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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...

wow, that describes me perfectly. HELL YEAH INTJSSSSSS

Yarden Gavrel (not verified) says...

So many interesting stories. (Tim, my heart goes out to you brother.) I have no words for you other than, there is always hope. And, HOPE IS A DECISION. ALL OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF YOUR LIFE COME FROM DECISIONS. You can do whatever you decide to do. If you decide to fail and remain trapped that is partly because you have decided to accept that reality. If you spend the rest of your life in regret and without faith, that is also a decision. Tim, In this world people have accomplished far greater things than what you wish to accomplish with your life at your age. Realistically speaking, you will have difficulties and challenges on your journey. However, it is also true is that WE ALL HAVE CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES THAT SUCK.... We have all made costly mistakes. Many of us have personal goals that seem impossible to accomplish. The bright-side is that nothing is impossible. I am INTJ(supposedly)and the research says, I am least likely to believe in a higher spiritual power. Yet, personally I believe in Yahweh G-d, Yeshua(Jesus)The Messiah, and The Holy Spirit. My personalized advice for you is to put your faith in Jesus Christ. Experientially speaking, he specialized in accomplishing those things that seem impossible. (Let the critiques commence) That is the truth absolutely experienced in my life. (Comming from a person you can only guess what horrors they have survived and by grace have been given utter victory over.) Yarden Gavrel (future MD)

Guest (not verified) says...

its is very true for me. but i'm not theoretical.

jaldasrinivasrao says...

The results exactly matches me but i'm not theoretical.

Guest (not verified) says...

Like most INTJs, I was shocked to learn that we’re thought to be Athiests. We’re not atheist because the unspoken truth about an atheist is that it’s one who claims to know everything, and INTJs are anything but THAT!

But I also admit that though many INTJs here and abroad are not Atheists as the description suggest I certainly understand why it would say such a thin about us. There is a quiet calm within us about the existence of a Master Mind that essentially doesn’t care one way or the other. We’ve thought about virtually all possibilities and just look forward to dying to find out what’s next.

Being a master mind ourselves, we find it extremely hard to deny the existence of a supreme mastermind. It's like we recognize the work of a master mind when we see it....and as one poster commented, some of us choose to use our ultra-advanced reasoning skills to help justify that there is a Great Master Mind.

I also agree with the poster who said “It's one of the great mysteries of life, which unfortunately for us folks (INTJs) who want logical answers, is not possible to be solved until death.” That would explain why for all intents and purposes I’ve practically spent every waking moment of my life looking forward to death. However, I also admit that a part of me thinks that the peace (logical answers) I seek may not be as forthcoming in death as I hope; but I hope for it nonetheless.

I believe in something greater, more or less; but I’ve spent most of my days not really liking it, and or wanting to have never existed/been born/been a part of the experiment….pick one. I often feel and even sometimes say “I just want to do my time [as peaceably as possible] and get out of here”. No children, or none of that (no use in trying to set up shop here if it’s ending…and if all I want is out.) I’ve always had a disdain for life in this world. It’s as if I came out the womb wanting to return/die. I’m not suicidal, but I’m glad I’m going to die at some point…..and essentially nothing else is more appealing/interesting to me.

Scotty (not verified) says...

Man, the ending to the 2nd paragraph got me. I literally think about that every single freaking day, just the fact that well we already pretty much know how it goes in life, but I really want to find out what happens when you die. Spot on.

Liz McCall (not verified) says...

I'm INTJ and I have found God. One of His well known names is Jesus. You must be born again to see the kingdom of God. It's by grace that you are saved through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross. You have to come to the understanding that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. It is a humbling experience. Once you come to that place of humbleness then you are able to accept that Jesus paid the penalty for your sin and satisfied that debt you had to God. Salvation is a free gift. You cannot earn it. Once you are born again you will crave the word of God which is the Bible. The Bible will come alive to you and you will understand it because you have spiritually come alive. I challenge you to research this and test it yourself. You will NEVER be the same again. And you will KNOW God and know where you are going when you die. God bless you.

Guest (not verified) says...

"the unspoken truth about an atheist is that it’s one who claims to know everything"

Whaaaat? No no no no no no, where on earth did you get this idea from? Atheists simply find the arguments for gods unconvincing (to put it mildly) and the evidence presented far too weak for the reach of the claims. It appears to me (INTJ) that it's the theocracy who claim to have the answers to life's greatest mysteries. The adoption of an atheistic position is an admission that - (1) we don't know, and if you're a strident/militent atheist, then (2) neither do the clergy........

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an 18-year-old female INTJ and this page pretty much describes the way I am. People often tell me I’m too reserved, cold/frigid, that I can be too objective and brutally honest in my remarks towards people closest to me, and that I over-think everything.
However, I don’t agree with the part on INTJs not being likely to follow a faith. I actually can’t understand how anyone would argue that there isn’t something other than what we experience as our reality (as in argue that there isn’t some form of external force). I don’t think there’s a God who controls everything but I do believe that supernatural phenomenon occur sometimes and that we all have something similar to a soul. This doesn’t take away from the fact that I am extremely logical and analytical.
I’m wondering if other people, especially other INTJs, experience frustration at our lack of knowledge as human beings. Don’t you feel an unquenchable thirst to know and understand things that our minds are incapable of conceiving?
Also, why aren’t other personality types obsessed with getting to know themselves and others deeply the way we, INTJs, are?
And finally, do you also a feel a huge social responsibility? Or guilt? For not appreciating what we have, especially given the unfairness of the world? For some reason it horrifies me how careless we are about what we’re in the world for. I mean, how can anyone be so selfish to think that our sole purpose in life is to reach our own goals and self-fulfillment, following everyone else like sheep? Like we’re all in Plato’s cave and no one even cares. Maybe I’m just a bit crazy, or because of my age I haven’t yet realized how much ignorance is bliss…Let me know what you think.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes yes yes! Everything in the description plus everything you said is spot on for me. I'm a 16 year old girl and my friends, in a joking way, refer to me as "Vulcan" simply because I rarely show emotion and I'm so logical. It's good to know why this is. I guess we just think differently than everyone else.

Guest (not verified) says...

I was also surprised by the 'not likely to believe in higher being' - but then if only 1% of women are this type and 3% of men are this type, and men are generally less likely to be religious, from a pure stats point of view, I guess this type would be 'unreligious' due to dominance of men. I could imagine within the womens 1% it would be higher. As a test - how many of the women INTJ's here believe in a higher power?

info_3 says...

Spot on with 99% of the features (insanely odd). I do believe in God after denying for so long. As a scientist I believe one has to fully immerse themselves to find truth. How could everything exist by chance (stars suns planet space trees etc). Nothing on earth exists by chance (a car was designed) so why is chance even considered when discussing the far more complex universe. Beautiful shapes and sizes as if someone thought about it prior as one would in designing and building a car. God is not of this world so I can see how science cannot prove God.

So the universe began as an empty space or nothingness then all of a sudden boom. I don't know. Perhaps the truth of God is too obvious. Science has yet to disprove God's existence tbh hence atheism is an oxymoron. God I believe has proved himself by His works & creations.

Secular Seattle (not verified) says...

The scientific method requires data. Personal experiences/feelings/etc may be interesting and powerful, but they are not data. There is no data supporting the existence of supernatural beings. Your arguments for such are basically the "god of the gaps" fallacy, demonstrating that you have not read or thought very deeply about this subject. Your definition of atheism is incorrect, and you also do not seem to understand simple statistical principles.Are you sure you're not an INFJ or INFP?

Guest (not verified) says...

I am a INTJ female my self. Which makes me feel even more weird. Before knows that I am this kind of personality type, I often thinked something happened to me, ´cause everyone get this opinion about me, often get judment about my way to think or act. But, at same time, even with all criticals comments, I dont have any bad reaction to those, just because I considerate my self more cleaver than them, and that happens more often I like to admit. But, this description as INTJ is just the 95% in my case. I have a stronger believe in God and His plans for my life. And He makes me (if I can says so) as INTJ with some reason. Thats is why this type is so unique and uncommon. I always questionated WHY we believe in Superior Forces, and at my 5 y.o. I just looked up the night landscape of the starty sky over me,and my thought was: Amazing Universe over me...Must to be God!
And I cant fond my great passion as INTJ description´s career: WRITERs! I just fund as Caroll Lewis as an INTJ him self. In my case, there no something more important than words. And almost all careers listed here wasnt attractive to me: Except Arquitecture (I wanted be one at my 9.y.o)and Computers Engeniers (I am right now one)So, maybe I am an more uncommon and weird INTJ. My mind is very complex, and as some says said here, I have a really bad sleep habit; just can sleep no more than 3-4 hrs per night, usually is just 2 hrs. Because my ideas and resolutions come often. But, I never being a depressive type, I considerate my self as the most happy person in the world, even all the madness around me. As I always says: I saw the rainbow and not the grays clouds... So, I think being an INTJ is a bless for me. I love be me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ. The only thing what i can't relate to in this description is the type of work. I like to work With my hands, and has been both a carpenter and a mechanic. But i'm from a country where the salerys are good in that kind og jobs too.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can vouch for wanting complex and challenging ideas. In high school I actually got bad grades because I refused to do homework which wasn't challenging enough. I could ace every test so teachers often thought I was cheating (which I wasn't). needless to say I got average grades because of my refusal to do homework, now however I take all honors level courses in college so the challenge is there and I now thrive.

Guest (not verified) says...

I pretty much stopped doing my homework because it felt like a waste of time. My 'difficult' classes are not challeging at all and I find myself unintrested in the school work and school in general because when we are taught new things I catch on so quickly I feel bored and as if the rest of the class is holding me back. I don't feel challenged and now I'm trying to take more classes but my counselors don't beleive I can manage. I can tell when they listen to my requests that they doubt my abilty because of my age and appeareance. It sickens me to watch them judge me but for now until I get out of high school I am stuck with these people.

Ronnie (not verified) says...

I totally and completely agree with you. Throughout my high school years, I've never taken classwork/homework quite seriously; honestly, it all seems below me. Why reinforce something that I already understand, and if I don't think a certain subject's useful to me, then I won't put any undue effort into it- things are more efficient that way (it's also probably the reason that I attain such mediocre grades in some math-related subjects...).
School itself is a precarious place for the INTJ, as I myself find that school should be a place purely designated for learning. Why should people concern themselves with social hierarchy that will crumble as soon as we graduate? I myself don't participate in anything of the sort. That may sound arrogant and cold, but it's the way I am, and I'm not ashamed of that fact. Speaking of 'the way I am', I don't think I've ever heard of an INTJ who wasn't comfortable with who they were, although at times I've heard of those who question their sense of selves pertaining to knowledge. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken to answering the statement "So, tell me about yourself." with a simple "Google INTJ. You will find a scary accurate description of me."

Guest (not verified) says...

Totally agree.

Guest (not verified) says...

Watch out guys: INTJs have the potential to be extremely non-empathetic. We make great supervillans. Be careful not to be arrogant, or to look down upon people with "inferior" intelligence.

Alger (not verified) says...

That will be challenge.

emily munoz (not verified) says...

it was very entertaining and it caressed my ego a little. and i would like to learn more. but there are various things that i dont think suit me. so i dont think im this personality type. i guess it was just a coincidence. my bf filled it out for me. '^^ we have been dating 10 months but i dont think he know me that well yet. but now i dont think i can fill out the test again. to check what i am. cause how he answered it. i cant refute him. i have those ugly flaws. but im working on them. caus ei dont wanna be like that. but idk. its nice to have something flatter you for a bit. i guess.

Anon (not verified) says...

This is extremely accurate.

Alger (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more.

Lim Lynn (not verified) says...

@Tim
Don't sweat too much on how college or university. The only cure to depression is to find something you love and felt responsible to take care of like take some time out help elderly people in old folks home that will open your eyes how to be thankful for what you have. I have been stuck in house with my grandmother yet it's not that bad some day you will understand how helpful it will be when your parents age. It's great to be a caregiver.

Diana (not verified) says...

I found this website to be very helpful in understanding who I am as a person. I have always known that I was different and to see my personality type laid out in such a way was incredibly insightful. This helped me to understand myself better and to become more self assured.

Anna (not verified) says...

I've taken this quiz three times over the past two years, and each time I've gotten something different. Now, I'm generally skeptical of quizzes that "define" who you are (mostly because it generalizes it's answers to fit almost everyone.) but their descriptions on here are pretty accurate. Although , my other two scores also seem to fit me just as well. INTJ, INTP, INFJ. Which is funny because some INTP'S turn into INFJ's later in life.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that while these sort of tests will give you a general, if not more refined, picture of who you are they do not (most likely) define you to a t. You can take bits and pieces of the profiles you've gotten, but in the end we as humans are so complex that labeling us seems pointless. Almost contrary to that though, some people like to be categorized because it gives them a sense of belonging and it makes them feel as though they now know themselves better. Which I'm not disagreeing with.

One of the things that they got spot on about me is that I'm not very good at voicing my thoughts because I think everyone thinks like me. Different from what the INTJ profile states, I will surround myself with people I don't think are "smarter" than me. But, that may be because I have a slight superiority complex.

Wow, reading back on this, my wording is all over the place and it doesn't give the feeling of cohesiveness. I've Gotta work on that.

Guest (not verified) says...

Reading this profile sure brought back memories, sadly I live in a area filled mostly with people that avoid intellectual conversation and without any line of work that fits "the Mastermind". It's a sad existence really, to have to force oneself to move away from one's roots to conform to a smaller society in the name of survival.

I wish that there would be far more INTJ's out there than the mere 2% this site claims it to be. It's quite easy to compare to Mensa in that way, only taking in the people with an IQ of the top 2 percentile.
(On a unrelated note, it would be interesting to get a proper statistic on how these groups are divided among the recipients of Mensa certificates)

Truly, living with and searching for intelligence is a struggle.
In fact, just searching for people with an interest in expanding their minds is a trial of it's own...
But this comment section does bring me joy, the simple interaction of people sharing their woes on living as INTJ without the inclusion of race or gender discrimination, as those values are irrelevant here.

Jasmine (not verified) says...

Never have I felt more like I belonged after reading this, I thought I was just a loner. That I couldn't connect with people because I was being picky or just sallow. After hitting a rough patch for a while, I read this & realize I have all the makings of greatness, as well as al the tools, I just have to put them to use. I can't wait to read these books & become more in touch with myself & the world around me.

Scarlett INTJ (not verified) says...

SAME! I always wondered why I was so different!
I wanted to be like all the other people who were so outgoing and
didn't spew out random tid bits about everything...
not that every INTJ does that, but for some reason, I find joy in knowing
things...

Intj (not verified) says...

To my surprise, my current career is on the list, as are several others I explored earlier. Even though they weren't for me, I guess they weren't completely off the mark - seems there's a lot of room for variation in INTJ even if it is a relatively small category.
Good to see we're at a lower risk of heart problems though! lol

HelenE (not verified) says...

I'm female, completely blunt, almost tactless, some say! I have always been mystified by how I upset people without seemingly trying. Still do! Apparently only 1% of the population are like me so I guess that's why. I'm just not on their wavelength.

I remember asking my parents, at the age of 6, why they chose my religion for me (CofE),I said they should have asked me. I didn't ask to be Christened. They didn't get it and I'm still annoyed at 39. I didn't get my own children Christened. I respect their decision making process in this matter; when they are ready I will explain religion. I prefer a secular world without religion. I hate and don't understand religious wars.

I am always amazed that people don't see the answer right in front of them and yet they don't appreciate it if you point it out to them. Why is that?

I suffer from depression, every few days I consider killing myself, then I think of my husband & kids. I'm very loyal and committed to my family and would never hurt them so I live with my black thoughts.

I know I am highly intelligent but not academic. I am easily frustrated by the world around me. I like order.

Does that sound like an INTJ?

I wish life was like a chess board!

bluedecor (not verified) says...

I am another female INTJ. I feel so fortunate to have caught the eye of an ENTP male engineer. We have been married for 25 years. He is loving and affectionate. He is extremely intelligent. I found my old IQ test from middle school and joined Mensa. Many people there are simpatico. I have struggled socially and felt like an alien at times, as so many others here describe. I have had setbacks, but persevered and found a way to earn a BS by using the Excelsior College credit bank service. Any veterans here who would like advice may email me at scarab_fan01@netzero.net. My military experience earned me 24 ACE evaluated college credits that I had posted to my BS transcript to enter the government contracting field. My first college class was in the summer of '78 whioe I was still in high school, the last class was in '89. I have a pre-internet era nontraditional BS degree. Later, I earned a master's in 2(!!) years. In all the discussion, I have not seen much mention of love. I know I am blessed by my late mother who never understood me but loved me all the same, who was proud of me and bought me books. Emotional intelligence is not easy for us, but it can be learned. Some of the previous postings speak of wanting to see the next life, and an eagerness to shuffle off this mortal coil and see what lies beyond. My son felt this way if I can believe his suicide note. He committed suicide at age 19. He may have been an INTJ but of course it's too late now to find out. If you are tempted by suicide, please be aware that it is devastating for those left behind. Seeking out companionship and affection can help us not feel so isolated. Nature can also soothe and refresh us. Don't give up, reach out and grab all the sweetness that life can offer.

Guest (not verified) says...

I get too annoyed when people make things so much harder than it really is and don't understand the solution to a problem when I freaking spell it out for them...so I guess that's characteristic, not bad

Scotty (not verified) says...

Well, that was interesting. I've always told myself that if I could get a super power, I would totally end up being a super villain. This personality type totally agrees with it, going with the my way is right because it always actually is philosophy on that...perfect.

Guest (not verified) says...

About the religion thing I found a quote that sums up my opinion perfectly "if gods exist, have they been good custodians of [this world]? Death, sickness, poverty, tyranny, and countless other miseries stalk the land. If this is the handiwork of divine beings, then they are to be rebelled against and overthrown, not given obeisance, obedience, and reverence." If you don't agree that's fine, this is just my opinion

Guest (not verified) says...

Finally...thank you

Nivrag (not verified) says...

Well, I'm not religious. I'm agnostic. For a short summary.

Did God create everything that exists? Does evil exist? Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. "Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color.

You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's Inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken the Myer-Briggs test assessments multiple times and have consistently gotten the INTJ result. I find everything to be rather spot-on in my personality assessment, yet I still find I carry religious sentiments. I am a 21 year old female, have always excelled in academics, and was not raised in a religious family. Reading these comments I felt the need for the first time on any internet site to share a comment, as it perplexes me how rare my personality type is especially in conjunction with my religious beliefs. I am responding to this comment in particular because in many ways I could see myself posing the very same questions as that student did.

Taking these tests has allowed me to understand my analytical nature and even more so to understand my difficulties in understanding the irrationality of mankind as a species. I think it begs the question, why is it I still carry a belief that carries some irrational, yet to me seemingly logical (if I go quite into historical detail that is) explanations?

Guest (not verified) says...

Without the availability of an absolute answer, we are left to attempt to understand a paradox.... on one hand we challenge how people may believe in a specific idea, and therefore we do our research and come up with more questions than answer, hence the disregard, and basically the statement rendered false. However with religion/ spirituality, personally, i believe theres a higher power, primarily because the human body is a complex machine, from the cellular level to the the inner personality that we may interact with on a day to day basis.
In conclusion, no one will be able to truly answer how we got here, therefore we leave slight room for a possibility. Since its only possible and not concrete conclusion, easier to think in an abstract manner to find logic and reasoning... Not the full answer, but the statements cant really be argued....
In addition to the argument the student made in the story, that was a bit drawn... my response to the teacher wouldve been that people were created with choice, who is really to say what is right or wrong when the true nature of that question is relative to who is being asked?

Guest (not verified) says...

I completely agree with you. I am a christian and yet, the INTJ personality still describes me perfectly. I don't feel that having this type of personality hinders my ability to fully commit to my spiritual beliefs in fact, I believe it's brought me closer to God. It's allowed me to dissect the faith and come to my own understanding and comprehension of it. I can respect anyone's apprehension and disbelief of it but I'v found my truth in it.

Guest (not verified) says...

My results were INTJ and I also carry religious sentiments. But I think it's because my score was so close to INFJ, I think it was 51%/49%. Maybe yours is also borderline INTJ and INFJ?

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you! Arigatou Gozaimasou!

Guest (not verified) says...

Well said.

Guest (not verified) says...

In the same way, you cannot prove God does or doesn't exist. It's literally called faith.

Guest (not verified) says...

The student's argument is flawed though. Dark and cold being the absence of light and heat are concepts proven by physics. The same cannot be said for evil being the absence of God. Also even if the latter were the case, God can't be absent so evil wouldn't exist, but it clearly does. If God created everything and is omni-present, there wouldn't be a place where his touch is absent, so there wouldn't be evil. And if that isn't enough, the student is justifying the possible existence of God by saying that evil is the absence of God, which is like defining a word using itself. It's backwards logic.

agustus (not verified) says...

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but...will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."

Truity says...

testing

Alger (not verified) says...

what a remarkable personality, I'm glade to fit in it.

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