The INTJ Personality Type

The strategic visionaries who tend to approach life as if it were a giant chess board…


INTJs are always subconsciously absorbing information and are able to visualize the future possibilities in great detail using their dominant function: Introverted Intuition (Ni). They can see the future possibilities so clearly in their head and can be unforgiving to those who interfere in the actualization of their plans. INTJs observe, analyze, and plan with their Ni before they make the optimal move of choice. The choice that the INTJ finds optimal is often off the beaten path and may not make sense to outsiders. They may take a path that no one else knew existed and still end up with better results at the end. These people are as original as it gets and can be stubborn when it comes to realizing their plans.

INTJs are problem solvers to the highest degree. A place where there is logic, order, and a problem that needs to be solved is where they really shine. Engineering, technical fields, or even on a chess board are the places where INTJs really shine. The chess board metaphor is synonymous with one of the greatest chess players who ever lived:

Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer (INTJ) on the right. credit: google images

They are fiercely independent and innovative by nature. They tend to view the world in a way that is completely unique to them, and everything they subconsciously absorb using their Ni is in a secret code that only they can understand. If they choose to decipher that code in order to explain to outsiders then they may choose to do so. However, it can be very difficult for them to explain what goes on in their head to others. The information and the plans they formulate in their minds are not always able to be fully explained verbally. These people often report feeling misunderstood at times for similar reasons.

It is not surprising for an INTJ to have an amazing plan brewing in their head and even execute it in it’s entirety before anyone was aware that such a plan existed. More often than not, this plan ends up solving numerous problems all at once and may even utilize the people around them like chess pieces on a board. This is a prime example of their ultimate combination of  Ni + Te at work.

These people tend to take a similar approach to just about everything they do. They are patient and analytical by nature and like to make sure that they get things done right the first time. Not the second time, and not the fourth. Their need for perfection and stubborn determination makes them relentless when it comes to getting the job done.

Their auxiliary function is Extraverted Thinking (Te) and it is the source of what urges them to solve problems in the external world. This is also what makes them so logical and organized. Te urges them to take control of the external world and make sense of it logically, and they may even take control of a project in the workplace in order to improve an already established system. They may even be so inclined to undermine authority in order to realize their plans and improve on what was already built. There is nothing wrong with doing such a thing in their head because they are making improvements, but this may rub some people the wrong way if it happens too often. These people work best on their own anyway, no one to get in the way and slow them down.

Personal relations for INTJs can be difficult. They are not very in tune with the feelings of other people, especially when they are trying to execute one of their ingenious plans. Their tertiary function: Introverted Feeling (Fi) makes them a lot more in tune with themselves then they are with others. As a result, these people are often guilty of ignoring the opinions and contributions of others. They see how things will work out in their head so clearly that the input of other people are unneeded in their eyes. This is what makes them so fiercely independent; they definitely work better alone than in the group setting.

INTJs are actually natural born leaders with the tools necessary to call the shots and make big plays. However, they are also introverted in every sense of the word and may prefer a less people orientated role. They need ample down time in order to sort through their thoughts and feelings on their own, as well as recharge their internal batteries so they can function. They often come out feeling much better than they did before. Social anxiety or awkwardness are common problems that these people face. This is another reason why INTJs often report feeling misunderstood by others. Their inferior function: Extraverted Sensing (Se) can occasionally turn these people into spontaneous thrill seekers. Se is also what may cause them to overindulge in sensual pleasures and overeating. With proper development, Se can be the key that breaks them out of their shell and gets them to take a few risks in life.

The functions:

Dominant function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Auxiliary function: Extraverted Thinking (Ti)

Tertiary function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Inferior function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)

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The INTP Personality Type


Information is their fuel, and their primary mode of living is in their head. They seek to explain everything logically and work tirelessly when they find something that actually interests them.

These people seem to day dream like nobody’s business. Their mind just takes them places and they can seem aloof at times in their appearance as a result.

Albert Einstein INTP (source: google images)

There is a reason why they are always in their head and it’s because they are always thinking. Their dominant function is Introverted Thinking(Ti) so their minds are always working to prove, disprove, or create new theories about things. They believe that it is possible to explain everything logically. An INTP lives in a world of logic, and feelings seem to be the least important part of that world. Not that they are cold hearted people who are unable to love, it’s just that they prefer to keep feelings and logic separate. The best way to piss off an INTP is to base all of your decisions off solely feelings or intuition, for that does not compute in the brain of an INTP. Be prepared for a long and thorough debate if you insist on arguing an illogical point to an INTP.

INTPs are not solely Ti however, they have intuition to support them too. This is what makes the INTP a huge force to be reckoned with on an intellectual level. Their auxiliary function: Extraverted Intuition (Ne) allows them to gain a deeper insight than with just thinking alone. It is also the main source of their curiosity and gives them the ability to deal with mental problems in a swift manner. Their intuition allows them to see the possibilities before they even try to prove it with logic. It gives them a glimpse into the future per se.

Their tertiary function is Introverted Sensing(Si). It’s greatest benefit is likely the ability to remember the past in great detail. At least, past experiences that actually meant something to them. Things that actually mean something to them are the only thing they will put energy towards. School can be a hit or miss for these people. Schooling as a child is often stressful for INTPs. However, should an INTP as an adult choose to invest their time into higher education and study a subject that they are actually passionate about then they will likely attract success that is far beyond the norm. It not surprising to hear about INTPs who do terrible in school as a child and then grow up and wow the world with their intellectual prowess – *cough* Einstein *cough*.

INTPs love to solidify their theories and ideas by bouncing them off of other people first. This may confuse people at first because their theories are often incomplete at the time. They have an intense desire to understand and come to a conclusion about things. They are generally drawn to anything that they cannot fully understand, even things that are of the divine nature could catch the attention of an INTP. In fact, it is things like this that often drive them the most. Purely for the sake of satisfaction they will work tirelessly to make sense of and ultimately prove or disprove whatever they set their sights on. They will not be content until it makes sense in their head (the world of logic), plain and simple.

Day to day activities, routines, and things that don’t stimulate their mind are a struggle for these people. They are generally quiet and reserved, especially when meeting new people. With Extraverted Feeling (Fe) being their inferior function, social interaction can also be a real struggle. But people aren’t really their thing anyway so whatever. They prefer a quiet place where they can be alone so their mind can wander freely. Freedom is a necessity for these people. Rigid rules, mundane schedules and boundaries only hinder their mental and creative abilities. They prefer to work in bursts of inspiration on whatever catches their eye. They may research one subject for a few days and then get bored and move on to the next without a second thought.

Dominant function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Auxiliary function: Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

Tertiary function: Introverted Sensing (Si)

Inferior function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

My personal experience:

So there was this girl that I met in the smash community (Competitive Super Smash Brothers). I was in Las Vegas at the time and I had just won one of their local tournaments. She walked up to me afterward and asked me to play, I refused, forgot the reason why, but we ended up adding each other on Facebook afterward.

After that day she started messaging me all day everyday. It startled me. I didn’t really understand what was going on at the time, was she a fan of mine? Did she have a crush on me? Seriously, any INFJ who received that much attention from someone of the opposite sex would automatically assume they are in love with them. I would reply at first but then I started ignoring her. I wouldn’t read her messages for days, but she continued to send them. I didn’t understand, what did she want? A lot of her messages were not even directed toward me either it seemed. It was like she just needed to get her thoughts out of her mind, yep, I became her sound board before I knew it.

At some point I started to reply to her because she was seriously relentless in her messages. I eventually got to the bottom of things turns she did not have crush on me, she just wanted to learn that badly. She wanted me to teach her and she wanted to learn everything I knew about the game. She just wanted me for my information, ha. But I couldn’t refuse. If she was really that passionate about the game then I figured why not, maybe I can learn something too.

So I told her everything I knew and I played with her regularly. She had a lot of potential too, it wasn’t just me who saw it. I had a tough time convincing her that she was actually good at the game though. She suffered from extreme self doubt. She was very good at learning and coming up with new strategies and attack patterns but when it came to actually applying what she learned in actual combat she doubted herself too much. When she lost it was the most depressing thing ever. It got to the point where I didn’t even want to play her anymore because she would just shit talk her self every time she lost. I think she valued learning more about the game than she loved actually playing it. She was still very good though.

During the time frame that all of this happened was actually when I discovered I was an INFJ. I told her how much it changed my life and how it made me feel. Her response was a bit cold for how much emotion I put into the message, but she acknowledged it. After that I researched all of the types, introduced her to MBTI and she ended up accepting that she was an INTP relatively easily after I pointed out all of the quirks in her personality.

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A black male growing up with the INFJ personality type, how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator changed my life

Depth Psychology/MBTI were the first of my discoveries, and I continue to learn more and more about myself all the time thanks to these studies. INFJ is my personality type, it is the rarest in the world. It consists of only 1.5% of the world’s population. 1% are female, male is .5%.

So I am a straight black male with the personality type of a highly sensitive introvert. And the INFJ personality type has a lot of qualities that most people would find feminine. In fact, it is so bad that when most people think of INFJs all they can picture is the woman of their dreams. It’s probably true though, I think the INFJ personality type has many characteristics that a lot of men would find attractive. It is even a joke around the internet that INFJ men don’t exist. And it’s pretty true, there is a pretty slim chance that you are gonna run into one and randomly become friends.

Anyway, I had a lot of trouble expressing myself and remaining true to myself as a child. Everyone around me was acting a certain way and I felt like I needed to blend in. If I didn’t then I would garner so much attention to myself I thought, and that was the one thing I wanted to avoid the most. I grew up around people who felt like they needed to act tough, and basically a bunch of people that were doing exactly what everyone else was doing. All I did my whole life was copy the people around me to get by. When I was alone the things I would think, and the way I would act would be much different then when I was around other people. When I was around people who I felt comfortable with like very close friends or family, I also showed a lot of my true self.

My older brother was the person who I copied the most. Copying his ENFP conversational style and mannerisms got me through school. Because although he is an Extravert, he is a little shy and anxious, at least he was when he was younger. So I would watch the way he would dodge questions and avoid confrontation from his peers. Like I mentioned earlier, the people around me and the neighborhood I grew up in was a place where everyone wanted to act tough. They wanted to start fights for no reason and pick on people just because they wore a t shirt that looks weird.. So if you were trying to avoid that you either had to retaliate or avoid it by being clever. My brother was the king of avoiding conflict (LOL, for real). I was so impressed that I copied him, and I still use a lot of his techniques. I think I may have taken them to the next level though to be honest.

Everyone would ask me why I was so quiet all the time and it annoyed me to death because I had no idea. I would always just say “I dunno”, that was my favorite phrase lol. I would use the same tone every time too, like a kind of annoyed tone but not enough to piss the other person off.

“I don’t know why I am so quiet, why are you so damn loud!? Don’t ask me!” I would think to myself. Okay it was probably more like,

“Holy shit why do you keep asking me the same damn question every single day!? I don’t fucking know… don’t talk to me”,

Yes, it got to that level of annoyance, but I did my best to blend in and keep calm. I would say that I was pretty damn good at blending in though, I might secretly be a really good actor.

The quiet thing was unavoidable and I always ran out of energy so fast. There was just too much going on around me. Too many things I needed to avoid, too many things I had to worry about. At home I had my alcoholic mother and financial issues to worry about, at school I had to act and I had to avoid all of the time. I would sleep in class every single day, especially in high school. I was too tired and I was not trying to listen to some boring ass teacher all day. I never caused trouble in class and I was always quiet. I never raised my hand and I tried to stay awake when I could. At first, teachers would tell me to wake up. But at some point I think maybe the teachers just understood? Because I kept doing it and most of them just stopped bothering me, I mean I usually passed anyway, sometimes barely. I hated school. I had friends that I enjoyed hanging out with, but the whole idea of school killed me inside. Nothing interested me, and I rushed through everything. Speeches, presentation, and group projects made me want to die, literally. I would always stutter when I did presentations, then I would stop talking. It always pissed me off that I was forced to do them to pass. Lunch was the best part because I actually had freedom. If I wanted to take a nap then I could take a nap, if I wanted to talk to my friends then I could.

I had my conflicts at times but I was very good getting on the good side of people. I was in 1 fight in high school, it didn’t escalate to fist fight level but it felt pretty intense to me, lots of yelling and pushing. He kicked me too LOL, and over the dumbest reason, I’m not even gonna say. Oh, and he called me a Nigger, like really? It could have only been out of pure rage because that had nothing to do with why we were fighting. I never hit him back, I only pushed him and looked angry, a crowd started to gather and it made me self conscious so I walked away. About a week later he apologized to me and we made up. I still talked to him after that and acted nice, who knows how I truly felt inside though, I don’t remember.

I’d say it was pretty amazing that I was only in one fight the entire time despite how ghetto my high school was. Blacks vs Mexicans was the thing. There would be gang fights at lunch and a whole lot other shady shit going down. One time this chick had a baby in the bathroom next to my class and the ambulance came and everything, shit was crazy. I stayed out of all of that. I found my refuge with the gamers and the band geeks, they were much more peaceful. Oh yea, I also played the alto saxophone in middle school and high school. That was actually the only class that I legitimately enjoyed. I was even in marching band for a year in high school, and was in wind ensemble all four years in high school.

When I got to college I started to learn about freedom. If I didn’t want to go to class I didn’t have to go to class, I’m paying for it anyway. Same with homework. So you have freedom when it comes to getting work done and you have freedom when it comes to who you choose to hang around. The environment is much more peaceful than high school for sure, and people are a lot more understanding. I discovered myself in college. It was a gradual process, but from freshman year to my now senior year (one more semester and I’m done!!), I seem to be a completely different person. I think I just gradually got more comfortable being myself and remaining independent.

The biggest breakthrough in my life was when I discovered that my personality type was INFJ. It was about 8-9 months ago, yes, that recent. At that moment everything in my life started to make sense. It was crazy, like a surge of thoughts rushed through my head, and connections from the past were made and understood all at once. I cried, mainly because It killed me that I couldn’t understand why I was so anxious, shy, quiet, and tired all the time and everyone else wasn’t. At some point I literally thought I had a mental disorder or something. Speaking was something that made me anxious. I could never speak for more than 10 or 15 seconds or my anxiety would kick in. There were too many eyes on me and it made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I would get the feeling that I was about to cry if I was forced to speak for longer than that, which is why presentations in high school/middle school killed me, everyone is so judgmental at that age. In normal conversion I always kept my words short. And I still do. I truly am a man of few words for people who know me personally. I can speak up when I need to, but I generally keep to myself most of the time. I observe and listen to everyone else speak, then I chime in with my 2 cents.

Now I could finally answer the people from high school who asked me why I am so quiet. “Because I’m a fucking INFJ, my default mode of living is in my head”  !!!

The fact that there are other people in the world like me made me feel not crazy. Making that discovery told me that it is normal to be myself. It doesn’t matter how the people around me are acting, I can do whatever I want and it doesn’t matter what they think. I was not able to realize that and truly believe it until that very moment. It pissed me off that it took me so long to figure this out because god knows I tried to “fix” myself because I thought there was something wrong with me. I would fixate on little faults in myself. Physically, mentally, everything. I went from thinking that changing my hair style would give me more confidence and cure my shyness, to researching if what I was feeling was part of a mental disorder. I fixated on many, many things. I was so critical of myself and any little flaw I could point out I did. I would think so negatively and I think it reflected in how I presented myself.

Fast forward to now. I have learned so much about myself and I feel like I am comfortable with who I am. I also think I reflect that image now. It took a long time but I have come a long way. The push from the INFJ discovery propelled me to this stage. I have also become a lot more tolerant of the people around me now that I understand why they do the things they do. I want to continue to express myself because although I feel more comfortable, there is a lot that I have yet to show the world. Whether the world will accept that part of me I don’t know, but I am determined to get to the point where I don’t even care. I know what I need to do and it is only a matter of time before I reach the level that I have imagined for so long. People who look at me in person often judge me by the way I dress, as a result I often feel very misunderstood. A big thing that I want to accomplish in my life is to show the world not to judge a book by it’s cover, and to pay attention to things that you cannot see with human eyes. I want people to look much deeper into things before they judge people, as I know I am not the only one in this world who feels misunderstood.


The ENTP Personality Type

Picture- ENTP

ENTPs are idea people with a deep understanding of the external world. Their intuitive abilities allow them to see the world as an oyster filled with possibilities just waiting to be explored.

When an ENTP finds something that lights the fire in their chest they truly give it their all – thanks to their dominant function: Extraverted Intuition(Ne). But it has to be something that they enjoy or they will lose interest fast.  They may switch from one hobby to the next, thoroughly enjoying each one, or it could be a series of projects that each individually satisfy them in different ways. In fact, this is often what their entire life looks like, a series of projects. However, should an ENTP ever be compelled stick to one thing they are truly passionate about, the results are likely to be spectacular.

Routine bores them, and the school setting may restrict or possibly even alienate them. When an ENTP isn’t being challenged, they get bored and slack off. Even if they consider the subject easy. If it can’t stimulate their mind then they will likely just rush through it to get it over with. An ENTP’s pursuit for passion and inspiration in their work should not be blocked or restricted by any means. They will feel trapped, imprisoned, and discontent with life.

These people love a good debate and their conversational prowess is something to admire. They are much more interested in learning from, and absorbing information than they are in making decisions (which is not one of their strong points).

Their auxiliary function: Introverted Thinking (Ti) allows them to think critically and develop strategies. They are often called the ‘inventors’ because of their natural creativity, their ability to think outside of the box seeing a variety of possibilities, and their ability to think logically and objectively. Improvising and coming up with a quick solution is one of their greatest assets, and getting what they want from people is one of their specialties.

They can be very convincing when they utilize their Extraverted Feeling (Fe) to butter up the people around them. If used this way then the ENTP can be manipulative and difficult to trust at times. With proper development of their Fe this usually nothing to worry about and the ENTP can become great at accommodating the needs of others, as well as keeping harmony within their social circle.

ENTPs also know how to relax. Their outer personality can appear child like at times, and they often have trouble with discipline. When something really catches their eye then they can be very energetic about exploring it. However, they can switch up and become an intellectual thinker that commands respect from those around them in a heart beat. They may still retain their child like joy, but they often enjoy pondering deep and philosophical issues. They can come off as insensitive at times due to their strong desire for things to make sense logically. More sensitive types should be wary when trying to challenge one of these people to a debate.

Dominant function: Extraverted Intuition (Ne)

Auxiliary function: Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Tertiary function: Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

Inferior function: Introverted Sensing (Si)

Extra comments:

I lived with an ENTP/Sagittarius friend of mine for about 2 months. We both play competitive smash brothers – this dude @ZenyouX, his Mario is pretty amazing I can’t even lie.

We definitely had our differences when it came to living together, mostly dealing with space and alone time. Besides that, I would say the experience was quite pleasant, no huge arguments or fights or anything.

He is still a really good friend of mine too. He is one of the very few people who I can actually talk to about all of this stuff. He came over to my apartment just a few days ago and we were chatting it up, discussing zodiac signs and INFJs and ENTPs and ESTPs and the universe and !!….anyway, when I was first learning about Depth Psychology/MBTI, he was the one who I would bounce my thoughts and ideas off of. I think the greatest connection we shared was our disinterest in common and mundane conversations. We both really enjoyed talking about things on a much deeper level such as the universe or psychological issues or religion. He said he enjoys the fact that I ask him deep questions that make him think. I personally enjoy the fact that he can answer those deep questions honestly, and it gives me a new perspective that can further my understanding on certain issues.

The ENTP + INFJ combo can be really amazing in my opinion. But only if boundaries are kept, and mutually understanding is applied.

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The INFJ Personality Type


Often misunderstood due to their complexities, their mysterious aura never fails to bewilder onlookers and acquaintances.

These people are driven by an inner vision of the future possibilities generated by their dominant function – Introverted Intuition (Ni). To support this, they have their auxiliary function – Extraverted Feeling (Fe) – which orientates them toward people, tells them to keep harmony, and urges them to blend in with the surrounding environment.

This inner vision for the future involves people too. If you have an INFJ in your life that you are really close to then you can probably rest assured that you are included in their vision too. Unless of course, they secretly hate you because you crossed the line and broke one of their inner laws…

Anyway, this vision of theirs is completely internal and is kept hidden from all. Unless you can pierce the tough barrier that INFJ’s tend to always have up. But even if you pierce the barrier, it is highly unlikely that they will reveal all of themselves to you in one go. If you do manage to gain their trust then they will slowly reveal things about themselves, and then suddenly you’ll be connecting and relating about pretty much everything.

When it comes to making decisions, INFJs trust their intuition above all else. They do have support for this though, as their tertiary function – Introverted Thinking (Ti) allows them to apply logic to their decisions too. Thanks to this, people with the INFJ personality type are able to do many things, and their career possibilities are pretty broad. However, due to being a highly sensitive introvert, they generally tend to migrate toward more peaceful/introvert friendly careers. A career that allows them to utilize their Fe is highly sought after such as writing, music, counseling, teaching, and social work.

The previously mentioned combination of “Ni + Fe” also has a special effect that is unique to the INFJ personality type. It allows them to generate possibilities and insights about well, people! This is why the INFJ is often called the counselor. They have all of this great information to just dish out to people and they love to listen to real issues that people are going through. Small talk or mundane conversations are generally are not of interest. What they really want to talk about are things with substance, or passion, something real.

An Empath is another word to describe these people. They are very sensitive to the energies and the emotions of those around them. They can feel what the people around them feel, and they can pick up on many subtle things that no one seems to notice. Again, this is explained by their Ni + Fe. As a result, if there is a lot of negative energy around a person with the INFJ personality type then it can directly affect them. It can even manifest into physical ailments if it gets really bad. On the other hand, positive energy is also mirrored. So they try to surround themselves with people who they can trust, and who bring positive vibes.

They can also be very moody. Like one second they are happy and smiling and then woah, now they’re depressed. What happened? Who knows…there are too many things that can affect an INFJ’s mood. It’s probably something that happened in the external environment however – someone is being too loud/negative, someone crossed one of their hidden boundaries, or maybe they are just tired.

The INFJ personality type is primarily introverted so they use up their energy when they are around people. Depending on the environment, their energy can near the empty mark pretty fast. When this happens then they will retreat into their head or just leave altogether. A big thing that can ruffle an INFJ’s feathers is when people don’t respect their need for privacy and alone time. They simply cannot be around people for too long, and if they need a few days to themselves then that should be respected and not questioned too much. Something to strongly avoid would be to make them feel bad about it.

At times, the image that these people project to the outside world is an extraverted one. Keep in mind that this is only when they are under the watch of other people. It is when they are around people that they switch on their Fe, almost like a mask. With this mask they can become outgoing, talkative, and can blend in quite well to many environments. They do much better in one on one conversations than they do in groups. They love being able to focus and relate to just one person, and a group just complicates things, plus it adds more things to worry about.

They are generally deeply concerned about humans on all levels. The state of humanity as a whole, the homeless guy down the street, their best friend from high school, and they cannot tolerate blatant injustice or unwarranted malice towards others.

Finally, INFJs also have Extraverted Sensing (Se) as their inferior function. They tend to dive into the wonders of Se whenever they are stressed and fed up with the world.This involves behaviors such as overeating, over indulgence in sensual pleasures, etc…pretty much anything that will allow them to relieve their stress.
An INFJ with well developed Se and proper self discipline will learn how to control those urges with time. Utilizing Fe is actually a great way for these people to express themselves and they generally feel a whole lot of relief when doing so.

 The functions

Dominant – Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Auxiliary – Extraverted Feeling (Fe)

Tertiary – Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Inferior – Extraverted Sensing (Se)

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