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.

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19 Responses to My Personality Type: INTJ

  1. Misma says:

    Been following your blog for a while. Love it. Let me know what you think of the Senscrip at if you get a chance. I’d like for a thinker such as yourself to point out any holes or inconsistencies.

  2. Everett says:

    I’m an INTJ as well. Interesting since we are both Aquarius sun signs too.

  3. It’s always nice to meet another INTJ 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. Oh, and Everett, that comment ain’t right. Ignore it! I haven’t forgotten you! I meant to say that it’s neat to hear you’re also an INTJ.

  6. Everett says:

    Haha. Thanks, Jason. Sorry if this is an odd question, but do you read any fiction books?

  7. 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.

  8. Everett says:

    Oh yeah, i forgot about that. I decided my old email was too junk filled. Which classics do you like?

  9. 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) . 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.

  10. Everett says:

    I don’t have MSN. How about email? You have mine. 🙂

  11. Christina says:

    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.

  12. I took the tests out of curiosity, but as you say, it’s not something to take all that seriously. It was more for fun than anything else.

  13. Christina says:

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

  14. @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

    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

    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

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

    You are easily affected by strong emotions

    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.

  15. Marge says:

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Marge says:

    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. –

    Here is his blog (The Occidental Observer):,

    Here are his writings:

    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.

  18. George says:

    Nice concept about INTJ.It’s very intersting to know about them

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