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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.

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.

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

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...

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

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!

Emma0518 says...

Thank you for saying this, and I agree. I do believe in a higher power, but not necessarily a "god". There is certainly something else out there beyond our control that science simply cannot define. The Meyers Briggs test tells us we all have personalities, and we have found ways to convey emotions and develop our own thoughts, but where does that all go when we die. It's not like matter that can never be destroyed, for it has no mass in the first place. It's just the electric pulses in our brains that one could say gets "unplugged", but I want to believe that there's something more there than just bolts of lightning in the muscle within our heads. Some people may call them "souls". Do they get reincarnated, or redistributed, into another human being? Do they form into ghosts? Do they survive in an afterlife? It's one of the great mysteries of life, which unfortunately for us folks who want logical answers, is not possible to be solved until death. I just hope that there is something, for nothing would be rather boring.

emerald (not verified) says...

Jason, your comment intrigues me much, I an INTJ and I believe in super power, I love and hate practice of religion at the same time and I angage myself in analyzing and deconstruct the idea of Gods existence every now and then. A few days ago, I was reading about Stephen hawking's life (He is an INTJ too (with issac assimov and issac newton), how exciting !!), I thought It's really interesting what he thinks about God's existence , "the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws."

Our role in the universe is something that i also think often, think to the point of getting a fatigue, but unfortunately I haven't found an answer for myself yet.

Megan H (not verified) says...

I'm 18 years old, an INTJ and I believe in God. First of all, I grew up in church, so I definitely had religion instilled in me from a young age. About 2-2.5 years ago was when I really started to mature and my INTJ personality really started to come out. It definitely caused me to question whether I believed my upbringing was right or not. I thought about it very often and I had some serious doubts for a while and considered what other options there were besides a higher power, but I eventually came to the conclusion that there has to be a God. I don't have enough faith to believe that everything in this world has come to pass simply because of chance. It doesn't make sense to me.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an INTJ, I cannot believe in evolution of human being through random processes as some stupid scientists try to deceive us. Considering this fact, it is very close to believing in God. And in Jesus in particular. Would some intelligent Being create a man and would not tell him about it? And are you aware of any other option than Jesus's story, i.e. complex enough and logically consistent in basic ideas and giving a true meaning in almost everything? Personally I do not know alternative. Despite what some churches and preachers says, it is possible to think of Christian/Bible-based system that is pretty consistent, logical and making much more sense to an INTJ than standard atheism with evolution as an explanation of our existence. Not that I would know all the answers but my current belief fits much better and creates much less unanswerable questions, and eliminates all objections. In fact is is possible to answer or explain almost everything but there is no guarantee the answer is correct. It just satisfies me because of the possibility, i.e. consistency of the system of the faith.

Stacie D. (not verified) says...

I agree. When I was an undergrad in speech class, I gave a speech on primordial ooze and creationism. I compared the two and concluded that, in the end, the two were merely based on faith. We (as humans) could no more "prove" primordial ooze today than we could "prove" God and creationism. I, as an INTJ, choose to put my faith in God. Just as I cannot see the wind, I cannot see God, per se. I can see evidence of the wind in the rustling of the leaves on a tree. In the same way, I can see the evidence of
God in His creation, in my child's eye's, in answered prayer, in the uniqueness of a fingerprint...It is all around us--in the mundane and extraordinary.

Guest (not verified) says...

i personally do not think that a god is even possible. science explains everything and the things it cant are just things we havent discovered yet. and i refuse to believe that an all powerful being is allowing innocent people to die. like they are not being 'tested' it is just stupid humans blowing up others and if there is an all powerful being he is a massive dick because there are murders, racism, sexism, wars, famines, diseases. i dont get why people would believe in a god. sure your life might be fine and 'blessed' but there are other people in the world with shitty lives.

Phil (not verified) says...

This is awesome. I thought I was alone, but it seems that there are more people like me!

(my few cents on the faith thing) I have found that although it is hard to be logical and faith-based, it is possible. I use my reasoning skills to help justify that there is a God. I also have an atheist friend that I am very close to, and I told him that I can't prove God (there would be no need for faith), but I can answer any questions he has. I just figure if I can't answer one of his questions, then I need to reexamine my beliefs or drop them.

(back to what I was originally going to say) The only thing that I struggle with as an INTJ is that I really want people to see my competence. Unfortunately, my introverted nature doesn't help with first impressions. I can be extroverted, but it is very draining and I don't want to say something wrong in my college interview. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Any ideas on how to get others to see the mastermind side? (preferably without saying "Hey! I'm an INTJ!" because that would definitely be strange)

(in social situations, not leadership) Does anyone else have to constantly filter their thoughts before they say them out loud? I usually have to either dumb down my thoughts into layman's terms or not say anything so people don't shun me. (I find surface conformity to be helpful so I have friends, so people like me, and so I have their support if it is ever needed)

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ and I strongly believe you can be logical and faith-based, I'm Catholic as were some of the greatest minds in history have been. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote of the 5 proofs for the existence of God: Argument from Motion, Argument from Efficient Causes, Argument from Possibility and Necessity, Argument from Gradation of Being, and Argument of Design. Look them up.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ and have a very strong faith (I intend to go to rabbinical school). But logically many of Aquainas' arguments are flawed. Allow me to elaborate.

*The fact that things move does not preclude that there is an entity/deity acting as an external mover.
*The fact that things tend to achieve the lowest state of energy (perceived as efficiency) does not preclude that there is an entity/deity acting as a cause of efficiency.
*"Possibility and necessity" completely falls apart like this:
- if you "Assume that every being (including a deity) is a contingent being." and "For each contingent being, there is a time it does not exist." Then logically there is a time when G-d did not exist and by this definition He fails to be G-d.
- if you decide that "there could have been a time when no things existed." and you then state "Therefore at that time there would have been nothing to bring the currently existing contingent beings into existence." you would be wrong. While no tangible things existed, the existence of constant and consistent fields seems to be the origin of everything (according to M Theory). So unless you intend to redefine G-d as permeating fields but an absence of consciousness and will, this argument works against the presence of G-d.
*Just because we are able to see that in most cases some things are better than others, that does not preclude that there is an entity/deity who is perfect in every way ans who is the cause of the existence of all things.
*The fact that evolution exists does not preclude an entity/deity who is an intelligent designer.

That being said, faith is not logical and can not be proven logically or scientifically. The word "faith" is defined as "Complete trust or confidence in someone or something." and as such defies any logic or science. As long as you can comprehend this *and* make peace with it, you can be an INTJ and a person of faith.

David (not verified) says...

Aka convince yourself something that is make believe is real. I think you want it because of the social implications in your life and you don't know what else you would want to do if you didn't have that option. Just a thought.

Guest (not verified) says...

And yet you are quick to conclude the former, atheist approach. I think you want to believe there is nothing more to our "touchy" "feely" side other than what we see. Clearly, an INTJ weakness and it's likely you will not see this as a weakness.

Until the creation of life and the universe can be proven, we all hold a belief based on personal opinion, not fact.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, the human mind, even that of an INTJ, is still susceptible to group-think mentality.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was drawn to your last statement as soon as I read it! I cannot tell you have much I have to filter my thoughts and run through every possible scenario before I say a word. It is almost exhausting but I have to or like you mentioned, I would be ostracized.

Although, I do differ in my thoughts about religion, I am always interested to hear why people believe in God because it makes absolutely no sense to me. I was raised Catholic, attended Catholic elementary and boarding schools and even through that at an early age did not get it. Then in college I had a semester or Social Psychology, Psychology, Sociology and Economics which concentrated on early economics of the middle east. All the areas of study covered religion that semester. After that I almost have to laugh when I hear about religion and god, yet I hope that does not offend anyone. That being said I completely disagree with some posts that imply morels come from believing in religion.

Rj-The-Odd-INTJ (not verified) says...

Completely agree. The religion system itself cripple the morals it teaches from my observation. I wanted to believe that "G-d" exist but i simple cant based on what's provided(no offense to anyone). What turns me off the most about religion is the hypocrisy going on behind closed doors and even in public.

Guest (not verified) says...

I also manage to be logical and faith-based. I have had questions come up that have required some digging, but so far, my beliefs have held up ever time. It really does make more sense that the universe was organized intentionally by a divine being. Everything-the solar system, the different life forms that exist-fits together too perfectly to accept any other explanation.
I also filter my thoughts before I say them out loud! Oftentimes I make connections between events that most of the people I talk to wouldn't immediately understand, and it's easier not to explain everything. I do have a few close friends (including family) who seem to have accepted that I don't express my thoughts often. If I try to have what I would consider a "real" conversation with someone who doesn't know me well, I usually end up getting strange looks and/or losing their interest.

adil111 says...

99%me

Guest (not verified) says...

Not an INTJ myself, but as a writer, I'm a fan of all personality types. I love how the comments in the INTJ section are so much more verbose than in others.

This demonstrates how INTJ's, despite being reserved, certainly do like to talk once they get going.

joseph.ironn says...

It has more to do with being excited to know ourselves, and you are the hardest person to know, because you have the potential to know yourself to an infinite extent, but actualizing that potential can take forever. It's a mysterious quest, and we find it hard to understand why others don't care. Others have very poor skills at knowing themselves or knowing others. Which is also why they are more social. If they saw people for who they really are, they would avoid others at all costs.

Guest (not verified) says...

I think it's that we know that most everyone else on here is going to understand us and how to respond to us, so we are more willing to ask questions and make observations. There's no point wasting your breath when nobody is going to understand or care what you have to say.

hiptone (not verified) says...

Pretty spot on! I am always looking to build a better mouse trap, and try a new way once I consider the options.

I tend to like myself and do indeed feel confident in my intellect and ability to foresee logical outcomes.

However, this part of the story also rings very true:

"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."

I can be too blunt, and have been told that I am mean once or twice. This was when I was being handed a load of B.S. and felt like calling it out. I could use a little more tact, and learn gentleness in working relationships.

Emma0518 says...

I'm with you there!

CrudeHypothesis (not verified) says...

I hypothesize the heuristic of initiating phylosophical discussions to gauge response will efficiently differentiate the INTJs from those who aren't.

Cheryl (not verified) says...

I love this analysis of INTJ's.
It is so me. As a female leader in a male dominated work force, I have been accused of being cold and too brusque. However when a difficult situation needs to be addressed, I'm the one who is called upon.

I have an ENTP who works for me and this gave me insight into why we frequently are not on the same page.

The parenting approach is spot on for me. It's how I have raised my three children.

I too am an INTJ that believes in God and has a very strong personal faith. I don't have time for those who question my faith or try to disprove it. I also won't spend my time debating with others a out why their interpretation of their God is better than mine. True INTJ approach to faith.....

Guest (not verified) says...

i agree my faith matters to me than most things because it is the only thing that keeps me based and wanting more.glad to find we are not just thinkers and rulers...we do submit to Jehovah

Guest (not verified) says...

I basically always test as an INTJ, and it's 95% spot on! I'm not quite as mathematically inclined as your careers for INTJ would suggest, but I'm actually a scientist nonetheless ;)
Very good test!

Aj says...

I'm am INTJ, and this describes me really well 99.98%, especially these points:

*They want to develop productive, competent, and self-sufficient children who think for themselves.

*gain the most satisfaction from turning their ideas into reality.

*although they usually prefer not to have to manage other people, they will take over if no other leader steps up.

*the Mastermind seeks a free exchange of ideas, not a personal connection.

*INTJs have a hunger for knowledge

*if asked a question, will typically consider it at length before presenting a careful, complex answer.

*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.

*They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners

*may sometimes neglect to listen to differing opinions once their mind is made up

*and have little patience for nonsense.

It explains lots of things which i couldn't explain to other people,and if i'm ever going to work or marry someone i'll make sure they know i'm an INTJ and what does it mean..
{In the relationships section, it would have been better if it was mentioned what type of personalities does an INTJ best get peered with..}

THANK YOU SO MUCH TRUITY.COM!

Rj-The-Odd-INTJ (not verified) says...

Champions(ENFP) go well with us. They are our Ideal match but there is no such thing as perfect (Though i am in love with the Champions based solely on their description). Counselor's(INFJ's) are good for us as well and the Third i do forget but i think it's the Inventor/Visionary(ENTP). Also what to pulled out describes me to the mark! I hate when people can't think for themselves with a passion... It ticks me off to my core. I hate to admit that i don't listen to others opinions when my mind is set but it's true. But back onto the topic of this comment a Champion(ENFP) is our Ideal match!!

Guest (not verified) says...

You guys talk too much to be true INTJ`s.

Lys (not verified) says...

I believe you are mistaken. We INTJs here are analyzing ourselves in depth and processing why we are they way we are. You can also see by all the replies that people are analyzing and testing the ideas of others. Seems pretty INTJ to me. No one said an INTJ had to be quiet.

Guest (not verified) says...

Nah, he's right. You people talk too much. The only reason I stopped scrolling and decided to reply was because I agree with the OP.

Also you're getting emotional and personal. They must be ENTJ's at best.

Emma0518 says...

I have 2 problems with this.
#1. By no way does the amount of talking or use of language indicate someone being, or not being, an INTJ. If you are referring to us being introverted, you should look up the definition of introvert. An introvert is not someone who does not talk or is shy necessarily, but is worn out by people and get their energy from time alone. That limit can vary from person to person, making them more or less talkative, or more or less social, but none the less introverted.

#2. Emotions. We have them too. Some INTJs are just more comfortable expressing them, especially anonymously online. Being an INTJ myself, I find it quite nice to be personal in an anonymous setting, but relating my emotions to family and friends is quite daunting.

Nice try, but arguing with an INTJ just doesn't end well, for as you said, we talk too much, and that may just mean we say our thoughts and feelings.

Guest (not verified) says...

lol

Guest (not verified) says...

I think many of the people reading this who are not INTJs are forgetting the fact that we are on an ONLINE forum.. therefore we, introverted people, who would normally not speak up in a classroom, work setting, etc. that is full of extroverted people, have more of an opportunity to in an place where we all have plenty of time to THINK about our answers before we speak (INTJ quality) and the floor is stolen by extroverted people who typically are the first to SPEAK.

Shiloh Whittaker (not verified) says...

The "In a Nutshell" and "Relationships" pages are scarily accurate, but the "INTJ at Work" page was far from it. Not all, but a great many of the jobs listed/suggested sound like horribly dull desk jobs, but I have the wanderlust and a great passion for writing, photography, and certain periods in history. On a test very similar to this, I scored INTP, and when I looked it up on this site the job page was much more accurate (although a few dull desk jobs still showed up). However, I understand that I am an individual, and as such the test cannot be completely accurate. As I said before, the rest of the description sounds like me 100%. MERCI BEAUCOUP, Truity.com, for the insight! :)

Guest3 (not verified) says...

Thankyou,

I'm currently having a lot of trouble in finding the person I am. I can't be more satisfied to say that INTJ personality suits me best. I have taken a lot of personality test in which all of them have the same answer, INTJ.

Guest INTJ (not verified) says...

Almost didn't comment but want to ask advice. Am 62, female, strong INTJ. Mother, sister, and others disowned me as a teen, saying I was 'different' and 'you're not like like us'. In college at 56 yrs old, I overheard a 'professional' and co-student tell another student, "We don't include xxxx in our conversations because she's so 'different'; didn't you notice?" Pain is real bad; between medicine for hypertension and other medical'stuff', have gained 80 pounds.

Was brought up, in 1950s/1960s, to believe I should quit high school at 16, get married, and have children. If I wanted to finish high school, my choices, I was told, were to 'become' a nurse, teacher, or secretary, but there was no money and I had no knowledge at that time of grants and loans. I'became' a secretary. Graduated high schoool with honors in all the secretarial classes and a 4-year scholarship. Parents said, "No." to the idea of my going away to school. The belief was (in our 'home') that I was to work and remain in the home until I was married. Really archaic, huh? Really wanted to be a scientist (chemist), learn Latin, and dance on the side (for fun)since I was a little girl.

Am so glad I read this Meyers Briggs article. Took the test in 2012 and am trying to change myself....somehow. Am pretty good at being empathetic to others; big beliver in God-am a Lay Minister at a Protestant church. Can make sense of science and the Almighty. It's okay if you don't agree; sometimes I laugh at the scientists' beliefs and frustrations, too. Read science journals alot, too. Would love to learn calculus or trig; not sure which one yet, although I don't want to work at engineering nor architecture.

Have gone from one job to another for many years...boring, brainless jobs. Would like to take courses in science and/or math, esp. marine science, environmental science, and the like. Student loans are out of the question. Already over-burdened with repayments. Current degree is in Business Administration, Magna Cum Lud. Don't plan to retire.

Take jazz dancing to keep busy-great fun!

Have an INTP male childhood friend; he did really well in life but his parents understood that not everyone is alike. I believe parents need to treat each child as a gift and promote each particular child's individual gifts and learn to deal with their individual personalities. That would help to make a big difference in children's lives as they get older.

Any ideas of how, at my age, I can enter a science-oriented job with no experience, I'd like to hear from you.

Tim, I feel badly for you and understand, at least, some of the frustration and pain you feel. I'm taking a private jazz class for 15-20 minutes a week at a fee of $12. The teacher took it on as a 'medical experiment' as I have multiple pain conditions. It helps me forget the world for those brief minutes of time and gives me something to look forward to (or sometimes not). You have something to contribute to the rest of us who're 'different', according to some others. Keep writing/posting so we'll know what and how you're doing, emotionally and with the weight issue. I care and so do others. Thanks for listening.

Guest (not verified) says...

Dear fellow-INTJ,

I also am in my 60s, now retired. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family of ten kids (parents involuntarily committed to asylum--twice) along with poverty, uneducated parents, and strict religious training (Lutheran) and observance. Once when I told my psychiatrist, "Sometimes I feel like an alien", he replied, "You probably always will". Surprisingly, that gave me comfort; that, and finding out about the MBTI (in my mid-thirties) and my classification as INTJ. Reading the description was a revelation! That's me! At 18 I joined the Marines, expecting to go to Vietnam and probably die there; I didn't care. Instead of Vietnam they sent me to electronics school and then to Vietnamese language school, which I enjoyed, but never did go to Vietnam. Just as well. I didn't get promoted very far; just couldn't embrace the military mind-set very well, even tho I understood the need for discipline. Did you ever attend high school pep assemblies? I thought they were the biggest waste of time; just couldn't understand all the "school spirit" nonsense. I learned to avoid them, finding a place to read a book instead. The relationships description fits me well: happily married to an understanding woman for 40 years, absolutely loved being a dad to our 3 daughters and now a grandpa to a girl and 2 boys. I love reading to them and teaching them about the world. Friendships are few but deep; my best friendship has endured for nearly 60 years. I find that the common greeting of, "How are you?" irritates me because (for example) the grocery clerk doesn't care how I am nor would I share it anyway so why ask? I know they are required to greet customers, but there's a good example of how the INTJ type manifests itself. And altho I have learned how to be a much better listener and how to draw people out I do have a strong need for "alone time", whether curled up with a book or prowling the woods (by myself!) with a longbow during deer season. To the person who is interested in science and math, consider either water (drinking water) treatment or wastewater treatment. Altho you may be told you need a 2-year degree to get a job, that's not strictly true; especially with the smaller utilities. Just make an appt. at your local water or wastewater plant to find out about the field. If you show aptitude for the work, aren't afraid of math, and like to problem-solve using scientific principles, you might even be offered a job, or at least encouraged to apply for a position. Also check out this company: Veolia Water North America, my last employer. They are a private company (world-wide) that contracts to operate plants all over the USA. I repeat, do NOT assume you have to have a degree or even formal training; I didn't, and still got hired. Hard tho it may be--especially as an INTJ--you will need to gather the courage to go talk to people. Keep looking; you may find someone who senses your affinity for working independently and can solve problems using logic--and wants to hire you. Best of luck. By the way, I did a lot of self-study in math and finally took night classes in trig and calculus. I struggled with math in high school but did very well 20 years later. It was like my brain matured and I was very pleasantly surprised with my success. I still read constantly and love to continue learning.

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I am also an INTJ from your era, though about 5 years younger. I also had the rejection from other females in my life (aunts, mother, sisters) because I was not "submissive" which is pretty important in the patriarchal view of my religion. However, I was a fighter through and through. I went to college (paid 100% of my expenses because girls just did not do that), majored in chemistry, completed an MS in chemistry, but completely failed on the relationship part of school, work and life. Our society has certain expectations about how a woman "should be" and INTJ does NOT fit those expectations. I tell you this because you sound like you are down on yourself for not having a science education. I believe we INTJs contribute whether or not we have formal education. Your perception, analysis, and view of life is so valuable! I have been really hard on myself for being as I am. In the past 2-3 years, I quit judging me and started valuing me. Hard to do, but worth the effort.

Guest (not verified) says...

I already had taken a previous test but I was unsure of the results so I looked for a "second opinion" by taking another test. A guy posted his test results on a forum with an informative graphic that really caught my eye. The pictures with summary provided impressed me so I followed the link in the bottom right corner of the image. I feel that this test used better methods in obtaining information about me rather than making me answer 30+ questions in one go. I had a couple of border line results for some areas so I loved how this test gave me two possibilities along with some info to help me make a distinction about which might be my result.

I'm now more sure of my result (INTJ) even though I got the same result from the last test.

Thank you for this!

-R. M. Jr

Guest (not verified) says...

Dear all,

You do not look for this to describe you, that would be stupid. You use this to uderstand yourself nothing more, nothing less.

The truth is you should seek to be a rounded individual and not just stick to your type. For example, in our case, you would try to be more out going (extroverted)

Peace

Guest (not verified) says...

Good point. But clarify that the E/I label Isn't a reference to how outgoing you are. As leaders many of us are very extroverted socially, But when a problem needs to be solved we become introverted in our thinking.

Guest (not verified) says...

This describes me exactly! And, being a female INTJ, it explains why I have so much trouble making friends and getting to know people (especially other girls).

Anh (not verified) says...

This was so accurate. It even guessed the correct career field for me, anthropology.

Guest (not verified) says...

this is my second test, and i'm really an INTJ (first test says so too)..

Glo (not verified) says...

I a often misunderstood..my peers thought I am insensitive & verily confident.. If they only knew.. :)

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