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Personality Types

INTJ Personality Type — The Strategist


INTJ Strategists are private, independent and self-confident. They strive for perfection and achievement. They are gifted strategists with analytical, conceptual and objective minds. They are flexible and like to formulate contingency plans. INTJs are able to see the reasons behind things.

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The INTJ personality type is of the NT Intellectual temperament.

INTJ Preferences


Preferences: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Judging (J)

INTJs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone. They typically have fewer friends and prefer small groups. They are private, quiet and deliberate. INTJs are Intuitive people that are always thinking and analyzing. INTJs are very deep and abstract. They are complex on the inside and see endless possibilities.

INTJs are Thinkers that make decisions with their head. They are objective and logical. They are critical, impersonal and thick-skinned. INTJs are structured and scheduled. They are controlled and responsible. They seek closure and enjoy completing tasks.

Describing an INTJ


INTJs can often be described using these words.
  • Analytical
  • Structured
  • Objective
  • Introspective
  • Perfectionist
  • Attentive
  • Controlled
  • Private
  • Responsible
  • Self-confident
  • Thick-skinned
  • Quiet
  • Determined
  • Independent
  • Impersonal
  • Theoretical
  • Intense
  • Strategic
  • Adaptable
  • Complex
  • Conceptual
  • Disciplined
  • Deliberate
  • Abstract
  • Decisive

INTJs and Relationships


Social interaction is often the Strategist's greatest challenge since it requires setting aside their strategic thinking. They are not affectionate unless they feel very safe. They do not always know how they affect others and can appear insensitive. Since INTJs enjoy deep conversations, more shallow forms of social interaction are often seen as a waste of time. They want their relationships to serve a good purpose. INTJs honor commitments.

INTJs and Work / Career


INTJs analyze and strategize before they act. In their work they are organized and structured. They can be counted upon. They set high standards for themselves and believe they can achieve them. Coworkers find them private and hard to get to know. Others may perceive INTJs as aloof or annoyed when in reality they are serious and intense.

INTJ Career Matches


The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the INTJ personality.
  • Systems Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Computer Specialist
  • Engineer
  • Corporate Strategist
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Business Administrator
  • Military Officer
  • Manager
  • Judge
  • Teacher
  • Organization Founder
  • Dentist
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INTJs and Learning / School


INTJs love to learn. They often excel in school and achieve all their goals. They are driven and self-disciplined. They thrive with the most theoretical and complex subjects. INTJs are in a constant quest for self-improvement, growth and self-competency. They are usually voracious readers.

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INTJ Strengths and Weaknesses


There are strength and weaknesses that INTJs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical INTJ Strengths

  • Good at listening
  • Self-confident
  • Highly intelligent
  • Takes criticism well
  • Honors commitments

Possible INTJ Weaknesses

  • Dislikes communicating feelings
  • Insensitive
  • Can come across as arrogant
  • Unwilling to take blame
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Famous INTJs


The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as INTJs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous INTJ People

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    American President
  • Thomas Jefferson
    American President
  • Augustus Caesar
    Roman Emperor
  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Astronomer
  • Susan B. Anthony
    Civil Rights Leader
  • Jane Austen
    Author (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Angela Lansbury
    Actress (Murder, She Wrote)
  • Peter Jennings
    Journalist
  • C. S. Lewis
    Apologist, Author
  • Martina Navratilova
    Tennis Champion
  • Rudy Giuliani
    New York City Mayor
  • General Colin Powell
    U.S. Secretary of State
  • Lance Armstrong
    Cyclist
  • Katie Couric
    Television Journalist
  • Dan Akroyd
    Actor, Comedian
  • Woodrow Wilson
    American President
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.
    Journalist
  • Maria Shriver
    Journalist
  • Josephine Tey
    English Author
  • Chester A. Arthur
    Lawyer, US President
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Actor, Calif. Governor

Fictional INTJ Characters

  • Mr. Darcy
    Pride and Prejudice
  • Gandalf
    Lord of The Rings
  • Mr. Miyagi
    The Karate Kid
  • Professor Moriarty
    Sherlock Holmes
  • Rosencrantz
    Hamlet
  • Ellen Ripley
    Alien
  • Vicious
    Cowboy Bebop
  • Dr. Robert Stonehill
    Extraordinary Measures
  • Michael Corleone
    The Godfather
  • Marsellus Wallace
    Pulp Fiction
  • Mr. Burns
    The Simpsons
  • Dr. Jonathan Crane
    Batman Begins

Conclusion


INTJ Strategists are gifted theorists. They thrive on understanding and formulating complex systems. Of all the personality types, INTJs are the most penetrating in thought and insight.Their greatest contribution is their desire to produce mastery and achievement that reflects their brilliance.

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