In these four first pictures the INTJ is called:
- The Mastermind
- The Architect
- The Wizard Strategist
- Master of Strategies
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.
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 attention field of a Judger is shaped like a triangle, like a pyramid. While the mental field of a Percepiver is shaped more like a ring.
Judgers operate with a strong mental narrative, and this makes them very effective and efficient. They don’t waste time, because they filter out all the bullshit.
The result of this, though, is a strong reluctance to absorb information that does not jive with the operating narrative of the host. If you happen to be on the wrong track, this can lead you down a very bad path. Like Hitler.
- Perception is needed to absorb information that is “uncomfortable” or “inconvenient” (Hitler lacked Perception completely).
- Judging is needed to structure information into something useful. Judging brings order out of chaos.
The INTJ is what happens when you marry a “hardcore scientist” with an “effective asshole”. The INTJ is basically an assertive nerd. An impatient, direct, confrontational, result driven geek.
This is the best possible three sentence description I can come up with. An INTJ is basically a scientist with good executive functions. Think Steve Jobs (INTJ), not Bill Gates (INTP). Steve Jobs is more fun to be around, Bill Gates is a better friend.
- The INTJ is the best debater out of all the 16 Myers-Briggs types.
- It is also the best at creating order out of chaos.
- It is the second most scientific, after the INTP.
I want to share a video I watched a while ago, of when Tim Pool (INTJ 4wing5) debated Twitters CEO + press secretary on the Joe Rogan Experience.
This is what happens when you let an intelligent and competent INTJ lose in the debating room. You have been warned!
Joe Rogan is an INTP that resembles an INTJ in many ways. He has a very strong secondary Judging function. His Enneagram type, the 7wing8 (especially the Type 8) does enhance Judging functions.
Type 8s are drawn to clarity and simplicity, they like actionable intel, just like Judgers. If you ask a Type 8 to rate something, it will often be a 1 or a 10. Since Tim Pool is an INTJ, let me throw in this cool video he made.
- 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.
Interested in other INTJs?
- Adolf Hitler was an INTJ 3wing4 (this page is very popular)
- Alex Jones is an INTJ 8wing7
- Howard Stern is an INTJ 8wing9
Or maybe the reasonably similar INFJ? Johnny Depp is actually my most popular page on this entire site. INFJs are the most rare out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types.
1) Karl Marx: INTJ 5wing4
Karl Marx was an economist, sociologist, and historian who was born in Trier, Rhine province, Prussia, on the 5th of May, 1818. According to Karl Marx biography, he took his last breath on the 14th of March 1883 in London, England. Besides studying and coming up with the Karl Marx theory called Marxism, which is a technique of doing socioeconomic analysis in the world, he is also known for his words of wisdom.www.legit.ng
INTJs are the best debaters out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types. By far. They have a natural inclination towards taking a stance and forming an opinion.
They have a natural inclination towards thinking logically and presenting a rational argument. They are low on fear, low on empathy, have a low fear of confrontation, and can very much handle being an underdog or a minorty.
In the literature, the INTJ is named to be the best “underdog” out of all 16 types. A bunch of factors work together to make the INTJ the best debater, or talker.
The way INTJs form an argument, is that they establish a couple axioms, or certainties, and build an undeniable argument on top of that. There are linguistic patterns to how they operate.
Karl Marx was an INTJ. He established certain “truths”, or certaintes, and then he extrapolated form that. The result was a type of prophetic writing like he could see the future. He wasn’t “guessing”, he was “unveiling” the future.
I can recommend some of his texts, they are very convincing. There is a DRIVE in his writing that I have never seen anywhere else. It has been described as “deterministic” — because it was.
Karl Marx Quotes
Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.
The theory of communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.
Then the world will be for the common people, and the sounds of happiness will reach the deepest springs. Ah! Come! People of every land, how can you not be roused.
In proportion, therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.— Karl Marx
The quote below is a good example of powerful writing.
The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the laborer.
Capital is dead labor which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
In bourgeois society, capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
In this last quote he’s saying that in order to fit into the capitalist structure, you lose your individuality. You have to abide by the financial laws of your country — or you go to jail!
Not only can we manage very well without the interference of the capitalist class in the great industries of the country, but that their interference is becoming more and more a nuisance.
The will of the capitalist is certainly to take as much as possible.
Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille.— Karl Marx
Notice that he is not asking questions, there a very few question marks. When I’m reading sentences that would normally have question marks, they don’t. He’s establishing the truth, he’s unveiling reality. He is not guessing, he is explaining.
2) Alex Jones: INTJ 8wing7
Alex Jones is quite clearly an INTJ. He is also very imaginative, very high energy, very aggressive, cries on the show and screams so much more. He is not afraid of being wrong, he will come out and say some crazy shit when no one else dares to.
He is reckless, but also very entertaining. Alex jones was ahead the game on the Edward Snowden surveillance scandal. He said that 20+ years before it all came out. Alex Jones does not have a well developed secondary Perceiving function, and this makes him simplify reality a little too much to the point where it is not true anymore.
Judgers operate with a strong narrative, and this narrative removes any information that does not agree with the host. In a low functioning person this becomes a kind of extreme confirmation bias, where you only see the reality your mental structures allows you to see.
Judgers are much better at labeling and structuring information into something useful, they refuse to be naval gazers. Confusion gives them anxiety while clarity comforts them to the core.
Alex Jones is basically a high energy version of Howard Stern, who is an INTJ 8wing9. The 9-wing makes him calm, chill, relaxed, playful, and positive. The Type 9 is known as a positive type.
This is Alex Jones on Tim Pools (INTJ 4wing) show as a guest.
Here is a DEEP personality type analysis of Alex Jones.
- Alex Jones is an INTJ 8wing7, Task primary and Discovery secondary, Social Trauma Person, Confidence/Pleasure fix
3) Steve Jobs: INTJ 4wing5
INTJs are much less sensitive than INTPs. Steve Jobs was way too insensitive to be an INTP. He was ruthless, although not evil. He ran his staff into the ground with zero remorse, to drive his company forward, and it worked. He made the Iphone.
Steve Jobs positive effect on Apple was very obvious, he has to have been one of the most brilliant and effective CEOs in history of mankind. I found this short video that tells you a lot about his personality.
Notice how untroubled he is by the harsh criticism. He has a certain finality to his sentences. He also admits:
I readily admit — there are many things in life I don’t have the faintest idea of what I’m talking about.Steve Jobs on 1997 Worldwide Developer Conference.
This is a clear Judging trait. At its core, they value effectiveness over truth. Also notice how he brushes over the quoted sentence, it is barely audible (I replayed it several times). He also says:
Some mistakes will be made along the way. That’s good. Because at least a decision was made along the way. We find the mistakes — we fix ’em!Steve Jobs on 1997 Worldwide Developer Conference.
This is excactly how a Judger thinks. They would rather make a decision that (sometimes) ends up being incorrect then waste a bunch of time thinking about it. That’s how they see it.
Judgers have an inclination to structure their thoughts, they always have something ready to do, they always have something to say. Judgers are generally better at talking, better at debating, better at making a point.
4) Richard Dawkins: INTJ 4wing5
Richard Dawkins wrote the groundbreaking book The Selfish Gene (1976). The book has been critized for being overly cynical, and perhaps encourage the less noble traits in certain humans (like selfishness and greed).
Either way, Richard Dawkins has a type of raw acceptance of reality that is admirable, in a world that sugar coats everything.
Richard Dawkins is a very good debater, he is very good at giving straight answers and sticking to that narrative. Judgers have a type of phobia for uncertainty and confusion — it their worst enemy. So they tend to exaggerate and give straight answers, even if they have to sacrifice the truth a little bit.
I see this tendency in his older interviews. The main concern of a Judger is to be effective, not that eveything they say has to be 100% right.
As long as they are mostly right, or right in general, they are more than happy. Perceivers, on the other hand, have a type of fear or phobia for saying something that is not completely true (they feel like this would be an unethical lie).
Over the course of his life, Richard Dawkins has demonstrated that he is not very open minded. He isn’t really open to alternative viewpoints and (valid) counter arguments.
The attention field of a Judger is shaped like a cone, and the attention field of a Perceiver is shaped more like a circle.
My viewpoint is that Richard Dawkins is a very intelligent Judger with a lacking supportive Perceptive function (just like Hitler).
Overall, though, I do believe he is a force for good, even if he has his flaws.
Want to know what the absolute OPPOSITE to Richard Dawkins is (as an INTJ)? The ESFP.
5) Terence McKenna: INTJ 5wing4
Terence McKenna was a special kind of genius, I only became aware of him after he died. I did watch every appearance that his brother, Dennis McKenna, had on the Joe Rogan Experience. I also read his brothers book, which talks a lot about Terence McKenna.
Terence McKenna is a great example of an INTJ because he speaks like a true INTJ. There is a certain pressure in his voice, like every word is coming out of psychic pressure chamber. He also speaks in definities. Certainties.
INTPs can get stuck in the “everything is relative” trap, and “who knows what’s true” (even though everything points in this one direction). This is a form of mental naval gazing, a type of cowardly mental masturbation.
INTJs don’t play that game, and they will not let you play it either. They will tell you what we know FOR SURE.
I have to recommend the movie True Hallucinations.
True Hallucinations is the surreal account of the bizarre adventures of Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a small band of their friends, on a journey to the Amazon basin to search for a mythical hallucinogenic substance.
The persobality type of Elon Musk is quite similar to Terence. But Elon Musk is an INTP which is softer, more artistic, and more “chill”. The INTJ is actually desribed as “selfish” and “anti-social” in the literature (there are always exceptions, many of them).