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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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Coco (not verified) says...

So I tested as an INTJ (female). I’ve read what it says, but I still feel totally misunderstood. I don’t see very many people addressing an individuals mental health diagnosis’s, or dual diagnosis’s (addictions.) Do these diseases or disorders have anything to do with the said personality classification? Is it plausible that a person could have tested into a completely different category say, 5 years ago? I definitely identify with many of the described characteriatics of INTJ but I tend to think life circumstances and traumatic experiences changed me as a human being. Like, the core of my being, was altered by situations and events that have occurred in my life. For someone who is supposed to be a “mastermind,” I have sure proven to be the most naive form of such an esteemed statue. This is all so captivating to me, I just want to figure it all out. 

void says...

https://www.metarasa.com/mmdi/report/

"A personality type is a stereotype

One common way to represent these results is to use four letters - e.g. I, N, T, and J, which are combined to make 'INTJ'. This indicates the direction of your preferences, but not how much you prefer one side over the other. The personality types - such as INTJ or INTP - are stereotypes that assume a certain degree of preference on all four dimensions."

THIS(^)is much more accurate, I think. This test/page(i mentioned)doesnt try to put you into a box(as this page clearly does)and then this page wants to tell you how you can be a good partner to someone from one of those types and what problems(and why)you have to have when you´re this type and how you can avoid this problems and what prejudices aginst some types there are and which are not true and why(and thats reallly ridicoulus as this page seems to create stereotypes). Even a small coment in the text that not EVERYTHING descriped has to fit you/that you don´t have to be 100% of the described stuff. Like i.e. those persons who say they´re INTJ but are artists and wonder how they can be artists when they´re INTJs. Really.

 

 

 

P.S.:I´m curious how long it will take until this comment is deleted.............

red starfish (not verified) says...

Hillary clinton, like, are you even trying to be serious in this article???

Rob in Cincinnati (not verified) says...

My personal thanks to everyone for posting to this group. I am a 52-year-old, male, INTJ, and I absolutely believe that the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test produces a useful set of binary scales that can be helpful in recognizing both strengths and weaknesses that in turn can be used as helpful tools to chart a course, or make course corrections. However, I also believe that there is zero correlation between knowing your personality type, and successful navigation of the career path and/or social relationships labyrinth. There are too many twists and turns as we interact with other Sapiens in this very mortal existence. As with most things, I think the framework is most helpful in hindsight - at analyzing and identifying what went right and what went wrong and why. Even so, the why's are interesting, and perhaps can help us make informed decisions moving forward. I would also like to share two other personality tests that have been helpful. The first of these is Gallup's StrengthsFinder (now Clifton StrengthsFinder)...very helpful when you consider that concentrating your self-improvement efforts on strengths rather than wasting time in self-criticism and doubt over weakness - provides more bang for the buck (this test is covered in the cost of the book which is used to interpret the results - well worth $). The second personality test is free, and there are a host of books and online sources available to interpret results. The HEXACO Personality Inventory (Revised) also represents cutting edge psychology research as it improves upon Goldberg's "Big Five" personality factors by examining the ultra-important aspect of Honesty and Humility (and to a lesser extent Altruism). I recommend all three: Myers-Briggs PTI, StrengthsFinder, and HEXACO to arrive at a good overall understanding of personality and all that the topic encompasses.

Obito (not verified) says...

Being here gives me an essence of belonging and calmness. Wish I could identify someone with the same type in real life, and discuss...

Paul M. (not verified) says...

Ask and it shall be given...

brylee (not verified) says...

I am an intj to y'all

 

brylee (not verified) says...

being in this personality type is awesome I love it I am a girl and it is pretty cool. My job that I am going to do is on this web site architect it is cool. see ya latter 

brylee (not verified) says...

you guys could text me on my email if you want blbenne3@stu.k12.wv.us on office365\

Paul M. (not verified) says...

And I am left-handed too. My list of accomplishments exceeds the normal volume of life because I see no intellectual boundaries. Even the explanations are far above normality. Even this explanation is INTJ.

SIB (not verified) says...

Thanks for the article, at least now I accept the reality and make the connection

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G. (not verified) says...

This definently applies to me, giving greater comprehension of why certain qualities apply in response to events. Also with interests and the reason for constanting having allmost an itch for wanting to learn in general and complex ideas (relatively to what is currently known such as from a year or two ago to now, Fractals and its application to communication and computer graphics genoration of shapes and structures with polonomials, modular quantum computing for interpeting large quantities of variables for efficency [such as calculateing multiple effecting variables in a company production to cost ratio], and random mathmatical/physics theories). The constant question of "why" when younger makes more sense now.  

Xinyu (not verified) says...

What a well written article with all the revealing information! 

It has always been a myth why I am such a cold, deep, investigative, rational, proud, superiorly judging female growing up since childhood, who seem to always immersed in her thinking and  ideas and only interested in self-improvement and achieving the high goals that I set for myself and myself only. All other things, emotions including, are so BORING and USELESS

Guess I now know I'm the 1% of the population XD

Well, gotta learn (like we LOVE to do) and make up for the areas that we have always missed before xD

Natasha K (not verified) says...

I thought I was the only female INTJ. Looks like there’s more of me out there lol. I am currently deciding whether or not I want to go into Law, be a history professor, or a museum curator. I love history and archeology. The personality trait for an INTJ is me for the most part. So are the career choices. I’m not great in math which steered me from any kind of medical or engineering degrees. Are women INTJs really that rare? 

LindaK (not verified) says...

Amazing!!!

I have so enjoyed all the responses to this site! Even our very verbose male counterpart. To my knowledge I have not personally met or encountered other female INTJs.  I realized how different I processed my thoughts at a young age making me feel very different from other people.

So wonderful to meet all of you and to read how you have worked out your life directions. I am in now the latter part of my life. I do not know if my knowing my personality traits earlier in life would have made a difference in my life choices or not. I have a strong Christian world view, having faith and trust that God is in control and that the gift of life has meaning and purpose when you seek to know Him with your whole heart.

I have had a variety of occupations with a BA degree in graphic arts. First with a circuit breaker manufacture, I did not know what a circuit breaker was! But I learned. I was involved with creating the instruction manuals for the circuit breaker. Did this for 5 years then moved on to an engineering construction company in their graphics department. It was at this time "hands on" graphics transitioned to computer graphics (so loved the Apple) had to make new groves in my brain!!! Was there for 14 years, quit because you can only play beat the clock for so long! Traveled for a year then went to work for a Christian music company for 10 years, working in all the departments, as a receptionist handling all incoming calls, art department, even 2 weeks as the executive secretary, then finally as the building manager. This time was interrupted for a year working for a mom and pop video studio. Retired for a short while, husband then asked if I would go back to work, married late in life age 45, so no children. My passion was teaching Sunday school enjoying other peoples' children (Jr. high, 3rd and 4th, and 1st and 2nd grades) good way to learn the bible! Wanted to persue teaching, I had a secondary school credential from Cal State, achieved with night classes while working at the circuit breaker company. Ended up working for a junior college in the Military Programs department online classes. Best job ever!!! So emotionally gratifying helping our military. I was very comfortable being raised on a military base overseas, dealing with the various students and their problems and questions. Father was civil service.

Retired after 8 years, also was divorced after 22 years.

Moved to be close to my siblings and their families. Love retirement.

Just wanted to join in and add my 2 cents to the blog.

Guest2 (not verified) says...

Hillary Clinton is not an INTJ and never will be - she loves the limelight and attention way too much.

EA (not verified) says...

Hi, all:

 

I, too, was tested and identified as an INTJ.  I struggle with accepting some of the implications.

This test was initiated due to a work conflict.  This conflict is based on the fact that I was negatively affected by someone else being lazy, and I called the person on it.

I struggle with interpersonal relationships, especially at work.  Now I am asked to meet a certified Keirsey counselor.  This was in lieu of getting written up.

This is scary to me, and I can't find anything online regarding that end of things. Lots of "identify your type", but nothing regarding how do you solve when your type eggs on...at least not so far.

Thing is, I am NOT wrong in my reaction to the person.  I feel I am being bullied and unjustly accused; blame the victim, and damned if I do, damned if I don't.

I am not good at asserting myself, so the whole "leadership" aspect of the mastermind is lost on me.  Is there a place/source online where I can (for free) get tips on how to eek out those leadership aspects and where I can learn how to defend myself in such a way, that attackers and those envious of my strength in being steadfast have to back off?

Thanks.

Emerald says...

I can't tell if I'm an istj or intj. Someone please help me...

 

Amira (not verified) says...

Female INTJ accountant here. 

Plain jane (not verified) says...

If the INTJ personality type are only 3% of the population, then how come there are so many responses here from people claiming to be an INTJ? Sounds like a bit of bullshit to me.

Female INTJ (not verified) says...

You probably aren't an INTJ based on your response. 3% of 325,000,000 people in the US means that around 9,750,000 people are INTJs. The percentage of INTJ s varies based on culture and country. There are certainly less than that posting here, so it is plausible that this statistic is true.

George Jetson (not verified) says...

Hello INTJs. It’s so encouraging to read the comments section and see that there are others of our kind. We can get a bit isolated out there in the world, particularly among those who don’t use logic. The description fit me 99.8%. I have 4 degrees including an MBA! Best wishes to you other INTJs!!

NeilH (not verified) says...

Hi, I've only just discovered that I'm INTJ-A. Being in my 50's I've spent a lot of time particularly post 40 figuring myself out. Reading about the characteristics of my personality type wasn't at all a surprise, but what did surprise me was that it was a known type and that there were others out there.  That has been a very pleasant revelation. As a kid I was always asking 'why' and to the answer 'yes, but why?'  and again 'but why' etc.  At school I distracted the class by incessant questions aka insatiable curiosity, which caused widespread irritation. But I hated subjects that involved learning lists which at the time seemed pointless, or as I see now, lacking in any immediate personal reward, beyond a teacher's score. Narrowing down a field of study at school was very difficult for me as I was curious about everything and didn't want to limit my interests by either following an arts education or a sciences education.  The same problem interfered with me choosing a particular career.  there were a few subjects which I really didn't like, such as accountancy, but apart from that, everything which involved a first principals approach was really appealing. Almost by defauly I ended up taking a pure and applied physics degree.  I started work in computer programming, but spent a lot of my time teaching myself about other subjects such as ant's behaviour etc. Sill very unaware of any talent that I might have I found myself gravitating towards systems analysis. It seemed very easy and very satisfying, compared to churning out code.  I got great personal satisfaction in figuring out how complex systems worked and then figuring out their weaknesses. Wow, I found that I really excelled at something. This was a major confidence booster for me as prior to that point I had considered myself to be a bit of a jack of all trades. With time, my areas of interest expanded and by pure probability, some of these areas complemented one another giving me far more insight that I would otherwise have had.  So for example, I lived with a psychiatrist for a while, and revelled in her cases. Once I'd figured out the basic approach to understanding what motivates people, I found that, it helped me understanding a very wide range of human endeavours and gave me far more insight into personal relationships and business management.  In my 30's I realised that life was too short to be stuck in a single job and started to branch out simultaneously into a wide range of professional areas. (this was a sort of mirroring of my feelings of being confined intellecturally at school, although I didn't realise it at the time).  but working several jobs at the same time, each being full time or near full time started to take its toll on me in terms of stress and fatigue. This was a vital lesson, that one of my personal challenges would be to try and keep some focus and direction in my professional life.  I needed to exert some control over my natural instinct to branch out.  By my early 40's my INTJ-A personality asserted itself, I quit my profession, closed down my companies and started what was to become a series of completely new professions.  Financially I went from being a very high earner to a very low earner, but I was free to learn and put into practise new ideas, which beforehand I wasn't able to.  When I reached my 50's I was brimming with all sorts of new ideas on a vast range of subjects and realised that one way of channeling myself would be to start writing in areas that I thought had gone badly awry.  Typical of this is my rewriting of substantial parts of the field of anthropology, correcting many of the long standing mistakes of that field of endeavour, followed by other similar books. Now after all that, I learnt that much of my behaviour was simply conforming to a personality type, it's quite amusing really, but also very enlightening and slightly comforting to know that there are other people out there who are very similar to me.  That said, I'm happy with the person that I am and wouldn't change the underlying characteristics for anything even the slightly negative aspects.  One of those, which has caused me concern in the past, is the time that I take to reply to questions. In short, I reply slowly and too slowly for many people's tastes. In my early years I simply thought that I wasn't as bright as everyone else, just a bit thick.  In  my 20's I started to realise that I thought a lot more about everything that was said than just about everyone else. I would wake myself up in the middle of the night, because I realised there was a slightly different take on a particular conversation, that would cause me to turn the whole thing over and over in my mind weighing up the various possible interpretations. All this causes me to slow conversations right down (to many people's frustration) and to be very careful about my choice of words and meanings.  When I converse with people who are systematically vague or inprecise in their choice of words, I find it quite frustrating as I have to keep prompting them to be more precice about what they really mean.  This does cause widespread frustration.  People who meet me for the first time nearly always consider me as intellectually a bit slow, because I generally take time to reply and as first impressions tend to stick with a lot of people, then I find myself almost constantly being underestimated. I've understood the reasons for this for many years now and I have developed strategies around this phenomenon. Recently following chemotherapy, I was being studied by a neurologist, he concluded that I was HP-HS or in layman's terms 'gifted'. This adds another dimension to who I am. I wonder wether many other INTJ people share this trait too.   Some people have wondered on this forum whether INTJ people are born like that or whether they have aquired their personality type from education in the wider sense. My personal view is that I was born with the INTJ personality type as I was asking why-why-why from as soon as I could talk. My parents used to talk about that a lot as it frustrated them.  But it took me a long time to understand who I really was. For example I wouldn't be able to understand why I didn't share the same feelings about a given event as my class mates. This lead inevitably to a sense of isolation a sense which would have been mitigated by understanding why I was different, ie understanding INTJ. Equally, I felt that my teachers never understood my learning needs.  I always felt that we never had time to cover the interesting stuff and spent way, way too much time in learning lists, which I found boring in the extreme.  Long before I knew about INTJ, I realised that I would have been a lot better educated in a  school that understood the needs of INTJ and was able to unlock the huge potential that INTJ kids undoubtedly possess.  It is this lack of special education, I feel, which needs to be addressed by the INTJ community. Many of us understand ourselves and understand our needs, but I imagine many, like me, only get there relatively late in life. What a shame. In the same way, I gather that there is a sense of fraternity and relief expressed on this forum, coming from the knowledge that each one of us isn't alone. There are others like us out there who may well have shared the same life challenges and life rewards.  Having just learnt about INTJ, that leaves me with a very warm glow.

i dont give a fuck (not verified) says...

i laughed so hard when  i read  this lines: exactly what i want to here HAHAHAHA how can they  know me. nobody understood me at all. (at least to my knowledge)

"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."

Another INTJ (not verified) says...

Hi 

I am female INTJ. My job-pharmacist. Always wanted to be an artist, though, creating something, drawing or painting. My mother used to say if I chose art I would be poor and jobless, so I opted for pharmacy. To this day I am still not entirely sure I made the right decision. Well at least I am not poor and jobless. I sometimes paint, but I feel because it does not serve any purpose it is waste of my time. In my head anything I create or want to create must serve a purpose so most of the times I just give up the whole idea and then I am angry with myself that I have not done it, if that makes sense 😉

INTJ? (not verified) says...

I hvae a degree in Nursing and a Masters in Theology and in Public Health, currently pursuing advance degree to become NP.

I have this desire to dismantle the current higher education system and rebuilt from the scratch since the day I started senior high school. I kept dreaming about it, I have plans on how to do it and until now, the desire is still here.

Let me rant in here, I know you will all understand. We were all under the same inefficient, inadequate, soul crushing, numbing education system. What's the point of learning some filler subjects that are not relevant to the degree that you are pursuing? For any bachelors degree, 2 years theory and 2 years practicum/clinicals.

Guest2 (not verified) says...

A test does not make an INTJ nor any other type - it's the descriptors, traits and functions that tell the tale, and how you interact with your environment and people.  You don't just take a test and become this style or that style. It's the lifestyle that you lead that reflects more about who you are. Get over yourselves.

Ian_from_the_UK (not verified) says...

In addition the MBTI typing only really works when peoples preferences are sufficiently polarised - a person scoring 52% INTUITIVE will behave differently than someone scoring 92% INTUITIVE - yet neither person scores as SENSING, and therefore both have teh MBTI type "xNxx".

Bless Peterson (not verified) says...

Pretty cool to be one of 2% of the general population!  With this many of us.  We can possibily solve many problems that our society is dealing with.  

JV127 (not verified) says...

I always thought that I was a little different growing up and not sure why.  I disliked surprises, hated gifting, and preferred solitude over social interactions). It wasn’t until an employer at the biotech company that I work for had all managers and senior staff take a personality test with a follow up retreat to discuss how we could best get along. My results came up INTJ on this test and on a subsequent test performed by a different company. After reading the posts presented here and information on our type, I would say that any one of us can accomplish great things in any field as long as we maintain our focus.

Atena (not verified) says...

I did the test twice and it said I'm an intj but i'm not a master mind and I'm not that smart also i have to choose my major this year and idk what to do cause i can't decide

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