What is the personality type of Alex Jones? Alex Jones is an INTJ 8wing7.
Alex Jones is an:
- INTJ (Introverted – iNtuitive – Thinker – Judger)
- 8wing7 (Enneagram Type 8 with a secondary 7-wing)
- Task execution primary and Self-discovery secondary (His biofeedback system has a strong reward for task execution, and a medium strength reward for self-exploration)
- Social Trauma Person (His brain dumps all the emotional baggage in the social network of his brain)
- Confidence/Pleasure fix (As opposed to an Insecurity/Questioning fix)
I cannot think of another famous INTJ 8wing7. Is he the only one? Howard Stern is close, as an INTJ 8wing9. Vladimir Putin is an INTJ 8wing9, as well. Jesse Ventura is an INTP 8wing9.
If you meet a Type 8 that is intense, then they are probably an 8wing7. If you find a Type 8 that is calm and collected, then they might be a 8wing9. The slower 8s are almost always 8wing9s. You personality type affect how much you have of the different brain waves.
Since both the INTJ and the 8wing7 are higly verbal, this translates to one of the most verbal personality types out there. Both the INTJ and the 8wing7 are able to stand large amounts of disharmony, and have a high ability to fight back.
Both the INTJ and 8wing7 are actually low on empathy, as well, though it’s a controversial subject. This helps them deal with confrontation. The INTJ can have tunnel vision once it makes up its mind, and the 8wing7 does oversimplify reality in order to get actionable data.
A person that is bad might be “the worst ever” and a person that is good might become “the best ever”. When the psychological health of the INTJ 8wing7 drops, they can become ruthless and manipulatve. The INTJ 8wing7 is a common personality type among bullies, but it is a common type for standing up to bullies, as well.
The INTJ 8wing7 has strong anti-authoritarian traits, and might end up becoming a leader themselves. Especially, if the person is also smart and capable. Sometimes, I see the INTJ 8wing7 as the leader of a sect or a religious organization.
After this visual 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, organized and carefully calibrated way, creating short- and long-term plans to help them achieve their goals. Schedules and “to-do” lists are comforting to them. They prefer knowing what they are getting into and feel frustrated in situations of ambiguity and change. People with this preference gain a sense of control by taking charge of their environment. They are self-disciplined and decisive, going for closure at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid stress.
- Myers-Briggs Explained (You can learn more about Myers-Briggs 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.
Interesting facts about INTJs
- On personality trait measures, score as Discreet, Industrious, Logical, Deliberate, Self-Confident, and Methodical
- Among types least likely to suffer heart disease and cardiac problems
- Least likely of all the types to believe in a higher spiritual power
- One of two types with highest college GPA
- Among types with highest income
- Personal values include Achievement
- Of all types, least likely to state that they value Home/family, Financial security, Relationships & friendships, and Community service
- Overrepresented among MBA students and female small business owners
- Commonly found in scientific or technical fields, computer occupations, and legal professions
INTJ stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judging. Introverts like being by themselves, Intuitives enjoys processing information, Thinkers like to engage their rational mind, Judgers loves clarity and structure.
The nemesis of Judgers is confusion (they hate it), and the nemesis of Perceptives is regret over making a bad call (they hate it). Judgers can end up spending too little time on important life-changing decisions, while Perceptives can naval-gaze their life away.
See the list of “FAMOUS INTJs” in the image above? All those three are actually INTPs. They typed Elon Musk as an INTJ because he is extremely effective and good at business. INTJs has a type of “street smarts” that INTPs are clueless to.
Mark Zuckerberg is very much the archetypal frail nerd. He’s playing a character in order to be likable, sure, but that is also who he is. Did you watch him being questioned in the senate?
An INTJ would never have the patience to study the abstract realm of theoretical physics for a lifetime, like Stephen Hawkin. It would feel a violent urge TO GO AND DO something! INTJs understand the underlying theory, or technology, but have a strong desire to execute it and apply it to reality.
Ever watched the Big Bang Theory? All the guys are different variants of the archetypal nerd. The stereotypical scientist? That is the INTP. If you are struggling with picturing the INTJ, just think Big Bang Theory guys + impatience and street smarts. Penny, though, is an ESFP. Don’t we love her!
The difference between the INTP and the INTJ is the Judging criteria. Perception likes to delay any decision and probe into the unknown. Judging likes to make up its mind and work with known variables. Judging focuses on what is known, and Perception focuses on the unknown.
The INTJ is very much opposed to wasting time and arguing semantics. This will, in fact, upset them. Let’s look at some differences between Judging and Perception.
INTJs are narrative driven, and save a lot of time because of it. If there is an overwhelming amount of evidence something happened, Judgers are more likely to just assume that’s what happened and move on. They don’t know, for sure, but they act as if the knew. This can lead to a castraphy if a judge makes up its mind on someones guilt before the trial is even over.
This narrative drive is clearly seen in Alex Jones, for example. This “narrative” has the host create a mental map of the world, and all information is then filtered through that mechanism.
This is very efficient, but can lead to oversimplification and mistakes. Another way of putting it, is that Judgers are naturally biased. They are good at making up their mind, and won’t procrastinate and naval-gaze like INTPs do.
INTJs are naturally confident. A smart, successful INTJ can become arrogant and rude. INTJs do well in business, because they understand the theory, technology, and big picture stuff — but are naturally apt at thinking on their feet and applying it in real life. They have “street smarts”. They are pragmatists and result driven at heart. They are less idealistic than INTPs.
The INTJ is good at math, science, and technology, but not quite as interested as the INTP. A college to my friend’s mum, has done research on a single bacteria for 20 years, and every year the conclusion has been that it does absolutely nothing. That man cannot be an INTJ.
An up-and-coming journalist/Youtuber is Tim Pool. He is an INTJ. INTJs often speak in definities. “I know for a fact that…” You can see the confidence, book smarts, and verbal ability at full display when he debated Twitters CEO Jack Dorsey (and their press secretary). I watched this whole thing with an open mouth.
Let’s finish off the INTJ section with this “HOW TO SPEAK INTJ” guide:
Here are some examples of famous INTJs that are typed on this site.
Since the 8wing7 is a combination of the Enneagram Type 8 and the Enneagram Type 7, let me start this section by describing them separately.
Type 8: The Challenger
Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.— The Enneagram Institute
- Basic Fear: Of being harmed or controlled by others.
- Basic Desire: To protect themselves (to be in control of their own life and destiny).
Key Motivations: Want to be self-reliant, to prove their strength and resist weakness, to be important in their world, to dominate the environment, and to stay in control of their situation.
Eights have enormous willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they are exercising these capacities in the world. They use their abundant energy to effect changes in their environment—to “leave their mark” on it—but also to keep the environment, and especially other people, from hurting them and those they care about. At an early age, Eights understand that this requires strength, will, persistence, and endurance—qualities that they develop in themselves and which they look for in others.
Eights do not want to be controlled or to allow others to have power over them (their Basic Fear), whether the power is psychological, sexual, social, or financial. Much of their behavior is involved with making sure that they retain and increase whatever power they have for as long as possible. An Eight may be a general or a gardener, a small businessman or a mogul, the mother of a family or the superior of a religious community. No matter: being “in charge” and leaving their imprint on their sphere is uniquely characteristic of them.
Eights are the true “rugged individualists” of the Enneagram. More than any other type, they stand alone. They want to be independent, and resist being indebted to anyone. They often refuse to “give in” to social convention, and they can defy fear, shame, and concern about the consequences of their actions. Although they are usually aware of what people think of them, they do not let the opinions of others sway them. They go about their business with a steely determination that can be awe inspiring, even intimidating to others.
Type 7: The Enthusiast
Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.
- Basic Fear: Of being deprived and in pain.
- Basic Desire: To be satisfied and content—to have their needs fulfilled.
Key Motivations: Want to maintain their freedom and happiness, to avoid missing out on worthwhile experiences, to keep themselves excited and occupied, to avoid and discharge pain.
Sevens are frequently endowed with quick, agile minds, and can be exceptionally fast learners. This is true both of their ability to absorb information (language, facts, and procedures) and their ability to learn new manual skills—they tend to have excellent mind-body coordination, and manual dexterity (typewriting, piano playing, tennis). All of this can combine to make a Seven into the quintessential “Renaissance person.”
Sevens cope with anxiety in two ways. First, they try to keep their minds busy all of the time. As long as Sevens can keep their minds occupied, especially with projects and positive ideas for the future, they can, to some extent, keep anxiety and negative feelings out of conscious awareness. Likewise, since their thinking is stimulated by activity, Sevens are compelled to stay on the go, moving from one experience to the next, searching for more stimulation. This is not to say that Sevens are “spinning their wheels.” They generally enjoy being practical and getting things done.
Examples of Type 8s:
Type 8 memes
For context, Type 8 is “The Warrior” and the Type 2 is “The Helper”.
There is another aspect of Alex Jones’s personality type that isn’t covered anywhere on the internet. On the personality café forum many years ago I found a system that could be used on top of Myers-Briggs and the Personality Enneagram.
It said that every person has a primary and secondary attribute in:
- Task execution
I used in on myself and the people around me, and it absolutely did work. I, for example, is a Self-discovery primary and Project secondary. How do you think this website came about??!! =)
But we are talking about Alex Jones here. Alex Jones is a Task execution primary and Self-discovery secondary. This means that he gets a stronger reward for finishing tasks. A type of “rush” if you will, where his psyche rewards him for it.
His Self-discovery secondary sits at about half the strength of the primary, and rewards him for exploring his subconscious mind, and growing as a person. A lot of people who take the (scary) leap to experiment with psychadelics are Self-discovery primaries. They have a stong desire and get a big reward for doing such things.
“Project” simply means you pick up a new project every now and then, and spend anything from a couple days on it, to a couple years. Usually it might be a couple months to a year. Does this make sense? Think about yourself and how this applies to you.
Social Trauma Person
This last thing is something I came up with personally, after experiencing a mental breakthrough with magic mushrooms. It is based on the fact that the brain has to store negative emotions/unprocessed emotions/trauma SOMEWHERE. And that somewhere is a certain section of the brain.
I, for example, always got a lot of anxiety when I had to perform tasks. Even checking my email became a terrible experience. I knew it was completely irrational, but the feeling of terrible anxiety would not go away.
I realized that every time I go to check my email, my brain is reminded of every horrible thing I have experienced my entire life. All my trauma was stuck in the “task execution” layer of the brain.
The brain can place trauma in three different regions of the brain:
- The problem-solving network (or task execution, or default mode network)
- The social network (activated when interacting with people)
- The performance network (also called “hightened state” network).
I guess these three types could be called the:
- Task Trauma Person (unwarranted anxiety over executing tasks, especially if boring and forced)
- Social Trauma Person (unwarranted anxiety over interacting with people)
- Performance Trauma Person (unwarranted anxiety over high stress adrenaline fueled situations)
Am I making any sense whatsoever? Hold on! I’m trying! For Alex Jones, all the trauma is placed in the social network of the brain, and that is why he gets anxiety when people call in to the show, and barely let’s them talk, though they’ve listened to him for 12 years and have never called in before.
This is also why he is very bad at debating, and just starts screaming and verbally attacking (this puts him in a hightened state, where he is comfortable). For most people, a screaming match would be MORE uncomfortable, but the wiring of Alex Jones is not like most people.
This is, in fact, his response to overwhelming anxiety. Alex Jones is extremely good at monologues, but pretty bad at debates, if I’m going to be honest. You have to understand that Alex is a showman, it is infotainment.
Alex Jones is a Social Trauma Person. It is in social situations he has a hightened state of anxiety. He has developed this bombastic “crazy” personality, partially as a compensation for the anxiety he gets around people.
This is how a social phobia is created, makes sense, huh? The brain just dumps all of the built up negative emotions in this one section of the brain. This theory actually explains why people have irrational phobias. And why they are an advantage, from an evolutionary standpoint.
It is better to be completely irrational in this one spot, and completely rational everywhere else. Then to be somewhat irrational all the time, everywhere. Which would be the case if the negative energy was spread out over the entire brain.
The absolute last thing I want to mention is that at the deepest layer of Alex Jones psyche, he has what I call to be a “Confidence/Pleasure fix”. These emotions radiate from the deepest part of his being into the rest of his personality.
There are two possible fixes:
- The Confidence/Pleasure fix
- The Insecurity/Questioning fix
If you don’t have the “Confidence/Pleasure fix”, you have the “Insecurity/Questioning fix”. If so, then these two attributes (that overlap) will radiate into every layer of a persons personality.
A person can feel good and be confident, yet be highly insecure at the deepest layer of their being. I, the person writing this, have a confidence/pleasure fix myself. This is the emotional state I fall back to if there is no external factor pulling me in a different direction.
Alex Jones is an:
- Task execution primary and Self-discovery secondary
- Social Trauma Person
- Confidence/Pleasure fix
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