INTJ Personality Type

The Intellectual in Myers Briggs

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What is the INTJ personality type (The Intellectual)?
People with an INTJ personality type tend to be confident, analytical, and ambitious in their behavior. They love to pursue knowledge and tend to be very logically minded. They are independent thinkers focused on solving the world’s problems.

INTJ Personality Traits

INTJs like to have time alone to recharge and think introspectively.

They tend to listen to their strong intuition and love to see how everything connects together. They are focused on the bigger picture and may overlook small details.

Intellectuals are very logical and rational. They base decisions on what makes sense and might have a harder time connecting emotionally.

They are organized and prefer following a plan. They love to set and achieve goals. 


In summary, INTJ personality types tend to...

  • Seek alone time and avoid large groups of people.
  • Focus on the big picture, rather than the details.
  • Make logic-based decisions and follow intuition.
  • Set ambitious goals for themselves and others.
  • Pursue deeper understanding of complex topics.

INTJ Meaning

  • (I) INTROVERSION: Introverts tend to draw energy from spending time alone.
  • (N) INTUITION: Intuitive types tend to love to explore new ideas and think in terms of the big picture.
  • (T) THINKING: Thinking types tend to follow their head and consider facts when making decisions.
  • (J) JUDGING: Judging types tend to be very structured and organized.

INTJ Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems. 

Myers-Briggs INTJ Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the INTJ personality type include...

  • Ability to solve complicated problems
  • Deeply-rooted ambition and drive
  • Constant thirst for knowledge and understanding
  • Natural and unwavering self-confidence
  • Willingness to explore new ways of thinking

INTJ Weaknesses

Myers-Briggs INTJ Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the INTJ personality type include...

  • Struggling to understand emotional expression
  • Accidentally overlooking the smaller details
  • Potential to grow arrogant in situations that challenge them
  • Withdrawing from obligations that require socializing
  • Tendency to be judgmental toward others

How INTJ personality types like to work

Myers-Briggs INTJ Communicating

Communicating with an INTJ personality type

Focus on the bigger picture and avoid small talk.
Myers-Briggs INTJ Meeting

Meeting with an INTJ personality type

Recognize that interactions can be draining for the INTJ—try to be direct and concise.
Myers-Briggs INTJ Emailing

Emailing an INTJ personality type

Avoid lengthy emails; instead, feel free to skip pleasantries and directly address the need.
Myers-Briggs INTJ Feedback

Giving feedback to an INTJ personality type

Keep feedback clear and logical; INTJs can handle constructive criticism.
Myers-Briggs INTJ Conflict

Resolving conflict with an INTJ personality type

Focus on addressing the root of the problem, while avoiding overly emotional language.

INTJ Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them. 

Myers-Briggs INTJ Motivations

INTJ personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Thinking critically and solving complex problems
  • Setting and achieving ambitious goals
  • Taking time to be alone and think
  • Producing quality results in a work environment
  • Introduction of new ideas and solutions

INTJ Stress

Myers-Briggs INTJ Stress

INTJ personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Situations that require emotional expression
  • Interacting with large groups of people
  • Being required to follow a set of traditional rules
  • Small talk and daily pleasantries
  • Lack of creativity from a work environment

INTJ Careers

INTJs tend to thrive in environments that allow them to produce measurable results and implement new, more efficient ways of working.

Myers-Briggs INTJ Energized at Work

INTJ personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to solve a complicated problem.
  • Their boss offers direct feedback.
  • Their peers communicate their opinions openly.
  • Their direct reports work at a quick, effective pace.
Myers-Briggs INTJ Drained at work

INTJ personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to work closely with many people.
  • Their boss asks too many personal questions.
  • Their peers discuss topics that aren’t work-related.
  • Their direct reports need constant guidance.

Because INTJs are such independent thinkers, they are able to work well in positions that allow them room to grow and take charge of themselves. Despite this, their ambition and innovative ideas also make them great leaders.

Myers-Briggs INTJ Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with INTJ personality types

  • Software engineer
  • Marketing strategists
  • Freelance consultant
  • Scientist
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • Architect

INTJ Relationships (Professional)

INTJs are ambitious and logically-minded. They can help others learn to think through complex problems and express ideas openly.

Myers-Briggs INTJ Working With

INTJ personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Focus on being productive and efficient
  • Offer helpful, constructive feedback
  • Avoid taking things personally
Myers-Briggs INTJ Professional Obstacles

INTJ personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Become overly confident in their abilities
  • Hurt or upset others with their direct, blunt language
  • Fail to connect emotionally with those who need it

INTJ Relationships (Romantic)

INTJs can be focused, driven partners who focus on open, honest communication.

Myers-Briggs INTJ Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Intellectual personality types bring strengths like...

  • Openly sharing their perspective on a problem
  • Quickly getting to the root of an issue
  • Giving their partner the necessary space to be independent
Myers-Briggs INTJ Romantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Intellectual personality types may have trouble...

  • Listening empathetically and open-mindedly
  • Showing or sharing their emotions with their partner
  • Maintaining a calm, warm tone in emotional conversations

INTJ Females

Women with the INTJ personality type

INTJ women are likely to be logical, introverted thinkers. They tend to enjoy analyzing others’ behavior and may be less concerned with how they are viewed by those around them. Like their male counterparts, INTJ females are likely to be very direct and, at times, blunt. However, they may be misunderstood or labeled as “rude” more often than INTJ males, since many people tend to subconsciously place an unfair expectation on women to be more emotionally intuitive. Their analytical thinking and ambitious spirit is likely to help motivate others to work hard and chase after big, bold goals.

INTJ Females

Famous INTJ Females

  • Jane Austen
  • Michelle Obama
  • Toni Morrison
  • Jodie Foster
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Maria Shriver
  • Susan B. Anthony

INTJ Males

Men with the INTJ personality type

INTJ males tend to be private, ambitious problem-solvers. They are likely to approach most situations from an analytical perspective, often working to implement new ideas. INTJ males may seem overly direct or harsh, at times, since they tend to have a difficult time being emotionally open. Like INTJ females, they are likely to be confident and inquisitive, typically on the search to learn more about the world around them.

INTJ Males

Famous INTJ Males

  • Bill Gates
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Al Gore
  • Andy Warhol
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to Myers-Briggs Type INTJ. 

DISC Type Dc, D, or Di

Enneagram Type 3, 5, or 8

You can find your DISC, Enneagram, and Myers-Briggs types by taking Crystal's free personality test.

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