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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.

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.

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How rare 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 Quotes

"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

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.

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Shane Tanner (not verified) says...

I'm reading all of your comments and I'm astounded that I'm the only one without any type of professional degree. I actually dropped out of high school. Going to prison first help either. 
 

I sometimes ask myself why I didn't turn out like the rest of my peers - college grad, family etc, but why should I dwell on something that doesn't suit my wishes? I'm sort of the black sheep in the family - just didn't really add up to much. 

Nathan Kunishige says...

I just wanted to put this out there. Everything that you have done or didn't do in your life can be used to your advantage. Use your experience to help others if so should you desire to or use it to inform others. There are people who spent time in the system. When they got out of the system they then went back to volunteer to help others coming out of the system to then transition into the next phase of their life. Do not worry about the past so much as work on today to give you the future you want. Sorry about the soapboxing but I hope it was a little uplifting. 

Stressed (not verified) says...

Hi all! I was hoping a fellow INTJ could help me out here.

I'm in my first year of a criminology degree and I am starting to have second thoughts. I wanted to complete a criminology degree and then go to law school, but I am worried that being a lawyer isn't for me. So I've been putting some thought into potential careers for myself and I've realized that if I don't go to law school, there isn't really anything in the field of criminology that interests me, at least nothing so far. I don't want to become a police officer, or corrections, or border. 

My question for you all is: have any of you gotten a criminology degree? If so, what are you doing with your life (and with the degree!) that is giving you overall job satisfaction?

My worst fear is getting a four-year degree and then realizing graduate school isn't for me, and then being stuck with a humanities degree with no job prospects. If I decide criminology isn't for me, then I'm not sure what else I want to study that would bring me to a satisfying career. I don't like computers, or science. I was okay with math in high school and I am considering taking an accounting course next term. (Any accountants here that like their job?) 

I just want to do something meaningful with my life. Since middle school I've wanted to be a lawyer, but I'm having serious second thoughts here and need a back up plan. Any suggestions for a good degree to get that would suit the average INTJ and have good job prospects? 

Thank you for reading so far! And I look forward to any replies I might recieve. You all are the best :)

Lester Howell (not verified) says...

Criminology seems very intriguing, becoming a crime scene investigator sounds like a good career. My second job after retirement was as a home inspector. I was a licensed professional home inspector, licensed in both Texas and Arkansas. Home inspectors have three classifications - home inspectors, professional home inspectors and master inspectors. I really enjoyed doing the inspections and you have to have knowledge of over 600 things to look for during the inspection process. There are alot of fields to choose from. You may find being a lawyer is best for you. Being an attourney at a large firm can mean big bucks, its a back door to becoming a prosecutor or federal law at the state or federal level. I've noted through the years that alot of Senate seats are filled with people with law degrees, so who knows where it could take you. I for one think that if I at an early age would have persued a law degree, having an INTJ personality type, my practice would have been filled with many more wins than losses. Good day and good luck!

 

Peggy (not verified) says...

I have an MBA and PhD in Forensic Science. I suggest that while you finish your undergrad degree in ANY discipline, get involved with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) if forensics interests you. They have great opportunities for students to explore. Then take the LSAT. If you pass, get your law degree! Don't worry about getting a job. Be passionate and enjoy your studies and this journey. If you have always wanted to be a lawyer, its in your destiny one way or another. A JD can be useful in so many ways!

KW83 (not verified) says...

May I suggest Forensic Psychology? It will allow you to involve yourself in criminology, but also allow you another option for analyzing people.

Mark Arseneault (not verified) says...

Stressed,

Just breathe.  My thought when the dean handed me my first degree (chemistry) was, “Why did I do this?”

Ultimately, the degree doesn’t matter as much as your willingness to stay open and accept new challenges.  The degree will open doors for you, and you will find yourself, eventually, following your passion.  There is no other way to live.  I went on to pursue two other masters after my bachelors in chemistry: education and natural science.  All three have helped me reach a milestone – Directing a STEM Center.

Just keep swimming, and come up for air once in a while.

Regards,

Mark

 

Herkimur (not verified) says...

Heya,

     I am retired US ARMY and a veteran of the US NAVY. While on active duty, first in the Navy I had psych evals for the PRP (personal reliability program) as I was on the nuclear weapons handling team with a NATO Top Secret Clearance. When I joined the Army, I had several psych evals, one for Drill Sergeant School, another for Special Forces and the last when I retired as part of my ETS. While doing this, I was administered the Myers-Briggs. I found out that I was an INTJ. This blew me away as I thought I was more of an extrovert, especially going to drill school. I do know that as I advanced in rank that I changed and the results must have reflected the change in my psyche. From a complete uptempo life to anticipated retirement. 
     In saying all of this, I was in the advanced electronics field (sonar technician) and had tons of schools. The wiring diagrams, advanced mathematics, working alone for days at a time were appealing to me. When enter the Navy I was told that I could have any job in the Navy. I do not know why I chose sonar but, I realize now that electrical work was my calling. So, I got put of the Navy and joined the army and retook the ASVAB and scored even higher and was offered any school I wanted. I chose 52E (prime power production) massive generators and a helluva lot of electricity and a ton more schooling. As I said when I retired, the test results were used in my hiring by a company in Seattle. They needed a guy that could work for extended periods of time, alone and with zero support. I was a field service technician on mega yachts, super yachts, comer fishing vessels, water ferry's, land based generators as well as marine propulsion units. 
     What I am trying to say is: as an INTJ, you will want a challenge but, not really work in a team. And if in a team, it needs to be organized to insure successful completion of tasks, without everyone wanting to kill each other. You will be hyper-critical of everyone and everything that you do and others do that can affect the project as well as you mentally. The worse part of it all for me is how judgemental I am and Imsometimes overthink things to absolute frustration. I would have to take breaks as brain fog would set in and in that environment it is easy to zap yourself, start a fire, etc. I find that Iam very critical/judging of myself and hate it if I make a mistake or am proven wrong.

You want to keep your brain working on overdrive all the time. So, keep that in mind when deciding what you want. If you can't really tolerate criticism or failure, don't become an attorney. What if you lose a case?

Just my two cents. I am 58 years old and have dealt with this as an adult for 40 years, professionally. Best of luck

Sarah says...

I am not sure whether this will help, as I take it you are in the US and my experience relates to being an Antipodean. I have a Masters of Criminology from 2005, and have worked since then as a criminal intelligence analyst with law enforcement, the UN and other justice agencies. It has been a fulfilling career, at times, though I have also struggled working in para-military organisations. Ultimately, with our personalities, you will probably want to work for yourself at some stage. So, choose education pathways that provide options. You don't have to know exactly what you will do in 10 years, seasons change more frequently than that. But you can set yourself up for success if you have options, and a law degree could do just that. Criminology should also open doors as well. Best of luck!

Atsume (not verified) says...

I am a creative INTJ female. Is it wise for me to study law next year? Though I enjoy writting and the performing arts, I don't feel as though I will be satisfied without doing a STEM elective such as law. Obviously, I am analytical and logical, so I would hate for that not to be utilised. In no way am I bragging, but my Iq score is 139, my fear is that I'll spend years in a career wich does not stimulate me. Because I live in a small isolated country, a degree in the STEM field is the only way I think I could enhance my employability over seas. Is it posible to do both? Should I do both? ( arts and stem ).

Sp Collektiv says...

I had the same crossroad when i was 17 years old now i'm 28 and im gonna tell you what i did...

i was one of the best students in my school since 1rst grade in elementary school to 11th grade in highschool. at 10 years old i started with guitar, no teacher, self-taught with Metallica live performances, a lot of "bayesian" mimicry, one step at a time. When i finished highschool i was certainly a good guitar player and had a scientific mind and i was wondering the same, "Should i study art? or Psychology?" i studied Psychology and put a lot of effort from the 2nd year onwards into the understanding of epistemology and the philosophy of Science by the hand of Mario Bunge's literature. I was an accurate scientific thinker but my art was mediocre, so i took a technical course in music production and deejay techniques with vinyl and digital media; now i can handle my own studio and do everything (from recording setting, music performance to music production and release). With my hardcore discipline and fanatism to music making i make more productions (Releasing music on labels and selling my electronic music) and play more complex music in my instrument than the people studying music at my University (which is the bigger in town) or other universities of the city so i would reccomend that you take a degree in something scientific at a University (In your case is Law) and take some technical courses for your art practice in Community colleges or a smaller school that help you take your basic skills to a higher level and achieving the standards of a proffessional musician (Even if you play classical music this is something you can do by yourself). If you can not read music scripts and play Franz Liszt when you're in highschool you probably wont learn that not even in Julliard. Psychologically and philosophically your mind and identity will benefit more from traditional scientific learning as you had awaken your mind to the complexity of superior cognitive processes that only science, philosophy and a career allow, but hey! so will benefit your music, art and literature!. Hope this helps you.

Caris (not verified) says...

I spent 25 years as a lawyer in some of the largest law firms in the country.  It was a demoralizing and depressing experience.  I made a large amoung of money, but only found joy in the pro bono work that I did.  For the most part, the legal profession is not about justice or creating positive change in society;  rather, it is focused on money, materialism and competition.  After I lost my son to cancer, I left the law for a career in education.  It reaffirms that I was not the crazy one during all of those years.  (BTW...if you are looking for a major with flexibility, you should consider the liberal arts or business, both of which will open doors.)

Jason Jacobs (not verified) says...

Accountant and INTJ here - 1st priority with school should be to get $ return on your investment, not find and explore your passion or whatever. Keep your major, but minor in accounting (don't do finance because it sounds more interesting, waste of time). Then do a 1-year M.S. in Forensic Accounting. This will allow you to have an interesting story at career fairs/interviews that makes sense and says something about you, while also making you eligible to sit for the CPA. Get CPA first, then get the CFE (certified fraud examiner) if you actually end up going down the forensic accounting route after sticking with accounting in general.

Worst case = you hate your job responsbilities, but not the money, stability and security + you can do a 1 year MS Forensic Accounting at any school, doesnt have to be the one your currently at.

Above is just an opinon. Fine to ignore.

MCO (not verified) says...

My master's degree was in public policy -- basically geared toward doing good in the government or non-profit sector.  Michigan (Ann Arbor), Harvard, and UT Austin had top programs at the time; maybe there are more now.

Jthehistorian (not verified) says...

Hi. I have not gotten a criminology degree, but I am an INTJ (and one that majored in a "no job prospects" humanities degree, got a good job, and then went back to graduate school in the humanities), and I wanted to weigh in on some other things in your post. 

First of all, why are you having second thoughts about being a lawyer? Is it anything specific about that profession that is causing hesitation, or is it part of a broader, general crisis regarding your career? If it is the lawyer thing specifically, are there any career mentors that you can reach out to about your specific concerns? The same suggestion stands for the latter issue as well, to be honest. What is it that has triggered this crisis?

Second of all, I want to challenge your perspective on humanities degrees. The concept that humanities degrees result in no job prospects is not actually reflective of reality and has often been forwarded by interests who stand to benefit materially in some way by that belief being widespread. Although it is true that humanities degrees may not yield jobs specifically within their respective fields, humanities degrees do yield good jobs. Many companies are simply interested in knowing that an individual has a four-year degree, to start, and on top of that humanities degrees do teach transferrable skills: writing, researching, communication, etc. If you study English literature and stop at the BA level, you will likely not have a career in English literature, but you can totally find a good, intellectually stimulating job that provides opportunities for growth. I graduated a year and a half ago with degrees in history and political science, got a job in healthcare administration of all things (in which I ended up using research, writing, and communications skills!), and was already up the promotion chain when I decided to go back to school. And I did find that job meaningful and intellectually stimulating -- I just felt as though what I am studying in graduate school is my true calling after having the experience of doing something different. Don't constrain yourself and your passions at this stage in your life by these concerns. 

With that second point made, I would encourage you to consider what it is exactly that would bring you meaning. Are you drawn to being a lawyer because you feel as though representing people within the justice system is the best way to help others? What inspired your interest in a law degree in the first place, specifically? 

If you are ultimately uninterested in STEM, don't feel as though you need to push yourself into those fields because you think it will land you a job. My advice, in addition to considering all of the questions that I posed above, is to ignore your concerns about job prospects and figure out what you are truly, actually passionate about. Do you actually like your criminology classes? If so, my advice is to keep going. Would you actually be happier in a "useless" humanities degree instead? Honestly, my advice would be to take some courses there and see what you think. Political science and history, in particular, are excellent fields that teach a wide variety of transferable skills that are also excellent for people who are interested in law school. And, imo, they are very well-suited to the strengths of INTJs. 

As a final thought, I would also say that I do not think you need to have everything figured out right now. A direction, which you are trying to pin down, is excellent of course, but just know that even within the course of your initial degree, you will have so many opportunities for growth and change. And your career may not move in a linear pattern--that isn't actually a scary prospect, just to say that you may end up discovering things that you're passionate about that right now you don't even know exist. Stay curious, and don't let that curiosity be constrained by "job prospects." Speaking from experience, if you are friendly and professional, work hard, and stay willing to learn and grow, people will take notice. 

I hope that this helps. I apologize for any typos. I think you are a very thoughtful, intelligent person, and I wish you all the best. 

 

Maggie C. (not verified) says...

Fellow INTJ's I need help. Nervous I'm head down the wrong career path and have been for awhile but not sure how to turn it around. Orginally wanted to be an Achitect or an Accountant but unfortunately I listened to my mother who said I would hate both of those jobs and should go into marketing. Fast forward have my marketing degree and am 2 years deep into a sales career (which I absolutely despise). Not sure where to go next in my career, since I don't have a background in analytics - insurance seems stable and nice would a claims adjust be a good next step? I don't want to take out a loan for education & don't want to start with an internship because I bills to pay...

Christian S. (not verified) says...

Hi fellow INTJ's:

At the end of the day we need to pay our bills. I'm in my 50's now and if I had things to do over there isn't a lot I would change until I got out of the Navy in '92.  I Highly recommend focusing on residual income now. Stop tradeing your time for money!!!! 

It takes some time to get it built up enough to live on but if I had started in '92 on this, I would be retired by now with time to enjoy my family and helping people.  Learn about money, read/listen to books, and learn about real estate. tons of blogs like Bigger Pockets that teach you about all sorts of strategies. There are more ways to make money in real estate then you could possible imagine and it's fun. Find something you like to do that helps others. 

If you hate your job or not sure about your college path, there are things you can do at the same time that will set you up in 5-10 yrs. 

Rule #1: Make money without trading your time! (Focus on retireing early and then do what you love and help people :)

Rule #2: Read every day.  (The Compound Effect - read it! Learn about money, bringing people together, how to make deals. We can't do it on our own so these skill sets were the best I ever learned and they apply no matter what your 'job' is. 

Rule #3: Take care of your body.  you only get one. 

Rule#4:  Enjoy your family and friends (and you can't do that working 15 hrs days! I know, I tired)

Wealth ideas - more then money, it's about time with family and friends and helping people (from a distance :) LOL 

1. Buy a house and rent a room or two. save the profit for the next house. Get one or two and you can take a lesser paying job doing what you like to do or do it full time and retire young. 

2. Learn about Notes and how to be a bank. It does't take much to start with. Make money without trading your time! 

3. Get a bonus from work then get some  precious metals, put it in a safety deposit box and forget about it until 'someday'

4. Amazon type business front

5. Make an ebook and sell it for a couple bucks (share your wisdom, experience, knowledge on some topic you love)

Hope this helps  :)

-Chris

Lucas Deaver (not verified) says...

I'm 57 and and recently found out I'm a INTJ. I went into graphic design in the 80's and do a lot in marketing now. I suggest you stay in marketing but find a niche you enjoy about it. Its a very rich field and there are many paths and branches to it. For instance, what made someone click on that? Or why did that social media post get the most likes? What demographic are we targeting? There's lots for an INTJ to dabble in in marketing, it isn't all based on direct sales, I'd suck at that too. Find your interest and niche and move latterally into that area. You're alrady half way there.

henleymag (not verified) says...

Maggie

As a fellow INTJ I feel your pain.  I wanted to be an architect but in screwing up one exam, I panicked and became and accountant instead.  It took me 20 years to escape into general management.  Insurance doesnt sound like it would be a good fit.  You are visionary and can see the big picture, and deal in broad and bold concepts.  personally, I would look again at architecture.  It seems like a better fit.  take care, stay safe.

Lisa W. (not verified) says...

Many of you make very valid points. When working with others the chemistry and group dynamics matter. I dislike most people because of how shallow they are and the bothersome repetition of coming across people/minds incapable of deeper levels of researching for themselves; lazy minds want spoon fed what I invested myself in and it annoys me to the point of choosing a blunt rudeness over the "kind" repeating things over and over that I diligently worked on, because it slows me down and drains my energy when they want to argue over petty things that exist simply because they have not done the work or studied and researched - so I come off as cold and uncaring and will opt for solo projects over groupwork if presented with a choice. I love to gather info and share it, but I am not going to waste my time or energy (my biggest pet peeve) and argue over their uneducated/ignorant interpretation of the data or facts. I'll walk away and leave them with the info to chew over, and not care what the hell they do with it.

However, while in college for my current career choice in a program that took well over a year with the same group of people continuing on together, I slowly gathered and built up a mixed group of ages & personalities that just clicked, and the personalities created an energy and sense of mutual respect and consideration for ideas and creativity that I'd never experienced in my life and we all thrived - our GPAs showed it. We also springboarded from each other in directions of personal growth and development as People, and that was amazing. I will also point out that what people call "flexibility" and "switching" from personality type to type is merely reflecting your current mood and where you are at in your life at the moment, but if you dig into your core, the INTJ is always there.

In an aside, I have discovered that many intelligent people who (as young children) experienced abuse, especially sexual or mental, the ones who managed to avoid the victim-role as adults and avoided becoming needy and clingy, will often wind up with an unshakble INTJ personality because they only had themselves to rely on for encouragement and support. INTJ motivation comes from within. There are also different types of INTJs, and those who can be polished at the role of seeming outgoing and social may be assumed to be extroverted, but need to recharge and be alone after such events, and to me, alone time is more precious than sex, cuddles, hanging out with friends, shopping, etc. Thus, other women seem to have little in common with me, in my personal view. I have to force myself to make an effort to be "emotionally connected" and sociable, because other people require it, not because I do. As a woman it also annoys me to be complimented on my looks, I am not that shallow. Like me for my mind and appreciate my intelligence..then we can talk. I cannot begin to enumerate the number of 'Hot" guys that I blow off because they have nothing attractive in the "head" that matters. 

See? They call it arrogance. I call it knowing myself and I am not willing to waste my precious time on dead ends. I'd choose the ugliest but attractively vibrant-minded man over the hottest hunk of stupidity. Gladly. Every time.

Rui Martins (not verified) says...

I just did a personality test this week and I am still learning so much about this, all my life I felt quite alone bit reading your comment made me realise that there are more people like-minded as me, thank you.

Annatar (not verified) says...

INTJ and a woman? You are a rare breed.

- a fellow INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

Reading your posts has been eye opening, comrades.  I'm an INTJ.  I, too, have a no-nonsense approach and value logical processes above relationships - so much so that as a 7-year old child, I was unphased by another student calling me stupid because I kept flunking my simple word spelling tests.  I replied matter-of-factly, "I'm different from you, but I'm not stupid."  I was later diagnosed with a hearing disability which surgery corrected.  My difficulties in school in those early years helped me become more empathetic and accepting of others, recognizing that they may also struggle from unseen difficulties.  Everyone has something to contribute somewhere. 

There are topics about which I know very little, and I will readily admit it.  But if I have a firm idea of how something should work, it's nearly impossible to dissuade me.  Some call this stubborn.  I disagree.  It's just that I can see how things should fit together and many other can't until they see it in the final stages.  

Like many of you, I've been called blunt.  But my longtime friends who have hung in there see me as a rock, capable and driven, not arrogant.  Where other people seem to struggle with confidence, I never do.  That doesn't mean I think I'm good at everything.  Some talents I lack, and when I recognize them in others, I applaud without feeling jealous or inferior.  

I struggle with two things.  First, I'm in the wrong job currently.  Second, all my life the thing I have valued most is to make a substantial difference in the world, without looking for recognition for it.  I'm dismayed that I may grow old and never figure out what that contribution is.  If, on the path of my life, I have also found strong personal relationships, to me that's just gravy.  The important thing is for me to accomplish something worthwhile like invent something.

Marelize (not verified) says...

I am INTJ, female. Studied computer programming, statistics and personnel management, but never spend a day in an office.

 

I am a happy, blessed stay at home wife and mom of four. I give maths extra classes and homeschooled our children.

DanaM (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ - arhitect A. I am a girl. Is this good or bad?

Sneha Patel (not verified) says...

It is not bad. Even I am an INTJ woman, and I'd say be proud to be among those 0.5% population of masterminds in the world.

Ruffrey (not verified) says...

Enfp here, and I probably like you. 

emilllliiii (not verified) says...

let's date then

Loki Infp says...

yeah ok

jelia (not verified) says...

so? this is not a dating site. 

Morgan Bustillos (not verified) says...

Nah, we're awesome. Create some of the best functional relationship dynamics. Lots of potential for everything.

Val~ (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ too, and, there's nothing bad about that. We are who we are, they often like to portray us a cold hearted, manipulative and emotionless but that's not true. We just tend to use our brain before our heart, but that doesn't make you heartless.
Be proud of yourself, you have nothing to feel bad about.

 

Chris L (not verified) says...

I am INTJ female, also. I've never taken this test before, but it makes sense. My degrees are in math and physics. I own an accounting and finance firm and a commercial plumbing company. My dream in life was to work for NOAA. Life re-routed me. I'm happy where I am. I don't have any close relationships aside my family and partner, and that's okay with me. My alone-time is where I flourish.

Paul O (not verified) says...

Well its not a bad thing lol, as long as you except within yourself that your gonna be quite different from most people in the way you think and this may affect your relationships, I too have an INTJ personality and have trouble making and keeping friends. I only have 2 close friends who have to put up with my freindless behaviour but they accept me for who I am.

Leon W. (not verified) says...

Confusing "facts about INTJ"

"Among types with highest income"

"Of all types, least likely to state that they value ... financial security ..."

These two "facts" seem to contradict each other. However, another "fact" states "personal values include achievement" and in that regard, if finances are considered "achievement" then, yes it's possible that income will be a potential goal.

TD (not verified) says...

Our highly analytical skills along with our abilities to predict and notice issues ahead of others affords us the professional opportunities that generally earn higher incomes. With that, earning money isn't our key driver and we're not chasing it. We can be satisfied in knowing we solved the problem. Getting paid for solving that problem is just the bonus/recognition.

Jack Colpepper (not verified) says...

The difference is between making good money vs caring about making good money.

Aiden (not verified) says...

Is it not possible to be finacially sucessful while also not caring about financial security? I'm not sure these are mutually exclusive and/or contradictory. 

Nick N. (not verified) says...

As a former Intelligence Analyst in the Army, I went from aprox $65k a year in the military to around $400k as a civilian at a branch of MIT. The money was viewed as respect, not security.  I left that $400+k a year job after 5 years to open my own busineness where I make around $40k annually. I'm much happier & comfortable in my current job as a business owner/entreneur. All I want to be is comfortable,  not financially secure, although that's important because I have three kids. I want to make them financially secure, not myself.

Kim Falana (not verified) says...

This comment is a good explanation of the difference 

Goognar Thugget (not verified) says...

Why do you care about this so much.

RealINTJ (not verified) says...

Because he is an INTJ with an analytical and logical mind

Wendy purple (not verified) says...

Leon... yes... financial security is important, however comes easily.   I do not worry how much to have but what investments are best to ensure future security.  We are a bit weird ... yes but it works.

zebrastripes (not verified) says...

You can have a high income, without chasing after it, simply by being very competent at what you do

Kay (not verified) says...

They don't. INTJs typically earn higher incomes because our interests align with well-paying jobs - not because we seek money. Anecdotedly, I went to law school because I like law; many people go because they want to earn a high salary. I don't care about how much money I make so long as it's enough to pay my bills and fund my hobbies (which include running marathons). INTJs typically enjoy careers that allow us to be analytical, which leads us to STEM, law, etc. As a result we make higher salaries, but we don't do it for the money, per se. We're just the nerds who actually liked school.

Sandra FitzGerald (not verified) says...

I completely agree with you Kay. I am obsessed with world history and the sciences. I love learning but could care less about making a huge salary. I also enjoy learning on my own. The last place in the world I want to be is in a school filled with people.

Michael Gibbons (not verified) says...

I'm apparently this personality type & I can firmly say I don't see financial security as a value at all. It's just a necessity while you work up to the true financial value of financial independence & freedom to do what you want. 

NK (not verified) says...

Not at all contradictory, often those who are less worried about financial security are also those who are able to take the risks required to earn a higher income. INTJ's aren't (typically) satisfied with just being in a "secure job" and as such will probably not mention financial security as a value. They will likely value far more the achievement of rising through their chosen career ladder.

If finances are indeed their achievement or goal, I'd imagine they'd be far more ambitious than just financial security.

Kkkkk (not verified) says...

I'm ENFJ before I entered college but I'm INTJ now. Many people think I'm still extroverted but people really drains the shit out of me. I know how to handle crowd well because of experience but I really prefer being alone. I can also empathize with other people but just a short period of time because I always realize that thinking about others is such a drag. though I often can't understand body language and social cues, I need it to be said directly at me cause I always fail to notice those things and often branded as insensitive. I'm very skeptic, critical and blind following annoys me so much. I can work well with groups but I prefer working alone. I'm also a Psychology major which said to be a career that doesnt fit an INTJ. I often think that maybe I am not an INTJ or Myers-Briggs isn't reliable so, I tried testing it realibity by taking this test every semester and yeah, I'm INTJ for like three semesters already but I'm still doubting if I'm actually INTJ. LOLOLOLOLOLOL 

ENFPBUTTERFLY (not verified) says...

Do INTJs say lololololol? hmm That doesn't sound accurate. haha

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