Introvert (I) – Intuition (N) – Thinking (T) – Judgment (J) – Turbulent (T)
The MBTI is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment, and I’m sure you’ve heard of it at some point in your life. I was introduced to it in an Introduction to Psychology class many years ago. There are 16 possible psychological types when it comes to the MBTI. Here is how the U.S. population looks on the MBTI:
The INTJ personality type is also known as “The Architect”. We have a thirst for knowledge and curiosity, happily sharing it with others along the way. An excerpt on 16 Personalities states:
“INTJ types tend to believe that with effort, intelligence and consideration, nothing is impossible, while at the same time they believe that people are too lazy, short-sighted or self-serving to actually achieve those fantastic results.”
I single this quote out specifically because this matches me oh so well! We have a sense of mystery, are idealists, but are also cynical. We crave truth and depth, but can do without social conventions. An insatiable appetite for knowledge gives us the ability to visualize a range of possibilities and perspectives. We are always up for an intellectual challenge.
- Quick, imaginative, & strategic mind
- High self-confidence
- Independent and decisive
- Hardworking & determined
- Overly analytical
- Loathe highly structured environments (kind of)
- Clueless in romance
Now, just because I match with a personality type, doesn’t mean I fit all of the aspects of it. For the strengths and weaknesses, I have bolded MY characteristics or those that match me the most. Those that aren’t bolded, do not match my character at all.
You’re probably thinking ‘there was 5 letters of the alphabet on her type, but she’s only covered 4.’ Correct! I didn’t learn about the 5th personality trait until significantly later. Normally, when you take an MBTI test, only the original 4 traits are used: Introvert/Extrovert; Intuition/Sensing; Thinking/Feeling; Judgment/Perception.
The 5th trait is Assertive (-A)/Turbulent (-T). It generally defines the identity of your personality and the confidence in abilities and/or decision-making. As it sounds, an assertive identity is self-assured, resistant to stress, and does not overly worry about things. A turbulent identity contains self-consciousness, a sensitivity to stress, and experiences a wide range of emotions.
The MBTI can be controversial, depending on who you ask. Some don’t believe in it at all and believe it is a poor measurement of types and traits. On the other hand, some people really believe in it and believe in its accuracy. Personally, I’ve never had any reason to completely discredit it and it is considerably accurate for myself, but I do keep in mind the other “studies” and opinions surrounding the MBTI.
To take the MBTI through the Myers & Briggs Foundation, click here. Since it is directly through the foundation, it costs approximately $50.
Free MBTI tests can be taken either here or here. I’ve taken both and got identical results.
In my next post, I’ll talk about the Enneagram for Personality.