INTJ (The Mastermind)

Strategic and collected, the INTJ cleverly climbs their way to the top of their ladders of choice – in their career, relationships, or virtual worlds. They hold facts and logic to a high standard, and seek consistency in their reasoning. INTJs are typically independent and innovative. They often look for possibilities for improvement and are selective about their relationships, preferring to associate with others who they find intellectually stimulating.

The INTJ personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung.  These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI?) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Introverted (I), iNtuitive (N), Thinking (T) and Judging (J). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on logic and reason, and who prefers to be planned and organized as opposed to spontaneous and flexible.

The INTJ is often referred to as the ?”Mastermind” or “Architect” because of their uncanny ability to plan ahead and refine a vision for the future. INTJs are typically calculating, organized, driven, and sophisticated. They work steadily towards their goals and maintain a polished presentation throughout the process.

INTJ key characteristics:

  • Achievement-oriented and mentally tough
  • Quietly self-assured and confident
  • Cool, calm exterior with a soft side for loved ones
  • Minimalistic attire and home decor
  • Frugal yet effective outlook towards savings

INTJ Careers: Work Considerations for INTJs

The INTJ typically prefers a clear-cut and methodological approach to career direction, in an executive role, often with a professional license. With their strategic outlook and focus, they excel in quantitative sciences, mathematics, and data analytics.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Decisive, strategic, and methodological
  • Results-focused and keeps the big picture in mind
  • Takes responsibility and constant improvement seriously
  • Concise – knows how to communicate the point efficiently
  • Ready to take on new challenges with confidence

Areas for improvement:

  • Managing neutral and positive displays of emotion in public
  • Considering feelers’ points of view and suggestions
  • Factoring niceties into the equation for events and meetings
  • Noticing subtle ways to lift the mood of a large group
  • Tolerating a certain level of uncertainty and chaos within plans

Career suggestions:

  • CEO, CFO, account executive
  • Detective, surveillance agent
  • Lawyer, attorney, urban planner
  • Psychiatrist, psychologist, professor
  • Data scientist, mathematician

General career paths to avoid:

  • Pedagogy and teaching: elementary, secondary
  • Emergency services, police forces
  • Dentistry, early childhood care services
  • Stunt performing, theatre
  • Forestry, nature restoration services

Type:  [Introverted – Intuitive – Thinking – Judging]

Keirsey temperament group:  Rationals (NT)

INTJ Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  2. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
  3. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  4. Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Career matches for INTJ's:

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