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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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Guest (not verified) says...

Hey, i'm french (sorry there may be some mistakes in the writing), and i would like to say that i'm quite amazed while seeing all of the posts. I turned as an INTJ on the test, and I would be lying by saying I wasn't happy feeling quite understood. But what i see here is not intelligence or happiness -and i'm pretty sure lot of others visitors on this site thought the same as I did- it's just frustration. All of those comments are a an unhealthy and desperate attempt of people to rassure themselves about all the things that doesn't work in their life, or worst, a pathetic way to be even more proud of themselves than they already are. You know what ? I hesitated a long time before posting this comment, because it honestly shows how desperate even I am, in a certain way. I mean, posting this comment shows kind of a recognition need from others... Yet I believe I have something quite relevant to say, so let me explain myself.

I mean, hey guys, take a breath; it's not because you've turned INTJ in a psychological test that you're the king of the world, so slow down. Do you really believe the complexity of the human nature could be only explained by a mere ranking of 16 personality ? How weird it would be to fit perfectly in the boxes ! Let me tell you, if you didn't recognize yourself at 100% in the description, this is normal, and fortunately more than expected. I'm pretty sure all the person who commented doesn't fit neither at 100%, but they just convinced themselves, because, we're not going to lie, it so much pleasant to be told that you're part of the most intelligent type of people ! Haha. You now what, this is how totalitarian regimes start. Because this reveals how unconfident you are. An INTJ community, and what's the next step ? Starting despising all of those who aren't ranked as INTJ people ? I guess the most ridiculous i saw was that INTJ woman who was writing about how incredibly clever are the INTJ and concluded her paper by "For the others, it is impossible to become INTJ, you're born as an INTJ or not". This shows how much further that INTJ stuff goes, because that person started to define herself not as a human being named X etc, but as an INTJ person, which, more than a new identity, was just surpassing and overshadowing all of the others aspects of what she intrinsically was. This is soooooo dangerous and funny ; as some person are considering themselves as the smartest human beings on earth, they just start acting as the dumbest people I ever encountered in my life. What if tomorrow, scientific researches succeed in demonstrating that all of that theories of 16 personalities is total bullshit ? Because, yes, before we get too much carried away, put our feet on the ground. This IS ONLY THEORY. This may be TOTALLY FALSE. Did you did the researches ? How can you be so strongly sure of it ? Very simple: You want to believe, so you do believe it. You're creating this reality because you do LIKE this reality. Being categorized as a complex and intuitive person, with a very clever mind which leads to a lot of misunderstanding from others -you know, those silly idiots you despise- is, I do admit it, kind of fulfilling. BUT ALSO SO DUMB AND DANGEROUS !!!!!!
So be very careful and never let anyone or anything tell you how to act and how your personality work. You're unique. Whether there are some similarities between some human beings, you're much more complex and elaborated than any theoretical INTJ personality. You're the only one able to understand yourself, all the answers you're looking for are just inside you, waiting to be discovered.

Kiss and Peace

Not an INTJ person, just a human being lol

INTJ all the way (not verified) says...

As an INTJ person i can easily underline this text. I'm working as a supervisor, but i know i'm this social avoiding introvert, which struggles with day-to-day bullshit small talk with co-workers. I know that's the way of being good social leader, but always preferred these straight talks where we set the lines for something and then i can go to my workers and tell them what to do and how. Always felt i can find best solution in sticky situations, where anybody else is scrathing their head. Hardest thing for me in my job is not the metallurgy which follows known pattern. Social behavior (in group) is, which is key in my job, i need to organise meetings, ect. But still i love my job and i know i'm good foreman, because i'm intrested in peoples behavior. I can be a little bit manipulative also. And reading people is also my strong point, maybe i just know how people are going to behave in any situations. Now reading this what i have wrote already makes me think that you readers are thinking i'm unsocial, but no actually i have many friends but with new people i keep this little distance. For my old friends i'm really loyal. What i think is diffrence between extrovert and introvert leader is, that extrovert takes it's place faster, but introvert is still in the same spot at the end. And one funny thing in me is that even i'm not studying anything i learn something. I can remeber if asked some weird stuff that even i didn't know i know.

Female INTJ (not verified) says...

I always felt like I was different. Not special, just different. My thought process is not like most women. Now I know why :) Sometimes being this way can be a hinderance though. I have to bite my tongue way too often...

williyamjam (not verified) says...

I was an INTJ in this system was a very eye-opening experience for me and it concisely explains a great deal about how I behave and view the world, as well as about others' perceptions and misperceptions about me. It was also extremely interesting for me to find that many of my closest friends were also INTJ’s and that we had somewhat naturally gravitated toward each other. I have since gone on to discover that I am not a pure INTJ, as my Thinking preference is balanced, in certain contexts, with a very strong complementary Feeling preference. However the basic traits of this type still aptly characterize a great deal of my personality.

williyamjam (not verified) says...

I think it is true that an INTJ wouldn't outlaw the possibility of a higher power, but as people who question established systems- like religion- and value independence I can't really see an INTJ following blindly either. I think an INTJ would have to come to their own understanding and rationale of the concept of a higher power, and perhaps that rejects traditional understanding. I personally don't believe in a higher power, but I like to think I'm relatively open minded to the fact that one could exist outside of my understanding.

phoebs (not verified) says...

I wish people would quit saying, "As an INTJ I..." It implies that you identify with a certain category, therefore you behave a certain way, as if you have no control over it. I doubt many people who actually are INTJ are hardcore. Fitting the stereotype, and only the stereotype, would result in someone behaving as a cold-hearted robot. It's entirely probable to have developed some of the opposite personality components to some extent. I am INTJ, but have a healthily developed P. I think a sliding scale (for example, comparing your level of S to N) would be a more appropriate visual. Whatever our innate self is at birth, we can't ignore that experience does shape who we are. We all know different people respond to the same event differently. The same group of veterans can experience the same firefight, lose the same members of their unit, and upon returning home, different sensory events will trigger the same memory and result in different emotions and reactions. Extroverts may become introverts, if they were not extreme extroverts before deployment. Positive experiences can shape us as well, and it's worh remembering that different functions manifest and recess as we mature. Also worth remembering that we answer questions on personality tests in light of how we see ourselves - or to get the result we want for those of us who can manipulatesuch tests - and may not necessarily be accurate.

Phoebe4 (not verified) says...

I think it's great that we've found something that helps us understand ourselves a little bit better, and lets us know we're not alone, but we shouldn't define ourselves according to the classic stereotypes or traits. If we all strictly behaved by the stereotype, we would be nothing more than analytical robots. It's entirely possible to be one type with behavior traits that defy the stereotype (such as being INTJ and Christian), or to have developed other traits (perception as a close second to judging). I have many beliefs, interests, hobbies, and talents that never show up on anything related to this personality, yet the essence of INTJ is me to the core. I see people type, "As an INTJ I ....", but I can't see ever making that kind of statement about myself, because then I would be stating that, "I behave this way because I am this personality." I am who I am, and that's fine.

MB INTJ (not verified) says...

I am intj but I believe in spiritual power.

EngelbertHump (not verified) says...

After reading plenty about INTJ and listening to quite a few youtube videos, I believe that there are some people who are very good at detecting INTJ personalities, and they are the extroverted and covert narcissists, because they will make the effort to break through the narcissist's personal boundaries, which are boundaries others respect, and they will also throw all kinds of nonsensical argues and logical fallacies at an INTJ, knowing that the INTJ is going to be standing there wondering, "WTF?! That makes no sense whatsoever!" While the narcissists grin at how clever they think they are being, and how they imagine they have got the INTJ totally stumped. Consider that narcs are very envious people, they tend towards resentment and malicious sentiment, so that if they get a sense of the INTJ being of greater intelligence than themselves, they are going to feel slighted and offended by the INTJ's mere presence and existence, and so they will attempt to exploit any interaction they have with an INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

This makes me feel emotionless...It's kind of like describing some one that's like me, but it leaves out parts of me that I really care about.

Davsat (not verified) says...

Great discourses in here - and I can't be too surprised. It's what have been wired in us, introverts,debaters etc. It is what brings us here. That mind that thinks, and does it deeply, and freely, and independently. But the full conclusion of the matter is neither here nor there - in one, or a combination of personality types. We must keep an open mind as we trudge along. And let this be settled, that there is God

Diana Mann (not verified) says...

I'm really not sure what all the fuss is about. Why do I have to even think about an afterlife? What will happen or not happen when we die will either happen or not happen. Death will result in oblivion and you will be gone, or there will be 'something,' and it won't be what you thought it would be anyway. Focus on the here and now and live as ethically as you can. Just my two cents!

Aditi (not verified) says...

Ha! I am suddenly realising what I am!!!!

Laura Davis (not verified) says...

It's been entertaining reading an INTJ discussion thread, where the characteristics are writ large. I have a moderate preference for I, really strong for N, and am borderline for T and J. My life has followed closely the INTJ story, at 61 happiest single in an intellectually challenging job in a university setting and read books on cosmology for fun!

Guest (not verified) says...

A person's statement is and always will be grounded on belief. It will be nice if your belief is grounded on logic.

Genderfluid INTJ (not verified) says...

We're basically all Sherlock Holmes

Guest (not verified) says...

Nope ! It is Moriarty. Sherlock is not INTJ. He did not have a strategic plan, but moriarty does.

Zoey (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ and completely shocked by how accurate this is. I am spiritual, though, Roman Catholic.
I always doubt others' compliments or gestures of affection as ingenuine. Is this related to INTJ characteristic at all or I'm just cynical ?

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a 12 yr old girl, and a proud INTJ. When my teacher was reading us a poem about the "strength of inner quiet" earlier today I just thought, "It's kinda sad, but I don't have that strength. I think so much, it's never quiet."

BF (not verified) says...

I think we INTJ's know intuitively there is a higher power, God or whoever, but we just see through the systems that perport to represent him. We can see where those systems need fixing (Don't - I repeat, DON'T - attempt it!!), and how they perpetuate themselves and their silly ways. But the Almighty remains in spite of the systems. And we are privately and genuinely thankful for that.

an INTJ (not verified) says...

Oh this is our brotherhood
at last a bunch of people who share my same thoughts

INTJ Guest (not verified) says...

Hello everyone. I skimmed through this comment section and realized that my opinions are different from everybody else's. So, if you don't mind, I will like to share them with you all.
I will in particular highlight my opinions on religion. I consider myself atheist. Why is that? I believe in the scientific theory, where chaos is what created the universe as we know it. Don't get me wrong, I understand people who think otherwise. It is very easy to believe in the creator theory. The similarity of the creator theory to real world social hierarchies makes it easy to understand, and the completeness of it makes people trust much more than the scientific theory. However, simplicity does not always mean correctness. Over the centuries the believes of the church were busted one by one, while the scientific theory continues to get more and more support. Many logical and practical experiments show that the universe is created by chaos.
What I will say is this: as easy it is to believe in it, religion on is illogical.

Abelhawk (not verified) says...

This perfectly describes me, which is rather comforting! I am very religious, however, though I do get caught up on the perfectionism of being religious (i.e. letter of the law) rather than the spirit of the law sometimes. I'm happily married, but I do need a lot of alone time when I can get it, and one of my primary focuses from day to day is on projects, learning, and intellectual stimulation. I love board games, and for me, the more complicated they are, the better.

Random INTJ (not verified) says...

So, we have all plans for world domination but when do we get them out to check logic, probability and declare the winner?

Guest (not verified) says...

This chat proves that not all INTJs are smart, religion is not logical and if you think so then your logical analysis isn't entirely logical

Beks (not verified) says...

What I find hilarious is that I've tried a lot of the jobs in the 'not ideal section' definitely given me some food for thought.....maybe try and up my game a bit
INTJ's can do so much better

AC (not verified) says...

This is spot on. I took this test when I was 18 and a sophomore in college. My prof was ecstatic d/t his "rare find." I took the test home. Turns out that my mother and brother are also INTJ. Nature or nurture, I wonder? I wonder about everything. People have told me that I am exhausting. "Why do you have to think about everything? "

Because I am me. I am relentless. I hunger for truth. I will endeavor and pursue and hope and push. I will question.

I don't perceive the world as others do. That's ok. This test has given me insight and freedom.

I don't relate.... most of the time. It's ok.

Guest (not verified) says...

Many of the traits for INTJ can also be found in those with IQs high enough to be considered gifted. (Though IQ is not the sole indicator of giftedness since learning disabilities and other factors can throw off test scores.) IQ is largely inherited.

Guest (not verified) says...

Basically it has just described every job there ever was, narrow the list down a bit please and be more confident in making definite statements that are borderline true.

Maxine (not verified) says...

I've been trying to learn more about myself lately as I've recently been finding life more difficult. I've learnt that I am likely to be an INTJ personality type. From what i've read, I can kind of see why people might find me rude/awkward. I don't mean to be.. either way, an interesting read. =]

anon mastermind (not verified) says...

This is awesomely true. 100% accurate.actually i used to think i was weird and antisocial and felt like a reject. This has tremendously boosted my confidence.thanks

Curious Mature Female INTJ (not verified) says...

I want to read every post by an INTJ to scour for verification that, whilst scattered and hidden within the general population, there is a solid group of people out there that think much the way I do. I think INTJ's can move easily among other types although we are always removed from intimacy with them and whilst never considering giving up one's perspective or 'fitting in', one does becomes weary of being amongst people to whom one does not relate well. When I found type I embraced it with a passion. It helped to frame the world and to explain my differences to so much of that world. I love the fact that there is a 'science' that explains who I am as a type and have come to think that I should attach pages such as these to job applications so potential employers can have clear insight into who they might be taking on, why a job may not be a match but more importantly why I would be perfect for certain positions in ways that a resume cannot adequately portray. I am deeply curious about relationships other INTJs have and the anecdotal stories on how they met a partner, whether the relationship survived and how, with an INTJ pairing, they ever got past their reserved and measured ways of relating to actually get together!. Interestingly I have a very clearly formulated theory on a higher power (yes I suppose the reference to theory is very INTJ) and believe in reincarnation and that we come into this world with our type brain wiring so as to be inclined towards experiencing those life challenges that force us to meet and deal with our 'issues'. For me absolutely everything has a purpose and can be explained……it may just be that we have yet to arrive at a proper understanding. In parting I should say that the one thing I think type does give me is a sense of control over those around me…..if I understand their type, I can understand how they will behave…… and yes I might just use that to achieve my objectives……..noble and unimpeachable of course as they always are!!!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

The most frustrating thing about being an INTJ is dealing with other people - most of whom are idiots. I like to lean toward the premise that we are more highly evolved humans who don't baste ourselves in useless emotions. One of the most puzzling, frustrating and unsolvable puzzles is why there are so many emotional idiots among the human species. How is that useful? What is their purpose - other than to be "enslaved" by the likes of us.

ADN2691! (not verified) says...

I am definitely spiritual vs. Religious. I have struggled and studied with belief most of my life, being raised strict Southern Bsptist. It absolutely makes sense to me that there is a God and possibly something that we are all apart of. Each religions interpretation of the Bible has gotten so out of hand that you cannot identify with any. However I respect anyone's beliefs or non-beliefs and the comment "an agnostic is an atheist without balls" is absolutely an insult. Yes, us INTJ's are opinionated, but, we don't always harm people deliberately. My guess is, that statement was not meant to harm deliberately either LOL.

Guest (not verified) says...

Third time testing mine, all say INTJ

Pedrotomcat (not verified) says...

Can this type of personality changes?
Sometimes i feel I become an extrovert when i'm in the class, and feel back to being an introvert when the class has finished

BrianC (not verified) says...

Absolutely fit the profile, however when it comes to career choices, I'm nowhere near it. Hate mathematics, don't have the extroverted personality to be in law, and can't handle my own finances much less someone else's. I'm currently in school to get my degree in school counseling, where my heart really is.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am very interested to know more about myself good thing that we got definition for who we are as an intellectual. I got interested in many subjects: nlp; memory techniques; philosophy; quantum physics; meta physics; paranormal psychology; theology; psycho analysis; neuroscience; rhetoric; history; natural science; writing; speaking seven languages; cases of past lives ect. If anyone is interested please let us exchange thoughts on these subjects. thanks.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ also. Interested in philosophy; mechanics;neuroscience; psychology; theology; psycho analysis; game theory ;writting...

Guest (not verified) says...

look up socionics if your an intj

Guest (not verified) says...

Ok. I can see I am an INTJ but with heart failures ;/

Guest (not verified) says...

I bet more than half of you aren't actually INTJ matches...just like it because it is one of the most rare. Such an analytical personality type most certainly is hard to deal with; not as positive as some of you are so assertive about. I find it amusing how many of you are exerting non-matching qualities. Such analytics, organization, and attention to detail would not allow for so many grammatical and spelling errors. Quit lying to yourselves...

Simulacrum (not verified) says...

For myself, I had a near 50/50 split between INTP(51%) and INTJ(49%). As such, I don't know whether I qualify as one or not, though this seems random, what's your thoughts?

Matthias warnock (not verified) says...

Wonder where they get all this stuff? its so true!

E (not verified) says...

Hmmmm just 2% of the population huh? OK Ladies: If you are single and attractive and If you want a smart man, who knows what love is, hit me up. I am a rarity apparently. I always knew it, just never shouting it out since I didn't want to come off arrogant. But hey, according to this I should have been! LOL

Number (not verified) says...

Extremely private, where it is almost like I live two seperate lives. There is church because I do believe in God- to me it is completely logical and there is no other way around it. I can't quite give in to altering my lifestyle for my belief because I can't handle giving up my control. Depeche mode states it perfectly, "I give in to sin because you have to make this life livable". Just a song but very true.
I used to get in to debating theology with others but the isolation this brings isn't received as a respected privacy. I'm allowed to my ideas, as are you. I won't push mine off on you. However I'm right. I won't say anything at all. The response I receive is more that I am hated and I have come to realize no one's ideas are accepted if they are different in any group. This is ok.

I feel like the Facebook troll- read, nod, scroll, read- form a response in my head, scroll. Commenting anywhere is not normal. I'm ok with this. People studying is something I really like. Anyone's interest here I'm assuming is to better see what is similar between the intj personality. Maybe some of what I'm adding strikes a chord with whomever is giving this time.

Continuing.. Second life is the club where I go to people watch (and feel home cocooned in music too loud for anyone to demand any sort of justification of anything) watching transvestites and other misjudged people live freely and not give a damn to justify themselves either in how they live their own lives.

Dating as in intj female is hard. I do have feelings. I'm guarded over them because they feed the feeling types - too encouraging to settle with me. Gets me in situations that I hate to be in. In the moment I share these I'm suddenly someone to watch over or "baby". Not that I can't appreciate someone ordering a drink for me or wanting time with me. But there never seems to be an in between. I don't belong to anyone because I can not let someone step in and control me. There always seems to be some hidden way to do that. Share an account then they want to know why you were eating at a sushi place at four in the morning. Why? Why not? Why is it your business? So having someone I am just physical with suits me although I've read intj hate casual. How can it be?
I don't need to explain what I do and hate feeling like I owe any sort of formal introduction to what I'm about to do when I decide I'm going to do something. Sorry I worked all day and I am very tired I need to go to bed. No - it is goodnight.

My quietness conveys to some that I am shy. If I am with someone that is assuming I am theirs then suddenly speaking to someone else must mean I am inebriated and should be cut off and my keys taken away.
This is harder still, being soft spoken and petite.

It's why I count two friends and one hears the surface story of one life and the other hears the other.
I'm perfectly capable of managing both and do it alone. It isn't because I feel like I owe them the respect of not doing things they would tell me not to do so much as it is that I hate having to explain. They might want to tag along and suddenly I have no control over my own experiences.
I fought this for years trying to figure out a way towards connecting with others figuring that I must somehow be damaged. Maybe even I should see a psychologist. But anything else seems out of the ordinary for me or exaggerated and fake.
Then I hate the second guessing of my actions and laying in bed combing over every tiny thing spoken to see where I might have mixed signals to someone. Seems that saying I'm misunderstood and always need to explain myself is a theme for the intj. But just accepting that I don't have to be appreciated, I don't have to be supported, I don't have to be understood; secrets are something that I can keep the world from attacking makes me feel liberated.
Maybe none of this makes sense to anyone else because even being in a category together we're all led differently and were let down in different ways.
I don't feel isolated in these shoes as I did growing up. I wouldn't trade them. I do feel that I cheat others in ever fully knowing me. But can't comfortably change that.

Medicine Woman (not verified) says...

I'm a highly spiritual female INTJ. Restrictions and limitations just don't work for me. Freedom to explore all areas of my mind and my physical world is very important to me. I have a hard time listening to people with limitations on their own mind talk. I loved reading this description as it helps me to better understand myself and further improve myself.

As an herbalist and entrepreneur I spend a lot of time researching then bringing my ideas to life. I once had a boring and meaningless job. I decided to teach myself German as a second language to keep my brain from melting :-).

I think religion is a cage for the mind and spirit. I disliked it from a very young age. High rates of consumption, lack of social responsibility and sustainability really ruffles my feathers. I once came home from a trip to Germany to find a fridge full of warm vegetables. Call a repair man? No. Get a new fridge? No. Borrow my neighbors tools and fix it myself? Yes! Now I know all about how to maintain appliances and troubleshoot issues.

INTJ's are an interesting bunch. I'm the type to see things, quickly understand concepts and mechanisms that make things work, then apply them to anything else where the concept can improve the efficiency. It's so innate I don't even realize it's happening. I like to make life easier and less non-sensical. I equate inefficiency with insanity. Money doesn't drive me, purpose does. I create my own world.

ameliaruby says...

What do you think of an INTJ getting a job as a chef? I know it's not science or law, but it's something that might express the INTJ's creative side.

whitegirlinasia (not verified) says...

This site told me that my thinking perceiving scores were tied so they couldn't judge if I was an INTP or and INTJ. I took a peek at the comments section of the INTP people and they were debating someone's statement that "This profile is 100% accurate at describing them" because he/she was a sample size of one. And I instantly knew I wasn't an INTP. To nitpick someone expressing a personal experience simply to invalidate them as an INTP, because they displayed un-INTP behavior, is the most banal drivel I have seen in a while.

I was reading on another site that INTJ women often run into trouble because they don't care about gender roles (which goes along with the whole not caring about hierarchy thing) and I flashed back to the time I told my mother I really don't think of myself as female. The look of horror on her face was priceless. She loves all the typical womanly stuff. Decorating the house, jewelry, baking, cooking, looking feminine.

Luke in Healdsburg (not verified) says...

I'm not so sure INTJs are as confident as we may seem. INTJs tend to accept new ideas and views based exclusively on reason, fact and demonstration. The "everybody says" arguments rarely hold water with us. This gives the appearance of supreme confidence, but in fact, an INTJ will seamlessly change long held beliefs with little fuss when contradictory ideas are presented in a reasoned way.

Is confidence in our ideas (and the methods we use to come to conclusions) the same as self confidence? I'm not so sure. If it was, INTJs would rule the world.

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