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The INTJ Personality

“INTJ” is one of 16 psychological types used in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

In case you’ve never heard of The Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator, the MBTI preferences indicate the differences in people based on the following traits and preferences: 1

  • How they focus their attention or get their energy (extraversion or introversion)
  • How they perceive or take in information (sensing or intuition)
  • How they prefer to make decisions (thinking or feeling)
  • How they orient themselves to the external world (judgement or perception)

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
– Harlan Ellison

The most important points to know about INTJs:

  • INTJs spend a lot of time inside their own minds, and may have little interest in the other people’s thoughts or feelings. That doesn’t mean that he or she doesn’t truly have affection or regard for others, they simply do not typically feel the need to express it.  2
  • INTJ’s have a tremendous value and need for systems and organization2
  • The INTJ’s interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions, express judgments, and put everything that they encounter into an understandable and rational system.2
  • INTJs may go so far as to see many social conventions as downright stupid.3

INTJ Strengths3

  • Quick, Imaginative and Strategic Mind
  • High Self-Confidence
  • Independent and Decisive
  • Hard-working and determined
  • Open-minded
  • Jacks-of-all-Trades

INTJ Weaknesses3

  • Arrogant
  • Judgmental
  • Overly analytical
  • Loathe highly structured environments
  • Clueless in romance

Interesting Facts about INTJ’s4

  • Least likely of all the types to believe in a higher spiritual power.
  • On personality trait measures, score as Discreet, Industrious, Logical, Deliberate, Self-Confident, and Methodical
  • Among types with highest income
  • Overrepresented among MBA students and female small business owners
REFERENCES:

1. Myers, Isabel Briggs (1998). Introduction to Type: A Guide to Understanding your Results on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Mountain View, CA: CPP, Inc.

2. “Portrait of an INTJ” retrieved May 29th 2015

3. “INTJ PERSONALITY (“THE ARCHITECT”)” retrieved May 29th 2015

4. “The INTJ In Depth” retrieved May 29th 2015

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