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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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Some random guy (not verified) says...

I honestly was really shocked at how relevant this information is...It's quite weird when you think your special, but these things have already been noticed and planned out.

Questioning (not verified) says...

Anybody notice that, despite INTJs allegedly representing a mere 2% of the population,the internet seems to be rife with them/us? Also, I question the accuracy of the Myers-Briggs test given that it seems to oversimplify the human experience into 4 major categories (despite the presence of 16 sub-categories). Are we to truly believe that 7 billion people will all think/act one of 16 ways?

Shawn Murphy (not verified) says...

Ramble of my thoughts and experiences as an INTJ.

I loved skimming through the comments. To me it was if the ones like "Perfect!.. This describes me 100%! :)", "so true", "I agree.... I was scared when I saw how accurate this was" are not INTJs. Then I skimmed down further and saw paragraphs. That's more like it. Of course not saying the above comments were not done by INTJs just seem improbable.

When I graduated College in 2008 is when Myer Briggs was introduced to me (good friend ENTJ). At the time he showed me this I was analyzing my flaws and trying to make sense of them. Kinda went loopy since I started to see things my other friends couldn't understand because to me it made so much sense with no social approval (I figured because the life scenarios I were rambling on about are usually answered with emotional response over logic by the general population). I then read a psychology text book that also helped to piece my theories together. For instance disorders, mental age and perception.

Perception is a major one. I was ever into people growing up but not being able to conquer my flaws bothered me. Movies, detective shows, and music really helped me to imagine putting myself into someone else's shoes. Why and how, how and why make up these characters? Why and how, how and why did this individual have that motive? What kind of person does this song describe or appeal to ("Kimbra - Settle Down" I liked because to me it's insight into a completely different world)?

Sociology and physiology are not considered natural sciences. However if it does not exist in nature than how does it exist at all?

Darah (not verified) says...

Well, I'm the 1% of women that is an INTJ. Everything is spot-on.
And yes, I'm non-religious and perpetuate the stereotype of atheist INTJs. NO SHAME.

Guest (not verified) says...

My mind is always occupied with unnecessary opinions for everything.. I don't really like this aspect of my personality but I don't know how to stop it. It's how my mind automatically perceive my surrounding.. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to reduce it? I have a tendency to upset people unintentionally because of this..

A 6th grader passing college tests (not verified) says...

Say little. If you talk a lot then only do it with small groups of people, say 3-4 other people. That's what I do

Starlyn T (not verified) says...

Somehow I am a web developer starting a hosting business lol I am already in one of the careers am suppose to. I am wondering how would we do as travel agents?

lionel monash hurst (not verified) says...

From many of the comments, it seems that fellow members of this group revel in vanity, believing themselves to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. This seems to test the validity of the analysis, which I suspect is quite blurry in some areas, rather like the astrology readings in the newspapers. To be true to type one must seriously question both the reasoning and interpretation of results by the originators of the tests. There are almost certainly numerous sub-groups which, if carefully researched would indicate interesting additional results. This, of course, creates a paradox - you can't be true to type and question the validity of the types, can you?

Guy Gadbois (not verified) says...

Geez, this is almost like what I imagine a self-help group would be like: "Hi. My name is (name). I'm an INTJ".

I remember telling a couple of people how I found it amazing that I could be surrounded by a thousand people and still feel all alone. Either they didn't understand or they thought I was going to hurt myself, so I decided that was best an "inside thought" and stopped telling people. I'm over 50 now and I don't like being an INTJ. It's almost like self-exile. I understand, appreciate and respect the characteristics, but the yin to that yang is it's like a sacrifice where while one is happily working and focused on the betterment of society so to say, the result is exclusion from it. Oddly enough, working as a business consultant has provided me not only the opportunity to work in a capacity which fits me, but it has forced me to work on skills which don't come natural to me and the driving factor in that is if I don't handle clients properly, even if I'm right I'm out of a job because I'm an asshole and they don't want to work with me. So I've learned how to do some of that touchy-feely, inane, brain-rotting crap.

I can now accept the fact that people don't always hold themselves to the same standards I do, usually don't follow the same logic I do, or perform to the same level I would like them to. It makes me sad but I can understand it, and that helps a lot. The parenting is dead-on. I tell my kids, "You are not allowed to make the same mistakes I did. You must make new ones". Then I tell them a lot of Stupid Dad stories, they laugh their butts off and then we do a hotwash on the story after, and pray they learn from it. I can be very curt and direct. This is how I prefer people to deal with me.

Romance is tough and I'm as thick as a tree root when it comes to sensing and picking up on subtle clues. On the other hand I am a romantic and I love physical contact. Holding hands, dancing close, watching a movie or TV w/ my loved one smashed right up next to me. I fall asleep every night with my hand touching my wife. Head, shoulder, forearm - doesn't matter. Love hugs and kisses, can't get enough. It was very difficult to find someone who could tolerate me but I knew if I settled I would be worse off than if I just waited it out. Sometimes I was lonely and sometimes I was happy being alone but when the time came for my wife to come into my life, it was good timing and fortunate to find someone who "got" me. On the other hand, not big into talking about my "feelings". The thing that frustrates me the most on this particular topic is when someone tries to interpret what I am saying when in fact I am saying exactly what I want to say. No hidden message. And when I say I don't feel anything about something, I really don't, and no, I do not find that odd. Next topic.

I'm also a Christian and I believe with no doubt in the existence of God. My challenge comes with humans, i.e. the imperfect, trying to interpret and relay the meaning and intent of the Perfect, i.e. God. By rights and when I think about it, logically I should be an agnostic at best but I have always believed in God. Can't explain it. It's just always been there; and absolute truth for me. I'm the kind of person where if you tell me to take a step forward I'll take 3 back just to show you, so the theory of having someone brainwash me into my belief doesn't hold water. I'm more inclined to follow the theory of free will to explain why most things happen to us v. destiny but I also believe in occasional intervention. I don't believe in "divine mystery" as much as I do mortal ignorance. I don't think God hides His intentions. I think we're just too stupid to understand them. Yes, even the INTJs. :^D

Anyway, probably wrote too much for most people to care to read so if you made it this far - thanks. Back to the island of one in a sea of thousands.

Guest (not verified) says...

An INTJ group just seems paradoxical

Guest (not verified) says...

When I took the test a few years ago I didnt really pay attention to it, I know Im definitely an Introvert but the rests not so sure. I just took it again and this time I found that this really accurately describes me, to the t. Well, at my workplace I've always despised my coworkers that I viewed as being less competent, not finishing their tasks, checking their phones constantly, omg I hate them soooo sooo much I dont even want to talk to them except if it is work related. I also hate chit chat, so useless esp at the office, where I think ppl should just finish their work before spending time walking around the office and talk nonsense. I become really ignorant of other ppl whom I see as incompetent and not as intelligent, in other words, i fear myself and what I turned into. I was not like this when I first graduated college more than a decade ago! What changed? I used to like socializing, well, never much of a talker since I am an introvert, but I did not want to miss out so I went to happy hour and got to know ppl. Well, now I am perfectly content staying home, reading and analyzing things, thinking and more thinking. Whether it's the state of the earth with global warming looming, US presidency, terrorism, or just what I need to do at work. Why did I turn out this way?

I work restlessly, not because of a deadline but because I set my own standard on what I want to accomplish. I cannot say I am a leader, because I despise set rules and conforming to them when I don't think they make sense to me. However, when I work on a project all the managers rely on me because of my speed and knowledge. Noone will deny that I am one of the very few who can do what I do with extreme efficiency, accuracy and precision.

I don't ever go to happy hour anymore, I also don't try to know anyone that I see as beneath me, I prefer to do things myself because I don't have any expectation that other ppl in the office will be able to do them as well as I can. At work, I am very confident of my skills that I know I am good at, but overtime I realize communication is nvr going to be my strong points. I can write a good email, but in actual meeting I nvr know how to present myself well, which is why I loathe interviews. I value ppl that are hardworking and intelligent, but hate ppl who like to talk but nvr finish their tasks, the Entertainer type. Now I know why I dont like this person, haha, that is so interesting!

I like intellectually stimulating conversations, but hate arrogant ppl, which is ironic because INTJ is also described as being arrogant. In general maybe I just dont like ppl. I'd rather do what I know, and I get better and better at it that there really is not much that will escape my watch. I always strive to improve myself, but atthe same time, I hate that I cannot not look down on other ppl... I really dont want to be this way, but these ppl are killing me, they do their work sloppily and I always have to fix their work, to the point where I cease all communication with them except where absolutely necessary to get the work done. Don't expect me to ask you how you weekend goes, that is not what an INTJ does, omg it makes sense now because I thought I was a freak, but I feel better knowing there are others like me out there.

When ppl ask me questions and I try to answer them, I ponder if I should give them the long or short answer. Well if they are smart, I'll give them the long answer, if not, or if I dont really like them, I give them the short answer. It doesnt matter anyway, most of the time they dont really do as I say, well, if they did, good for them. If not, well if they work with me I will put them in my black list and not ever talk to them again unless absolutely necessary, or if they work on other projects where I am not involved, then goodluck. Haha.

In conclusion, I agree that INTJs are very selective when it comes to socializing, and who to let into their circles. The reason being, I hate mindless gossiping, and talking abt other ppl's personal lives bore me. Is it because I am too selfish? Or just a personality trait? I dont like taking selfie of myself like most of my friends. I use my fb acct as my posting board of things I read that I find interesting, not to post about what I'm doing or where I'm at, like most ppl. I prefer reading to watching, because I can read pretty fast but watching is hard because you cannot fastforward and understand the video at the same time. In short, the whole thing written abt INTJ is a perfect description of myself, minus the leadership skill, which I prefer to do behind the scene, I am perfectly capable to do anything and everything I set my mind to do, and being a stay at home parent is the least thing I want to do, again, very spot on. About religion, I have my informed opinions abt different religions, as I studied them a little bit, and I arrived at the conclusion that I am an atheist after all. The more you learn abt a religion, the more you see what ppl w religion do to others, the more inclined you are to be an atheist, don't you think? I don't want to go into details, but with so much terrorism, sexual crimes, pedophilia, etc etc plaguing ppl who are supposed to be God's beacons, I'd rather look elsewhere for enlightenment! Lol.

Luke in Healdsburg (not verified) says...

I'm not so sure INTJs are as confident as we may seem. INTJs tend to accept new ideas and views based exclusively on reason, fact and demonstration. The "everybody says" arguments rarely hold water with us. This gives the appearance of supreme confidence, but in fact, an INTJ will seamlessly change long held beliefs with little fuss when contradictory ideas are presented in a reasoned way.

Is confidence in our ideas (and the methods we use to come to conclusions) the same as self confidence? I'm not so sure. If it was, INTJs would rule the world.

whitegirlinasia (not verified) says...

This site told me that my thinking perceiving scores were tied so they couldn't judge if I was an INTP or and INTJ. I took a peek at the comments section of the INTP people and they were debating someone's statement that "This profile is 100% accurate at describing them" because he/she was a sample size of one. And I instantly knew I wasn't an INTP. To nitpick someone expressing a personal experience simply to invalidate them as an INTP, because they displayed un-INTP behavior, is the most banal drivel I have seen in a while.

I was reading on another site that INTJ women often run into trouble because they don't care about gender roles (which goes along with the whole not caring about hierarchy thing) and I flashed back to the time I told my mother I really don't think of myself as female. The look of horror on her face was priceless. She loves all the typical womanly stuff. Decorating the house, jewelry, baking, cooking, looking feminine.

ameliaruby says...

What do you think of an INTJ getting a job as a chef? I know it's not science or law, but it's something that might express the INTJ's creative side.

Medicine Woman (not verified) says...

I'm a highly spiritual female INTJ. Restrictions and limitations just don't work for me. Freedom to explore all areas of my mind and my physical world is very important to me. I have a hard time listening to people with limitations on their own mind talk. I loved reading this description as it helps me to better understand myself and further improve myself.

As an herbalist and entrepreneur I spend a lot of time researching then bringing my ideas to life. I once had a boring and meaningless job. I decided to teach myself German as a second language to keep my brain from melting :-).

I think religion is a cage for the mind and spirit. I disliked it from a very young age. High rates of consumption, lack of social responsibility and sustainability really ruffles my feathers. I once came home from a trip to Germany to find a fridge full of warm vegetables. Call a repair man? No. Get a new fridge? No. Borrow my neighbors tools and fix it myself? Yes! Now I know all about how to maintain appliances and troubleshoot issues.

INTJ's are an interesting bunch. I'm the type to see things, quickly understand concepts and mechanisms that make things work, then apply them to anything else where the concept can improve the efficiency. It's so innate I don't even realize it's happening. I like to make life easier and less non-sensical. I equate inefficiency with insanity. Money doesn't drive me, purpose does. I create my own world.

Number (not verified) says...

Extremely private, where it is almost like I live two seperate lives. There is church because I do believe in God- to me it is completely logical and there is no other way around it. I can't quite give in to altering my lifestyle for my belief because I can't handle giving up my control. Depeche mode states it perfectly, "I give in to sin because you have to make this life livable". Just a song but very true.
I used to get in to debating theology with others but the isolation this brings isn't received as a respected privacy. I'm allowed to my ideas, as are you. I won't push mine off on you. However I'm right. I won't say anything at all. The response I receive is more that I am hated and I have come to realize no one's ideas are accepted if they are different in any group. This is ok.

I feel like the Facebook troll- read, nod, scroll, read- form a response in my head, scroll. Commenting anywhere is not normal. I'm ok with this. People studying is something I really like. Anyone's interest here I'm assuming is to better see what is similar between the intj personality. Maybe some of what I'm adding strikes a chord with whomever is giving this time.

Continuing.. Second life is the club where I go to people watch (and feel home cocooned in music too loud for anyone to demand any sort of justification of anything) watching transvestites and other misjudged people live freely and not give a damn to justify themselves either in how they live their own lives.

Dating as in intj female is hard. I do have feelings. I'm guarded over them because they feed the feeling types - too encouraging to settle with me. Gets me in situations that I hate to be in. In the moment I share these I'm suddenly someone to watch over or "baby". Not that I can't appreciate someone ordering a drink for me or wanting time with me. But there never seems to be an in between. I don't belong to anyone because I can not let someone step in and control me. There always seems to be some hidden way to do that. Share an account then they want to know why you were eating at a sushi place at four in the morning. Why? Why not? Why is it your business? So having someone I am just physical with suits me although I've read intj hate casual. How can it be?
I don't need to explain what I do and hate feeling like I owe any sort of formal introduction to what I'm about to do when I decide I'm going to do something. Sorry I worked all day and I am very tired I need to go to bed. No - it is goodnight.

My quietness conveys to some that I am shy. If I am with someone that is assuming I am theirs then suddenly speaking to someone else must mean I am inebriated and should be cut off and my keys taken away.
This is harder still, being soft spoken and petite.

It's why I count two friends and one hears the surface story of one life and the other hears the other.
I'm perfectly capable of managing both and do it alone. It isn't because I feel like I owe them the respect of not doing things they would tell me not to do so much as it is that I hate having to explain. They might want to tag along and suddenly I have no control over my own experiences.
I fought this for years trying to figure out a way towards connecting with others figuring that I must somehow be damaged. Maybe even I should see a psychologist. But anything else seems out of the ordinary for me or exaggerated and fake.
Then I hate the second guessing of my actions and laying in bed combing over every tiny thing spoken to see where I might have mixed signals to someone. Seems that saying I'm misunderstood and always need to explain myself is a theme for the intj. But just accepting that I don't have to be appreciated, I don't have to be supported, I don't have to be understood; secrets are something that I can keep the world from attacking makes me feel liberated.
Maybe none of this makes sense to anyone else because even being in a category together we're all led differently and were let down in different ways.
I don't feel isolated in these shoes as I did growing up. I wouldn't trade them. I do feel that I cheat others in ever fully knowing me. But can't comfortably change that.

E (not verified) says...

Hmmmm just 2% of the population huh? OK Ladies: If you are single and attractive and If you want a smart man, who knows what love is, hit me up. I am a rarity apparently. I always knew it, just never shouting it out since I didn't want to come off arrogant. But hey, according to this I should have been! LOL

Matthias warnock (not verified) says...

Wonder where they get all this stuff? its so true!

Guest (not verified) says...

I bet more than half of you aren't actually INTJ matches...just like it because it is one of the most rare. Such an analytical personality type most certainly is hard to deal with; not as positive as some of you are so assertive about. I find it amusing how many of you are exerting non-matching qualities. Such analytics, organization, and attention to detail would not allow for so many grammatical and spelling errors. Quit lying to yourselves...

Simulacrum (not verified) says...

For myself, I had a near 50/50 split between INTP(51%) and INTJ(49%). As such, I don't know whether I qualify as one or not, though this seems random, what's your thoughts?

Guest (not verified) says...

Ok. I can see I am an INTJ but with heart failures ;/

Guest (not verified) says...

look up socionics if your an intj

Guest (not verified) says...

I am very interested to know more about myself good thing that we got definition for who we are as an intellectual. I got interested in many subjects: nlp; memory techniques; philosophy; quantum physics; meta physics; paranormal psychology; theology; psycho analysis; neuroscience; rhetoric; history; natural science; writing; speaking seven languages; cases of past lives ect. If anyone is interested please let us exchange thoughts on these subjects. thanks.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ also. Interested in philosophy; mechanics;neuroscience; psychology; theology; psycho analysis; game theory ;writting...

BrianC (not verified) says...

Absolutely fit the profile, however when it comes to career choices, I'm nowhere near it. Hate mathematics, don't have the extroverted personality to be in law, and can't handle my own finances much less someone else's. I'm currently in school to get my degree in school counseling, where my heart really is.

Pedrotomcat (not verified) says...

Can this type of personality changes?
Sometimes i feel I become an extrovert when i'm in the class, and feel back to being an introvert when the class has finished

Guest (not verified) says...

Third time testing mine, all say INTJ

ADN2691! (not verified) says...

I am definitely spiritual vs. Religious. I have struggled and studied with belief most of my life, being raised strict Southern Bsptist. It absolutely makes sense to me that there is a God and possibly something that we are all apart of. Each religions interpretation of the Bible has gotten so out of hand that you cannot identify with any. However I respect anyone's beliefs or non-beliefs and the comment "an agnostic is an atheist without balls" is absolutely an insult. Yes, us INTJ's are opinionated, but, we don't always harm people deliberately. My guess is, that statement was not meant to harm deliberately either LOL.

Guest (not verified) says...

The most frustrating thing about being an INTJ is dealing with other people - most of whom are idiots. I like to lean toward the premise that we are more highly evolved humans who don't baste ourselves in useless emotions. One of the most puzzling, frustrating and unsolvable puzzles is why there are so many emotional idiots among the human species. How is that useful? What is their purpose - other than to be "enslaved" by the likes of us.

Curious Mature Female INTJ (not verified) says...

I want to read every post by an INTJ to scour for verification that, whilst scattered and hidden within the general population, there is a solid group of people out there that think much the way I do. I think INTJ's can move easily among other types although we are always removed from intimacy with them and whilst never considering giving up one's perspective or 'fitting in', one does becomes weary of being amongst people to whom one does not relate well. When I found type I embraced it with a passion. It helped to frame the world and to explain my differences to so much of that world. I love the fact that there is a 'science' that explains who I am as a type and have come to think that I should attach pages such as these to job applications so potential employers can have clear insight into who they might be taking on, why a job may not be a match but more importantly why I would be perfect for certain positions in ways that a resume cannot adequately portray. I am deeply curious about relationships other INTJs have and the anecdotal stories on how they met a partner, whether the relationship survived and how, with an INTJ pairing, they ever got past their reserved and measured ways of relating to actually get together!. Interestingly I have a very clearly formulated theory on a higher power (yes I suppose the reference to theory is very INTJ) and believe in reincarnation and that we come into this world with our type brain wiring so as to be inclined towards experiencing those life challenges that force us to meet and deal with our 'issues'. For me absolutely everything has a purpose and can be explained……it may just be that we have yet to arrive at a proper understanding. In parting I should say that the one thing I think type does give me is a sense of control over those around me…..if I understand their type, I can understand how they will behave…… and yes I might just use that to achieve my objectives……..noble and unimpeachable of course as they always are!!!!!!

anon mastermind (not verified) says...

This is awesomely true. 100% accurate.actually i used to think i was weird and antisocial and felt like a reject. This has tremendously boosted my confidence.thanks

Maxine (not verified) says...

I've been trying to learn more about myself lately as I've recently been finding life more difficult. I've learnt that I am likely to be an INTJ personality type. From what i've read, I can kind of see why people might find me rude/awkward. I don't mean to be.. either way, an interesting read. =]

Guest (not verified) says...

Basically it has just described every job there ever was, narrow the list down a bit please and be more confident in making definite statements that are borderline true.

AC (not verified) says...

This is spot on. I took this test when I was 18 and a sophomore in college. My prof was ecstatic d/t his "rare find." I took the test home. Turns out that my mother and brother are also INTJ. Nature or nurture, I wonder? I wonder about everything. People have told me that I am exhausting. "Why do you have to think about everything? "

Because I am me. I am relentless. I hunger for truth. I will endeavor and pursue and hope and push. I will question.

I don't perceive the world as others do. That's ok. This test has given me insight and freedom.

I don't relate.... most of the time. It's ok.

Guest (not verified) says...

Many of the traits for INTJ can also be found in those with IQs high enough to be considered gifted. (Though IQ is not the sole indicator of giftedness since learning disabilities and other factors can throw off test scores.) IQ is largely inherited.

Beks (not verified) says...

What I find hilarious is that I've tried a lot of the jobs in the 'not ideal section' definitely given me some food for thought.....maybe try and up my game a bit
INTJ's can do so much better

Guest (not verified) says...

This chat proves that not all INTJs are smart, religion is not logical and if you think so then your logical analysis isn't entirely logical

Random INTJ (not verified) says...

So, we have all plans for world domination but when do we get them out to check logic, probability and declare the winner?

Abelhawk (not verified) says...

This perfectly describes me, which is rather comforting! I am very religious, however, though I do get caught up on the perfectionism of being religious (i.e. letter of the law) rather than the spirit of the law sometimes. I'm happily married, but I do need a lot of alone time when I can get it, and one of my primary focuses from day to day is on projects, learning, and intellectual stimulation. I love board games, and for me, the more complicated they are, the better.

INTJ Guest (not verified) says...

Hello everyone. I skimmed through this comment section and realized that my opinions are different from everybody else's. So, if you don't mind, I will like to share them with you all.
I will in particular highlight my opinions on religion. I consider myself atheist. Why is that? I believe in the scientific theory, where chaos is what created the universe as we know it. Don't get me wrong, I understand people who think otherwise. It is very easy to believe in the creator theory. The similarity of the creator theory to real world social hierarchies makes it easy to understand, and the completeness of it makes people trust much more than the scientific theory. However, simplicity does not always mean correctness. Over the centuries the believes of the church were busted one by one, while the scientific theory continues to get more and more support. Many logical and practical experiments show that the universe is created by chaos.
What I will say is this: as easy it is to believe in it, religion on is illogical.

an INTJ (not verified) says...

Oh this is our brotherhood
at last a bunch of people who share my same thoughts

BF (not verified) says...

I think we INTJ's know intuitively there is a higher power, God or whoever, but we just see through the systems that perport to represent him. We can see where those systems need fixing (Don't - I repeat, DON'T - attempt it!!), and how they perpetuate themselves and their silly ways. But the Almighty remains in spite of the systems. And we are privately and genuinely thankful for that.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a 12 yr old girl, and a proud INTJ. When my teacher was reading us a poem about the "strength of inner quiet" earlier today I just thought, "It's kinda sad, but I don't have that strength. I think so much, it's never quiet."

Zoey (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ and completely shocked by how accurate this is. I am spiritual, though, Roman Catholic.
I always doubt others' compliments or gestures of affection as ingenuine. Is this related to INTJ characteristic at all or I'm just cynical ?

Genderfluid INTJ (not verified) says...

We're basically all Sherlock Holmes

Guest (not verified) says...

Nope ! It is Moriarty. Sherlock is not INTJ. He did not have a strategic plan, but moriarty does.

Guest (not verified) says...

A person's statement is and always will be grounded on belief. It will be nice if your belief is grounded on logic.

Laura Davis (not verified) says...

It's been entertaining reading an INTJ discussion thread, where the characteristics are writ large. I have a moderate preference for I, really strong for N, and am borderline for T and J. My life has followed closely the INTJ story, at 61 happiest single in an intellectually challenging job in a university setting and read books on cosmology for fun!

Aditi (not verified) says...

Ha! I am suddenly realising what I am!!!!

Diana Mann (not verified) says...

I'm really not sure what all the fuss is about. Why do I have to even think about an afterlife? What will happen or not happen when we die will either happen or not happen. Death will result in oblivion and you will be gone, or there will be 'something,' and it won't be what you thought it would be anyway. Focus on the here and now and live as ethically as you can. Just my two cents!

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