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The INTJ Personality Type

INTJs are analytical problem-solvers, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas. They have a talent for seeing possibilities for improvement, whether at work, at home, or in themselves.

Often intellectual, INTJs enjoy logical reasoning and complex problem-solving. They approach life by analyzing the theory behind what they see, and are typically focused inward, on their own thoughtful study of the world around them. INTJs are drawn to logical systems and are much less comfortable with the unpredictable nature of other people and their emotions. They are typically independent and selective about their relationships, preferring to associate with people who they find intellectually stimulating.

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What does INTJ stand for?

INTJ is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging. INTJ indicates a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging). INTJs are sometimes referred to as Mastermind personalities because of their strategic, logical way of thinking.

How common is the INTJ personality type?

INTJ is the third rarest type in the population, and the rarest type among women (with ENTJ). INTJs make up:

  • 2% of the general population
  • 3% of men
  • 1% of women

Famous INTJs

Famous INTJs include Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Dwight Eisenhower, Alan Greenspan, Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Ayn Rand, Isaac Asimov, Lewis Carroll, Cormac McCarthy, and Sir Isaac Newton.

INTJ Values and Motivations

INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals.

INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

How Others See the INTJ

INTJs are typically reserved and serious, and seem to spend a lot of time thinking. They are curious about the world around them and often want to know the principle behind what they see. They thoroughly examine the information they receive, and if asked a question, will typically consider it at length before presenting a careful, complex answer. INTJs think critically and clearly, and often have an idea about how to do something more efficiently. They can be blunt in their presentation, and often communicate in terms of the larger strategy, leaving out the details.

Although INTJs aren’t usually warm or particularly gregarious, they tend to have a self-assured manner with people based on their own security in their intelligence. They relate their ideas with confidence, and once they have arrived at a conclusion they fully expect others to see the wisdom in their perceptions. They are typically perfectionists and appreciate an environment of intellectual challenge. They enjoy discussing interesting ideas, and may get themselves into trouble because of their take-no-prisoners attitude: if someone’s beliefs don’t make logical sense, the Mastermind typically has no qualms about pointing that out.

INTJ Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for the INTJ include reading, cultural events, taking classes, appreciating art, computers and video games, and independent sports such as swimming, backpacking, or running marathons.

Facts about INTJs

Interesting facts about the INTJ:

  • On personality trait measures, score as Discreet, Industrious, Logical, Deliberate, Self-Confident, and Methodical
  • Among types least likely to suffer heart disease and cardiac problems
  • Least likely of all the types to believe in a higher spiritual power
  • One of two types with highest college GPA
  • Among types with highest income
  • Personal values include Achievement
  • Of all types, least likely to state that they value Home/family, Financial security, Relationships & friendships, and Community service
  • Overrepresented among MBA students and female small business owners
  • Commonly found in scientific or technical fields, computer occupations, and legal professions

Source: MBTI Manual

Quotes About INTJs

"INTJs are the most independent of all the sixteen types and take more or less conscious pride in that independence."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"Difficulties are highly stimulating to INTJs, who love responding to a problem that requires a creative solution."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"Their capacity for intellectual and conceptual clarity gives INTJs both vision and the will to see it through to completion—leadership qualities that are prized in our society."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

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Lim Lynn (not verified) says...

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.

Anon (not verified) says...

This is extremely accurate.

Alger (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more.

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.

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.

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...

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 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 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.

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 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...

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?

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.

Vulcan (not verified) says...

That is hilarious because it's true. 

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.

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........

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.

jaldasrinivasrao says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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...

wow, that describes me perfectly. HELL YEAH INTJSSSSSS

JAOV (not verified) says...

So, these tests say I'm an INTJ. I majored in mechanical engineering in school, but I didn't finish. I've worked in many of the fields that the polls show that I would hate. I really don't care how anything looks, as long as it's perfect! Lol. The INTJ profile does fit me, everyone around me in my tax bracket says that I'm related to Mr. Spock from Star Trek somehow. I've never really fit in anywhere. I hate my life. I've tried and tried to find the equations to why people are so, for lack of a better word, "illogical". Even those that I dearly love have grown to dislike me because I try to decipher their actions into something that I can understand. I'm at a point where I can't function anymore because I do have feelings. Being this INTJ personality may be great for planning a 10 mile tunnel or city wide geodesic system but how do you deal with kids doing drugs that destroy their minds, a spouse that would demolish years of planning and love for a fling? It gets worse for an INTJ. I wish I'd found an accelerator tunnel to hide away in when I was young.

Guest (not verified) says...

very accurate guess thats y im rather bad with ppl

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Alexandra (not verified) says...

I think this all fits very well and I was pleased to see the section on parenting. I am only 20, not yet a parent, but have always kind of wondered about whether I would be good with raising children because of how analytical I am.
I am glad to know there are others like me and I in some ways draw reassurance from the fact that I am part of a personality type that holds less than 1% of females, if only because it helps me understand why others don't understand my behaviors most of the time- they've likely not really know an INTJ before, and if they have it is less likely that it was a woman. I am very independent and most of the time quite confident in myself but all humans need to feel like they are not facing this life entirely alone.
I would lastly put in that although I do not necessarily care to be around groups of people (and often crave the company of a single intelligent conversationalist) I can be very outgoing when the situation calls for it and I would most likely attribute any residual shyness to my only child upbringing in a quiet house.
I do love that most of these responses are so well thought out and executed. From here on out, INTJ's when you're feeling misunderstood or under appreciated know that you are not alone!

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

Why don't we make a community website? Somewhere we can talk to each-other in a kinda social sense. It would kill this alienation problem we all notice and give us that sense of community. Yeah we aren't of a group as supervisors or architects but It would be better than nothing. Just a suggestion.

Guest (not verified) says...

Why are so many people proud to be this type? I am an INTJ, like the rest of you, that just cant connect to the vast majority of the general population and it is the single worst quality in myself. People see us as too cynical, often mistaken for pessimism. I don't know about any of you, but I would trade some of my clarity any day for a little bit of ignorance. Seeing the world for what it really is may be useful, but it is in no way comforting.

Anon (not verified) says...

Each category is an excellent description of my personality.

I'm 22 and working a minimum wage job. My work is easy but I'm only doing it because I feel totally lost and confused in regards to choosing a career that will be rewarding on a personal level. Naturally, I have many interests and enjoy learning for my own personal development, but I feel it is precisely that that makes me feel lost and confused. It's easy to feel indifferent or happy on a good day or when I don't think about my current state, but when I do think about it, I just feel sad because I'm truly discontent. I need creative and intellectual stimulation to make me happy, but my current work doesn't really call for either and I don't get enough of it on my own. I just don't know what to do and my feelings of discontent are at an all-time high. I'm making it a goal to enroll in classes by Spring. I feel I should take courses in different fields of study to get an idea of what it is I feel most "natural" doing and then I'll go from there. I just hope I find something, because I can't go on like this.

I was reading through the comments and some things really stood out to me. It's so true what another INTJ here said; we have to simplify our thoughts when we speak to others because they won't understand or they'll think we're weird. Most times it's easiest to not speak at all. This make us seem like pompous, intellectual elitists, but everyone is like this, different people just look for different things. There's only been a tiny handful of actual friends in my life and only one kindred spirit, but most people in my life are JUST people, including most of my family and "friends" I've known for years. I can honestly say that my relationships with most people are superficial because our only bond will be over trivial things but absolutely nothing that counts. Because I'm also pretty socially selective, I hardly ever bother talking to anyone in real life.

The "hanging out in bed together" comment - I couldn't have put it better myself! Society puts too much emphasis on the importance of sex and "showing" affection and I feel that kind of thinking is partly why so many people spend their lives looking to fulfill stupid fantasies and fairy tales. I want to throw up every time I have to listen to people (mostly the young) talk about how their relationships aren't "what they used to be" because their partner doesn't sweet talk or doesn't tell them how cute they are anymore and all that nonsense. Why can't more people see that it just means they're past the wooing stage?! If more people layed out their mess honestly for their partner or just cut the BS from the start, things would be so much easier and I truly believe people would be happier with one another. Whether a relationship is platonic or not, ALL relationships are nice and sweet in the beginning because neither person is comfortable enough with one another to jump right into personal details or touchy subjects before they've had a chance to get to know each other better. I got a little off-topic concerning sex, but that's really my biggest gripe about relationships. Sex and flowers and compliments aren't the most important things in truly honest and loving relationships.

Free_Nemo (not verified) says...

I'm 30 and self employed, everything works best when I'm the boss. I've had many jobs, from stocking shelves at Office Depot... I got employee of the month for organizing the entire store (surprisingly I liked this job but not nearly enough pay). I've worked on a lot of construction jobs. Including being a supervisor for a modular construction company (I heard the name a$$hole or worse behind my back and to my face more times then I care to count, fired some of them... but if they were working when I heard it good for them, $hit duty until their attitude and mine improved, I feel the need to justice my actions and if I could get a grown man to pick up other peoples trash and then come ask me what else needs to be done, then they could regain a small fraction of my respect and go back to doing their regular job.

Now being self employed with this personality is a challenge. Mainly cultivating relationships with contractors, is the biggest challenge and the cause of many anxiety attacks. But the plus is once a contractor sees the quality of the work I do and realizes that the value goes beyond just getting the job done, but any questions that they have will be answered just as soon I have a solution (which should be right about now.) Their entire thought process is changed and they can come to me with questions or just ask me what needs to be done, how much is it going to cost and how long is it going to take. In a nutshell they see that it more cost efficient to pay me to sweat the details and they learn to trust my process and my judgement. I'm a tile setter and only work on high end custom residential construction jobs.

However my life still fells lacking. I've reached a peak in my ability to perfect the art of tiling to any degree higher than perfect, and once perfection is achieved I start to loose ambition. I've been able to counter this for the time being by creating a bid calculator in ms excel that is on the verge of being a computer program in its own right. This gives me the need to validate the software's output in the real world so I continue to go to work and make money. In addition I decided that I'm going to build a web page for my company, so my thirst for knowledge is being quenched as I learn to code using html/css, java, ruby and a couple other coding programs. Some websites I find very useful are codecademy and if you just seek knowledge try the khan academy. By the way all people with INTJ should learn how to code, computers do what you tell them to do and its fun to figure out how to talk to a computer and get a logical response or action.

I'm also thinking for the 12th year in row that I should go to college. This is a difficult thought, because it means admitting that their are limits to what I can learn on my own. I love physics but building a large hadron collider of my own might raise some eye brows and unfortunately I'm lacking the billions of dollars needed. I'm not saying I want to be a physicist, that's just the largest most expensive machine that I would like to play around with. I have an engineering mindset and I reverse engineer most objects or concepts that I encounter. So for me the question of what to go to college for is relatively easy, just narrow the list down to the most exciting job in the least attractive occupation. I'm thinking maybe inner space engineering. I'm a pyro and love watching rockets takeoff or explode, as long as know one is hurt or killed. I hold astronauts in the highest regard and morn ever life lost to the space program. They are my true heroes people willing to trust their lives with an engineers knowledge to further the cause of knowledge.

And love. I've been in love and I know the feeling of being loved. But relationships are extremely difficult for me. I've tried dating sites and just ended up with a steady stream of junk mail. If I have one more date in my life I'll probably be extremely lucky and muck it up completely, as always. I still try though with the hope that one day I'll run into another INTJ. Unfortunately I'll probably literally have to run into them, knock them down, and when we both realize that were at fault it'll be love at first sight after the swelling goes down.

Religion. I might as well give my view on this also and add to the monolog. I haven't figured out the universe yet. So I admit their might be a dog. I don't subscribe to any religious ideology, because of mans ability to subversive knowledge for personal gain. I believe Jesus was an extraordinary man and most of his teachings are easily validated and make moral sense. I have no patience for someone who will argue that the world was built in seven days, in my thinking the jobs not yet completed. My other dislike of religion is purely personal but I was required to sing Christmas carols in front of a large congregation as a child, actually I was forced to stand on stage while my peers sang carols and I tried not to faint from my anxiety attacks, sometimes unsuccessfully. To this day I have a deep hatred of Christmas solely for that reason and only "celebrate" it to make my family happy and avoid that argument. As soon as they start singing or playing carols I quietly slip away until the next year.

I don't know if this answers anything or just validates that I'm INTJ. Also my IQ is in the 170 - 180 range.

Jeremiah (not verified) says...

It seems as though there are two commonalities among commenters who identify as INTJ:

1. Depression seems to be fairly common
2. Weight-gain and problems with weight

My guess is that the two might be correlated in some way, maybe even causually. INTJ's may be more susceptible to depression, due to their inward-focused nature, and perhaps because their unusual combination of personality traits make it harder for them to fit in with society at large. The need to be challenged intellectually and to find a career that is fulfilling also seem related to these emotional conundrums. The eating issues are probably partly because of the changes in our diets over the course of several generations (more grains and sugars), to the decrease in exercise, and to other cultural factors. However, I have a feeling that the fact that INTJ's are so focused on the intellectual and internal persuits, we may simply not be paying attention to what we're doing when we eat. Eating is not that exciting intellectually, so they may sublimate it and do it automatically. Because eating is no longer consciously controlled, the vaunted powers of logical and strategic planning become difficult to apply.

I would suggest that INTJ's create plans for themselves which make the correct behavior inevitable in terms of eating and exercising:

* Plan your meals and diet well in advance, always use a shopping list
* Carry approved snacks with you, so that if you notice you are hungry, you can eat
* Eat breakfast and plan your day at the same time
* Create a routine that forces you to end up at a gym or workout room every day, even if you just run in place for a bit, creating the habit is the most vital.
* Take a walk to help you figure out that difficult puzzle/problem you are trying to solve.

The increase in physical activity should help with some of the depression, but I think that additional help could be gained by:

* Seeking friends in hobbies that other INTJ's (and those of intellectual merit) frequent
* Taking baby steps towards the big project or strategy that you have been secretly wanting to do, but lacked the confidence in. Any progress will start to help your sense of self-esteem, even if it's just creating that first planning document.
* If at all possible change carriers to one that is more challenging intellectually
* Write a journal or diary, that way you can look back and see the progress you're making

Hopefully some of that could be helpful to some of you.
I myself am also an INTJ, in case it wasn't obvious ;)

Good luck everyone!

Guest (not verified) says...

This describes me pretty well. I took the personality test and scored 4-5% away from an INFJ. I took a look at that profile too, but this one describes me much better. the only thing I would say is different is that I am better at applying my knowledge to personal issues and i am also more in tune with my emotions than this describes.

Guest (not verified) says...

still confused if i am an INTJ or INFJ - im quite in the middle but my occupation now and my future career plan fits the INTJ ...however, i want to be become a counselor or psychologist too which is very INFJ

Nieesha (not verified) says...

Ok , I Know That Im Not The Only One With This . ( :

Guest (not verified) says...

This describes me in many ways! ...except I've learned how to operate on a social level in combination with my intellectual side. I have my preferences on how social communication should occur, but I accept the reality and choose to adapt to it accordingly.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hello, this is very true, a little different, but pretty much the same.

Guest (not verified) says...

Finally, something that understands my view on relationships! I am not a physically intimate person and people think I am strange for it. I believe that a real relationship is started, kept, and maintained by talking and interacting with one another. Not hanging out in bed together.

Guest (not verified) says...

Mostly me, but I am definitely not a perfectionist. In fact, I'm quite sloppy.

Ihc (not verified) says...

damn, I am this. from top to bottom. like what others said, i also thought at first that i am weird.

Leo (not verified) says...

I know an INTJ, and she is awesome.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm certain I'm an INTJ. I only have one part of me that's a bit different. I have that really bad need to please so I always act like an extrovert around people, but after they get to know me they realize that I actually get flustered communicating with most people.

Glo (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Anh (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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