My Personality Type: INTJ

I took several long Myers-Briggs personality tests and the result was always the same:  I am definitely an INTJ.  However, on one exam I came awfully close to an INTP.  They gave a percentage indicator for each letter, and on that particular exam I was like 60% Judgement, 40% Perceptual.   Apparently we’re the most rare personality type only constituting 1-4% of the population.   I’m not going to spend much time talking about INTJ’s on here because there’s already loads of information out there about us.  But if you are interested by chance, you can read about the INTJ personality type here.

19 thoughts on “My Personality Type: INTJ”

    1. Misma,

      I’ve read your Senscrip. I really enjoyed it. I plan to comment on it here soon. I’m wanting to give a lot of it even more reflection because most everything in there is very deep.

    1. You changed your email address so I wasn’t sure if it was you or not. I don’t think it’s an odd question. Fiction, hmm. I occasionally read the classics, but I’m not much into fiction in general. I mostly study science, and if I’m not reading something related to that, I’m reading articles related to the economy or politics. However, I can only handle so much gloom and doom, so I read the news sparingly. I can’t seem to find agreement with any political party or movement.

    1. If you prefer, we could just talk with IM. Be faster than using comments here on the site 🙂 If you use MSN, I’m jrsummers (at) hotmail.com . If any of you guys who read this blog would like to add me, feel free to do so. I don’t know if people still use MSN much anymore, or not. Me and my friends still use it, but I guess everyone has Facebook these days. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t really want a Facebook page where they sell all my information.

  1. Although the test had interesting questions, how can those questions be the necessary ones to determine a person. Jason, you study the mind… Is it really that easy?
    However, I did take the test, and the description was close to how I see myself, I cannot speak for others.
    ENFP.

  2. Did you feel like yours was pretty accurate? I did enjoy taking it, on a couple I didn’t 100% know the answer.

    1. @Christina,

      They say the broad characteristics of an INTJ are these:
      1. Enjoys theoretical and abstract concepts
      2. Dislikes confusion, disorganization, and inefficiency
      3. Reserved and prefers solitary work to group work
      4. Orderly and structured
      5. Perfectionist
      6. High expectations and standards
      7. More focused on the future than the present

      I would say all of those apply to me. I definitely am a theoretical person, thinking analytically and abstractly. I’m not deeply emotional, and I tend to prefer solitude over the company of others, though there are exceptions. When I get out on the basketball court I probably seem to change entirely.

      I’m very good at logic, programming computers, mathematics, physics, and anything like that. I’m “systems” thinker, very good at engineering or anything where you have to put together a bunch of interrelated parts. I tend to work best within my mind, not with my hands. I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but not normally towards others unless I’m depending on them. I do hold very high standards.

      So overall, yeah, I guess it roughly describes me.

      I’ll just copy and paste one of the online exams on here and answer it.

      You are almost never late for your appointments
      NO – I’m actually late quite a bit actually, but mainly for things I don’t want to attend anyways

      You like to be engaged in an active and fast-paced job
      NO – I don’t like fast paced anything

      You enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances
      NO – I’m a quality over quantity person

      You feel involved when watching TV soaps
      NO – I don’t think I’ve ever watched a soap. But I have watched movies and empathized with the characters.

      You are usually the first to react to a sudden event:
      the telephone ringing or unexpected question
      NO – I don’t tend to react at all. I’m the person who stays calm and thinks things through.

      You are more interested in a general idea than in the details of its realization
      YES – Definitely true. I look for laws, patterns, unchanging things

      You tend to be unbiased even if this might endanger
      your good relations with people
      YES – Most of the time, though these days I often value a person’s friendship more than being correct.

      Strict observance of the established rules is likely to prevent a good outcome
      NO – I’m one who is always breaking the rules and pushing limits, often to my own detriment

      It’s difficult to get you excited
      YES – This is probably true

      It is in your nature to assume responsibility
      YES – I don’t like blaming others for anything, especially when related to my own decisions

      You often think about humankind and its destiny
      YES – More than I probably should

      You believe the best decision is one that can be easily changed
      YES NO
      – I don’t know how to answer this. I suppose YES?

      Objective criticism is always useful in any activity
      YES – I prefer to be criticized if it’s good constructive criticism.

      You prefer to act immediately rather than speculate
      about various options
      NO – I strategize behind the scenes and when fully prepared then I take action

      You trust reason rather than feelings
      YES – I don’t consult my emotions very often

      You are inclined to rely more on improvisation
      than on careful planning
      NO – I’m terrible at improvisation

      You spend your leisure time actively socializing
      with a group of people, attending parties, shopping, etc.
      NO – I read books or go for walks

      You usually plan your actions in advance
      YES – Most always and they’re very well thought out.

      Your actions are frequently influenced by emotions
      NO

      You are a person somewhat reserved and distant in communication
      YES – Probably so. Distant would be the better word to use for me.

      You know how to put every minute of your
      time to good purpose
      YES – I don’t like wasting time

      You readily help people while asking nothing in return
      YES – But not always because I’m a good person. I don’t like attachments and responsibility

      You often contemplate about the complexity of life
      YES – All the time. It practically defines me

      After prolonged socializing you feel you need
      to get away and be alone
      YES – Definitely. People tire me out.

      You often do jobs in a hurry
      NO – I tend to double, triple, and even quadruple check anything I do. It’s a good habit for a computer programmer.

      You easily see the general principle behind
      specific occurrences
      YES – That’s probably the thing I’m best at.

      You frequently and easily express your feelings and emotions
      NO – I can never quite put my feelings into words.

      You find it difficult to speak loudly
      YES – I don’t remember ever raising my voice at anyone

      You get bored if you have to read theoretical books
      NO – That’s most all I read and study.

      You tend to sympathize with other people
      YES – But it depends on the situation. I like to hear every side of the story before I make a decision. I don’t immediately believe the things I hear. But if I realize that someone’s in true need, or has been wronged, then I become very sympathetic and willing to help.

      You value justice higher than mercy
      NO – I value mercy far more than justice.

      You rapidly get involved in social life
      at a new workplace
      NO – Not at all. I’ve worked places for years and barely knew my coworkers.

      The more people with whom you speak, the better you feel
      NO – The opposite is more often true.

      You tend to rely on your experience rather than
      on theoretical alternatives
      YES – I think experience is always better than theory, and would always give precedence to it. Theories tend to oversimplify reality and only when they’re backed by experience and observation do they become worthwhile.

      You like to keep a check on how things
      are progressing
      YES – I do this with things I care bout.

      You easily empathize with the concerns of other people
      YES NO — Depends I guess?

      Often you prefer to read a book than go to a party
      YES – Definitely. I hate parties.

      You enjoy being at the center of events in which
      other people are directly involved
      NO – If nobody knows my name, I could care less. I don’t get any pleasure from that sort of thing.

      You are more inclined to experiment than
      to follow familiar approaches
      NO – I don’t like wasting time rediscovering the wheel. I only experiment on things which don’t work well, need “upgrading”, or modified. I’d prefer discover new things. But at the same time, I do love experimenting. I guess this is more a matter of priorities.

      You avoid being bound by obligations
      YES – I HATE obligations.

      You are strongly touched by the stories about people’s troubles
      NO – I don’t believe every sob story I hear.

      Deadlines seem to you to be of relative, rather than absolute, importance
      NO – I don’t like making promises and not keeping them. If you promise someone that you’ll get something done on a certain date, you should do so. I’ve had business deals in the past where I had to deal with people who never got their side of things done on time. I can’t stand that.

      You prefer to isolate yourself from outside noises
      YES – I like quiet.

      It’s essential for you to try things with your own hands
      YES – Definitely. I like to have a lot of experience to work with. I like to work with equipment, and perform frequent “tests” to make sure everything is in working order.

      You think that almost everything can be analyzed
      NO – I attempt to analyze a lot of things, but in most situations in life, things are just too complex. There are orders which exist within this world that nobody is conscious of. Like in a free market economy. People often say that things are anarchic. That’s not true at all. There is a very refined and developed order, but nobody can see it or understand it.

      You do your best to complete a task on time
      YES – Always.

      You take pleasure in putting things in order
      YES – I’m an organized person.

      You feel at ease in a crowd
      NO – The opposite is true.

      You have good control over your desires and temptations
      YES – I’d say so.

      You easily understand new theoretical principles
      YES – That’s my specialty.

      The process of searching for a solution is more
      important to you than the solution itself
      NO – The solution is what’s important. Nobody cares if you tried for years and failed.

      You usually place yourself nearer to the side
      than in the center of the room
      NO – I tend to sit on the front row in the center. It’s easier to see and hear there.

      When solving a problem you would rather follow
      a familiar approach than seek a new one
      YES NO
      – It just depends, like I said

      You try to stand firmly by your principles
      YES NO
      – This is a toughie. I don’t have an unfailing confidence in most of my convictions. I’m a skeptical person always thinking in the back of my mind that I may be wrong. I guess I would stand by the things I believe though, unless someone argued against my positions and pointed out how I was wrong.

      A thirst for adventure is close to your heart
      YES – A thirst for intellectual adventures

      You prefer meeting in small groups to interaction
      with lots of people
      YES

      When considering a situation you pay more attention to
      the current situation and less to a possible sequence of events
      NO – I tend to think out the consequences of my actions years in advance.

      You consider the scientific approach to be the best
      YES – Yes, it’s the only route to knowledge that we humans have.

      You find it difficult to talk about your feelings
      YES/MAYBE — depends I guess. I’ll talk about them, but that doesn’t mean it’ll make any sense.

      You often spend time thinking of how things
      could be improved
      YES – I always see ways to improve things.

      Your decisions are based more on the feelings
      of a moment than on the careful planning
      NO – carefully planned

      You prefer to spend your leisure time alone
      or relaxing in a tranquil family atmosphere
      YES

      You feel more comfortable sticking to
      conventional ways
      – didn’t I answer this one already?

      You are easily affected by strong emotions
      NO

      You are always looking for opportunities
      YES – I keep an open mind

      Your desk, workbench etc. is usually neat and orderly
      YES – almost always so.

      As a rule, current preoccupations worry
      you more than your future plans
      NO – My actions are always with the long term consequences in mind

      You get pleasure from solitary walks
      YES – I go on them all the time

      It is easy for you to communicate in social situations
      NO – I don’t like socializing

      You are consistent in your habits
      YES – Probably so.

      You willingly involve yourself in matters
      which engage your sympathies
      MAYBE — I tend to avoid responsibility

      You easily perceive various ways
      in which events could develop
      YES – I see things coming LONG before they happen.

  3. Hello Jason,
    I arrived at your web site by way of googling “does deception increase brain size?” I knew there was a correlation, not only in humans, but even in birds and fish – but the causal direction was unclear. My interest grows out of the elevated Ashkenazi Verbal IQ (common sense suggests that speaking and writing so as to deceive is a more sophisticated (higher level) mental activity than non-strategic communication. I’m curious as to whether this obvious relationship is simply synergistic, or whether it’s more rigidly rooted in the genes.

    By the way, I’m an INTP Aquarian.

    1. Hi Marge,

      I’ve heard the idea that Ashkenazi Jews are statistically more intelligent in language and mathematics than the general world population. Of all Nobel Prize winners, Fields Medal winners, and chess champions, they seem to always be popping up. But why are we singling their group out over others?

      My knowledge of the relationship between deception and brain size mainly roots from evolutionary psychology. As you mentioned, deception could have created a selection pressure favoring the smarter members of various species. Cooperation and social environments tend to get really complicated, and those members of the species with the highest cognitive abilities would fare better, securing better positions for their families, and thus pass on their genes. But I’m not an expert on the subject.

      – Jason

  4. Because no other group operates, and has always operated in every country in which they’ve moved into, as a separate group within the host group, pursuing its own goals almost always to the detriment of the host population.

    The present U.S. election is an example of the fruits of their united labor. Both presidential candidates are owned by the Jews, as is Congress and the Supreme Court. The best source for understanding Jews is found in the writings of evolutionary psychologist Kevin MacDonald, who is, of course, a special target of the SPLC and the ADL. He is protected by tenure.

    I first read his work fifteen years ago; it was Jewish Involvement in Shaping American Immigration Policy: 1861-1965: A Historical Review. – http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/Immigration.pdf

    Here is his blog (The Occidental Observer): http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/,

    Here are his writings: http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/

    With regard to genetics, I recommend Hamilton, Rushton, Jenson, Lynn, Salter, Whitney. As far as passing on better genes, Judaism is nothing more than a eugenics-based evolutionary strategy.

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