I have recently introduced a few of my friends to the Carl Jung / Myers Briggs test and have seen some fairly insightful results. While not definitive I have found that it does help me to understand why people are the way they are, accept them for their qualities, and how best to manage them.
I have known mine since I first took the Myers Briggs test many years ago and I have been very consistent over the years. But I thought I would share with you a little insight about my own personality profile.
INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” … This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
I find that this description describes me beautifully. I have always considered myself something of a perfectionist, and I am always looking for ways things can be done better. “Does it work?” and “There’s only one way to find out” are mantra’s that squarely describe my pragmatic qualities. And finally, I have never been one for bureaucracy, and I rarely pay attention to peoples titles. For me, respect has to be earned, through demonstration of competency, knowledge, experience, and intellect. I also have an appreciation for people with creativity, imagination, empathy, and compassion.
People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy … INTJs enjoy sharing what they know as well, confident in their mastery of their chosen subjects, but owing to their Intuitive (N) and Judging (J) traits, they prefer to design and execute a brilliant plan within their field rather than share opinions on “uninteresting” distractions like gossip.
I love learning, I love reading. I love understanding how systems work and how to build them. One of my pet loves is automation. I love automation and the systems that automate things. From automated pneumatic injection molding machines, home automation, electronics and robotics, passive income generators, and of course the productivity we gain from creating and leveraging computer programs to perform labour intensive, time consuming, or tedious tasks. I guess that shows my qualities of conserving energy. Honestly, I just don’t like ‘busy work’, I prefer to spend my effort on productive tasks, or find a tool or system I can use to reduce the time or energy required to complete the task.
Would I say I’m a master in my field (electronics and software development)?… no, but I would like to be, they are my passions, and are areas in which I will continue to invest my time and energy to develop, until I have developed a high level of competency.
‘Ambitious’, and ‘private’ describe me perfectly. I have big dreams, big plans, and yet I prefer not to be in the spotlight, and particularly dislike drawing attention to myself.
Preferred Careers for INTJs
Apparently INTJs are often found in fields of engineering.
Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia).
INTJs prefer more “lone wolf” positions as mechanical or software engineers, lawyers or freelance consultants…
Which clearly explains why I chose Electronics and Computer Engineering for my under-graduated degree, and why I also have an interest in doing a law degree. But for the most part, ‘computer programmer’ is a common and suitable career for someone of my personality.
Overall, I find these tests to be quite insightful, and enjoy understanding other people. If you want to try it for yourself you can try these two sites:
If you want a full detailed description view summaries of the INTJ profiles: