conventional sphere and frame of thinking... then your identifying pronouns become IT/ITs....


Im an Introvert (not verified) says...

I think it all comes down to INTJ people just not fitting in with society and not being accepted. I have been doing "research" for years, trying to figure myself out and it is a great relief to find out that my "weird, quirky" personality is a valid one and the fact that it is rare may very well be the reason I haven't been accepted and always picked apart for traits 90% of people just don't get. I think introverts do a lot more googling and writes a lot more articles than extroverts, they fit in and dominate the world. I think a lot of people like the idea of being a rare introvert, but trust me, if you are a true blood introvert, life is absolute hell and you spend the majority of your life trying to figure out and "fix" yourself.

Little Smoke (not verified) says...

All of this sort of goes out the window when you pivot to assuming that the types aren't a completely accurate breakdown of the human population and that even if they were, the tests administered aren't accurate enough to categorize everyone perfectly. 

Consider also that most tests have a range of the preferences shown from 50%-100%. This always seems to get discounted in converstions about them. 

After those 3 factors you're talking about basically a rough outline of someone. A kind of general category of person with dynamic but likely arbitrary delineations around the functions. 

I always test as an INTJ. My ex was an ENFP. I came on here because now I'm talking to another woman who is an ENFP...

I think for me the takeway is that I have many traits that broadly fit into the INTJ personailty type, but maybe also INTP, INFJ, or INFP. So, this is kind of like a rough sketch of a person who is clearly introverted, probably intuitive. Approachs everything with thoughts (god knows therapy has shown that to be true). Love finance. Love dynamic systems with rules. Good at talking about art bad at making it...I tend to overthink it and judge it during the process...Ha.

Ultimatley it seems to me that this kind of autopsying of the personality types frequency is probably doomed. They are just insightful enough to help people understand themselves, but nothing that you can go over with a fine tooth comb, and get hung up on why so many INTJ's seem to pop up.  --On that note, it is ridiculous how many people say they are INTJ. I'm not sure why this is the case but anecdotally it seems like this is honestly the most common Myers Briggs I see and certainly the most common one I see people put into profiles...I think a lot of introverted types of people value the things the INTJ type is heralded as being so, ya, they bias it towards INTJ. But, is it wrong? Only if you really think people fit into these categories. I've thrown my 2 cents in on that...

Emerald says...

Exactly! I definitely agree with this article. When it comes to Intj, everyone thinks that they're so special, cool and unique but as for Istj, everyone believes that they're all boring and plain, mindless robots who always follow societal expectations...

Zed Child (not verified) says...

Sadly, I have taken the MBTI so many times, in different settings, and with two of the people that know me best, my spouse, and my brother. Regardless of the time of day, year, sleep-wake cycle, in dire pain, pain-free, stoned, sober, administered by a therapist or an academic, yet, I have always gotten the same fracking results... INTJ. I can honestly say, I get no joy from that outcome. The only upside is as you say, "you find out you are not near as odd as you thought." Some of the tests are really limited, others are more concise in the questions and particularly, in the options for the answers. Seriously, some of the MB tests have terrible options for each question. So much so, that at least half the questions I really could not answer truthfully, because there were no options that were even close. Then there are the descriptions for that type, into, that are nothing like me, but about 85% the traits are very me. Being an INTJ is not awesome, but it does explain things I realized about myself long before I ever took any of the tests. INTJ is like 2.4%, my brother is INFJ, which is 1.3%, and my much better half is an INTP is 3%. All I know for certain is I love having such introverts as my closet people. We all live together alone in the same house;-) 

Kc (not verified) says...

I strongly believe intjs are just more prone to introspect in this manner. Period. 

I haven't found as many ESTJ websites because most of them don't give a shit. They are prone to ditch theory in exchange for immediate action in the real world. It's really that simple. 

Dougdolf (not verified) says...

I think the article is just stating that we have to be true to our selves by answering the test questions honestly. Why would anyone want to be something or someone else when they're not? Don't waste your time comparing yourself with other people. Because when you do that, you are letting other people shaping your life.

We must all remember that all MBTI personality are equal as every personality has their strengths and weaknesses. Appreciate the uniqueness in you.

Joan Kathlen (not verified) says...

I also think some people claim to be one when they have not tested in other potential personality tests that could congruently meet with the MBTI Test.  It is also helpful to check other tests with a very different set of questionnaires such a as Enneagram, OCEAN, Big Five, Socionics and Temperaments.  I think MBTI alone is not enough basis.

Julie5469 (not verified) says...

Not everyone is satisfied being an INTJ. I am pretty sure that I am an INTJ. I have taken the test 3 times, once in 2016, and twice in 2018 on two different websites,  all of the results are INTJ, I always thought I was more like an INFP, and I PREFER to be INFP based on their personalities.

Why 20% of the test takers are INTJ. I think, people with introverted intuition tend to be alone, think about the deeper meaning of life, like why do the universe exist? why do we exist? We tend to get lost in our thought. How if I am the only one alone in this world and the whole world is just my imagination. When I asked my friends do they often think about that. They told me they haven't and that's crazy. I found my self is a lot different compared to people in general, that's why I personally want to know my self better. So, I took time to take the test. Most of other personalities wouldn't bother to know about their personality type. Some of my friends are not even interested with the result of this test.

Just my opinion tho, our personality is affected mainly by our family and society. I think maybe our personality can change overtime. I tried to be less judging and more into feeling/emotion before taking the test again. Lol

Alex is (not verified) says...

Us INTJs have been frowned on our whole lives and called weird, autistic, selfish, aloof, or whatever. We know this isn’t true yet we keep getting the same nasty feedback from people our lives. So what is wrong with us? That’s what brings INTJs to the Internet, to find an actual answer. Besides, by the time we are 30 we don’t have any friends anyway since we’ve given up on trying to fit in.

Leigh.McB (not verified) says...

Anyone who has to wonder why INTJs post so much stuff does not even get the fundamental basis. We are INTJs. We are NOTHING like YOU. We live online, in our heads and so forth. The virtual poses no harm to us. Grow up and be yourself instead of questioning what someone else does. In other words, get a life. We INTJs have one and we certainly do not criticize or question you for living one, unless you are incredibly stupid by writing an article like this. All I can say is WOW!

Leigh.McB (not verified) says...

It is exactly this type of rationale that we will indulge, yet within, find faulty logic, rendering you completely stupid to us. And, as you must know, we either loathe you or play with you to get you to act more stupid. Good luck with that.

Loox (not verified) says...

Hello fellow INTJs! I just stumbled upon this article today and it got me thinking. When I first took the test I got INTJ and when I read the description I really found myself in it. I rarely get understood and it was a relief when I found out, that I am not a weirdo, it is just the way my brain works. But sometimes I find myself wondering if I really am INTJ. The author is 100% certain that he is INTJ and doesn’t question it not even a bit, but he does criticize others. On the other hand I always wonder ... I like to follow rules. Is this an ISTJ rather than INTJ thing? But I follow them if they are there for a reason. And I hate traditions. I hate having to do things just because most people do it this way over history. I wrote and published 2 books from age 12 to 18. I am a doctor, I do research. But it is never enough for me.  And after all that I still feel like that 12 year old girl, sitting quietly in the classroom, frequently been overlooked. What I am trying to say is, the core of INTJ is analyzing, dissecting things, even ourselves. Are we really INTJ? Are we the shy, boring ISTJ or rare INTJ? I think being sure of your supremacy and ego is the last thing an INTJ would do. Sorry for my english, I am not a native speaker, but tried my best. 

Jonathan P. Henderson (not verified) says...

Admittedly, the INTJ personality has become the MBTI cover of Mensa: if you're a member, you are the masters over the human race; and if you're not, well, it sucks to be you, peasant. People who place the INTJ, as with the intellectually-gifted, at the top of the human hierarchy will approach us like this: they will attempt to become like us by learning to embrace and augment their own gifts; or, through their iniquity, will seek to tear us down and divide the plunder among the other greedy animals in the jungle.

Intelligence can be a gift, but only if wielded judiciously. INTJ's likewise should avoid becoming the ultimate cliche or, before long, we will become trite, mundane, cliche, and inane. Do not suppose that just because you may have specific gifts to demonstrate that you automatically have access to higher truths: you don't, not any more than the rest of the world has access to what is provided under God. If others want to be like us, that is their choice; far be it from us to stop them from transforming vicious jealousy into a path to self-improvement through their own strengths. But to those who are blessed with much, much is expected, and attempting to rebuke the jealous and unwise will only lead them to hate us further. They want what we have; the average person like us will have no need to alter our own nature beyond the natural safety of the status quo. This is why we must embrace the concept 'to pay forward', without the expectation or need to expect any recognition or returns.

An ENTJ can never be like an INTJ, but then again, no two ENTJ's are exact carbon copies. That's the beauty of variety in the indestructible natural realm, not the class war dichotomy associated with the diversity trap. These details are what separate us even from the iconoclastic/schizotypal INTP who, gifted as they are, are intellectually crippled by the very nature they wish to destroy, then reinvent in their own image. As Kierkegaard put it once, "Take away paradox from the thinker, and you have a professor." This is why we must be the apologists for the beauty and sublimity of nature and society, not another antagonistic element. After all, "Utopia never comes," according to Margaret Thatcher, "because we know we should not like it if it did."

Chuck9 (not verified) says...

The author sounds like an INFJ. Another one bites the dust. 

Danielle9876 (not verified) says...

This article makes me laugh.  The reason... because initially when I took the test and came out as an INTJ, I was actually a bit ashamed.  So I took the test several times... because somewhere in the back of my mind, especially with wanting to fit in with a more stereotypical female profile, I wanted to be an INFJ.  I would get a bit of excitement in the rare instance that I would lose the 'T' every time that I took the test... believing that maybe I was actually becoming more of an INFJ.

But over the years, I have learned to embrace who I am and will take the test honestly.  Still when it comes into topic, I have heard a few of my acquaintances who claim the identity of an INTJ, and I just smile and nod as though I am in agreeance with them.  So in a way, I can see a bit of validity in this article.  Yet, the way I see it, there really isn't a point in addressing those that are choosing to remain ignorant.  The willingness to accept ourselves as we are, is indeed a choice.  Some of us are, and some of us aren't INTJ.  But as for me... I had to learn how to embrace it, but now that I am no longer ashamed, I couldn't be happier.

It's Me (not verified) says...

Whether I am an INTJ or simply something similar, having the label and the associated information provides a concise way to express how my mind works. This is useful when applying for jobs that want me to take a personality test.

Ebony N. Plummer (not verified) says...

This article is filled with INTJ stereotypes, yet you write another article praising ENTJs for their flaws. Not only that we are supposed to think that the domineering, authoritarian arrogance of the ENTJ is a good thing. Why the hell am I supposed to accept the flaws of other types when my type is written off as a weird loser?

Jelena says...

Thanks for this! I was joking recently that INTJ, as well as INFJ are the two most common types of people, at least when you look at all the social media stuff. Everybody wants to be INTJ and INFJ, not knowing what is really like to be one. There is nothing great and exciting in being teenage INTJ and people have no idea how hard it is to be one. They have no idea how hard is for INTJ during childhood and high school years. I'm 35 and I am well aware who am I, but almost every adult INTJ will admit that it wasn't easy to during their teenage years. For most of them it was really hard. People see just at overall description of an INTJ, not knowing what it brings to the table. I typed as an ISTJ very first time when I took the test. After that I've got an INTP, I even typed as an ISTP, but reading the description I knew it's not correct. It took some time for me to really understand every single question, take the real test and get an accurate results, where I can really recognise myself. When I read that every other person is an INTJ or INFJ, I kind of find it funny to see how some people take a shallow look at that, without knowing that it's not all that great and easy when it comes to INTJs, but there's a lot of work, stress and pain until you become that powerful,, fascinating, RARE INTJ everyone reading about. 

INTJ-T x5 (not verified) says...

I'm 32 years old. I've been taking the Myers-Briggs type indicator test since I was in highschool. During my teenage years, I read in a self-help book that people usually change after 3-5 years. So I make it a point to test (only once) every 3-5 years. I always score the INTJ-T type.

My personality type is very socially allergic. I'm an introvert becasue socializing literally exhausts me. My friends change every 3 years as well, if someone can't keep up with me, I lose interest in them and also grow impatient with the topic we can come up with. I'm not proud of this, but when you're this old, I've come to accept that this is my personality.

At work, I also thrive when I'm left alone. I'm very luck to have a boss who does exactly this. Maybe she saw that I value my independence, and I've never given her a reason to worry if she leaves me unattended.

I am very vocal about my disappointment in society. I post it in my social media accounts, I discuss it with my workmates. I think the global society needs to change dramatically. I  think we need to rebuilt the workforce. Bitcoin is genius because the beaurocracy and fees of banks do not make sense at all.

The partners that I had also agrees with my result in the test. They find it funny because they can read my personality as opposed to just "feeling" it. All of my partners are extraverted. I like opposite romantic partners because they give me a different perspective in life. Also, I have an excuse not to be with them all the team (yey independence!)

And then I tend to obsess in finding solutions to controversial social issues in our country, like sex work, drugs, family structure. Before, I just keep it all in my head. But now that I'm older, I use my ideas to unofficial talks or conversations over beer/coffee. So my workmates can certainly attest that I do have bizarre ideas and perspective.

I also write stories, and with these stories, I tackle a very different world that is the opposite of ours (example: sex workers is the best, most respectable job in town, and business managers are viewed as trying too hard to impress and indecent because they can only tell lies).

In conclusion, at least on my part, because I'm arrogantly honest to myself and take the tests honestly (I value integrity, because why not?) I am sure that I am INTJ-T. My workmates (esp the close ones) and partner agree. If not, my personality is still in tact and will always be becasue that's me, whatever anyone says, especially if that someone needs validation through her blog. INTJ-T's think very low of external validations.

Jonny Luszha (not verified) says...

The thing about the Myers Briggs & Keirsey etc. personality tests is that they test for a type PREFERENCE; i.e. 'This is how I prefer to be'. doesn't mean that is how your personality is in Reality. This is one of the Big fallacies of this self typing stuff. Another fallacy is it makes no room for the Forer Effect; which basically means "If this is how I think I'm supposed to be then over time I will make myself/turn myself into 'that'.......

Next fallacy on this stuff is a big one - these personality tests make no room for identifying personality disorders. If a person suffering some kind of personality disorder takes the test, it will auto keyhole them into one of the 16 'types' rather than identifying them as having a disorder which can only be diagnosed by a psychiatrist; not a psychologist mind you but a psychiatrist, you know a REAL DR.!

Bottom line its generally all a bunch of crap as trying to keyhole 7 billion people into 16 compartments is realy just plain ridiculous. Oh & yeah, I've always tested an INTJ.......

Rick (INTJ) (not verified) says...

Well according to us census website the current US population is 327 million. Basic math says 2% of 327 million is still 6.54 million INTJs in America alone.

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