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. Leslie Zuroski says:

    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).

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