INTJ stands for Introverted, Intuition, Thinker, and Judgment. It's one of the sixteen Myers Briggs profiles, the most popularly utilized psychosometric test in the world. Corporations often use the MBTI to determine whether the person is well suited to a particular job or not. INTJs are natural leaders but prefer not to be leaders. They only take on leadership roles when it's important that they do. Only one in a hundred woman have an INTJ profile. It doesn't help that the INTJ Female is very different to other types of woman. It means that she is often misunderstood. Read on to find out why
I am an INTJ Woman
by Tessa Schlesinger. For every five hundred women, only four have an INTJ profile. Natural leaders and highly competent they may be but they are often misunderstood. Here's why...
Introvert, Intuition, Thinker, Judgement
The Myers Briggs assessment will determine whether people are introverts or extroverts, whether they use their five senses or their intuition to make decisions, whether they base their assessments and/or conclusions on thinking of feelings, and, lastly, whether they are okay with leaving unanswered questions opn or whether they need closure and make judgements. So when a woman is said to be an INTJ, here's what it means.
Introversion: The I stands for introverted and it means she gets her energy and personal fulfilment from her thoughts, imagination, and/or creativity rather from external factors like other people, status, and/or possessions.
Intuition: The N stands for Intuition. It means that the person draws from the stored unconscious knowledge accrued over the years fromJ books, movies, other people, experience, and more. Generally, the INTJ has top notch information stored.
Thinker: The T stands for thinker (as opposed to feeler), and this means that decisions are based on a process of deduction and analyis rather than what the person feels. Often, people get confused between gut feeling (Intuition) and feeling.
Judgment: The J stands for Judgment and it means that, rather than leaving something open ended and unresolved, problems and issues need to be resolved in as short a time as possible.
Rare combination of Intuition and Thinking
Thinkers Using Intution
The unusual part of being an INTJ is that they use their intuition with their thinking. Generally, Thinkers use their Senses to evaluate situations. This means that the information they use comes through hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting. Feelers, on the other hand, will usually have an I and F combination. That means Intution and Feeling. The combination of being able to think and use intution (all that stored knowledge) is what gives the INTJ the edge. INTJs also tend to be gifted and are sought after in professions that require 'out of the box' solutions.
Portrait of an INTJ
INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. They value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, and typically have high standards in these regards
To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature
Portrait of a MasterMind
Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning
The INTJ personality type is one of the rarest and most interesting types – comprising only about 2% of the U.S. population (INTJ females are especially rare – just 0.8%), INTJs are often seen as highly intelligent and perplexingly mysterious.
INTJ: The Strategist
Being reserved, they prefer to stay in the background while leading. Strategic, knowledgable and adaptable, INTJs are talented in bringing ideas from conception to reality
At work, the INTJ excels at creating and implementing innovative solutions to analytical problems. They naturally see possibilities for improvement within complex systems and are organized and determined in implementing their ideas for change.
Career Choice: Scientist, Strategist, Mastermind, and Systems Builder all the same thing.
Analytical and Objective thinker
You would think that scientists use facts derived from their senses in order to make evaluations, but this is not so. Once the facts are in, the scientist (thinker) interprets the information using Intuition. Strategists use the same process as well as the systems builder.
The INTJ Brain
Biology and the INTJ
The INTJ develops precise structures in the brain from early childhood. This means that information is extremely well organized. They are able to analyze (compare this information) with ease as a result of this highly organized structure. They also retain new information with ease. INTJs are highly competent people and are often gifted.
Do you know any INTJ women?
INTJ Defiant of Authority?
INTJs not impressed by authority or status
If the president ordered an INTJ to do something, and five minutes into doing it, the INTJ discovered that it wasn't going to work, s/he would have no issue with changing the plan and going ahead without consulting the powers that be. Even if she knew that the change of plan wouldn't be very popular and might cost her her job, she would still go ahead and change the plan. That's because INTJs believe implicitly that what they're doing is right.
Are INTJs right?
If authority tells them that they are on the wrong track or that they should back off, and the INTJ feels that’s not right, the INTJ will simply ignore authority and go right on doing what they are doing. This makes them closed to corruption because they are not concerned with either what people think of them or what rewards they get. They are concerned with what will get the system working.
INTJs have little respect for authority. It’s another point in their favor that ensures that they will do what is right. Ninety six percent of humanity (as Milgram showed shortly after WWII) will do something instructed by authority even when they know its wrong. An INTJ will not.
INTJs are rare in that while they know what they know, they also know what they don't know. Ask most people a question, and there will always be an answer, even if they don't know what they are talking about. Ask an INTJ a question and they will either give you the right answer, or they will say, "I don't know.
INTJs are Succinct Writers
Famous INTJ writers
It's no accident that INTJs are excellent writers. They are able to convey meaning easily and clearly. This is partially due to the fact that they think things through thoroughly before attempting to explain them, and secondly, it's because structure is part of their lives. So they're really good at the structure of language.
INTJ writers include Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Stephen Hawking, Jean Paul Sartre, James Cameron, Betty Friedan, Susan Sontag, Samuel Beckett, and Lone Frank. While I can't find any MBTI profile for Robert Heinlein, his writing and ideas definitely suggest he is an INTJ. I'd also include Michael Crichton and Robin Cook.
From the facebook founder to the to the world's most famous chess player, they're all INTJs. You can also do a free MBTI test at this link.
INTJs Relationships with Others are Difficult
The INTJ Relationship
When INTJs have romantic relationships, they are the most enduring and successful of all relationships. That said, finding that relationship is very, very difficult. Here's where the INTJ is often misunderstood. The fact that they are misunderstood is all their own fault, of course. They simply don't bother to explain themselves very well. For some reason, they assume that others use the same logic and information that they are using, and therefore they don't have to explain their conclusions.
In the normal run of the mill everyday relationships, unless the INTJ has done a lot of work on their relationship skills, disaster is spelled with a capital D. Once more, the INTJ doesn't bother to explain. Mostly this is because they will only explain to people that they respect. Once that respect goes (or is not earned), they won't bother to explain. As a result, the INTJ can come across as snotty and arrogant. Ironically, they are probably the most humble of all people, precisely because they know how much they don't know.
Other Classifications : Warrior, Humanist, Skeptic, and Atheist
Different Types of INTJs
INTJs can fit into other classifications as well. They do not have identical points of view or values on all things.. For instance, while most INTJs will tend towards the atheist view of life, not all will be. There are some who have religious beliefs. They will also be the most likely to be skeptics and humanists. Some of them will be warriors while others will be pacifists. Their interests can vary and, while rare, they can actually do people jobs like marketing and sales very well. It just depends on whether they have developed those skills or not.
The INTJ Female : One Percent of the Population
Female INTJs don’t flirt or join the crowd. They are more concerned with getting the job done than with soothing people’s feelings. This does not mean that they have no feelings. They can, and often do, have very intense and deep feelings. It just means that they truly don't think that their feelings are relevant or anyone else's business.
Yes, INTJs are very private people, but more about the feelings thingie. Let's say that the president has called a meeting about an end-of-the-world scenario. Each person invited to attend is a specialist in their own field. One of the female delegates is pregant, looks about to give birth, and appears quite green about the gills. Most people in the room will enquire after their health. The INTJ will completely ignore the personal situation of the delegate and ask for the report. This gives an impression of insensitivity.As previously mentioned, the strategist, scientist, and/or system builder (all names for the INTJ) is concerned with the strategy, the science, and/or building the system. However, as women are normally the nurturers and people communicators of the community, the INTJ woman is at odds with the norm.
INTJ and Privacy
Most Women Talk to Each Other but the INTJ Doesn't Confide in Other Women
INTJs are the most private of all the different types. As most women tend to share virtually everything of their private lives with other females, the INTJ female runs into difficulties. She will not discuss her private life, gossip about other people, or reveal much about herself to others. Other women take this as a sign of dislike because, generally, the only reason a woman won't speak to another woman is because they are disliked. In the case of the INTJ, this is not so. They are just deeply private people and won't share with many people - friends or foes.
INTJ Women: Geek Squad and Early Adopters
Meet Female INTJs
It's no surprise that when Google + launched, it was the INTJs who were there first. So for my first fifty or sixty friends, I managed to gain three INTJ females. Normally, in order to meet three INTJ women, I would have had to have four hundred women in the room (I'm an INTJ).
Paula Jones, a first generation plusser, says, in her own words, "I've always felt uncomfortable calling attention to myself - dressing sexy, being very flamboyant, etc. yet I do appreciate honest compliments - I'm just not going to ask for them."
"I am very good at pulling people together at work to get agreement on things we need to do. I am not the one who divides and polarizes (at work anyway). But I will stand up for what I believe (not a push over). When someone proposes something I really disagree with I will go talk to other participants and get their agreement rather than fight it out in a meeting."
"On G+ I often just won't comment on posts I disagree with. I'd rather not deal with the drama. Sometimes the comments become overwhelming and I take time off. I like being alone. With books and the Internet, I'm never truly alone."
"As a matter of fact, I just don't like drama and have learned to identify it early. Early in life I was drawn to drama, but then I married it and was totally exhausted."
Personally, I also don't like discussion and drama. I prefer to work with people who are in agreement with me rather than with people who aren't. It's just too much drama. Likewise, if I see a post or come across a world view I don't agree with, I just won't comment.
Susan Stone, another first generation plusser, says the following, "Hmmm....I tend to be data oriented, and willing to change my stances based on the truth of the data rather than just ideology, and I'm comfortable at working with both the mythic and the scientific, literature and physics. I always seek the truth on the ground rather than trying to make reality fit my biases, and then working from that groundwork. and I tend to be solution oriented and obsessed with process - how things are done, what's the sequence of events, or steps to get there."
After doing some more thinking, Paula Jones came back to me to say, "I'm with +Susan Stone on being data oriented. Sometimes I post things on G+ when I don't know what to think - and enjoy the comments and data because I learn."
One interesting thing. I've known both Paula and Susan for as long as Google Plus has been going which must be going for for somewhere between eighteen months and two years now. It was only as I began putting this together this morning that I realized that Susan Stone's name was almost the same as that of a once well known actress ( You see, status doesn't matter to INTJs!).
The INTJ Woman is an Independent Thinker
About INTJ Women
Of all the types in the Myers Briggs Evaluation, the INTJ is the most independent thinker. This means that they don't take advice from others or go with the crowd for the sake of ease, being liked, or peace. In other words, the last thing an INTJ woman is, is submissive. For many men who expect to take the leadership position, especially where religion is concerned, this is a vast stumbling stone.
Best Way to Interact with the INTJ Female
How to Handle the INTJ Woman!
There's a lot to learn from an INTJ, and they make wonderful, loyal friends. Getting to know them is difficult, however. Here are a few clues.
- Give them a lot of space. They need it because they like to think.
- Don't argue with them. They don't want to waste the time, and unless you've got the evidence that you know something that they don't, they're not going to be convinced anyway.
- Don't expect them to relate to you on an emotional basis. That's not what they're looking for. They're looking for factual, objective information. The more you give this to them, the more likely an emotional relationship will grow.
- Friendships and relationships with INTJs take time - a long time. Don't be impatient.
So now you know why the INTJ woman is so different to other women. She relates to others in an intellectual and objective way. She is an independent thinker and she doesn't want your advice. She won't share with you just because she likes you when she first meets you. That takes time. She's highly competent and when she discovers that you are, too, she will open to you. Of course, an INTJ woman is not everyone's cup of tea...