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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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JPS (not verified) says...

Ive taken this test several times over the last few years. The entire description pretty much sums my personality up very well. Im a perfectionist for sure always demanding more out of myself than whats reasonable and expecting others to work harder as well. My ex-wife would always say I drove her crazy with how I have to over analyze everything. I have an inner need to know more constanlty learning and trying to improve. It drives me insane sometimes to be honest. I have been tested and have a genius level IQ and feel sooo seperated from everyone else. I have a hard time finding people who really understand me. I dont understand emotions or relationships. Ive only had a couple of intimate relationships my whole life. Everyone tells me I should be more social and my general answer is, why? I like my alone time. I dont like having my phone blown up all the time with meaningless texts or phone calls just to tell me something you could tell me the next time I see you. Im an artist I paint and sketch and sculpt. I also love music I play guitar and sing. I write songs and poetry. Ive spent my whole life pretty much alone. Its only now that Im getting old that Im starting to feel a bit lonely and sometimes think about finding someone. Though I dont think I'm very good at relationships. I've been in 14 jobs in the last 10 years cause I get so bored with the meaningless futility of the jobs I work at. I crave something that challenges me. I recently decided to go back to school for CIC continued improvement coordinator. I really think that job would be perfect for me. Im actually a little relieved to have read this article. I feel like it helps me to see that I am who I am for a reason. Not that its all in my head. 

Jack HerRrer (not verified) says...

Hi. I am not a native English speaker, sorry if there are mistakes.

I am also an INTJ and I can relate to almost everything you wrote. So, let me tell you someting.

You said: "It’s only now that I’m getting old that I’m starting to feel a bit lonely and sometimes think about finding someone. Though I don’t think I'm very good at relationships."

This was exactly what I thought and felt 1 year ago. I decided I had to change that. From that point, I started using my intellect to learn/understand/improve my "relationships".

I am now sure that being good or bad at relationships is not something definitive or something that we are born with. The way we interact with people can be broken down in many "social" skills, such as charisma, leadership, understanding of the others, humour, dating, emotional intelligence, being authentic, and many others.

As any skill, they can be theorized, learned and applied. There are actually good books/videos/articles on those subjects that are really helpful (although it is sometime hard to find them).

Since I spent most of my life not caring about how relationships works, I still have a long way to go. But after 1 year, I can see that my mind-set radically changed and I am now enjoying so much more the company of others and vice-versa.

Not only is it life changer, but it also is a challenging process that I love working on, on a daily basis.

In the end, if you want a hard and meaningful challenge, shouldn't you try to change the things you suck the most at, and the things that prevent you from being happy?

I don’t know if this will help you, but at least I tried.

Anna E. (not verified) says...

To me it sounds like you have a well-functioning autism disorder. My stepdad is just like what you discribed. Have you been tested for that at any point in your life? If not, I wouldn't exclude the possibility completely.

FLM (not verified) says...

JPS me too. Nice to be reassured that my strengths are valuable and to be aware of situations requiring my weaknesses eg relationships at work. Not sure on the % of people that meet the INTJ criteria but I have not met that many in my working life, which has always made me feel odd, even though i am a valuable member of the team. 

chi (not verified) says...

Hi everyone, 


This is a nice blog. I agree with alot of the points and many of the comments ring true for me aswell. I'm glad us weird INTJs are all here together lol


Here is my 2 cents : read the books

48 laws of power by Robert Green 

The Art of Seduction by Robert Green

How to win friends and influence by Dale Carnegie


These greatly helped me understand people and more importantly understand how I can use my personality to get what I want from people. If you have already read these books then you are way ahead of the game as I only heard about them this year beginning of summer. 

NLJ (not verified) says...

I've taken this test like 4 times in the past ~10 years and they always add up to INTJ. I never took it seriously (I used to compare it to horoscopes), and I don't know how I even got to this site, but I honestly feel super relieved reading some of these descriptions/traits, because I've known how I naturally tend to act/react, and what exhausts me, but I feel alot better reading that I just may not be "built" for certain jobs or people (meaning that it's "confirmed" outside of my own opinion). I can say that about 95% of the descriptions line up.  After almost 30 years of not knowing what I "want to be when I grow up", the things that bring me joy (operational excellence/business analyst/project managing) kind of line up with a *typical* INTJ IMO. I'm actually really happy to have put 2 and 2 together, and I have a great roadmap of success, without forcing myself to act a certain way for a job I hate/am not a good fit for. Or I could've just lucked out or something. 

The Rodent (not verified) says...

A Jose Mourinho type.

Rayne Michael (not verified) says...

It's crazy reading these comments and being able to relate to ever single one of you for one  aspect or another. I'm a singer myself so I'm glad to see more musicians in the thread. I also work as a Night Manager at a hotel because I prefer being alone. Almost to a point where it effects my relationships. Going on 6 years single and discovering a lot about myself in that time I know I have to be able to bend a little and be more flexible to the needs of others if I ever want to be in a relationship again. I've always been blunt and direct and often times people don't know how to handle that. So I keep a small circle of friends who get me but don't overwhelm me with drama etc either. I dunno I think I come off self serving or selfish in alot of ways without even trying to. I just like my space I guess. Hope someone else can relate to me the way I related to many of you! Happy Holidays 2019!

steven a weber (not verified) says...

Hey Michael, just a word of encouragement-- I very much relate to you, as I'm sure many other INTJ's do. I'm a musician as well, have loved to work alone, have spent most of my life living alone and have come to realize that I prefer it that way. I recently reunited with my last girlfriend of 25 years ago,(celibate since then), only with the intention of a platonic relationship, yet it soon became intimate, which naturally complicates everything. I soon realized how little people change and how the same issues arose. And having had all those years to live an "examined life"(as Socrates would say), I saw how unsuitable I was for an intimate relationship, and how this wasn't a bad thing. Life is hard enough dealing with ones own shit, but to take on anothers, often less examined life, with all of it's baggage, isn't worth the "tradeoff" to me. I know I'm deficient in the area of human touch, and this experience only confirmed this, but peace of mind is my gold standard, and is absolutely vital. I really could have written virtually everything you said myself: this is really quite uncanny finding all of these like minded, relatively rare kind in one place! Hang in there-you're not alone!

Adrian Brown (not verified) says...

I worked in hotels for a long while as well. Predominantly nights even when I was explicitly open to/used for flex-shifts.

Eventually the customer service aspect got to me, too many people just let ALL their BS come out. Its like what might happen if someone was to live with you, and become too casual with their issues. Its your job to make them (the Guest) comfortable but on the other hand they can get TOO comfortable and sometimes I felt like saying "Hey, I am friendly but I am not your friend keep your monkeys to yourself" like I am the wise old bartender who should be dishing them advice or something. 

On the other hand, I partly chose hotel work to challenge me to develope the other personality functions because as someone who was dysfunctionally introverted as a child I became keenly aware that to change the world I would have to become a person CAPABLE of changing the world. No longer dysfunctional thankfully and yet I over-extended myself and became unhappy. (About 13 years, across two different states and 6 hotels.)   

Currently moved to the country as got a good deal on a house, but a bit stressed on finding a job (various reasons).

I rather liked the accounting element to night work, and while I am in the middle of  "No-Where" (as they say) thinking of doing transcription in the very short term while studying accounting. Both of which can be done as freelance, or if employed have well established and accepted culture of allowing employees to work at home.

Its encouraging to read in the "Careers" section (near the very bottom) that we do well working independantly from home etc.

What really killed it for me, when I think back but focus on my body is the wearing down that 10+ years of a nocturnal schedule did to my hormones and other negative bodily effects and actually IIRC one's IQ starts dropping by a few points every year after the first two years of a primarily nocturnal schedule.

It was really this PLUS the customer service element... 

If I had to go back in time, I would have started doing freelance online work during slow nights to build up some of the skill and transitioned out to different work before I got past the point where I could effectively work both jobs. 

As far as relationships it was a long time before I was able to really do those, the friendship side doing ok. Quantity-wise I have more friends than most INTJs although inevitably only a few CLOSE friends. 

As for romantic relationships I haven't really cracked that code and given that;

1. There are only a few types that can share a "Grand Vision" which is what would contribute to a INTJs individual values orientation. Having similar values is important to long term relationship survival as it means ability to understand the others paradigm and decision-making process. (Fights over money? These are really on the next layer beneath fights over where MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT... What is valuable and hence where someones life should be directed and why.)  

2. There are few also that get our particular bluntness, and hence if I bring my walls will they be able to properly interpret and navigate that?

Maybe doing a deeper study of the inter-subjective relations of the types would help but I am currently at a loss and think it will just have to be another INTJ or perhaps the common mistype indicates compatibility - the INFJ...

We both have a well-defined "Door Slam" process that I can tell you...

I hope the above was helpful and interesting to you!

Tony B for better lol (not verified) says...

I took an online profile test and the result came back as INTJ. After reading many interpretations of this type I can see some similarities. However, the entire background and feeling I get from this profile evaluation is much the same as when I read my horoscope. Sorry, I am not buying into this 100%.

Bruce Kendall (not verified) says...

Being this way is intensely frustrating. I solved how we, as a nation, are misled in the way standardized test results are presented to the public. And I know how to convert the results to the equivalent 0 to 100 classroom grade scale. The results are horrific. And while I know the assessments have flaws within their design, currently, they are the best snapshot we have of a student's ability to answer academic questions in an academic environment on the day assessed at this time. And I also know that a test grade does not mandate the rest of a person's life in the world outside of the classroom.

Jennifer Miller (not verified) says...

I am here studying character types for a project. I can't imagine where to go out for a night on the town, how, or the reason. If I didn't suck at relationships, why would I need to create characters (a.k.a., invisible friends)? My father said once, "intelligence borders on insanity." It seems less insane, to me, than investing time in cultivating the tree of fruitless love. 

Randy K (not verified) says...

Pon farr will happen eventually.

whatsup (not verified) says...

please remove hillary clinton from the examples. i say this with no political bias, there is zero chance that she is INTJ

John Caviar says...

I'm an INTJ and just like an INTJ, I’ve analyzed both my results and other people who say their results didn’t add up.

1) most people to a high degree grow up trying to be someone else.
and most people spend a lot of their day lying to others so it's safe to say they're lying to themselves or how else would you fit into normal society today. 

This, in turn, makes people not look inward enough to know themselves well enough to take the test honestly, so taking this test is reliant on how honest you have been and will be conscious or subconsciously.

2) An INTJ and other I's spend their life looking inward so for this I find that so many INTJ's find this test to be past accurate cause they have gotten to know themselves.

This test for me has made me think I haven’t had an original thought or attuned towards life, ever smh but I love it still.

NoYourName (not verified) says...

Also INTJ, as tested, once. I feel this list does not very well describe me, in many ways; including comparisons with other posts. There should be more subsets of this personality type to further distinguish the intensity of the introspection and weather or not there is a DESIRE to relate, I am aware of subtypes -A (assertive) and -T (turbulent). That said, obviously, close enough to interest me, even convince me to post this; my third internet post in 15 years. Enjoy. I HATED music, from the time I  was three (recalled) or earlier, I did not see the point in art, I despised social events and concerts, still do, they completely drain my energy, distract from my projects, my life, and it is impossible to think there. I have always been extremely literal, thankfully less now than before. Today, after a great and conscious effort, I can tolerate music, I even have a few pieces I enjoy, but it is always forced, I have to CONVINCE myself to turn on the radio in my car. It will never happen if I don't make a point of it. Personal connections with other people have always been difficult. I want to be certain that nothing can go wrong before I make the irreversible step of considering someone a friend. After that contract is made I expect it not to be broken, usually a 5 to 10 year process. Today most of my discussions are with myself, pacing my livingroom at two in the morning inventing engines, refining legal systems, building city plans, running and rerunning entire books and movies and real situations in the past over and over again, changing them and recalculating and changing again. I find myself to be a fascinating conversation. Who needs holographs and augmented reality? I can project my thoughts on the real world and integrate them, no problem. When I was four years old I would grab a blanket, hide behind a chair or couch, close my eyes, and simply enjoy playing in whatever world I fancied to create that day, for two or three hours at a time. Avid reader, up to 10 hours per day. By age 9 finished Tolkien's LOTR. I can't read a book straight through, I interrupt myself too often reinventing the circumstances and characters and solving whatever "problems" I believe I come across. Sometimes I find it necessary to reinvent my own meanings for words. I consider myself to be reasonable, not logical. "Logic" implies process whereas "reason" implies purpose. One is a means, another an end. Is it logical to be logical? An unbounded process is actually dangerous, often antithetical to success. Is it reasonable to be reasonable? Purpose demands effective process. Therefore self-supporting. I have actually been "accused" of being logical, I conceived this argument to reinforce that analyzing the situation is done with careful consideration of the outcome and not by some useless knee-jerk reaction to information. Lastly, on personalities. I had terrible trouble early in life "fitting in" in any social setting, even my own family. Then I thought, if I can disassemble and reassemble and design systems and philosophies, why not design personalities? Since then I have had great success contriving personalities to fill specific needs in my day to day life, giving each so much time and resources as would be necessary to complete its task. Because of this, people who have known me for six months to a year are often "surprised" to all of the sudden figure out who I am. I am not even sure INTJ classifies as my original personality. I feel like there is an older, gentler, and more delicate personality, that is only allowed to come out and play when all the problems have been solved, all the tasks completed, and the safety nets erected. Devout christian, engineer, male, if someone is keeping tally. Apologies for emphasis, added to deepen understanding. Why did I write this? If someone like me is reading this, it will be worth it to them.

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KM (not verified) says...

I'm INTJ, Female, and also persue a wide range of interests - especially now that I'm retired.  I am confused by the number of people advising others to persue their dreams, vs calculating the cost/benefit of any major life decision. 

In all situations, I think through the logical sequence of events, likely to occur based on any decision I make, then assess the pros and cons of each, to arrive at the best likely outcome for me. 

I also loved music & art (who doesn't), but I never considered either as a plausible endeavor, because the sheer volume of others who also love music & art. That coupled with the miniscule number of people who make a living in music & art, suggested it was not a good bet I'd be successful. (I'm good, but not great.)

Additionally, I considered the actual lifestyle of people earning a living in music, and decided that was not a lifestyle I aspired to. Nor do I believe most INTJs would like it, in the long run. Aside from being introverted (the first letter in INTJ), uncomfortable on stage (or even in front of a few close friends), I can't imagine what would be the allure of such a life.

Especially long term.  Do you want a family? Will you abandon them to go on tour, or even to do local gigs - all of which would be in the evenings, or on weekends? How would that work with spouses and children who live in the regular world, where nights and weekends are family time?  

Have you checked out how much money a musician in the local house band makes? Can you afford a quality of life for yourself and your family on that kind of money? I doubt it. If you think you are Beyonce, or Bruce Springstein, and you would love that level of scrutiny and lack of privacy, then go for it.  But if you self assess, and deem you are not really at that level, then you need to consider what the local band at the hotel down the street earns, and what their lives are like, before making that decision. 

It's very easy for others to cavalierly say "Go for it", or "Follow your dreams", but they have little to lose, as they sit back and watch you live out your life, alone, in one hotel room after another, & never having enough money to afford the family you could have had, if you'd factored in the likely money and success you'd have more likely gained with a different decision.

Frankly, I question if any of these people even are INTJ, given the cavalier attitudes expressed in their decision making process.

Art is a much more solitary persuit, so I could see the fit better for an INTJ, but unless you are a Davinci level artist, your odds of making a living in art are nonexistant. Even Davinci would have trouble making a living in art nowadays, because art has become so bastardized, that museums show an orange canvas, with a black dot, and call it art.  Seriously, How much talent did that take? It's not art, & I have no idea how one would arrange to pass off such idiocy as talent, and make a living at it.   Do you?

Be realistic. Think it through. Consider the lifestyle of the practicioners of any carreer path that interests you, and then decide.  I seriously considered being a Doctor, and was accepted into an Ivy Legue medical school, but walked away. I considered that a Doctor has to actually see, and touch patients. Every day. Sick people, too, and I knew I could never do that in real life. Prior to acceptance, I'd only considered if I could do the work to become a doctor, and I knew I could.  I had calculated the cost of the education vs the earnings of Doctor, in deciding my path, but I'd forgotten the actual day to day life of a Doctor, until I was injured, and had to go to the hospital on multiple occasions for treatments.

Fortunately, that woke me to the reality of what a Doctor does, before I spent years and considerable money, just to get that degree. (And yes, I did consider becoming a Doctor that doesn't see patients, but there's no Doctor that has zero contact with patients, and I knew that was not my calling.)

Just be aware, and decide based on Likely outcomes - not fantasies. You probably are not Beyonce or Bruce, but if you really do aspire to be the local house band at the hotel down the street, then make your plans accordingly, & be the best house band that hotel ever saw.  : )

Darius (not verified) says...

INTJ, Chemist... I'm always dealing with an overwhelming sensation of unfulfillment.  The mastermind/systems designer role suits me well, but I'm looking for ways to allow my personality to articulate with other compatible personality types. My cognitive preference Te > Ni > Si > Fe> Ne >Ti = Fi =Se and my temperic blend is choleric sanguine. 

These tests are a good assessment of my character, but at the same time I feel a little bummed that the results condemn me to the fate isolation.  I'd like to become better at building teams, or at least work with someone that can help me build a team! 

Si nou pale kreyol, li tap pi bon pou mw =)

Meen (not verified) says...


I’m a female INTJ. I thought I would never meet other INTJs since we make up only 2% of the general population (3% of men, and 1% of woman), according to the report.

Now, I’m meeting other INTJs like me. I’m elated. Why don’t we form an online social platform group for INTJs to support one another?

Jrdillon (not verified) says...

INTJ females,  just curious if you have always felt different and/or found it difficult to establish meaningful relationships with other women?  This has a been a problem for me my entire life.  Mainly in the workplace as an adult - on my own time I am not obligated to attempt to socialize with them.  Don't get me wrong, I don't mean all women but pretty much the majority.  I have a few close female friends but it took me a long time to find them (and them me, much to our mutual relief) and the rest of my close friends are men.  As a young adult and into my twenties (just turned 49 last week) I stopped even attempting to fit in because at the end of the day I really didn't want any part of it anyway - I simply could not relate to them, didn't think like them, and wasn't a 'follower' in any way shape or form (quite the opposite, not intentionally but just how I am).  Soooo, to try make a long story short.. they almost NEVER like me (again, quite the opposite, haha).  Honestly this doesn't bother me as I accepted that I am simply different a long time ago but as a Nurse (as listed in the occupations to avoid, figures) it can become a problem really quick when I am surrounded by them at work.  I have tried everything but find it excruciating to try to fake it and they still seem to sense I am different anyway so I am at my wits end.  I am starting a new job next week and my mother actually said to me 'you need to figure out what it is you are doing that makes them dislike you and change it before you start' .. if only it was that easy, I was pretty much speechless :/

I guess I am hoping someone can relate and it isn't just me.  Thanks in advance to anyone that responds.

Side note - I am also a music fanatic but just listening not actually playing.  I was surprised to see how many here love it as much as I do - I couldn't live without it.

J from the Bay (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ - I have tested several times over the course of 15 years and once or twice I came out as INTP but I feel that the INTJ type more accurately describes me.  I have a handful of very close female friends. My top two are both ENTJ so they are extremely results-oriented and sharp. I feel lucky to have found what I consider to be "total bad a$$ women" as my chosen family. However, these female friends are described by many as scary an unemotional - I know its not true but truth told they do not offer a lot in the way of empathy or emotional support. I do feel misunderstood by many people at my work (law firm), especially support staff. I appear as a young (34) and well-dressed woman so people often assume things about my personality that are false. I play up my appearance since I have learned  how much of an advantage it affords to be perceived as attractive, rich and put together in almost any interaction with another person, but some also think that means I am interested or care about more "superficial" or feminine aspects which I do not.  I do often think if I were male I would have been able to better self-actualize my talents and would be taken much more seriously. Male and female friends often wonder why I am still single (last serious relationship was 9 years ago with someone who was on the spectrum). I am very guarded and untrusting and I have been told on dates I don't ask enough questions - I feel like most of the time as long as he is talking I don't need to ask anything since what is being said is always more revealing when it is not in response to an actual question... I don't know if I will find that person who I can really commune with intellectually, but if I can't do it, I hate to say that the task for other INTJ women is mighty tall.

Kdamidland (not verified) says...

Hello! I'm an INTJ female that just turned 49 a few weeks ago. I'm a work-at-home, freelance graphic designer and workaholic. I, too, have never been successful with female friendships. I will actually attempt it, grow kind of "close" with someone but it just requires too much work to maintain! They grow tired of the one-sided effort they are making. I can't stand talking on the phone or even conversations that last longer than 15 minutes. I'm obessessed with efficiency and hate inefficient use of time -- which is how I view most activities potential friends wish to participate in. My husband (we've been together since we were teenagers or I probably never would have married) can make a friend from someone in one minute (I'm not kidding!) and is instantly adored by all who meet him. I think everyone hates me from the outset. (I know this isn't true but I'm not willing to put in the time for them to get to know me better and potentially grow to like me.) It impacts my poor husband's social life as well (god love him!) We could easily have multiple couple friends but I can't stand "hanging" with people for longer than an hour and the invitations have vanished. I like the IDEA of friendships but then can't stand them once I have them. I've tried reading some books (The Charisma Myth is actually a really good read) but I think working at home, I really have no way to practice the methods and frankly, some days I'm not sure I even want people to like me! I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts, I feel less insane!

Carly B. (not verified) says...

When I was younger I didn't have a ton of meaningful relationships with women, but as I've gotten older (into my 30s) nearly all of my close relationships are with women. I also followed a career that led me to national politics and working in higher education. Maybe I've just naturally gravitated towards fields with more INTJ women? 

EM4 (not verified) says...

I think that many people here are not INTJ because many of them tell their life, a behavior which is very uncommon with INTJ (it is one of the most introvert type). It is very hard to find his real type because we have naturallly a lot of cognitive bias: for exemple, we can answer to the text as we would like to be and not like we really are. Also, it is important to not forget that there are no superior type, an INTJ is not necessarly more clever than an ESFJ.

A person who mistype INTJ for a long time.

Shreekunj (not verified) says...

Um..Hi ladies here. 

I am also a INTJ female. But fact is I am a lot younger than you guys like I am 16. So, few days ago I was watching youtube and saw few words about personality types. I, most likely all INTJs, searched about it and I finally understand that I am neither sociopath or psycopath. I am INTJ female. Kind of rare to find people I can totally interact with so I would really love to share my thoughts with my fellow INTJs.

I am currently confused about a certain things. Firstly, I personally feel repelled while socializing but I still try to be open. I really love taking with people but the way I explain situations and interact seems like pathetic to others I guess. I try to be open minded but the people just don't have time to listen what I am saying or to consider me. I tried to open up and gave a green signal if anybody wants help. Like selflessly. But now I am being used for their growth. It is hurting now.

So I am thinking to become a little bit my real cold self, who would not be regarded as granted all the time, but still approchable in real need. I am also trying to learn how to say no. 

Is that a good solution or should I try something else? Please help me.

RAR (not verified) says...

Ahhh, the last part you wrote about.. 

I am also struggling with that. 😶 

It seems my being always kind and available to others has made me come across as a fool(?) or a naive airhead?

So I have been considering going back to more of my cold nature.. 




But I don't want to hurt peoples' feelings, which is why I changed to be more lackadaisical in the first place. 🥴


Anyway, I will try my more serious demeanor and see if things improve. 

I have become so drained by people, so I hope this works. 

Carolyn J (not verified) says...

As an INTJ who is struggling with her work environment (busy, high energy, loud, lots of leaders), I truly appreciate finding this information.  Luckily, I am able to work 2 days a week at home with my dogs and, in my spare time, to do research to support community organizing (that's where the "mastermind" comes out).

Izic new town (not verified) says...

I think I am half Intj. I agree on the first points but the rest doesn't sound like me. Is there subdivisions of personality traits that fall between these?

Kevyn (not verified) says...

i guess so

TS43 (not verified) says...

I have taken this test about every 5-7 years, so three times now. Always the same result: INTJ. Seems like there is something to this, or at least the testing.

Joshua (INTJ) (not verified) says...

For those INTJ's wishing to work in the Corporate World, these are some jobs worth considering:

  • Business Analyst
  • HR Business Partner
  • Project Manager
  • GM/EGM in an area focusing on improvement and/Or change
  • Accountant
  • Workforce Manager (forecasting)
  • Union Field Organiser
  • Policy Manager

As mentioned previously, INTJ's should steer clear of roles in Marketing, PR or in leadership roles that require constant contact with reports (typically in lower management).

Best wishes for the future.

IanTJ (not verified) says...

I agree with this list but it's worth noting that as a GM/EGM or Project Manager you'll likely be working closely with sense-based extroverts (ES??) that are very comfortable building relationships, and communicating simply with their team members - not always a natural strength of us INTJs. It's only a problem if you let it be but to be successful you need to be crystal clear where your strengths lie (strategy, new ideas, planning) and where you will need to work hard just to stay afloat (clarity, warmth, connection). You also need to realise that 70-90% of the success of those roles will be focused in areas that may not play to your strengths..

Mike gonzalez (not verified) says...

I cried when I read this. 

Nothing in my life has ever explained me in such detail.  I've lived 34 years thinking something was wrong with me. I couldn't understand why people didn't think like me. I tend to understand and learn much faster and can't shut off my analytical brain. I come to conclusions that no one around me does and it has led to an exhausting life, having to explain everything to people over and over again...thinking they were ignorant while they thought I was crazy. I'm not self taught in 5 instruments, sing and write my own music, I have 7 skilled trades and 6 certifications and almost 2 college degrees. Student at life. I can't quit engaging in articles that stimulate me. I have to remain constantly stimulated or I feel dead. It makes building relationships with others very difficult. 

Jou bernsteene (not verified) says...

When you were younger, were you anxious and diddnt trust people because you are afraid they will hurt you. Found it difficult to read emotion and hard to say in words what you mean? Felt like you are broken?

kainat khokhar says...

I'm speechless my report was undeniably accurate I'm an INTJ women.


HL (not verified) says...

Hi there, I very recently took the test and discovered I am an INTJ-type and what a revelation it was for me. I've always thought there is something wrong and weird with myself in a lot of ways and it was just comforting to know that I belong to a rare and unique type of personality and that there are other people that can understand. Everything about here rang so many bells to me but this particular description really hit me hard, "INTJs can be almost scientific in choosing a mate and make devoted partners once they have found a match that fits their rigorous list of requirements." I am 23 and still haven't experienced being in love. I've been attracted to a lot of other people but the feelings weren't all, sadly, mutual. It's just that I tend to have this very structured and concrete idea of love that when I find it, it has to be something I was mostly prepared and definitely knew how to handle. It doesn't help that I am an antisocial, easily overwhelmed by crowds, and talking to people I don't know that I rarely go out and meet new people. These could be the reasons why. Has it always been this way for other people of my personality types? If so, any advise you can give for an INTJ-type seeking for love? Thanks. 

IanTJ (not verified) says...

For us INTJs the person that gets you out of your head, experiencing life and wanting more of it will be very special. Providing they are also immensely patient (they'll need it!), grounded, kind and generally optimistic then you've got something that has potential. Don't get too hung up on the L word, there's a few steps to go first before you get there. Remember you are likely a deeply internal abstract thinker that craves structure, so the real question is: how can I make them happy? can I let them in? (that's true in the general sense but as an INTJ that's not rhetorical - you will only find love when you work out the answer to that question, because if you can't make them happy then why should they stay around?..) Remember there's nothing about being an INTJ that says we can't live life to the fullest! I would rather tuck up in the library with a stack of books and a notepad but it was my wife that got me to hang 120ft off a zip line just before our wedding! I hated every minute of it - but I love her.

AnotherOne (not verified) says...

Thank you for your comment, it gave me some positive energy. I've already thought about these questions; what is the different between their happiness and mine. Maybe I haven't got enough until these days, but I'll try it. Unfortunateley, I feel sometimes that I give too much and always get nothing. INTJs should decide, which one is the major and how much effort worth it to put in.

Thank you once again :)

Cipheos (not verified) says...

It's always funny how accurate MBTI seems until you read a few other profiles and realize about a third of all types would suit you fairly well.

I sincerely envy any creative INTJs here. I doubt it comes natural to an INTJ to stick with a creative hobby. God knows how often I've tried art and music.

For some reason I stuck with software development from a young age. I'd like to punch that brat in the face right about now. I wouldn't recommend it at all, most work environments seem to suck.

I just wish I could play the violin 😢

Ti H (not verified) says...

INTJ, specially intj woman never recognize each other in the real world, cz they hates to see theirself in the other. If you are telling that you are an INTJ here, I dont think you are really an InTj, get the test seriously or you need to see in which degree you are an INTJ or your level of an INTJ . Good luck! 

Cipheos (not verified) says...

For I am more INTJ than thou 😂

chalkfarmer (not verified) says...

INTJ/A female high school Engish teacher. Go figure!

Lillie (not verified) says...

I took the test and when I read the description I was mind-blown by how accurate it was.

xPlanetos (not verified) says...

26 year old female INTJ pursuing a career in Astronomy. Nice to read I'm not completely alone!

J Moreaux (not verified) says...

I'm a musician and do various computer/tech related things (graphics, video editing etc) and have a seriously difficult time finding and holding onto meaningful realtionships with people. No one really seems to understand me at all. I feel like a damn square peg in a world full of round holes. I just can't relate to 99% of humanity it feels like. I won't lie. It's been quite miserable much of the time. I thought I must be some strange, broken weirdo. And then randomly I take some test and stumble across this. Who is this person that wrote this and how did they get into my brain? I guess it all makes sense now. The problem is apparently that I keep seeking out people that clash with my needing of space and not being good with outward emotion. Apparently there actually are a couple of types that work with us INTJ oddballs. Where are these extroverts that actually work with us? I've never met a damn one.

Grey Fox says...

And I have a neurological condition effecting my head and neck causing spasms, tremors and these sort “ neurological “jolts from my neck to my head. These symptoms no doubt effect my functional stack, especially Ni, which requires you to be in a placid state of what I would call “ mindful mindlessness” or what online sources call “ flow state”. To me Te alone is a hollowed out function without access to Ni.

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