INTJ

Your Myers Briggs Personality Type

Did you take the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and learn that you're an INTJ? Are you wondering what that means? It's your personality type, one of 16 Carl Jung identified in his personality theory upon which the MBTI is based. Career development professionals believe that when you know your personality type, you can use that information to make good career decisions. Therefore, it's important that you know what the initials INTJ stand for.

First, let's quickly review Jung's theory. He believed there are four pairs of opposite preferences for how individuals energize, perceive information, make decisions and live our lives. We energize through introversion (I) or extroversion (E); perceive information by sensing (S) or intuition (N); make decisions by thinking (T) or feeling (F); and live our lives by judging (J) or perceiving (P).

Each one of us prefers one member of each pair over the other. The one you prefer makes up your personality type. As an INTJ, you favor introversion (I), intuition (N), thinking (T) and judging (J). Let's take a look at what that means.

INTJ: What Does Each Letter Mean?

  • I (Introversion): As someone who favors introversion, you would rather work alone rather than with other people. It's not that you are antisocial. You simply receive motivation from within and don't need to rely on outside sources for it.
  • N (Intuition): Intuition is like a sixth sense that allows you to look for meaning beyond what you can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. When you have to process any information you receive, it allows you to imagine possibilities and take advantage of them.
  • T (Thinking): You use logic when you make decisions, instead of being guided by your emotions. You are methodical as you analyze problems and weigh the effect of your actions.
  • J (Judging): Lots of deadlines? Bring 'em on. Your excellent organizational skills would allow you to thrive in a job that required you to get things done in a timely fashion. You need to work in a structured environment.

Your preferences aren't absolute. While you may prefer to energize, process information, make decisions or live your life in a certain way, you, like most people, are flexible. You should note that your preferences interact with each other. That means each one has an effect on the other three. You should also realize that your preferences may change over your lifetime.

How to Use Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

You can use your personality type code to help you make career-related decisions including choosing a career and evaluating a work environment. When it comes to career choice, the middle two letters, "N" and "T" are the most relevant even though the first and last do play a role as well. Look for occupations that allow you to develop and implement new ideas and make decisions through a logical process. Some career possibilities include attorney, engineer, writer, archivist, software developer, broadcast technicianmarket research analyst, psychologist, pilot and management consultant.

Consider your preferences for introversion and judging when you are evaluating a particular job. Since you are internally motivated, you would enjoy working independently. Make sure you will have the opportunity to do that. Look for a workplace that is structured since an unstructured or disorderly environment would be stressful for you.

Sources:

  • The Myers-Briggs Foundation Web Site.
  • Baron, Renee. (1998) What Type Am I?. NY: Penguin Books.
  • Page, Earle C. Looking at Type: A Description of the Preferences Reported by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Center for Applications of Psychological Type.
  • Tieger, Paul D., Barron, Barbara, and Tieger, Kelly. (2014) Do What You Are. NY: Hatchette Book Group.

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