24 ‘Small’ Signs That You’re an INTJ Personality Type

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INTJs are complicated people who have many layers, and we can be full of contradictions. How do you know if you’re truly an INTJ personality type, one of the rarest of the sixteen Myers-Briggs personality types? Below are 24 “small” signs that, taken as a whole, will help you get the answer.

Of course, at 2 percent of the population, there could be at least 150 million INTJs in the world. Not every INTJ is going to identify with every one of these signs, but if this is your type, I believe you’ll recognize most of them:

  1. You often sense the problems in a system as soon as you look at it—whether it’s how a restaurant is set up, a client’s Internet marketing plan, or the features and settings on an app. You don’t need to be an expert on any relevant subject, you just have a sixth sense for inefficiency.
  2. Conversely, you get an almost spiritual sense of satisfaction when you witness displays of extreme competence, from a major leadership decision to the actions of a single store clerk.
  3. You’ve always known you’re meant for something bigger than punching in at a 9-to-5 job to pay the bills. You want to use your capabilities to do something that matters—and to have real accomplishments. The problem? You have no idea how to get buy-in for your Big Idea, or you stress about having the resources to achieve it.
  4. You have absolutely no desire to meet your friend’s friend, until they say something about a topic you find academically interesting. Then you want to bond with them for hours.
  5. Your innate response to any personal problem is to look for answers and solutions, not to simply sympathize with the person. You cannot understand why this isn’t helpful, and you may get frustrated when people don’t want the help.
  6. One of your earliest memories as a child is realizing that other people have a whole inner consciousness just like you do, which leaves you lying awake at night in awe.
  7. You have considered whether “optimizing” your dating life by holding formal interviews might be a really good move.
  8. There’s always a “right way” to do things in your head, whether it’s how to dress a sandwich or how you load items in your grocery cart. Following the system might help make small tasks more efficient, or it might simply make sure you get the specific result you want. The only problem is you’re often bad at mentioning that you want things done a certain way, or explaining why. As a result, you may get super annoyed when someone doesn’t follow the “plan.”
  9. When someone can’t find something on Google, you take great pleasure in immediately finding it on Google.
  10. You’re a completely different person when you’re with close friends than you are with everyone else. You can be goofy, charismatic and outrageously funny, but remain very reserved with people who aren’t in your “inner circle.”
  11. When you’re feeling down, and a loved one tries to soothe you with comforting words, you pull away like they’re offering you a poisonous snake.
  12. If you had to list your biggest pain points in life, heartbreak might make the list, but People Don’t Listen to My Advice would be first.
  13. Your inner monologue is actually an inner dialogue, where one voice acts as a task master and advises the other voice on what to do. In many cases, the task master voice simply gives orders.
  14. You grew up speaking two languages: the one your parents taught you, and Excel spreadsheets. (Autosum, baby!)
  15. When someone asks which is more important to you, having an interesting job or having a meaningful job, you’re like, wait, I thought those were the same thing.
  16. You’re great at making life plans, but somehow you always manage to overlook how your emotional state will affect those life plans—or why that’s even important. Getting even a kindergarten-level education in your own emotions feels like you discovered profound truths about the world.
  17. You casually but thoroughly devour information on a given topic until you are a near-expert, then get bored and move to a new topic.
  18. You feel a constant striving, and no matter what you do, you never feel like you’ve accomplished enough. This is what propels you toward great things, but it also leaves you feeling perpetually critical of yourself and your achievements. There’s always something bigger you feel like you should be on top of.
  19. You can clearly remember when you crossed the line from seeing social skills as something you “just don’t have” to something you can study, practice, and improve.
  20. You have complicated, nuanced views about the universe that don’t fit in the usual “religious” or “atheist” boxes.
  21. You can be convinced to use social media, but you need a utilitarian reason to do so.
  22. You don’t get caught up in a lot of petty emotions, but it’s hard to control the envy you feel when you see other people achieving more than you. (And you hate this feeling, but achieving more never seems to assuage it.)
  23. It’s hard to say why, but your tastes have always run toward classical and elegant things. You can find pleasure in a grungy dive bar or greasy spoon diner, but there is something about timeless beauty and dignity that meets a need in your soul—and you can see the failings in anything that falls short. The result is a desire for high quality things in your life.
  24. Talking about small details is physically draining, and you have a hard time not daydreaming during casual chitchat. You’re more likely to be thinking about new technologies, space travel, medical advances, the evolution of humankind, the age of the universe, or competing understandings of the cosmos. When you meet people who can discuss these same topics, you hold them close like precious treasure.

Want to connect with other INTJs, and start achieving more in the process? We recommend Quistic’s course for INTJ success. “Best Practices for Leveraging INTJ Strengths (and How to Be a Likable INTJ)” is a four-part webinar from success coach Penelope Trunk. Includes access to a private Facebook group with nearly 200 success-oriented INTJs. Learn more about the INTJ course here.

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  • Nessie says:

    Fellow INTP girl here. I found your article very interesting 🙂 Looking forward to more posts from you!

  • Miklin van Amerom says:

    I could relate to quite a few, but not all of them.
    Great article tho

  • Philip Noah says:

    Please stop spying on me and using my life for your blog. Lol
    24 for 24 here. was at Disney and couldn’t stop thinking about how to optimize the ride queues and control the flow of people.

  • Renae says:

    A few of these resonated, but not as many as I thought/hoped (there are so many possible iterations of INTJ-ness). But this: “If you had to list your biggest pain points in life, heartbreak might
    make the list, but People Don’t Listen to My Advice would be first.” These two things/people are one and the same..

  • TheWormThatWalks91 says:

    Some of these made me seriously shook they’re so accurate.

  • Patriot from Spain says:

    INTJ here. I can relate to most of these signs.

  • CHALEE says:


  • Rachel Leigh Smith says:

    #9. I get so much pleasure out of doing that. It’s almost like a high, lol.

    And #17. If you get stuck on something like Russian history, there’s no end to the learning. There’s always something you haven’t encountered before.

    23 is me too. I like elegance. It can be casual, understated, in-your-face, whatever. But it has to be elegant.

    But spreadsheets are the stuff of nightmares for me. I’m a novelist, and the creative part of my brain far outweighs the analytical part.

  • Deuishinki says:

    The aha moment is still vivid in my mind.

  • Timothy Nolin says:

    INTJ – 100%, 24 out of 24.

  • Gina Lynn Clark says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. I’m at number 3 right this second!

  • Kim Walter says:

    My husband read this and snickered and smiled at me after each one, then said, “This guy sure knows you…!” Your writings are always on point for me.

  • karatedog says:

    Oh noes: 1,2,3,4,11,12,16,17,18
    OMG: 5,8
    Muhaha 🙂 : 9

  • Hye Kan Chu says:

    I took the free test and was told I was INTJ. Why though when I read articles about personality types, not even necessarily this author do I get the feeling I am reading Astrology where things are vague enough that a reader can project their own personalities into the content they read

  • Karen Tewart says:

    Oh this is hysterical. Did someone write this intj article just for me? Hee, hee. I am so all this! I always wavered a bit about infj. But no more after reading this article. Lady intj here. Scrap the trivial talk, let’s talk about something deep and meaningful. Other folk just don’t get it

  • Caro says:

    so true!! 🙂

  • Corvus says:

    -Thinks you can be neither a theist nor atheist
    You fail as an INTJ

    • Dustin says:

      “-Thinks you can be neither a theist nor atheist”
      You fail at reading and comprehending context as this was not asservated or implied in the point given.

      “You fail as an INTJ”

      (usage of trending terminology… )
      Maybe you are not an INTJ, but a mistyped INTP or ENTP, who are more prone to impulsivity regarding correcting or condescending another over inconsequential matters of accuracy.

  • Jessica Denis says:

    I gotta say I really liked this article.

  • Dustin says:

    Great article. Appreciate sincerely the absence of the common INTJ stereotype traits that seem to be perpetuated by mistyped XNTPs.


  • Deen says:

    Yet another test I ace. Number 24 messes with my ability to socialize, since casual chitchat causes 3,481 browser tabs to open in my mind.

  • Caronda Hx says:

    I actually made a Facebook post awhile ago asking people to test my “Googling” skills. If you have a question you want answered, picture you can’t find, clothing item etc. I always find it. So the one about Google couldn’t be any more true lol XD

  • lorantka says:

    Favourite is 7. 🙂