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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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Alger (not verified) says...

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

Doubtful Observer (not verified) says...

Glade? I believe you mean "glad".

JeremyE (not verified) says...

This describes me 100% accurately. My wife concurs as well!

Zach K. (not verified) says...

After reading,I concluded that this site actually described me very accuratly.Suprisingly,I can actually refer to the comments of the site.Therefore,there is not much else for me to say.

Guest (not verified) says...

Maybe I did something wrong on this test but I'm not very good at giving others pity. I feel like everyone has a choice and if you make bad decisions like not going to school or not working or whatever it's your own fault. Don't like it? Change it. I've made bad decisions too but I own them and I don't look for others to pay me on the back or give me words of encouragement. I don't need it. Everything seemed to describe me in the description then I read these comments and everyone is so nice and caring and I don't have it in me.

linux535 (not verified) says...

I would say this describes me about 95% correctly, as I am not necessarily a perfectionist at everything and also I am not that harsh on people who are not on the same intellectual level. Though everything else seemed to match like the way I feel about people and how am terrible at comforting people with emotional issues because I am able to suppress my emotions pretty well (I am not perfect at it as I have cried before but I normally resolve the issue by myself 90% of the time)so I do not understand why other people can not do the same. It annoys me to no end when someone seems to be emotionally upset about something every week. Also as it said I like working alone, though I am not sure about the leader part as I do not think I have ever taken a leadership role and personally do not know if I would be capable of such a feat. Also I do have friends but at the same time I would not be unhappy if i did not (I would be upset if I lost my friends though it would not be the end of the world plus the accept me for who I am not who I am not), for the first like 4 years of elementary school I did not have any friends but this did not bother me I actually was quite happy though the teachers kept bugging me because the thought I was depressed. They could not seem to understand the concept that some people do not need social interaction to be happy. So overall I think the INTJ profile fits me pretty well.

Josh JJ (not verified) says...

You can turn your life around at any age. You are still young at 44. I'm in my mid-30s and I also face adversity and week job prospects. Here are several steps you need to take right now. I've taken them very recently

Your nervous system is overcome with anxiety and fear, which is preventing you from thinking clearly and your ability to focus.
You can solve this by watching youtube videos of Energy Field Therapy (EFT) tapping. This technique was discovered in the 1980s by a psychologist that uses tapping on your pressure point to calm your brain and nervous system. It can be used for motivation and other goals or issues. Hypnosis and thought field therapy also work.

Go see a therapist they will help you sort this out.

To lose weight, you should buy the Bowflex Max Trainer. It's low impact and you will lose all your weight. The fat falls off.

You need to finish school (I don't know what your degree is in) or go back to school in a field that needs workers. Nursing for example. This field has worker that start out in their 40s. Nursing will always need workers as the healthcare industry is always needing workers.

Lastly, God loves you and has a plan for you There are several Christian denominations that offer a much more intellectual presentation and implementation of Christianity. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, UMC, Episcopal Church, etc.

They are much more inclusive and thoughful people. This is real Christianity.

It's not too late. Your life will turn around. Keep trying.

Maddie (not verified) says...

Agreed. It's just that I've doubted a higher power before, but if you think about it, it makes just perfect sense. So living bacteria appeared in boiling oceans of liquid, made of all kinds of "stuff". So what if some hydrogen, oxygen, or whatever suddenly gets together in the shape of a cell. But that doesn't make it alive. Someone had to give it some kind of "life force", something that makes it alive. That's not science. That's the power of God.

Bernhard (not verified) says...

I have scientific convictions which lead me to believe in God. I acknowledge that the God of religion is obliviously fictional, but the God of the Bible proves to valid claims of His testimony. Now, can the God of Heaven favor His own viewpoints and perceptions? Of course, we all do, but that does not change the fact that there is a God.

Mathias (not verified) says...

Wow, this is essentially me in a nutshell. I guess that's part of the reasons teachers dislike me and I did not have much friends all the way through middle and high school.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am so much more complex than this..... Lol...

Guest (not verified) says...

100% me

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so true that it is scary! Even the relationship part is true!

hk.mars (not verified) says...

It's me. Thanks so much. I am so strong-willed and INTJ...

channonjw says...

This was very refreshing because as an INTJ I am always feeling like the one who sticks out like a sore thumb. My questions that I always ask what works and presumably Is it working?

Guest (not verified) says...

me 100%

Guest INTJ Female (not verified) says...

What about INTJs and the art field?
I am a talented singer--opera and more mainstream genres.
I also do well in theatre and acting.
I'm not sure I ENJOY it, per se, but I feel it would be a waste of talent.
I am interested in working as an Art Director (Photography and fine art)
but I still have that "what if" with acting and singing.
I don't want to waste an opportunity to make it to the top.
I'm just wondering, from INTJ to other INTJs,
how enjoyable do you think it would be for one?

Bitterblue (not verified) says...

I also work in the arts. I am a theatre technician. I have also acted. While I wouldn't choose acting as my occupation it is still fun sometimes. I'd prefer to stay backstage though. Even if you have a talent for it, if you do not enjoy it to the fullest then why do it. If you like it then continue on.

an INTJ (not verified) says...

i thought that at first i was an istj but after taking some tests im sure that im an intj.

yogesh0506 says...

Is there any other INTJ in India?

Guest (not verified) says...

im an intj and although it says that istj have lots in common with intj, i really dislike being around them

Guest (not verified) says...

as an INTJ woman with an INTJ daughter (who is a business owner, they nailed that.) It surprised me how correct this is about both the parts of my personality I like, and that I don't like and have spent my life trying to 'improve'. There are things named here that maybe I should try and embrace and stop trying to fight against.

Guest (not verified) says...

These statements are, for the most part, undoubtedly true, although the career area can fluctuate from person to person. Some of us prefer legal, scientific, and technological professions, while others (myself included) prefer to use their analytical skills for art and design related areas.
Could there possibly be two breeds of INTJ, the reserved who hardly speaks unless the need arises, and the self-assured who relates their ideas with confidence?

GirlWhoKnits (not verified) says...

I don't think so.

One description I read indicated that INTJ's know what they know, and uniquely know what they don't know. So we have the ability to speak confidently because we know the depth and breadth of a topic, SME basically. I think we tend to be reluctant leaders because we'd rather be thinking and strategizing - which also explains why we hate, hate, hate meetings. We will take up the reins to rescue the effort, or if there is a lack of leadership. Or in my experience, the incompetence is driving me nuts and I can't take it anymore.

Guest (not verified) says...

To be honest, I was really mad that I got ISTJ instead of INTJ for a variety of reasons. First off, I am very much the master mind type! I absolutely detest many of the established social norms in this world and often bear a great disdain for humans/ human nature in general (as opposed to ISTJ which says that they are very traditional and respect established traditions and customs)! One of my primary goals is to be a revolutionary inventor that brings about significant improvement to this world!! For crying out loud, I even study relativity and quantum mechanics in my leisure time for that purpose (and also because it is fun)! I very rarely am ok with someone else taking charge in something that I am involved in, and to be honest I tremendously desire power!!!! For goodness sake, one of the people in fiction that I admire most is Madara Uchiha (for those who know who that is and what series that references)! How the heck can I not be INTJ?!!! Also, ISTJ mentioned valuing authority. Seriously?!!! I hate just about all forms of hierarchy with an intense passion!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the worst of it all:

They said that ISTJ made up most of the population!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just ticks me off! I know for a fact that I am not just "normal"!!! When I was in Kindergarten one teacher even speculated that I was autistic! My mom took me to a doctor and the doctor said that I wasn't, but I kind of want a 2nd opinion! Even in more modern times at my current age, there have been some people who have questioned my mental health state. I know that I am not "normal"! My own mother has noted that I am not normal! (And yes I am proud of not being normal!)

To me who detests human nature and being imperfect, being called "normal" is probably on my top 5 to top 10 list of the most insulting insults!

So what if I'm a pretty systematic guy when it comes to working?! Well excuse me for believing that if something constantly seems to work well then it is a good idea to keep doing it! That doesn't mean that I deserve to be insulted in such a manner!

Sorry for such a long rant. It is just that some of the things in ISTJ just really rub me the wrong way and I say INTJ fits me much better! Some of the things in ISTJ were correct about me, but INTJ would be a better fit!

GirlWhoKnits (not verified) says...

I hate to tell you this kiddo, but being an INTJ isn't all that it's cracked up to sound like it is by the interwebs. Rarity=endangered, from the sounds of it, INTJ are most likely rare, because they have significant social skills deficiencies and have difficulties finding partners to reproduce with. I'm not sure how that can possibly be something you'd want. Frankly finding out that I was an INTJ was like getting a diagnosis for a mystery illness, that was pretty darn depressing.

Oh yeah, being a female INTJ sucks. Only in my work do I not stick out like a sore thumb. I'm the only female in events and meetings full of tech engineers. When I go out into the real world, males think I'm weird because I don't want to talk about dumb small crap and flirting, dumbest thing on earth.

Only a wannabe would think that being an INTJ sounds cool, or is somehow prestigious. It's not, so get over it.

TLM (not verified) says...

I know how difficult it is being a male intj, I can not even fathom how isolated you must feel. A good fit for you friendship or mate wise would be an FP, but male fp's are as rare as female intj's.

In general terms though, I encourage you to follow your better wisdom on things, and take your own first,best advice and ignore ignorant and "S" oriented comments like the one you are taking exception to with your post.

Best Regards

TLM

MetaKnight (not verified) says...

Being ISTJ doesn't mean you always follow what most of society considers normal/appropriate or that you love authority figures.

RBFSPosterChild (not verified) says...

Put it this way, if you were an actual INTJ, you'd be rather apathetic to the fact of whether or not your personality type was common. Obsessing about commonality is petty and irrelevant. You're way too passionate and emotional over something so trivial.
As a female INTJ, I'm considered a royal ball-buster by my coworkers. My parents think I'm socially awkward and unnecessarily eccentric. My relationships don't last long due to this perception my partners have over my "indifference", when in reality I am just in need of quiet time and isolation.
In nature, there is a hierarchy of energy and the food chain. Plants being the most abundant are at the bottom; while the top predator is the least abundant. It must be so for a reason, otherwise the food chain would not be able to sustain itself. In that spirit though, I understand the appeal, but the grass is always greener as the saying goes. Be happy with your place and learn more about yourself rather than your wishes to be something or someone else.

Guest (not verified) says...

Um... Chill?

mahseelah2788 says...

This is the second time I have taken this test, and it doesn't surprise me still.

jade ashleu (not verified) says...

I absolutely love the idea that only 1% of women think like me lol explains why they all friggin hate me so much haha, i say all us intj..ings? Gather and discuss, its so bloody difficult to find people that think on the same level as yourself!

Mohammed Ali Bhura (not verified) says...

Percentage of INTJ men and women in the population is interesting. It may be more interesting if region/country wise percentage is incorporated under the said heading.

Missjai.js31 says...

Perusing the list of careers are funny, I'm a CNA, have been for fifteen years. Granted, it's been the leverage I've had to propel upwards in the healthcare field, (I'm a unit clerk and take care of purchasing, medical records and scheduling) but there was a certain level of autonomy with it. Or I did my job correctly, efficiently, and with a lil flair of my wit so my nurses always left me alone. I've been asked to go back and be a nurse and I'm not interested! I like the medical records and purchasing aspect a lot about my job (go figure) lol!

Guest (not verified) says...

Scary accurate, I couldn't have described myself better.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is bang on for me. Regarding the religion aspect, I was raised in the Christian religion but by the age of 10 knew it wasn't for me. That's not to say that I don't believe in a higher power, I do believe there is some force out there. What I don't believe in is following a religion. Most religions are more about controlling others than about spirituality.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is very accurate in terms of describing me. However, I am quite religious whilst most INTJ's are unlikely to believe in a higher power. I have a very legal mind and actually wanted to train as a lawyer, so I do like analyzing systems. I hope to use this test to help inform me about my future career direction and choices.

JF (not verified) says...

I'm having a hell of a time at a high tech company in retail, because all they value are extroverts. Despite your more experience and high productivity, younger, more perky extroverts are routinely being promoted above me. Its driven me to take a leave of absence in order to regroup.

Has anyone else successfully negotiated these treacherous waters?

Guest (not verified) says...

I was in this exact situation ten years ago, I survived it by finding a boss who would listen and explain exactly how my particular skill set would benefit the company: I had a running list of all the top selling items in my department cross referenced with the highest grossing products and a training guide to get my coworkers to show the benefits of the higher grossing products as well as possible objections and road blocks. Basically I gave him everything I had, put my whole weird brain on the problem. Once I had his ear he realized my lack of perkiness wasn't so bad.

Guest (not verified) says...

Man I hate being an INTJ. It always sounds like we're mean dysfunctional people. Almost all of the descriptions scream "a-hole" when I read them. Not all of us relish being in this trait group as some sort of badge. There are significant downsides to being in this group. We don't do people well, and we're practically endangered because we suck at dating. :(

Guest (not verified) says...

I am confused I got this result.

Yes I over think things. I second-guess myself, it is like a OCD. I'm a perfectionist so much that I sabotage everything.
Yes I'm logical, but then I also am a dreamer and an idealist but then again also a realist.

I was an atheist but then leaned towards agnostic after learning more about different histories and cultures, so I can't rule out that there is something, I just won't have the knowledge or tools to discover it in my lifetime and I'm cool with that.

The one thing I dont like is that is says INTJ's like science and technology. I hate it and fear it's advancement because it is more for profit than for benefit and it will go too far, because the number rule of science isn't "why, but rather why not?"
No I am more into respecting nature and natural laws instead. I do like art but I feel art has taking on a new form in the new century to push agendas instead of reflecting life and dreams which was the aspects I liked most of art.
Pity.

OneWhoLoves (not verified) says...

It is understandable to hate what some humans have done with science: the atomic bomb, mustard gas, etc. Don't forget, though, that science is really a method for understanding nature and natural laws, and technology comprises the tools that we create from what we've observed and learned. Much good has come from scientific advancements. The ethics we apply with them make all the difference, whether we are scientists, politicians, managers, or anything else.
As for art, it sounds like your agendas are about nature, natural laws, and "life and dreams", worthy enough for great literature and art through the ages! Keep your highly attuned crap-meter alive, filter out others' less worthy agendas (in fact, call them on it, for the benefit of the less attuned), and do your own thing. We each have a unique role to play. Follow your intuitive instincts!

Ikasu (not verified) says...

This test describes me rather good. After looking into the MBTI theory and after analyzing various scenarios, I already knew that I'm an INTJ before taking this test. I got an unsure answer about my T/F-ratio, which I also can agree on, since I can recognize some strong traits from INFJ as well.

High school kid intj Guest (not verified) says...

Im 16 and an intj in a boarding school, while everyone else has a ambition in mind, i have totally no idea. I see that none of all jobs in the world suits me as my opinion towards anything and everything is never fixed. I am so passionate into trying out new stuffs, but i think is that neccessary? I wonder where my patience lies... The fundamental academic in 16: choose your subjects. And well, i have no idea and feel so helpless, easily irritable. My friends describe my ego at times as their nightmare, perhaps one of the reasons i m stucked to a bunch of same friends. I had two suicide plans previously after some mental breakdowns or stress however obviously the plans did not work out seeing that i m writing this post because i changed my mind. There was once i almost got nearer and more nearer to the 'light' or Illuminati, but not anymore. I hope i m done! Which i think i would never be...

Male INTJ (not verified) says...

Add Astronomy and Philosophy to the list! Both fields are mostly dominated by all _NT_ types (as far as I think). I'm an Astrophysics major, Math minor, and Philosophy minor myself, and I love those fields.

Guest sam (not verified) says...

i think the video gets me a good amount, but see the thing with the sticky emotional issues that i've seen with many of my friends aren't that hard for me. i put little emotion into my reasoning for fixing the problem but i'm not that cold. i have a good mood towards a lot of things because i think that pretty much anything can be fixed if people would either make a compromise or just forget about some silly emotional factor in the whole thing. i also think i am slightly more extroverted than most INTJ's because i have no fear in being social as some are. I honestly don't care whether i'm by myself or social, almost everything is just fine to me. Something i found funny was that this page says that INTJ's are least likely to believe in a higher power or god figure, I'm a christian XD. and no that is no hole in my personality of being intj, simply the existance of a God actually makes sense, evidence is not required to make a decision that there is a god. logic does. simple scientific logic says that there must be something to make something, so a god only makes sense. something out side of the law has to make the law, duh

Guest (not verified) says...

Why does existence HAVE to have a creator? Why can't existence always have existed? You shouldn't even have mentioned you were a Christian, literally the easiest religion to completely tear apart. I am weary to even believe you are an INTJ. You could possibly be an adolescent or a off INTJ. Probably not though.

MetaKnight (not verified) says...

First it's not possible for something to come from nothing, second your anti-Christian bigotry and elitism is disgusting.

Wolf (not verified) says...

Hillary Clinton and Al Gore have never taken an MBTI test and if they had, they have not shared it with the world. Neither is an INTJ and this site has made itself irrelevant by stating a belief that has no basis in fact.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hillary Clinton is not an INTJ. Maybe close, but no.

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