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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You have considered whether “optimizing” your dating life by holding formal interviews might be a really good move.
- 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.”
- When someone can’t find something on Google, you take great pleasure in immediately finding it on Google.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You grew up speaking two languages: the one your parents taught you, and Excel spreadsheets. (Autosum, baby!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You have complicated, nuanced views about the universe that don’t fit in the usual “religious” or “atheist” boxes.
- You can be convinced to use social media, but you need a utilitarian reason to do so.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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