I’m a very rare personality type. And so are you.

2 weeks ago I knew nothing about the Myers Briggs test. I was a regular gal going about my day to day life, fixing things, figuring out stuff and eating potato chips. Sometimes I’d break for 5 minutes to pet my cats.

Now I am thinking of marrying the Myers Briggs test. It will be a simple ceremony. Just me, the test and probably a few reporters because someone marrying a test is kind of big news.  Once when I was working on the Jerry Springer show someone tried to marry a horse, but I don’t think anyone has ever married a test before.  A test is a much smarter thing to marry since it can’t kick you in the head plus you don’t need to have its feet looked after.

In case you missed my post from last week where I introduced the Myers Briggs test here’s a little rundown.  The Myers Briggs assessment puts all people into 1 of 16 categories based on how they feel and react to different situations basically.  Each person fits into one of those categories which are each represented by 4 letters.

Confused yet?  I’m doing an excellent job of making something very simple seem very confusing. I’m good like that.

Your type is decided by whether you are  an Introvert or an Extrovert.  A Sensing person or an Intuitive person.  A Thinking of Feeling person. And finally a Judging or Perceiving person.

Here’s the test if you weren’t around to take it when I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago.

These are the 16 types and just some random one word description of the type.

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This is a *slightly* more in depth look at the types.

 

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So … I’m an INTJ.  Which means I’m an Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging kind of person.  I found that out 2 weeks ago, prior to my whirlwind engagement to the test.  That’s just the most basic assessment of the type.  There are pages and pages written about whatever type you are.  Everything from how to deal with people who aren’t your type to what kind of job you should have because of your type.

INTJs are very rare.  How rare?  Female INTJs are the rarest of all the personality types.  I am a female INTJ.

0.5% of all woman are INTJ.  And only 1.5% of the entire population (men and women included) are INTJ.

Which makes my next statement extraordinary.

28% of The Art of Doing Stuff readers who took the test were INTJ.  Statistically that means pretty much every INTJ female out there is reading this website.  Even the men were INTJs.  Like reader Cussot said, this site is an INTJ magnet.

Here’s a rundown of all the types that read my site and took the test the other week so you can see how rare or popular your type is around these parts.

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I’m thinking of wearing white.  Don’t judge.

As it turns out, Penelope Trunk, the woman whose test I linked to last week caught wind of my post and read it along with all of the comments.  She emailed me to say #1 she was AMAZED at how many INTJs were hiding out here and #2 she asked if she could interview me during one of her Myers Briggs online courses about being an INTJ who is running her own business.

Penelope holds online video courses, many of which are on the Myers Briggs types.  She let me watch one of them last week so I could learn more about what it means to be an INTJ.  What my assets are, where I might have trouble.  Apparently an INTJ is brilliant, can get almost anything, is pretty much always right … but everyone hates to work with them.  So it’s a good thing I work alone.  Mainly because I think most other people are incompetent.  Also not my fault … just a trait of being an INTJ.

When I told Penelope how much I loved her video course I blurted out that I’d like to share it with you folks.  Penelope runs these seminars for money. For cash money. It’s her job. So to ask her to let you watch one for free was kind of pushing my luck but she agreed.

So for the first time ever, for just The Art of Doing Stuff community, here is one of Penelope Trunk’s videos on the different Myers Briggs types and what they mean.  In this particular course she talks about which personality types are the complete nut jobs, which types are most likely to commit which type of crime and other fun and interesting things that pretty much every person should know.

 

Click here to watch Penelope Trunks Personalty Type Master Class – Session 1

You’ll be asked for a password.  The password is “stuff”  (don’t include the quotes)

 

Like it?  Addicted to it?  Need more?  I know the feeling.  And I know a LOT of you were interested in this when I posted about it.  Here’s the link if you’re interested in taking this course from Penelope, which is The Personality Type Master Class.  Understand you, your coworkers, your family, everyone! And learn to deal with them better.

 

So the interview!  Penelope is hosting another course specifically for INTJs.  It’s a 4 day live, online video course called Best Practices for Leveraging INTJ strengths.  She will be interviewing me  during one of them.  You wanna learn more about it?  Maybe sign up for it?  You can do so here.

 

 

Not an INTJ?  Don’t worry.  If we were all INTJs the world would be a boring (though incredibly productive) place.  If you liked the look of it you can take the

Now go away.  I have a wedding to plan.

 

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139 Comments

  1. one of the 9% peeking round the door and waving fondly *:)

  2. Barbie says:

    I took the test when you posted it back whenever….but can’t remember what I was…..I don’t think I agreed with it and thought perhaps I was too tired when I took it and didn’t take my time answering the questions and rushed through. Think I will go back now and do it again. Pretty sure I didn’t comment on what it said I was because I didn’t agree with it! lol

  3. Barbie says:

    WHOOPS! I went back to check if I commented….I DID! OMG! ESFJ…..and THIS is why I hated the result! I am definitely taking this test again. In the morning……

  4. mia pratt says:

    I need to research your results, Karen, because you are indeed interesting…dare I say, borderline fascinating? In a “can’t look away” kind of way, hahahaha! I am an INFP; which would confirm my parents’ labeling of me as a “black sheep” when I was in high school. I think the truest statement in the analysis for me was that “I wanted to be invited to the party but it was likely that I wouldn’t go.” Hahahaha, yes, I actually attend about 3 times out of ten invitations, but if I’m not invited – I feel a pang of black-sheepiness<:}

  5. Martin says:

    OMG im a middle aged married Australian male and I’m a INTJ, perhaps we need local INTJ support chapters to get together and compare notes!!

  6. YvonneM says:

    OMG! I took the test a few days ago, and I’m INTJ as well. I’ve loved your blog from the first time I read it and I don’t think I’ve missed even one posting – it’s your sense of humour, biting wit, refusal to let the tough stuff get you down and your off – the – wall attitude to life that keeps me coming back. Continue with the wonderful work Karen, we INTJs really appreciate it!

  7. Paula says:

    The results of your ‘survey’ are very interesting in that, the majority of your readers are introverts. Do you think this has to do with introverts being attracted to the anonymity of the computer? Extroverts are too busy ‘being out there’ face to face with ‘real’ (I use this term loosely) people?

    • Rondina says:

      If introverts are at home being anonymous, this gives them time to “get things done.” Wasn’t the subject matter of Karen’s blog one of the reasons you first signed up?

      She talks very fast.

      ESFP

  8. Nancy W says:

    I took it twice as I was skeptical (part of being INFP) and I got the same result, 2 weeks apart. I’m a believer now, so you go ahead and marry that test. Congrats!

  9. Tracie says:

    How fascinating! I just discovered that my brother-in-law is an INTJ. He also has an eidetic memory. I will have to share this with my sister, so she might be able to finally understand what she has had to deal with all these years. 😉 You guys can be tough to figure out. I am an ISFP. My sister is quite unique too, but will have to investigate further for hers. I know she shares some of his traits, which is why they get along. Thank you so much Karen, this is impressive stuff…and was that a big bottle of wine Penelope was swilling? Please say it was…;)

  10. Peggy says:

    Hmmm. I’m an INTJ too. Explains a lot about how and why I think the way I do; not typical of most people. I’m happy to be one of the unique ones, though. Cheers to you, Karen, another INTJ……..

  11. Grammy says:

    I took the test when you posted it and wasn’t surprised that I am an INTJ, but when we were all posting our results I had no idea that classification is rare, so it didn’t seem odd that there were so many of us here. I asked my husband to take it and didn’t tell him what my results were till he had his results in hand.

    We are both INTJ types. We just looked at each other and said, “Well, that explains a lot.” We thought our marriage was a very good one. Now we both keep recalling every single time we ran into a bump because of some insignificant thing that wouldn’t have been anything at all except for our unnatural pairing. We’ve been living this hell for nearly forty years. We didn’t know it was hell till you and your little quiz came along.

    For all you kids out there, save yourselves before it’s too late! Don’t let Karen’s winsome ways and good sense of humor and great tips fool you. She’s running a cult. How else can you explain the skewed statistics showing every human female of a certain type is here. Watching you. Judging. Taking notes…

  12. tajicat says:

    I took the test, wanted to be INTJ, I wasn’t, I’m ENFJ. Oh well, it does sound like me. 🙂

  13. Jackie says:

    INTJ here too!

  14. Erika says:

    Hi Karen,

    well I would LOVE to get my results, and filled out twice, but on the last page the “send me the results” button is not working!

  15. Kim says:

    I’m ESF, not really surprised. Can’t wait to check out all the info on types!

  16. FlagirlinTN says:

    I am also an INTJ. I didn’t comment after taking the test so your percentage may go up. I laughed at the part where you described a person that is really good at doing stuff, but people hate working with them. Describes me to a tee. Probably because I have little patience in waiting for people to do things right and would rather just jump in and do it myself and know it’s right. I agree with the person who says computers have brought us all out. The “flies on the wall” can take part, but still be where we are comfortable. Thanks for explaining me to me!

  17. Roxy says:

    Apparently, I also am an INTJ. I think we need a secret handshake or something… Well maybe not if we are introverted…

  18. Katie says:

    I share your enthusiasm for this type of “stuff”. What I have found most interesting is that my “type” has not changed over the years. Every once in a while I take the test again just for fun (first time when I was 21, and now it’s 20 years later…and I ALWAYS get the same results, no matter what version I take, no matter what I am going through in life, so I am a true believer in the validity of the research behind it. Therefore you have my blessing for your wedding. Hey check out the book “Please Understand Me II” by David Keirsey, a fascinating and fast read you just won’t be able to put down. In addition to full explanations of each personality type, Keirsey shares insight about parenting, mating, and leadership for the different types.
    Love ya – keep doing what you’re doing!
    Sincerely, INF/TJ (F/T always tied!)
    P.S.-Thank you for arranging the opportunity to see Penelope Trunk’s video.

  19. Tigersmom says:

    I’m a lucky ISFJ who learned the importance of saying “no” fairly early.

    Apparently we are the most common type and I’m ok with that because I know that even though my personality type is a common one, I am not common. (Must be my freakishly strong self-preservation instincts.)

    As always, you have my continued support. ; )

  20. Leisa says:

    Just took it and I too am INTJ – pretty amazing, definitely want to learn more

  21. Sonia says:

    Also an INTJ and diagnosed as such some 20 years ago as part of a work related retreat. Although finding out the results was interesting, it was even more fun to be in a room full of my co-workers (all of whom I thought I could peg pretty well) and finding out their personality types (I was wrong). Beware Karen that the results don’t always stay the same. Take it again in 10 years.

  22. ISTJ says:

    If you are going to wear white now it is OK since it is after Easter. That’s the rule. But if it was before I would definitely judge you.

  23. Natika says:

    It is amazing that you have so many INTJs in one place! I’m not however. I’m a ENTJ. One letter off close enough?

  24. Laura says:

    An INTJ convention must be held . I’ll bring green chili artichoke dip. Then we can all sit quietly together, thinking our rational little thoughts and intuiting our masterful little intuits.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alice! Well I wouldn’t trust reddit for information, but the other two are O.K., lol. Yes I said in my fist post that the Myers Briggs test is the most popular and most criticized of all the tests, but based on my own experience I’d say it’s pretty damn accurate and I went into it thinking it was stupid. ~ karen!

  25. Coleen Clark says:

    I repeat, it is not a “test”. It is a questionnaire.
    It is hard to believe you are an INTJ with this kind of sloppinees. Normally, INTjs are much more demanding of themselves.
    I am cancelling my subscription. This is a waste of time.

  26. Rose-INTJ says:

    Watched the video. Fun watching an extrovert at work. She drank half a bottle of wine, but what she said totally makes sense!

  27. Anna says:

    I am an INTJ and so is my husband…I guess that makes us a very rare couple. Luckily we see eye to eye on most things (but when we don’t, watch out). We are both high school math teachers and we work at the same school. It’s interesting to me that INTJ’s seem to attract other INTJ’s.

  28. Karin says:

    ISTJ here. And that fits me to a “T”. Like someone else mentioned I took this test in college and twenty five years later still the same result. By the way – I hope this isn’t a contest and only the INTJ’s win? We’re all special, right? I KNOW I am!! 😀

  29. Jennifer says:

    Here’s an ENTJ reporting in that missed the first post where we were supposed to report in…Love Myers Briggs!

  30. randi says:

    Looks like my type INFJ is even rarer than yours…..competitive? Nah.

  31. Amyjean says:

    Wow. I took the test after you posted it and found I was an INTJ. Didn’t think anything of it at the time but now knowing how special and rare we all are :-)) I’m fascinated. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Nancy S in Winnipeg says:

    When we did the workshop at our office retreat one year we had only 4 INTJs – me, my boss, his boss and the accounting clerk. So, we all sat at a table together.

  33. CSB says:

    Is this written down anywhere? I’m hard of hearing and she talks way to fast and scattered for me to be able to get much out of this.

  34. Mary Werner says:

    OH MY this was great information. Hard to get used to her at first but I finally got it – Melissa’s explanation of the four letters really cleared up why I felt my results were not accurate and now I’m in total agreement with INFP. Also, hearing this helped me realize why I disliked so many co-workers before – the people that didn’t care about why or who would answer without knowing the answer just to have closure. I could have been so much more compassionate towards my work team with this information. I will delve deeper into this so the future (in-law) relationships will be good. Thank you SO MUCH Karen for bringing this to us !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. grackle says:

    I’m kind of shocked at the moment – I followed a link to the chicken coop from Pinterest got to this post, and…. uh, I am an INTJ. I hadn’t thought about the Myers Briggs stuff in awhile but actually this is super helpful to me right now. Wow.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Well …. welcome to the post that’s completely different from the coop post! You never know what my posts are going to be on but they’re always pretty varied. Clearly. 🙂 ~ karen!

  36. Bonnie says:

    Ok, as one of the only ENFPs here, I need support. Who are you, the other ENFP? Why are we here among all of these INTJs?

  37. Carol says:

    I was very skeptical but it turns out that I too am an INTJ! Either the test itself is flawed, INTJs aren’t as rare as reported, or your blog is an INTJ magnet. In any case, it’s quite fascinating.

  38. Ana R. says:

    I’m an ESTP! So it’s more like 0.0001% of AODS readers are ESTP.

    Glad to be one of them!

  39. Kelli says:

    Ironically I’m currently on a conference call with my office team and we are discussing this type of thing – our ‘colors’ though, don’t follow these particular things (our company went through this exercise last year and now it’s part of our corporate vernacular: http://tinyurl.com/k2hhc9y) . But I love this stuff, I love trying to figure people out, love to ‘people watch’, love to wonder what caused someone to be the way they are. Maybe I should have gone into Psychology? ISFJ Gold/Green!

  40. I really liked that Master Class, Im looking into signing up. I think this will help me figure some stuff out!

  41. Susan Core says:

    Raising your percentage slightly. INTO also.

  42. Susan Core says:

    Raising your percentage slightly. INTJ also.

  43. Jane S says:

    I remember doing this when I was teaching. I don’t remember what I was but all the special ed teachers were in one group and all the math teachers were in another.

  44. Jen says:

    Another INTJ. For years I have know this. I have decided to stop fighting it and am actually trying to get my own business going.

  45. Ann Brookens says:

    I came up ISFP. I guessed that is what I was just from choosing between the descriptors you listed first and the test confirmed it!

  46. Rebecca says:

    I used to dream about a world where it was just a bunch of “me’s” living it, I think by “me’s”, I meant INTJ’s. (before I knew I was an INTJ)

  47. Sarah says:

    I’m an INTJ too… And man, can I relate to, “Mainly because I think most other people are incompetent.” Hah!

    In my first formal job review in a grown-up job, I actually got, “Doesn’t suffer fools lightly.” By age 46, I figure I have “committed” self-improvement to the point where I can now suffer fools (barely), unless they are ARROGANT fools!!

  48. Lisa says:

    I’m an ESTJ, so we’re not at 0% anymore! WOOT

    I didn’t comment because I was too busy supervising something. That’s another word for ‘bossy’, isn’t it?

    Although I think I’m trending more toward ISTJ as I’m getting older.

  49. Patty says:

    I took the test when you first posted it and today I took it again. The first time I took it I was a ENTJ the second time I took it I was a INTJ. I find this pretty interesting because in general I prefer to be an introvert but I push myself outside my bubble to be more social. So at the beginning of the week (first time I took the test was on a Monday) I like people and I want to socialize, by the middle of the week I hate everyone and want to be by my self (took the 2nd test on a Friday).

  50. Pam Jones says:

    It’s so great to see other INTJ’s. I am in a corporate job and feel so alone most of the time. I always want to say “quit trying to hug me and let’s get this done!” Verbal hugs, of course.

  51. Sandra says:

    I couldn’t finish watching it. Who cares? lol INTP here.

  52. Beth says:

    Just catching up and took the test, I am an ENFJ and have to agree with the outcome. Fun to take and insightful. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Carolyn says:

    I took this test years ago at a company team building retreat. I cannot for the life of me remember what type it said I am, only that it pointed to the fact that I would not work well with most of my coworkers. I hated most of my coworkers at the time. So I got a different job. Lol!

    In any case, you got my curiosity up about what type I was and I just went and took the test you linked to.

    You are not going to believe me, but it tells me I am also an INTJ!!
    Haha!

    Another female INTJ here.
    We are killing the statistics.

  54. Jane says:

    I too took the test a couple of weeks ago when you first published the blog. I was not surprised to find that I was also an INTJ. I took a seminar years ago with similar results; your type really doesn’t change much over a 25 year span. Thought I would test it again today and retook the test again, yes, still INTJ. Somethings never change!
    Love your blog, thanks!

  55. Kat says:

    OMG and I thought I was an odd duck and didn’t fit in anywhere. I’ve found my home (and my favorite website)! Another INTJ here although I must admit my I and J are almost 100% but the N and T can waver back and forth depending on the day I take the Meyers-Briggs. Weird, I know but what do you expect from someone who is confident they are INTJ 99% of the time.

  56. Carol Hogan says:

    I, too, am INTJ. I’ve known about the test for many years. I thought it was 3% of the population. Sorry to hear it’s even less. I’ve always known that a lot of people didn’t “get” me, but I’ve grown comfortable in the knowledge. Anyway, nice to meet you. At least you understand me and I you. Now if only I could have some chickens we could be soul sistas.

  57. Lynn Johannson says:

    I have taken the test 5-6 times over the last 20 years and come out E/INTJ every time. E/I, one to three points on either side of the line depending on how I’m feeling. Add me to your stats, INTJs are coming out of the woodwork!

  58. Lizzie says:

    I meant to comment on your last post, and now I realize that I should have! Representing at least one more ENFP here! I have known this for quite awhile, but took the test again, and it’s interesting to look at the questions with the perspective of having worked on ‘growth’ items. Like finishing things… and follow through…

  59. Sue says:

    Darn! This was a new version of the test for me, so in answering I thought….”Maybe I’ll be something different and surprise myself!” Regardless, I’m still INFJ. Have been since first testing 25 years ago. Will be to eternity, I guess.

  60. Teddee Grace says:

    I had taken Myers Briggs multiple times and even had a book on it back in the 70s I think it was. I don’t recall what I tested then, but decided, after this blog post, to take it again and came out an ISTJ. I just watched part of the video. OMG. She’d drive me crazy! Just get on with it! Is that the J part?

  61. Carlette says:

    I’ve been lurking for months. ENFJ to a tee. Professionally, I am a humane educator for a non-profit animal welfare organization (and formerly an artist). And ENFJ is somewhat rare (4%), but my boss (a former humane educator) is also ENFJ, and the three other people in my department are INFJ or on the border…in that same idealist, charitable category. We each do different things.

    So what I thought, is maybe your category would be indicative of your reason for visiting this blog. I do a lot of how-to because I’m a creative person, and because I’m always looking for some new bit of info to pass along and teach someone else. Or a new way to tie something together. Or maybe it’s all horse doodie. Who knows?

  62. ally says:

    And I am another INTJ, and female, who didn’t reply to your original post. I was just reading (on another site) last night about how rare we are….supposedly.

  63. Carolyn says:

    OMG!! I had to post again…I’m watching the webinar with Penelope and I can’t stop laughing. I love it!!

  64. Dawn says:

    This was great! ISFJ here. I absolutely love and think it’s hilarious that Penelope is chugging a bottle of wine the entire time. I wish I could be that comfortable in my own skin–I’m drawn to people who are able to be real and just own it. Fascinating stuff! I was thinking about why I’m a reader here, and it’s because 1) You detail how to do interesting things that are applicable to keeping a home, which is what I do, and 2) You are fearless, and I’m working on being more that way and admire that trait.

  65. Manisha says:

    When you first posted about this, I was scared to do the questionnaire again because I so loved the fact that I was an ENFP. But earlier this morning I decided to go ahead and do it and YAH! I’m still an ENFP! What a relief. I can go on starting things with no intention of finishing.

  66. Angela K. says:

    Your post inspired me to take the test and I discovered I’m an INTJ also! 🙂

  67. Well aren’t we an introverted bunch of judgers. I am isfj

  68. Lmfao. I just asked my husband to do it and wouldn’t you know intj…. it feels so wrong to me though. Intj are doers and though my husband says he will do a million things he never does any. We had to break through a screen to get into our house and he said he would fix it. 3.5yrs ago…. he raerarely if ever completes a full job.

  69. Jennie Lee says:

    Thank you for this, Karen! Now I have an answer for people who ask me how I could possibly work at a job for 31 years, when my finishing pay rate was $8.90/hour. (And I only got 35 hrs./week.) Answer: the world is not fair, and I’m a female INFJ. “Nuff said.

  70. Jenn says:

    I just took the test and I am an ISTJ! Can’t wait to read more… I have done personality tests before and I was identified as an Analytical Driver…. so, should be interesting to see if these results match up or if I have changed since becoming a mother!

  71. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    ISTP is fine with me…

  72. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    When I first took the test/questionnaire I was an INTJ. I could see some similarities but a lot of the descriptions I was uncomfortable with. I just did it again (making sure I was answering as honestly as I could to the somewhat vague questions) and this time round I am an ISTJ. The descriptions are way more accurate with this one. I am a “behind the scenes” person who loves to work alone. I will gladly converse with you if you approach me, but I will rarely be the one who approaches unless I know you very well. I would take a book over a party at the drop of a hat. One thing I disagreed with was it said that deadlines are a stressor, when I actually like deadlines. Nothing gets a job done faster than a deadline.

    One last thing on behalf of all the ISTJs out there – Follow the rules people! (LOL)

  73. Meg says:

    I’m an INFJ, apparently also a fairly rare personality type, though not quite as rare in the AODS community it looks like.

  74. Tigersmom says:

    No wonder I love you. I’m married to an INTJ!

  75. Dan says:

    Karen,

    I have previously posted that I am an INTP male living in the Niagara Region. I think that 2 of my siblings are too. I would add that I have been self employed all my life.

    I enjoy your blog. The chicken coop saga is a treat, I wish that I could have one too.

    Dan

    • Dan says:

      Oops – I meant INTJ of course! I shouldn’t post late at night.

      Karen, that is a nice home that you have, I have driven by it several times when I was looking to buy in the area. I am still looking for the right place for me around there.

      Dan

  76. This isn’t a joke? I took the quiz and wait for it…. I am a INTJ. No kidding. This is fascinating and I can’t wait to find other research about this. Awesome and thanks for this.

  77. JulieD says:

    Hi Karen,
    Another INTJ here that didn’t comment the first time around -also a female! I was required to complete the test for a college class ages ago. It was a class for team work. I really couldn’t stand that class.

  78. Pam says:

    When I took the test from your posting I was an INTJ (which I reported) but I don’t recall if I was an INTJ or P when I took the full questionnaire for work years ago. I also know that one provides more detail so you can see where you ‘rank’ on the scale for each marker. I think I’m kinda split on the J/P which may be why I am a fantastic boss and my employees loved working for me!

    To be honest I was never that crazy about the Myers-Briggs system, but have found the Enneagram to be really interesting and accurate. Have you tried that one? (I’m a 5 ‘Investigator’ with a 4 ‘Individualist’ wing.)

  79. Pam'a says:

    Uh, INTJ.

  80. Alicia says:

    Whatta surprise – another INTJ here!

  81. Michelle in Htown says:

    I took this the first time you posted, and I ran it again just now for good measure. Once again: INTJ. Is this thing rigged like all those Facebook quizzes where we all end up with the same storm type or something??

    It makes perfect sense since I’m a writer, an ad agency traffic manager and have always enjoyed eating alone if I have a book! My first boss once told me I’d better be careful to not hold everyone to the same (high) standards I hold myself or I’d alienate people my entire career. Good advice, and spot on for an INTJ. I’ll be taking that course, even though video courses make me twitchy (I’d rather be reading them …).

    Cheers!

  82. Kate Budacki says:

    Hi, I am another INTJ and really am enjoying this, as well as your blog entirely.
    I listened to part of Penelope’s webinar and wanted to wring her neck. I wonder if that is the I or the N or the T or the J ? in any case, thanks for giving us some additional info on this very interesting subject. Penelope was just a little too free range for my taste, but I might just do some more research. Best practices – I could use some. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kate! It must just be a personality thing because I love Penelope’s ramblings and offshoots, lol. So it’s neither the INT or the J. Maybe I was in more need of a distraction from work! ~ karen

  83. lavacha says:

    INTP/J here. I loved the webinar, thanks!

  84. Kay says:

    Interesting! I, too, am a female INTJ. I have taken the test before, though, and sometimes I swerve into INTP territory. I am slightly disappointed that, as an actual music composer… I’m not classified as a “composer” apparently.

  85. gabrielle says:

    Karen, I have to tell you that I was also classified INTJ as part of my exit strategy from Homewood. (I am bi-polar, had my own biz for 25 years until PTSD crashed me.) Unfortunately, knowing this has not been terribly useful, altho initially it did make me feel special which is nice. Here is what the wikipedia has to say about meyers-briggs:

    “Although very popular in businesses around the world, the MBTI is also widely criticised by academics for its methodological weaknesses, poor statistical validity and low reliability.”
    (BTW, businesses tend to discourage high-creative types like us – I was an independent, solo artist before I crashed and burned – which is why INTJ values are considered so rarified).

    If you want to learn more about this 1940’s test Jungian-influenced test, follow the link and don’t forget to read ‘criticism’:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers%E2%80%93Briggs_Type_Indicator

  86. nettie says:

    So weird, I just took this and I am INFJ.

  87. magali says:

    I’m an ENFJ and the description is quite accurate. I just watched the webinar and it was very interesting and fun, thank you to you and Penelope for sharing that! Pretty much everything she said about ENFJ confirmed that it is my type. I now understand better why even though I never purposely got into the non profit sector in the first place, I have chosen to remain in this sector!

  88. Carol says:

    After reading this I had to tell you I took the test a couple of weeks ago shortly after reading your post – to my surprise I was also INTJ. But I’m convinced it must be wrong, think i need to take the test again… ~ Carol

    • Karen says:

      LOL. What do you think you are? Even though we’ve never met in person (weird) I could see you as an INTJ. ~ karen!

  89. Kim says:

    INFJ de-lurking….

    • danee says:

      Hi Kim, I’m an infj too, need all night and all weekend to wind down from talking to people at work. I’d ask you over for a coffee but I have a feeling you’ld say you had other plans.

  90. Penley says:

    OK I too, like a some other commenters, took the test a while back but didn’t comment. Did it again this time around just to be sure. INTJ here as well. After this post I went and looked at the personality traits and fortunately (and unfortunately) they seemed to be pretty spot on! I found the stuff about drawing energy from either other people or from time alone (the I vs E part I think) most interesting – when framed that way, I could really see that aspect of my partner who is ENTP, who draws energy from being around other people, versus myself who really needs down/alone time quite often. Interesting stuff!

  91. Carol Scoates says:

    Took my first Myers Briggs over 20 years ago. I haven’t always been an INTJ. My T and F have switched around a few times. Divorced, single Mom, happily married blended family. Now we are happy empty nesters. For those who have had a few changes in their test results over the years, was it while in the throes of raising children?? Those pesky little people can really mess with us.
    I was raised with the 7 P’s. Proper Prior Planning etc. I live by it and have raised all the kids with this mantra on the fridge. I thought it was the way the world should operate. And have always been disappointed. Now I realize it’s an INTJ thing.

  92. Mara says:

    I’ve taken this test a few years ago and took it again today and still the same.
    INTJ!

  93. Kristi says:

    Another INTJ reader right here 🙂

  94. Glo says:

    I just found this blog following a link from Pinterest. I’m also an INTJ, and have known that since 1990 when my workplace had everyone tested. It seems that online draws more INTJ attention because of the natural intellectual curiosity we all have. We’d rather be thinking and learning than doing other things.

  95. SeaDee says:

    I’ve been in Japan for fourvv weeks so I’m still catching up on posts! Whose wedding are you planning???

  96. Debi says:

    Over the past twenty years, I’ve consistently tested as an INTJ, though I’ve moved more toward the feeling side. I posted an INTJ sign in my classroom and kids from AP psych who are also INTJ always say something about it. We may be rare, but we’re proud…and we’ll never unite, will we?

  97. kathryn says:

    dare i suggest that a higher proportion of (female) INTJs than of other types is commenting on these posts because we would all like to think that we are a rare member of what is not only of a particularly select group, but one that also contains the almighty cult-leader, ahem, sorry, i mean the almighty Karen?! “sadly”, i don’t get to join that gang – i sometimes come out as INTP and sometimes INFP – one of which must be wrong according to the very entertaining Penelope’s proclamation that you can’t vary between F & T. all fascinating – thank you oh Great Artistic Stuff-Doer, much appreciated!
    k x

  98. Peter Hartley says:

    Lol 29% now lol another INTJ checking in. I find that chart sooo fascinating. Also, can you put a list up of all the girl INTJs up so I can develop a complex pattern to be able to target them in everyday life so I can finally find Mrs. Right. Thanks! (Jk they would probably think that’s suuppper creepy)

  99. Ila says:

    Another INTJ woman here. Im more of an ambivert, the E sometimes peeps in. But its true, I can be a chatterbox if it is something truly interesting like say international politics, human physiology, organic chemistry…

  100. Thursday says:

    I really am a female INTJ, but seeing as how that seems to be so groovey at the moment, how do you know that people are telling you the truth about their being INTJ?

    • Karen says:

      Oh hell, I don’t have a clue but I do know that reading a website like mine that’s about doing stuff is pretty typical of an INTJ. ~ karen!

  101. Darlene says:

    I got directed to your website a few weeks ago through Pinterest, and have been hooked ever since. Just did the test…INTJ….it’s all making sense!

  102. Kelly says:

    Juts had to let you know you’re still gaining new female INTJ readers! Or at least one…

    • Karen says:

      LOL. This is apparently the place to be for INTJs and they just keep coming. The Art of Doing Stuff is like the homing device for us. ~ karen!

  103. Trel says:

    Es can’t be arsed with this. They are outside having a life.

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