What is INTJ? Well, I’m one, apparently. According to the Jung Typology Test. And the funny thing is, I recognise myself in it. INTJ is short for Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging, and in this Jungian test you are being analyzed in five areas: Introvert/Extravert, Thinking, Feeling, Judging and Intuition. My score was: I(ntrovert) 56, (i)N(tuitive) 50, T(hinking) 12 and J(udging) 44. It’s nice that after the test, you get a couple of links about your type and the type of career that suits your type. Interesting!

According to this link, the INTJ is a so-called “Mastermind”, the system-builder/planner in the background, who has a lot of insight in processes and a desire for order and overview. Haha, that fits me! Apparently, only 1-2% of the population is an INTJ, which is a shame, I think we could use more of them… This link provides some more detail about the profile of the INTJ. I’ll quote one sentence: “INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest.” Aha! Interest is the secret! “Hallmarks of the INTJ include independence of thought and a desire for efficiency. They work best when given autonomy and creative freedom.” This is so very true for me!

There was also a link to an overview of what kind of jobs I would be best at, being an INTJ. In short: either Technical/Science (Computer Science, Natural Science and Engineering), Management (Management and Entrepreneurship), or Social Service (Law and Librarian). Computer Science, check. Entrepreneurship, check. Now I know what my next career should be, if I ever get tired of Computer Science…

It’s kind of weird, you fill out a list of 72 yes/no questions, and Jung knows who you are! OK, not exactly, but you do fit in your little box. Try it yourself, what type are you?

2 thoughts on “INTJ

  1. I ended up an INFJ (which I think is consistent with other times I’ve done this or similar tests). From what little I’ve read, INFJ and INTJ are very similar – one more right brained, the other more left brained. But I’m the rarest kind of person – only 1.5% of the population. 😉

  2. That sounds fascinating – I shall try it. I’ve retired from Computer Science, so I might also be an INTJ (retired). I agree – we could do with more people like you describe. (Certainly fewer people who are happy with inefficiency and disorder, or just grumble about it without doing anything…)

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