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What is an INTJ?

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

What are INTJs like?

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

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

What are the core values of the INTJ?

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

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

How can I recognize an INTJ?

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

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

Who are some famous INTJs?

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

How common is the INTJ personality type?

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

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

What do INTJs like to do?

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

What the experts say

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

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

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

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

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

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about INTJs

Interesting facts about the INTJ:

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

Source: MBTI Manual

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Guest (not verified) says...

Tim, it's all in your head I smoked for over 20 years. And, one day I told myself I didn't smoke, and if I do smoke I would be that 50 year old man working around with the oxygen tank. The one tool you have, the thing that will empower you is your imagination. You have the will to stop if you use the right tools. Ask yourself when do you eat? why do you eat? where do you eat? And, remove those things from your life. If you continue to eat what will you look like to the outside world! Do not become convinced that by losing this weight it's going to solve all your problems, because it's not going too. Yet, it's one problem at a time, one day at a time. Stay focused,set reasonable goals, and whatever you do don't give up. Since, I quit smoking I gained 50 lbs, and like you I need to lose 50 lbs. So, I have a plan, (My Plan My Way)and I'll lose all of it by Christmas. What ya say 50 lbs by Christmas?

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes. I know this story. Here are a few of the directions I tried that correlate with the other wit driven replies. Find counsel, talk private live public. Avoid bigPharma meds, but consider recent research on refined nicotine [NA+] such as found in smoking cessation gums, lozenges and huffers. There is a lot of control over appetite (self-medication drives) and mental processing that can be had quite cheaply, and relatively safely here. Accept fluctuations and confide in professionals and skilled inspirational, while at the same time avoiding the industrial pep-talk circuit. Test your talents and aim at them. Relent to and unload activities unrelated to your personal aptitudes. If you are given to tipples, downgrade your choices to non-carbohydrate traditional forms like wine and non-sugar liquor in modest pleasure reward cycles. Consider a fat based diet, such as in LCHF and the recent research there (see Gary Taubes). Don't sweat the living with parents social stigma by reading up on Generation Theory by Strauss & Howe. Social and Cultural conditions really are awful, and your personal role in the effects of these phenomena is very small relative to the violent polity that drives them. Consider your political tendencies by taking a few of the political tendencies tests floating around on-line. Advocate on your own terms in opposition to the shittiness of the world. Develop a privacy centred imaginary for your emotional Fi life, for instance; an environmentally protected lake, an RSO 3 class 1 cleanroom, or a pristine natural park with limited licensed visitors. Avoid giving away emotional leverage to meddlers, nuisance people and the cruel. Discern the associations between your Intuition and your Feelings. Consider Bergsonian (Henri Bergson) intuition as a philosophical ground for activating and mobilizing your reception. House plants and low emotion pets, such as in terrariums and aquariums can be subtly reassuring. Use your screen saver to set unconscious conceptual and self-goal type reminders. Have a look at Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Go to a few art galleries and museums as needed. Bother people who seem intelligent with your own thoughts until they either run from or reply to your interests. Get your genome tested, learn more about your traits, so as to understand yourself as a biological identity with bio-power. Throw up a private blog and invite people you admire. Expect less from people than yourself, but be prepared to blow off either in tight corners where things don't work out with exact precision. Review your old toys, games and objects you used to like, and keep them around for reflection. Be patient, be dangerous, and try to solve one or more of the problems that you judge are making the world harmful and its citizens wrong-headed.

Bon Chance!

Guest (not verified) says...


I am the same. A little younger, but cult, education, depression are all the same.

I disagree with some of the replies given to you. In my experience many of them are just busy-work that gives you comfort that you are doing something. Here is the truth: eat less, move more, be happy, move on. Eat one bite less. Move for 5 minutes. Have a goal to make yourself happy once per day. Taking the smallest steps possible will get more results than reading gurus and having a more enlightened view of your problems. ITNJ's try and think ourselves out of the problem. Now though, you have to *do* something. Which is not the area we are most comfortable in.

When I left the JW cult, I had to leave my family, community, and every single friend I had. But, I can have a life now, the people still in the religion are in stasis. They will die never growing beyond their world. You are able to start over, have a career, kids, anything you want. You just have to take it. Shake it off and live beyond what they could ever imagine.

Guest (not verified) says...

Baloney. Just because someone chooses to have faith in a Higher Being does not necessarily mean that he or she is "in stasis" and "will never [grow] beyond their world." I know plenty of religious people (myself included) who are intellectually curious. We just choose also to believe in a God.

I'll admit some worship a version of God which permits no thought, no questions, no vision beyond a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis, which thinking religious folk are able to recognize as being full of myths from a dingle culture. However, if someone can get past that, they certainly are not in stasis, even though some people in branches which accept such truths still choose to think the who world was populated 6000 years ago by a single man and a single woman. That speaks more for them than about their religion.

Your rude attack on this which you yourself choose not to believe in may be one big reason you lost all your friends, even those who do have intellectual curiosity.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thanks for sharing this about yourself, Tim. I think summaries of INTJs tend to gloss over just how difficult it is to not instinctively understand your own emotions. We might be intensely pragmatic, but we are still human. Not being able to identify your own feelings and needs is a HUGE hardship, especially if you're predisposed to brain chemistry issues or experience PTSD/trauma. I often feel like I can understand everything but myself. If I'm unsatisfied, unhappy, or frustrated with something in my life, it can take years for me to realize where that negativity is coming from. To make matters worse, I feel ashamed of myself if I can't logically justify my feelings. Consequently, if I experience an irrational emotion like jealousy, I keep it locked away inside and berate myself for ever having felt it -- which obviously just makes matters worse. It's also really hard for me to extricate myself from toxic and manipulative people, if they're savvy enough to appeal to my sense of logic. No matter how badly I feel, I will stay and suffer if it objectively looks like a "fair" situation.

The only advice I can offer is to try familiarizing yourself with your own feelings. It can be hard, but you're capable of using your rational deduction skills to figure out what's missing from your life and how to go about attaining it. I find that keeping a journal helps with this, since it's a way to express what's on my mind without the additional stress of making sure it's understandable to someone else. It's also helpful to look back over a week or month or year of your own mental/emotional ups and downs and analyze it like any other data -- finding what activities and people made you happy, which ones triggered depressive cycles, and what mistakes get repeated. You'd probably also benefit from exploring different forms of spirituality and seeing if you can find one that makes sense to you. Losing your religion as well as a close friend is an enormous trauma, and it sounds like it's robbed you of your hope. It could make a world of difference for you to find something bigger than yourself to believe in, on your own terms and in your own way. I wish you the best of luck!

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you, whoever made that comment! Really rings true - I hadn't appreciated how difficult it is, as an INTJ, to admit to, feel OK with, let alone understand ones own emotions, particularly the really negative and painful ones. Good tips offered. I think these will help me, and hope they might help Tim too.... All the best to you, Guest and Tim, whoever you are!!

jimthearchitect says...

Tim, I am with you!

I am older than you, and living back at home. I went 3 years to college and quit, went through the meaningless job thing and now can't get a job. So I am looking at going back to school - and here is something practical for you. They have this 'loan rehabilitation' program. I did it and it works. They ask you to make really small payments for 6 months. Mine were $12 a month. After that you are put on the track to going back to school - meaning that if you apply for a loan for school, they will take care of it and approve it. After another 6 months you are officially rehabilitated, your penalties and fees are waived, and re-set back to the principle.

Here is another good part: If you cannot afford the payments, you can get a 6 month deferral. In that time, if you get a job you can start paying back the loan, or if you are enrolled full-time in school you can get another deferral.

Start there and let me hear back from you. We're all in this together.


Deep Thinker (not verified) says...

Tim, I have no idea how long ago your comment was XD, but I strongly challenge you to look up the Paleo or Primal Lifestyle. It's so much more than diet, and it helped me when I was in depression a few years ago.

Ally9889 (not verified) says...

Eating a healthier paleo foods aslo helped my mom with depression. It also healed me of a very severe case of Crohn's Disease :), if all people ate like this, which obviously wouldn't happen,..but if they did.. most diseases wouldn't be as common, and people would rarely get sick.

Guest (not verified) says...

I know INTJ's don't typically believe in God, but I do. I am a strong Christian (Baptist, to be specific). I went through something similar, not quite the same, but I want you to know that you are not alone. I know you might not appreciate me telling you this, but I think you should turn back to him. Seek a counselor (they can actually help, sometimes) or someone you feel understands you. Please don't hate me if I am totally wrong.

Guest (not verified) says...

Don't worry, I've had the same problems. By times I've given up of explaining this sort of things to others. People judged by stereotypes clarifying us in their own way when we go far beyond that and too unwilling to explain to them. We reached to have a full life and rejected doing the same thing and living the same life in the same place everyday. I personally hate being told to change and sometimes there's so much thing going on inside my head I thought it might explode. I suppose in a way you need someone to let it all out, being a psychologist or a good friend. Getting advices suck and I'm not trying to advice you but just stretching out the possibilities. It helps. Sometimes you just want to be listened as who you are

INTJ Guest (not verified) says...

I am much younger than you. I also went through some trouble, I did get some weight, told myself it was the exams.. Eventually I decided that that was it, I changed my diet to mostly vegetables and a few carbs, stopped all sweets started using the small plates in the kitchen, refused more then 3 meals a day and started daily running. I was loosing half a kilo a day, my parents were concerned. I kept it up for a little more than two weeks. After I stabilised I ate some ice cream and since then I have never gone above my limit (by still using small plates, 3 meals and gym). Besides some weight, I also had to deal with some emotional issues. The last two yers of school were almost a disaster, my friends had al left to different schooling systems, my grades were not good enough to do what I wanted and my father (ESFP) pretty much caused me depression by constantly telling me that it will all be ok and then screaming every night to my mother that I am useless and have no future. I did think of suicide for a little time but then thought that it would not change anything. I then realised that the only thing that could save me was my logic. I dismissed everyone as idiots and assumed that only what I said mattered. I put down my target and found the solution. I still could not get what I wanted with my grades but I bended the rules, added a year in my studies and entered anyway. Once I left the country to study and live on my own everything changed, a couple of new friends, freedom and a lot of potential. I now have finished my barchelors, currently working on my Masters and preparing my applications for my PHD.

BTW, money isn't flowing here either. My Student loan still keeps everything floating but it is tied with an EU grant which states I will only pay back if I find a job with a minimum pay.

Also check for "Open University". It is a UK online university that operates globally, it is quite good (not top of the top but still good) and will only cost around £3000 (give or take). You will have to buy your own books and study in your own time but you can do it and you can work too (and study part time).

You have lost a lot of time but there is more time waiting for you. Just loose weight and start a course to get your self confidence back, try and find a job and use the money to find a place of your own and start a hobby that inspires you, and who knows, maybe you will meet someone along the way as well.

Time is the most important thing of all (that and your health). I am young, I stumbled a little but I am now glad I know that in my really early 20s. Never give up, it is just not logical, just do it.

Also my grandfather (INTJ as well) was a rich engineer. He used his entire fortune to build his own ceramic factory but later lost it to a "friend"/partner in a legal dispute. He had nothing, he was alone and not the youngest either but he rebuilt his fortune (some at least), got married and lived long enough to se his grandchildren. If that doesn't prove anything can change both ways, I don't know what does.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ and have a PhD (in cognitive science) and an axiety/depressive disorder. First regarding suicide and depression the research is clear: you need to take both anti-depressents and regularly see a counsellor/psychologist/psychiatrist. The overeating is a symptom of your depression and wont be under any longterm control until your depression is. Also note that exercise can also help with depression (and weight). I know, I've been there myself.

As for education, it is important to realise that you have faults and that your way of thinking is not the only valid approach. As an academic I can assure you that the college students who are most unteachable are (probably) INTJs who think that they know everything and that they do not have to listen to anyone else. I know this because I can have the same tendency. The fact that other people think differently does not mean that their ideas are false. Don't confuse the process (thinking style) with the content (being true or false).

As for emotions, I was lucky enough to grow up with an emotionally brilliant sister who demanded that I understand feelings (to the extent that I can). I have found a lot of the advice on to be particularly useful. We have emotions, trying to ignore them only makes them stronger and more uncontrolable, and our emotions or gut hunches can in fact be a good guide to ideas that in general are true.

SA (not verified) says...

Hey, I was top in class for sometime. I represented my country for an olympiad. Then I became the only person from my batch who did not clear college. This was not because I did not know much.then I started business. And it is good. I can't reveal more. Now, we have a choice to either sit around and hope the system takes us in or do what we do best. Engage the system and make a better one. In whatever way we can. Maybe it is a small system that you can change. But be your own boss. You are the mastermind, the creator of systems. Find something you are good at and pursue it and become the best in it. And one thing I think you need to understand is that, in this path you will have to go against what everyone around you says. Even your parents. You will have to fight them and fight till you succeed. And when you do, present the success in a manner that the rest of the world understands (all the pointless PR and publicity). Everyone who stood against you will appreciate you then. You are superman. Now realize that.

GirlWhoKnits (not verified) says...

Putter around. See what you're good at. Do you find ways to do something better, faster or differently? When you do things for others, what are the things you do that people react the most positively to?

Everyone has innate abilities, much of it they aren't personally aware of, because it's second nature. It can take other people pointing out your strengths for you to embrace and exploit them for gain and a career path.

I hated school too, I went in as an art major (btw, that is another pitfall of INTJs good at at many things, even things you don't particularly like), I was so miserable that I got sick. I ditched school. Eventually I met bosses who steered me one by one into the right path because they noticed and helped me exploit my inherent skills. I work in technology now and outearn many other people because I always want to learn (early adapter), and I implement changes that improve efficiency on my own. I do however have a problem thinking a lot of people are idiots and how on earth they managed to get out of bed that day. You learn to re-engineer that into a healthy sense of humor, to avoid going crazy dealing with the unchangeable. :)

Learn to cook complex foods. You spend so much time cooking that by the time you get to eating, you're exhausted. I also find making complex dishes exercises my organizational and efficiency creation skills. When I learned to make pasta by hand, I got some serious arm muscle toning!

Learn to use the good and bad traits associated with this group to your benefit.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's nice to know that I'm not the only one with this problem. :))

Guest (not verified) says...

Sadly I am finding I fall even further into the rare dysfunctional category of a borderline psychopathic asexual/demisexual intj female.

There is only one universe I would be happy in and that's the one where I could literally be a comic book super villian. ;__;

Guest (not verified) says...

Hahaha Yes, I am also a female INTJ and as I was reading about INTJ I couldn't help but think that it was describing a huge asshole and at the same time think "but it perfectly describes me". C'est la Vie.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have the same problem I don't explain my self enough for people to follow me I'm glad when there is someone else understand what I said. Its not me. I don't give out detail only on a need to know base.

Guest (not verified) says...

Lol on the need to know basis. I have a recently acquired friend and he calls getting to know me "peeling the onion". He says that in order to learn about me, he has to know the correct questions to ask, and only by knowing me better does he know the questions that give him the answers he seeks. He calls it the onion process because it is difficult for both of us, as is peeling an onion without shedding tears. He describes it as "not being forthcoming"! I have never lied and always answer the question, but only the question that is asked and not one iota more.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree as an intj i do not have the people skills needed for human interaction. That being laid out i know what i am. I have no freinds and am very happy about it. I dont care about emotional b.s most people come up with in their heads. Knowing this i went to college as a math major. The high intellect we posses makes us almost unmeasurable in a conventional sense. Has anyone else been ask a question and given such a passionately detailed answer the people around say you make their stomatches hurt and they ask you to stop talking? Happened to me alot i stopped talking to others about anything but the weather. You know we dont talk or care about other people or their things only ideas will get validated. Go into yourself and you will be happy. I have one peice of advice. Do Not Work With People. If i tell a computer or a peice of machinery what to do; it does not ask why. I like the personality of the equations on my chalkboard.

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh my gosh, Sheldon in the flesh!

Guest (not verified) says...

I would be extravagantly wealthy if I had an minimal amount for every time I have been told to stop talking. Even teachers tell me not to "get off topic" , which just means "I don't want to discuss further because most of the class doesn't understand what your saying."
Also has anybody else have or had a problem with continous procrastination?

Guest (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ and I self-identify as a medieval monk, so everybody has to leave me alone. I read Evelyn Underhill and books written by medieval monks. It's a great life. The best.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have never agreed more...

Guest (not verified) says...

Someone understands my struggle

Guest (not verified) says...

I had the problem as well. Drove me nuts for years, my parents even sent me to a therapist in high school. That's when she told me I just had a rare personality, and I decided to take several different tests like this just to make sure.

Guest (not verified) says...

I know it's great, in the past I have dealt with people insulting me saying how emotionally detached I am, when it's truly not the case I simply express feeling when I see that their is a need for it. I have always thought I was different and no one in my immediate peer group truly understands. Now that I have been open to the Myers Briggs personality types it has helped me deal with that isolation, and I'm happy to hear how many more people there are similar to me. It has also given me more insight behind the things I do, knowing the how and why I may do something has given me a chance to take a step back and reconsider.

lisavishoot says...

I'm over 40 and still having trouble conveying my ideas to others, even when to me it's as clear as glass. I'd even get frustrated and start to stutter. I passed up promotions because they involved a lot of speaking, explaining, etc. And to make matters worse, I'm a lefty and I'm mainly using my right (non-verbal) brain. I'm an artist, and at first didn't know how that fit into being an INTJ, but now I see that somehow in my mind art and science are one. I'm female too, and it sounds like female INTJ's are even rarer than males. Well, from the list of famous INTJ's and everyone's comments here, I am in great company.

Guest (not verified) says...

I enjoyed reading your information. As I am also a female INTJ and the area you wrote about your communication skills with others..that is so me. I am 52 and only found out about this personality type through myers briggs a couple of years son was in the military and told me about it. I was considered weird my mother once said..why can't you be like everyone else..I told her I am not every one else, I am my own person. The thinking judging portion was so high for me..I was always analyzing thoughts in my head and everything going on around me. It was of help for me at this age as my sisters & parents never got anywhere, lived off the system. I, thinking through everything, have been married 26 years & own 5 homes. If anything, intj personality types , we can muddle through a lot. It can be extremely lonely especially when intjs are younger, teen years, depression can set in because we just don't fit anywhere. Sorry I am rambling on...I have read a lot of what people have written...probably 90% hits home with me. Now my husband and I are looking towards retirement.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an INTJ whose introversion is mild to moderate, while the other preferences are all hard over, I can say that discovering personality type theory enabled me to be much more accepting of myself and others. I have found that preferable to looking at large sections of humanity as either fools or criminals.

Guest (not verified) says...

I've struggled with the same things, that feeling of being completely misunderstood when the answer is so clear in my own mind - and why do others not see it too! And yes, it's sometimes hard to explain to others because I just "see" the logical outcome but have a hard time walking others through it. Now I can at least better understand the disconnect and not get so frustrated. Nice to know I'm not the only one....

Guest (not verified) says...

I have this problem at times, but then I figure out the person's intellectual and cultural grounds and explain my insane theory with examples that suits their intellect or culture. Maybe they still don't understand but then at least I keep them interested. And then I just skip the painful process of explaining the hard part, which also I do.

Guest 2.0 (not verified) says...

This is really cool how spot on this is.

Guest (not verified) says...

Loved this! Very detailed and applicable. I especially enjoyed the parenting section! (^_^)

nora.freiwald says...

Great information.
It fits me perfectly and helped me better understand some aspects of my personality that on ocassion I made me feel out of place.
Thank you!

Angelica (not verified) says...

The relationship section was something I had the most trouble with but it explained a lot about myself, I thought maybe I was too cold.

Joanne (not verified) says...

INTJ needs to balance the outer and inner world. It is good to abstract knowledge of various kinds, even to something one does not like. Participating in it with a full insightful comprehension and presenting / communicating it in a much simplified manner, add some flavor of empathetic feelings and emotions. Many INTJ face problem with feelings, they even abuse their own feelings. Learn to talk into people's heart by taking others as a 'challenging subject' in order to make them understand what an INTJ is talking about, the relationship can gradually built up. It is a good start to get into the outer world. Relationship is no doubt an important surviving ingredients in the society. Though INTJ does not feel lonely being alone, they must not forget all subjects that are processed in their minds are largely came from people- relationship. Balance the emotional world well, it's an interesting place.

Denise (not verified) says...

A couple of minor differences, but overall; spot-on!

Jason in WI (not verified) says...

This was very interesting, and very accurately describes the way I perceive myself, except that I do deeply believe in a higher power. As an INTJ, I really do want to make sense of the world around me, and there is SO much about the world that makes perfect sense once you accept that God exists and that there's a grand design behind the way we were created. I can understand why most INTJs do not believe in God; I've got one good friend who's an INTJ who thinks I'm a fool for being a believer. I'd be curious to talk with other believing INTJs to learn about what their perceptions are of God and our role in the universe. This is really fascinating stuff!

David Lee (not verified) says...

Yeah, the whole least likely to be spiritual was interesting. I would say I would not be a believer unless my brother came to God first. Feel free to contact me

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi Jason I do believe in God and what i explain to others is that Religion teaches morals and you cant argue against morals.

Guest (not verified) says...

"you cant argue against morals" - You realise that that is precisely what philosophy is for. Arguing morals, what to base them on and whether or not they actually (need to) exist.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm sorry but you can't say religion is based on morals when priests sexually assault children and seek to get away with it, among other questionable religious behaviour.

Guest (not verified) says...


Guest (not verified) says...

I too am an INTJ that believes in a higher power. To me it just makes sense. I can't look at anything without seeing a beautiful, logical, complex design. Therefore, there must be a designer. Besides, there is a spiritual aspect to my nature that is separate from just feeling and thinking; mind and body. These tests don't address that.

Guest (not verified) says...

yes i agree with that.As i believe in supernatural things / higher power too, like UFOs. Yet the report didn't buy that .....

Gnostic (not verified) says...

I was raised Catholic and it took me a long time to break free of religion. For a long time I just ignored the ambivalance. It is a tough thing to decide that it is okay to let go of that safety net. But in a moment I thought of everything that we know about the world. Things that were not known 2000 years ago. And for me - there was no longer anywhere for a god to be hiding. We now know what is out there. And there isn't any God in my opinion. However; I still appreciate the ideas expressed... It is a kind of noble bravery to decide to follow the ideas about loving your neighbor as yourself - even when you "don't have to" and even when you think people are not very worthy of it. I much rather living this idea of a higher purpose in my own life than giving into a life based on no noble bravery of any kind. In that case, without purpose, life would just not be interesting I think. And so I have my projects. I use my extroverted thinking to explain my alternate religion ideas in social media (like this) and I try to implement my ideas in the real world.

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I do believe in God. Just not the traditional sense. That is still belief. I think INTJs that don't believe at some stage are probably not INTJs for this simple reason - to do true analysis you would immerse yourself totally in the concept. You may reject it after immersion however you were still immersed and had to in some way synthesize belief. That belief is then held up to scrutiny like never before and you come out of the other side of the analysis having reached your conclusion. Total rejection often means that the questions were inadequately answered because the SME's consulted were emotive/condescending/dismissive/avoidant/unreasoning/(insert adjective of choice). God and science are the same thing. The same way intellect and intuition are the same thing. Intuition makes that jump to conclusion by skipping over the intervening areas and intellect follows the methodical process. They can work well together or be put into conflict/opposition to each other by the mind observing them.

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If you are really interested in these subjects I would recommend reading books by two Sufi masters who were both remarkably lucid and logical. Their names are Hazrat Inayat Khan and Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan - They were respectively father and son. Both of these teachers were brilliant and pragmatic mystics - a very rare breed to be sure! And consummate teachers as well! They taught from a standpoint of the unity of religious ideals. Their works are complimentary. For an INTJ they are probably the best references I can give you, or anybody else looking for real knowledge given by those who actually did know about what they wrote. There is not a doubt in my mind that Pir Vilayat Khan was in fact enlightened before he died. I was absolutely astonished when I had the opportunity to hear him speak. I have never been in a room with anybody like that man, though a Tibetan Lama I heard lecture once probably was enlightened as well. If you want to know the truth about God, you have to find somebody who has met God. But they are rare as hens teeth. I have met perhaps two in 50 years of searching. But, if you are lucky enough to find the real thing, it probably will change your life forever. And that can also be a very scary thing. Worth it ultimately, but not easy by any means.

For an INTJ, their direct and clear writing is a must. There are many great mystical teachings, but most mystics didn't teach the method except to their close students. Other mystics were just incapable of teaching. These two teachers were remarkably able to write and get the concepts across most of the time if you are willing to think it through. It takes some work, though. One teaching by Hazrat Inayat Khan that I read made no sense at all to me until I had read three different lectures he gave on the subject. Suddenly, I comprehended the idea. As soon as I got it, I realized that this concept does not exist in English. I understood it, but there was no way for me to explain it to somebody else or even remember what it was. It simply got incorporated into how I understand the world in a single flash of insight. I suddenly understood the relationship between at least 10 things I had suspected were related, but had never been able to understand how. And the lectures were in English. I still cannot imagine how he was able to get the idea across at all! Unbelievable genius. If you are interested in religion and the question of God, you owe it to yourself to read their works. Really brilliant stuff. Best of luck!

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