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The INTJ Personality Type

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.

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What does INTJ stand for?

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.

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

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.

INTJ Values and Motivations

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 Others See the 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.

INTJ Hobbies and Interests

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.

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

Quotes About INTJs

"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

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Jennifer (not verified) says...

This is so on the point. It's amazing how I have come across throughout the years unintentionally to my coworkers. I have made many changes to letting people know beforehand that I am not trying to be rude, it is just my speaking style. Managers have even told me that I act like I know everything or do not care what they think about me. I really am a thankful person but feel that I am taken the wrong way all the time because of my personality type or until people get to know me. This is hard when I could care less to hang out with people from work. I am grateful that these profiles are available for people to learn about others. Hopefully, more will be taught about the communication sending and receiving styles of each personality style. Thank you! To everyone who put time and money into creating this website! God Bless!

Ian B (not verified) says...

2 and 3 clash with each other.

Diet Valz Santana (not verified) says...

True INTJ despise work team-bonding exercises. We should work hard in our line of work, rise to leadership positions and abolish this unnecessary social construct.

ione (not verified) says...

bruh that sounds so silly. intj's dont work well in teams but that doesn't mean it should be abolished.

BRENT EUBANKS (not verified) says...

As an INTJ engineer, I would say that your statement reflects not having found the right team.  In general, I agree with you - team bonding is tedious and nonproductive.  But I have also had the good fortune, on occassion, to work with groups of highly intelligent, highly motivated individuals of great integrity.  They're rare, but they're out there.  And that sort of team work is really profound, and really fun.

 

Keep looking for your people.  Good luck.

PaulfromOz (not verified) says...

I believe you are absolutely correct.

I worked for Maersk a number of years back and had to undertake an MBTI test among others and was identified as INTJ. This was explained in detail, I'd never done the test before and was somewhat sceptical perhaps due to the EQ testing. My interviewer explained that the company put teams together in a specific way to compliment each other. Once we started working it took days to "fit" as a team and it was like we'd worked together for years. To this day I've never worked in a more professional, efficient and progressive team. Find the right team and it is like putting a supercharger on your engine, finding the right people is no accident.

Priscilla moreno (not verified) says...

I used to be a commander.. Had supervisers armed guards and security officers under my supervision. About 150+. 

When i was trying to get my foot in the door as part of the management team, i never understood why i had to get along with people on a personal level just to be noticed. Like why couldnt people just go to work - o work. Its still irritating to this day. 

 

 Managers need to know how to utilize peoples strengths and weaknesses. And they need to care about their employee development and retention. Ive managed people who werent considered the brightest crayon in the box. But they were always good at something. 

 

Slindo Shamase (not verified) says...

Thats me too. I despise that  i  had to get along with people on a personal level just to be noticed . I work hard, notice my work results. I don't want to be friends with colleagues or suck up to bosses. 

Arnaldo (not verified) says...

I can relate to the foot in the door issue. I worked my butt off only for me to get passed over in everyway possible by someone I had trained myself. I was furious and eventually changed departments. I no longer work there now. Too political for no reason.

Charles (not verified) says...

Oh yes!  Been there, done that.  So frustrating, but it seems to be like this everywhere.  

EVanJ says...

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'll try to cringe a little less when faced with anything team related.

Ty138 (not verified) says...

I'm a trans ftm INTJ personality type. All my life I've always valued knowledge and facts rather than if's, maybe's, or fantasy characters such as the tooth fairy, santa claus or religious characters like god or jesus. Growing up in a catholic household, it was very difficult to disown their views on religion. I don't blindly follow anything or anyone, so when I had to while young, it was quite painful, if there was deffinetly a drag. I've always favored science, english and history. I would have been good at math but spent too much time ditching school to learn. To this day I still prefect factual reading like history and learning about space and ancient creatures and cultures. I've been told by coworkers that I am very blunt and straightforward, but they know that I always provide a factual answer rather than not. I do better in relationships when my partner is a bit extroverted. Deffinetly helps me get out of my bubble and go out and do things. I like to spend time making art, never was good at messing with music. I help people when I can, and I use my intuition when helping people, because I'm also distrusting if people for the most part, but can tell when someone genuinely needs help. I think it's funny, I've taking the test about 4 times now and now I'm pretty convinced I'm INTJ

W.H (not verified) says...

Hi,

Nice to hear your story. I'm trans ftm INTJ too :)

NM (not verified) says...

Living with an INTJ is not always easy. The desire to fix or improve things can get exhausting for their partner. One time I had to tell mine that I would not travel with him again if he continued to tell me everything that was wrong with all the deficiencies he noted while standing in line at the airport.  Geesh, travelling is stressful enough without having someone noting problems with effeciency, and then telling me details of how they would improve it. 

So I guess my point is that although the world very much needs you folks, for the sake of those who love you take a breath once in a while and keep your thoughts in your head : )

 

ENFP <3 (not verified) says...

You are all so attractive I love you <3 <3 <3

Where can I find an INTJ to marry???

INTJ_woman (not verified) says...

I am here! Are you a girl or a boy?

Aisha40 (not verified) says...

You just found one that is unmarried.

Lakshmanaraj (not verified) says...

I am happy with Personality & i am Feeling Unique Person in this world 

temportant (not verified) says...

Careful for you are asking something completely out of your league, it's not like we don't like to connect, but is horribly restricted to just let in someone as extroverted as you. Ha! 
but we could try. :D 

Yorick (not verified) says...

My thoughts to counter the: "Omg too many intjs, this cannot be":

Since mbti is a fairly intellectual subject, it is quite possible for intuitive types to be involved in it.

Since they are quite narcissistic, at least someone needs to prove their value but themselves.

It looks like the type to be most proud of of all the types, thus more of this type could possibly be pranking about it.

Many more reasons to think of, but here are a couple of my cents.

 

 

EvanJ (not verified) says...

Narcissists are narcissistic. INTJ's spot (sense) them almost immediately mostly like stemming from how much they drive us nuts.

DanB (not verified) says...

That's nonsense - utter and complete nonsense.  The most narcissistic personality type is ESFP most likely...  Most INTJ's are incredibly altruistic...

Cerebral1 (not verified) says...

@DanB I agree. ESFP is most likely to be narcissistic if they are unhealthy and depend too much on their superpower which is sensation. Because INTJs have Fi in their 3rd slot they do tend to be altruistic because they place a high value on authenticity. INTJs predictions are usually right because their super power is introverted intuition or the ability to take different perspectives combined with Extraverted Thinking which makes them adept at not only predict logical outcomes, but marshalling limited resources, but not so great at telling you exactly how they came to that conclusion. Many perceive this as arrogance. It's not. And for the record, I do embody the INTJ archetype:-)

Ricus says...

I think the reason why the study of personality types are more appealing to INTJ's than expected, is because it can be used as a system for self improvement and effeciancy. That's how I see it at least. 

TheMastermind (not verified) says...

I can answer it quite simply:

Just the title of "The Mastermind", and the fact the MBTI claims it to be a minimal percentage of the populace appeals to many people, especially narcissistic types online.

Now suddenly, I've noticed it too - everyone and their dog is an INTJ now..
 

keef (not verified) says...

The people who are an INTJ type are an INTJ type. Maybe everyone else and their dog isn't one but just claim to be one. My dog is more of an ESFP

Alawishus (not verified) says...

Just a couple tidbits.  I never believed in god or santa claus, or anything supernatural, memory of it.  I have clear, detailed memories back to 15 months old.  Taught myself to read a 4.  Never very good with authority, only trust or take direction from people with whom I agree are on the right track, or have a better idea than I have (forgoing insubordination, of course).  The most frustrating thing is having a clear idea of why something is the way it is and seeing the future, logical outomes, yet others seem so blind, unwilling to listen.  When I have all the necessary information I am almost never wrong  or very far off with a prediction.  When I don't I can make great mistakes.  I have finally learned some patience.  Greatest complement I ever got "Al, you get to the answer faster than anyone else in the room, but you have to let them catch up". Most interesting tibit - INTJ know exactly what they know and what they don't know.  Immediate answer or I don't know.  No in-between.  No shortage of opinionating though.

James K. says...

I can relate with the rapid and intuitive acquisition of answers. In an architecture elective course I took at college there was a puzzle assignment involving how several structures fit together, (it was seemingly impossible at superficial glance). While my classmates laboured over it together after class (for quite a few hours) and shared faculties figuring it out, I went back to my dorms, thought about it for a bit and found the solution in around half an hour, and I dont even like architecture. Similarly in literature courses (don't tell my prof) I usually just read the beginning, fragments of the middle and end of the assigned novel and identify the main idea or principle accurately. I usually finish the essay first and look for supporting quotes later. I am also really good at providing overarching insightful explanations, so the profs don't really care when I'm thin on the details (in reality I read only 60% or less of the course material.) Got A's in all my electives though. Intuition is very useful for saving time.

James K. says...

Completed the test and discovered I am likely an intj (94% intuition). I have always looked at possibilities rather than blindly follow 'time tested' procedures. Therefore I visualize the future first and live out every scenario in my head before actually figuring out the steps to get to my final goal. If I cannot rationally deduce a favourable outcome from a traditional procedure or method I will reject it. However I dont reject tradition for the sake of rebellion, if something is rational and makes sense I will incorporate it into my thought process. I am not a big fan of the concept of 'duty' and find artificial boundaries and ethos to be often quite arbitrary. Law and morality is basically what works best at any given time, and the sole measure of their value is in their ability to maintain order and stability for all members of a society. I cannot respect people who deem any social construct (not just religion or dogma, but human rights and ethics as well) as absolute or immutable, for we come from nature and are part of nature and nature is amoral. (nature being reality as it was and ever will be.)

Rather than address symptoms I look for underlying processes and conditions. I am not a fan of 'pretty coloured' flowers, preferring instead to contemplate bizarre tubers and odd insect appendages and theorize the selective pressures (and mutations) which formed them.

I look to the future, try to find covert meaning behind superficial events, and filter all my assumptions with logical deduction. While I am not a blind follower of rules, I appreciate the value of laws and tradition. However I know they are artificial constructs and are only relevant while they are able to maintain order and facilitate a high quality of life for all members of society.( briefly, I am a lover of rules who is not bound by them.) I suppose intj is a fairly accurate type for me.

Off topic.While I am an evolutionist and functionally atheistic, I love to wonder about how remains of fish and invertebrates which break apart in days, lie at the bottom of shallow tropical creeks for years or decades waiting to be covered and lithified at rates of millimeters of annual sediment deposition. Uniformitarianism is becoming a dogma in its own right in this respect. Creationists should take note. Also I love the idea that birds evolved from arboreal triassic archosaurs, and that many paravians evolved from archaic birds rather than the other way around. Hypotheses should not be deemed heresies, and its hilarious when I offend self oroclaimed skeptics with my questions.

 

Hannah F (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ female,  I do not believe in Jesus and his friends or any other religion

I believe in a higher power. I trust the universe and its energy.

 

INFJ dude (not verified) says...

I don't trust the universe one boson. It's expanding at an decelerating rate and is going to tear us apart.

Josiah A (not verified) says...

I guess I'm an excpetion--I've studied religion and philosophy pretty thouroghly, and I believe that the evidence DOES point toward a God or at least an Intelligent Creator

EVanJ says...

It is equally irrational to believe the universe was created by a power than it is to believe the universe just happened. Believe whatever suits you.

Tomáš Smejkal (not verified) says...

In the end, ... nobody knows. But yeah, it's hard to grow in family that thinks you understand it all immidietly.

Al P (not verified) says...

I agree with you, it was really difficult growing up is a religious family who looked down on me because my brain rejects religion. But, there's got to be some kind of being more powerful than us out there, that we can't comprehend.

Passawat Kingnger (not verified) says...

God there are so many INTJ musicians! I thought I was alone!

Tony (not verified) says...

If you don't accept something that someone has said and it does not affect you much, then there is no point arguing. Just forget it and move on. Useless arguments are a waste of time and energy, and there are many good things that can be done instead. I am Christian, but I do not argue against atheists and I do not respond to people that want to start an argument with me. If people found a compromise or realized that the argument that they are in is pointless, then the world would be a better place. That is all I have to say. 

MichaelS (not verified) says...

Obviously there are gray edges around any INTJ but for the most part I fit into this group, for sure. I took a personality test and the results pointed to INTJ and when I read your description it fits very well. I am 65 now but still work as an aqueous geochemist here and there. When I worked as a research scientist I was good at forecasting outcomes in my field of expertice and in economics and social direction. Some peole thought I had a 6th sense but I think it was the inbuilt logical thought process that honed in on the most likely outcome(s). As far as other peoples comments about intellegence and god etc., I think you can have inate programming as an INTJ regardless of your belief in how intellegent you are but of course, you can get more milage out of it if you are more intellegent and/or a more driven person to consume knowlege and keep climbing upward. I personally am not religious but am open minded enough to know what I don't know, so who knows? It does not seem that nature cares about how religious you are but if it gives you more confidence to deal with life, then by all means, embrace it!

Le big oof (not verified) says...

I love how all the other intj's here are all using such big complex words and discussing such complex topics and I'm here with the vocabulary of a 5 year old. 

Point. Not all intj's are the same. I'm very logical but quite dumb. As a intj you should at least acknowledge that everyone doesn't fit in a box we have tenancies to behave in a certain way doesn't mean we are that way.  You can believe God exists you can be stupid and clueless and still be an intj but dont be entitled. I'd hate to be in a group that thinks their elite just because their rare. 

bella de nonna (not verified) says...

I completely agree with you. i fit in the INTJ category, but i live for music and i deeply hate maths. like, really. all the types have all the eight functions, more or less, but the main personality is based on the functions we've used most during the time of the very  personality construction, with our experience. also, we could see functions as tools to get anywhere, in any field, not titles we have to address to. just because I overanalyze people and things as a hobby and can't handle emotions doesnt mean i'm an antisocial egocentric piece of shit.  It's true, i may help my freinds with logical solutions instead of comforting them with pitiful words like any other human being (because, as the good pragmatic analyst i am, I prefer words that turn to action instead of temporary sweet words), but I do have friend, and I am able to make friends. and yes, I'm an INTJ female, and hella proud of it.

 

Female intj (not verified) says...

Oh thank you very much for this post. My job coach made me take a personality test after I got a burn out after my maternity leaf. The result was Intj and she clearly found me less sympatic after seeing the result. I felt terrible for days trying to figure out whether I truly am as blind for other peoples emotions and whether I hurt them often with my rational thinking and straight forwardness. But I see now not everyone is the same and the box has blurred edges. You can also be aware of how you react to others. I have friends too and most of my collegues describe me as an introvert but caring person who really listens to what they have to say. 

pa (not verified) says...

Omg this is so me.

Jeffafa (not verified) says...

They're 

INTJ person (not verified) says...

I feel compelled to post this:

 If you think you are being logical[but ppl point out that you're not] try plugging the facts into a logic box or table and check it against the fallacies, which are essential to understanding logic. Be aware that deductive logic ALWAYS leads to a true conclusion[if the premises are proven true], but inductive logic leads to both true and false conclusions, even if the premises are proven true.  So a deductive argument is truth, whereas inductive argument MIGHT be evidence for a conclusion, i.e. a hypothesis.  A hypothesis can often be tested, and if routinely verified becomes a theory, which is LIKELY true, but not guaranteed to be the truth.

Janis Ann Gabbert (not verified) says...

What is Truth? Truth is relative, and truth is absolute. It passes through any evolutions in the relative stages bfore it reaches the absolute stage. In the absolute sense, that which gives permanent happiness is truth. Permanent happiness refers to the joy found in the soul's attunement with God. The ultimate Truth is God; and God is the ultimate Truth. There are three ways of arriving at truth: through sense perceptions, through inference, and through intuition. If your sense perception is wrong, your inference is wrong. Your senses are all tuned only to a limited range of certain gross vibrations. You cannot find the truth by your rationalizing mind, because your mind falls victim to the senses; it only infers about what the senses tell it. Only by development of intuition can you know what is truth. Intuition is direct perception - the all-knowing pure comprehension of the soul. Intuition develops through meditation. Keep your daily appointment with God in meditation early in the morning and before going to bed at night. The INTJ who has developed intuition is much blessed.

Anonymous329813 (not verified) says...

Love your comment, by the way :) Well-said about arriving at truth through intuition.

HDL (not verified) says...

I am INTJ.. & I do believe in higher power.. it's my freedom to believe in whatever I want as that is my right as everyone else.. so attacking other believes, violating their rights & space.. is not so INTJ & so not humane 

Henke (not verified) says...

Seriously;

If you make a claim it is up to YOU to prove it, I.e existence of a God. Then "we" look at your claims and either confirm or reject it as false. No, "feelings" or "anecdotal evidence" will ever make your claim True, for that emperical evidence is needed. 

By the logic expressed here in so many comments.... You can't prove that the invisible, flying spaghetti monster is not real - ergo it is real and the master of mankind.

Richard Jarrett (not verified) says...

 

"A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion."

Pick up some jung, read some myths.  Spend time in your imagination. Come up with your own god damn metaphore.  If people the world over are thinking similiar things then why not assume theres something to it.  If it doesn't make sense maybe you could assume your conception of the idea of god isn't sophisticated enough.  It might atleast lead you to being less antagonistic towards people and therefore more likely to succeed among them.

Jaredt Leto (not verified) says...

All you did with writing this comment was making yourself feel superior. Well, congratulations...

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