MBTI: The INTJ

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgement.(Wikipedia)

To find out more about the MBTI, the 16 different personality types how you think/judge/form decisions (this has absolutely nothing to do with stars or astrology!), and take the test (or this one) click on the links.

I have taken the test (many of them can be found online) over a dozen times in the past six years and- although I have grown, developed, and learned- am glad to say I have remained true to Self (inherent personality): INTJ; also known as “System-thinkers, Builders, or Masterminds”.

Something witty I found on Thomas Lauer’s page (and I generally agree with..):

How to handle an INTJ

Here’s a concise guide (mostly based on decades of personal observation:-)) on how to survive first contact with an INTJ. Don’t take it too seriously but ignore it at your own peril (not a bad disclaimer, he, he).

  1. Expect debate. INTJs enjoy tearing things apart to understand them and to prove (or disprove) their worthiness.
  2. They will gladly argue a point they don’t actually support, just for the sake of argument or to probe things. This bears repeating: an INTJ can easily and persuasively assume a point of view which is wholly contrary to his actual conviction. If in doubt, ask.
  3. INTJs do have a strong sense of humour, often dry and quick, but also a bit warped. It can easily take a morbid streak.
  4. Expect blunt, honest, sometimes even hurtful answers: if you don’t want to hear the truth, you wouldn’t ask, would you?
  5. INTJs like to do lists, enumerations, pattern sorting and putting things into an ordered state (ordered for them, not necessarily for the rest of the world).
  6. Statements you can’t back up with either solid facts or solid reasoning will at best be ignored and at worst poked fun at in ways not many people would describe as nice.
  7. Try to be both concise and precise. Using 81 woolly words where 18 sharp ones would suffice will not endear you to them.
  8. They do love wordplay though: if you can re-package your 81 woolly words in a witty, unexpected, esoteric fashion, they’ll appreciate that.
  9. Don’t expect an INTJ to respect anything you (or some other authorities) say just because you (or some other authorities) say it. INTJs bow to one authority only: rationality.
  10. For an INTJ truth is more important than simply being right, so they will readily admit errors or mistakes (once they have been convinced something they said or did was indeed wrong — to convince them may not be easy though). INTJs unfortunately expect others to work likewise (and react bewildered if they don’t).
  11. Stick to a statement after being proven wrong by facts or reasoning and an INTJ will treat you as an irrational idiot and everything you say as probable nonsense.
  12. Try not to be repetitive. It bores them to death.
  13. Clumsy attempts at political correctness and similar aberrations will greatly amuse them.
  14. Don’t be surprised at sarcasm, hyperbole and flippancy. In fact, a non-sarcastic INTJ must be severely ill.
  15. Expect punctuality and exactness. They try hard to be on time and they hate unpunctual-ness, especially of the casual sort: the words obsessive-compulsive come to mind.
  16. You can’t trust that an INTJ takes something, anything for granted. They do take some things for granted, but you’ll never know what and what not. The more extreme ones are actually willing to put everything to the test (and I mean everything).
  17. Remember that INTJs believe in workable solutions. They are open-minded to all and every possibility, but they will quickly discard any concept they deem unfeasible.
  18. Their way of showing that something you say (an idea, a suggestion) has potential or merit is by trying to pull it apart (which shocks those poor souls who instead expected awe or admiration). The ultimate INTJ insult to an idea or suggestion is to ignore it altogether, because that means it’s not even interesting enough to deconstruct.
  19. Do not expect INTJs to care very much about how you view them. They already know that many people see them as extremely self-confident beings with a weird sense of humour and they long since got used to it.
Now, something absolutely hilarious I found on the net:
I have to admit, apart from the sad truth I could actually really see myself in this, the first thought that came to my mind was, “Huh? I don’t get it.. how does one misspell ‘useless’?” *covers face in shame* and then of course, I would have said, “You shouldn’t do it..”
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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Tyo says:

    I have to agree- this is very much you!

    1. DeMorrieaux says:

      I know it is.
      And apart from a few minor points, it is very much U too.
      I’d classify you as ENxP or ENxP.
      You’re obviously more of a people’s person and outgoing.
      Def: main function Ne. Then a bit larger on the feeling side.
      I’m sure you’ve taken the test numerous times (but will probably lie about it now lol) it’s fine 😉

      1. Tyo says:

        you’re both right and wrong.
        I’m an ENxo 😉
        not lying about anything, you see

        1. DeMorrieaux says:

          lol.. are you being serious?
          *throws stones*
          it’s fine.. doesn’t make much of a difference anyway
          love you whatever/whoever you are 😉

  2. Cyrus says:

    Yinkus Pinkus,

    You are a committed Christian, right?
    Maybe you should write a post on being an INTJ believer.
    Statistically, less than 2% of the population are INTJs, of which only a tiny fraction are females.
    The number of believers (Christians) is minimal.. actually almost non-existent.
    I am sure it would be very interesting for other INTJs – or types as a whole- to find out how an extremely analytical and rational person who believes in reason and logic alone, can reconcile his personality with a strong believe in God.

    I for one would be particularly keen to read more on that.

    Cyrus,
    intj christian (without a blog! wink)
    Shalom!

    1. DeMorrieaux says:

      Good idea.

      I was actually thinking on doing that.. but didn’t want to bore my readers.
      Perhaps I could/should post in a personality forum.. but then again; so could you 😉

      Anyway, We’ll see. 🙂

      In the “worst” case we can just “talk” about it here 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can SO relate to these:

    10.For an INTJ truth is more important than simply being right, so they will readily admit errors or mistakes (once they have been convinced something they said or did was indeed wrong — to convince them may not be easy though). INTJs unfortunately expect others to work likewise (and react bewildered if they don’t).

    11.Stick to a statement after being proven wrong by facts or reasoning and an INTJ will treat you as an irrational idiot and everything you say as probable nonsense.

    It simply makes no sense at all.. sticking to a point just because YOU made it.. or refusing to apologize when you’re obviously in the wrong.. so irritating and illogical. No explanation or justification for such!

    1. d350 says:

      As an INTJ born again female, it is indeed unusual for me to find any like minded friends. But the Truth will out. If truth is the goal I see no other answer except Christ, in the beginning was the Word and the Word is with us. p.s. I am also left-handed, which I think is also unusual.

      1. DeMorrieaux says:

        Hehe.. another INTJ female Christian? Oh wow! I think I want to be your friend!! *whistles away*

  4. Anonymous says:

    As an INTJ born again female, it is indeed unusual for me to find any like minded friends. But the Truth will out. If truth is the goal I see no other answer except Christ, in the beginning was the Word and the Word is with us.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Friends and Sister INTJ, yah!!!!! Blessings and thanks

  6. Deb says:

    Another INTJ Christian female here! So glad I found this!

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