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INTJ - The "Strategist"

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INTJs are introspective, analytical, determined persons with natural leadership ability. 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. They expect perfection from themselves as well as others and are comfortable with the leadership of another so long as they are competent. INTJs can also be described as decisive, open-minded, self-confident, attentive, theoretical and pragmatic. See MyPersonality PRO™ for a full description of your personality type.

INTJ Representation



NT (Intellectual)

INTJ Population
Total: 1.5%
Male: 2.5%
Female: 0.5%

Primary Function
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Tertiary Function
Least Function

About the INTJ
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"...approach reality as they would a giant chess board, always seeking strategies that have a high payoff, and always devising contingency plans in case of error or adversity."
", values solitude, perfectionist, detached, private... does not talk about feelings, hard to impress, analytical, likes esoteric things..."
- Jung Type Descriptions (INTJ) (

"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; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise -- and INTJs can have several -- they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how."
- INTJ Profile (TypeLogic)
"At work, INTJs use their conceptual strengths to analyze situations and then develop models to understand and anticipate through relentlessly to reach their goals. They will continue on with their plans, even in the face of adversity and data that might suggest to other more practical types that their goals are no longer feasible. By nature, INTJs are independent individualists."
"INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. When they are in leadership roles, they are quite effective, because they are able to objectively see the reality of a situation, and are adaptable enough to change things which aren't working well. They are the supreme strategists - always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against their current strategy, to plan for every conceivable contingency. "
- Portrait of an INTJ (The Personality Page)

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INTJ Career Matches

INTJs are often happy with the following jobs which tend to match well with the Strategist/Intellectual personality.

  • Business Administrator
  • Corporate Strategist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Specialist
  • Dentist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineer
  • Judge
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Military Officer
  • Manager
  • Medical Doctor
  • Organization Founder
  • Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher/Professor

INTJ Communities

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