What is the personality type of Adolf Hitler? Adolf Hitler was an INTJ 3wing4.
The INTJ 3wing4
The INTJ 3wing4 is very driven, logical, judgemental, stubborn, level-headed, image-conscious, and moderately artistic. It is mainly concerned with the inanimate world — like items, structures, and objective goals. It is low on empathy, sensitivity, and emotional awareness.
The INTJ is very good at understanding and manipulating any coherent system. It is adept at scientific reasoning, but doesn’t quite have the patience for it. It might want to invent some new knowledge or understanding, but it mostly is wants to apply it in the real world.
The Myers-Briggs INTJ is very much an “impatient scientist”, and the Enneagam 3wing4 is a “creative businessman” — that wants success at any cost.
Here we have three different terms for the INTJ:
- The Mastermind
- The Architect
- The Wizard Strategist
I might be inclined to call it “The Debater”, for they are so good at talking! They are the best debaters, by far, out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types.
After this little introduction to the INTJ — let me try to describe it in my own words. Just for clarification, the “INTJ” stands for:
Introverts generate energy when they are by themselves, and lose energy when they are with people. The energy of an Introverts is directed inwards, instead of outwards (of an Extrovert). Introverts like to do one thing at the time, instead of many things simultaneously. Generally, Introverts have more depth, and Extroverts have more breadth. Introverts are serious, long-term thinkers.
Intuitives are much more abstract in their thinking, they are drawn to systems, concepts, patterns, ideas, tendencies — the big picture stuff. Intuitives are self-conscious by nature, and use their internal language engine to translate their thoughts into acceptable speech patterns. Intuitives are much more imaginative, can get lost in thought, and bounce from subject to subject in a conversation. This can be annoying for a level headed Sensor. Sensors stay on one subject until it is done.
Thinkers are good at understanding and manipulating the inanimate world, items, machines, structures, mechanical and mathematical systems (like computer programming). They very often feel like people are too emotional and should think things through with their logical mind. Thinkers are not “sensitive”, and are better at handling confrontations and dealing with disharmony than Feelers. They are seen as “tough”, and “durable”, and sometimes a little dry & boring. Thinkers are less playful and more into long-term planning. Responsibility. Cause-and effect.
Judgers approach life in a structured way, creating plans and organizing their world to achieve their goals and desired results in a predictable way. They get their sense of control by taking charge of their environment and making choices early. They are self-disciplined and decisive, and seek closure in decisions. When they ask for things they are specific and expect others to do as they say. They enjoy being experts. At work, they decide quickly and clearly and work to get the job done. Perceivers may see them as rigid and opinionated.
- Myers-Briggs Explained (You can learn more about Myers-Briggs here)
- The Enneagram Explained (You can learn more about The Enneagram here)
In very general terms:
- Judgers focus on CLARITY & ACTIONABLE INTEL.
- Perceivers focus on the intricate COMPLEXITY OF REALITY.
- Judgers focus on what is CERTAIN.
- Perceivers focus on what is UNCERTAIN.
- Judgers are drawn to the THE KNOWN.
- Perceivers are drawn to THE UNKNOWN.
The Judging function structures and organizes information. The Perceiving function absorbs information without labeling it.
The story of Hitler is actually the story of a Judging function gone out of control. Think about it, how many indications did he get that Jews were intelligent (as in high IQ), productive (an in high earners) and NOT evil? Hundreds? Thousands?
Hitler even had people around him that were part Jewish that he protected. Some on some level, he knew. The perceptive function (P) is needed to absorb information that does not agree with the mental narrative of the host.
The INTJ is calm, logical, practical, cerebral (yes, that too), but a little restless and somewhat ruthless. I believe Hitler specifically had a brain defect that took away his empathy, stemming from the fact that his parents were related.
Hitler also had a very bad childhood, and early trauma can actually crush your empathy on a biological level. This is known as a “made psychopath”, while other psychopaths are “born”. I don’t know if Hitler was “made” or “born”.
This is Adolf Hitlers father, Alois Hitler. The quote below is from this article: Origins Of Evil: The Rage-Filled Story Of Alois Hitler.
Alois Hitler was a strict father who “demanded absolute obedience” and freely hit his children. A coworker once described him as “very strict, exacting, and pedantic, a most unapproachable person” who obsessed over his official uniform and “always had himself photographed in it.” Adolf’s half-brother, Alois Jr., described their father as someone who “had no friends, took to no one, and could be very heartless.”
Hitler later recalled how after a certain point he “resolved never again to cry when my father whipped me” which he claimed caused the beatings to finally end.
Alois Hitler died suddenly of a pleural hemorrhage in 1903 when Adolf was 14 years old. The death of his father left Hitler free to pursue his dream of becoming an artist and have his every whim indulged by his mother. Although Hitler later declared “I never loved my father, but feared him,” there were striking similarities between father and son besides the uncontrollable fits of rage: the future Fuhrer also strangely employed his own half-niece as a maid and struck up an intimate relationship with her.
Want an example of another famous INTJ? Richard Dawkins. The INTJ is not a navel-gazer, never, and can be a little judgemental.
INTJs often speak in certaintees, that’s one of the trademark linguistic identifications. Here is a debate between two INTJs.
When their mental health drops, they resort to black-and-white thinking — which is an oversimplification of reality. The INTJ is more concerned with being effective than being 100% right.
They create order out of chaos. INTJs are labeling and structuring machines. They label, structure, and organize any information that comes their way. They are big on clarity, impact, and real world results. They get anxiety and a type of existential angst from confusion.
Steve Jobs was an INTJ 4wing5. The INTJ part is the “effective asshole”, the relentless task execution machine, while the 4wing5 brings the creative vision (Type 4), and the depth of thought (Type 5). Type 4 is basically creative, and Type 5 is basically cerebral.
Notice the confidence and the ease at which he speaks. Also, notice how at the 2:00 (two minute) mark he asserts “No, they call us crazy”.
The attention field of a Judger (“J” stands for Judging) is formed like a spear. Without a well developed secondary Perception, that person gets extreme tunnel vision and refuses to absorb new information.
The attention field of a Perceiver is shaped more like a circle, if that makes sense? It is inherently open-minded. Perception is good at absorbing information that does not jive with the operating narrative of the host.
This image is a great visualization of what I’m talking about.
In litterature, the INTJ is called “The Architect”, a fitting name since Hitler spent a lot of time designing buildings. Above is a painting by Adolf Hitler. If he wasn’t so evil, you would almost say it was good… right?
Here is a cute little guide on how to deal with an INTJ!
The INTJ Personality Type
The J — which stands for Judging — bring impatience, structure, desire to control the outcome, lower fear of confrontation, and increased resistence to hostility and disharmony. This person basically has tunnel vision. Remember that I said their mind is shaped like a spear? It’s true.
Basically, the mind of a Judger is drawn to THE KNOWN, as opposed to the UNKNOWN (for the Perceiver). For that reason, they are much more interested in application and execution, and better at it. They are pragmatists by nature.
Want another INTJ? Alex Jones. Below is a link to the most thorough personality type analysis of Alex Jones on the internet.
Since the story of Hitler is basically a Judging function gone out of control, I want to zoom in on the differences between Judging and Perception. The “J” in INTJ stands for Judging.
INTJ Values and Motivations
The perfectionism of Hitler was legendary, you could say that his entire life work was about “perfecting” the human race. He ran his own body into the ground with drugs so that he could achieve his goal of taking over the world.
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- Here are four Famous INTJs (Alex Jones, Steve Jobs, Richard Dawkins, Terence McKenna)
- Alex Jones is an INTJ 8wing7
- Howard Stern is an INTJ 8wing9
The type 3 is extremely driven, and extremely image-conscious (Hitler’s effective propaganda). The 4-wing gives an artistic flair and desire to be unique (his serious attempts at becoming an artist).
The 3wing4 is very interesting. They have the insane superhuman drive of the Type 3 (along with the extreme desire for success), married to the artistic soul of the Type 4 (that comes with a revulsion towards “selling out”). In a way, they are opposites of each other, fighting for the attention of the host.
The Type 3 can have two different wings. The 3wing2 and the 3wing4. Hitler was a 3wing4.
Since the 3wing4 is a combination of the Type 3 and the Type 4, I thought I’d introduce them separately.
Type 3: The Achiever
Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.— The Enneagram Institute
- Fear: Of being worthless.
- Basic Desire: To feel valuable and worthwhile.
Key Motivations: Want to be affirmed, to distinguish themselves from others, to have attention, to be admired, and to impress others.
Everyone needs attention, encouragement, and the affirmation of their value in order to thrive, and Threes are the type which most exemplifies this universal human need. Threes want success not so much for the things that success will buy (like Sevens), or for the power and feeling of independence that it will bring (like Eights). They want success because they are afraid of disappearing into a chasm of emptiness and worthlessness: without the increased attention and feeling of accomplishment which success usually brings, Threes fear that they are nobody and have no value.
The problem is that, in the headlong rush to achieve whatever they believe will make them more valuable, Threes can become so alienated from themselves that they no longer know what they truly want, or what their real feelings or interests are. In this state, they are easy prey to self–deception, deceit, and falseness of all kinds. Thus, the deeper problem is that their search for a way to be of value increasingly takes them further away from their own Essential Self with its core of real value.
Examples of Type 3s:
Type 4: The Individualist
Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
- Basic Fear: That they have no identity or personal significance.
- Basic Desire: To find themselves and their significance (to create an identity).
Key Motivations: Want to express themselves and their individuality, to create and surround themselves with beauty, to maintain certain moods and feelings, to withdraw to protect their self-image, to take care of emotional needs before attending to anything else, to attract a “rescuer.”
While it is true that Fours often feel different from others, they do not really want to be alone. They may feel socially awkward or self-conscious, but they deeply wish to connect with people who understand them and their feelings. The “romantics” of the Enneagram, they long for someone to come into their lives and appreciate the secret self that they have privately nurtured and hidden from the world.
If, over time, such validation remains out of reach, Fours begin to build their identity around how unlike everyone else they are. The outsider therefore comforts herself by becoming an insistent individualist: everything must be done on her own, in her own way, on her own terms. Fours’ mantra becomes “I am myself. Nobody understands me. I am different and special,” while they secretly wish they could enjoy the easiness and confidence that others seem to enjoy.
Examples of Type 4s:
The 3wing4 has incredible drive and incredible task execution. The Type 4 gives it an artistic flair, a desire to create, to be unique, to have a different identity. Integrity. “Integrity” is a weird word for Hitler, but he did show massive devotion towards his dream of making Human 2.0.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (ISTP 9wing8) was a nazi who was enrolled in a nazi breeding program for superior humans, you didn’t know that, did you?
We know that Hitler took the rejection of the Vienna Arts Academy very hard. There is some indication that it scarred him psychologically and he was never the same again. Below are two paintings by Adolf Hitler.
This basic fear and basic desire matches Hitler very well. Hitler did morph his entire person to become an effective tyrant. During his speaches, he was able to hypnotize the entire nation with his voice. Keyword “fraudelent”. Type 3s are actually known to be:
Type 3 memes & pictures
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