The INTJ "Mastermind" Personality Type - Personality Hacker : Personality Hacker After Joel and I released a podcast on the INFJ personality, we received an overwhelming response from (the Myers-Briggs type) INTJ for more information on understanding their type. (Perspectives/Effectiveness in the Genius System). That makes sense – these two types (the INFJ and the INTJ) are almost certainly the most misunderstood by both others and by themselves. I’d almost argue that INFJs are a little easier to understand. To find an entrance into an INTJ is much, much more difficult. As an ENTP, INTJs are my “Power Pair,” and there’s no doubt that I’ve found myself surrounded by them my entire life. For all of my experience with INTJs, there are a couple of crucial components without which I don’t think you can really understand this type: 1) An INTJ is almost invariably smarter than the vast majority of people in analytical, existential, and linguistic intelligence. 2) They are built like anthropods, and have an exoskeleton. And it’s not purely a defensive strategy. -Antonia
Portrait of the Rational Mastermind (INTJ) All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be. Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than one to two percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees.
INTJ Personality All About the INTJ Personality INTJ is my basic personality type on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), currently the most commonly used personality type system. The MBTI categorizes individuals as 1 of 16 types based on four variables that measure how they process energy and information, make decisions and structure their lives. INTJ is one of the rarest of the 16 types – some say the rarest - estimated to make up only around 1% of the population. The letters denote that I prefer: Introversion (I) [refreshing my energy in solitude] over Extraversion (E) [refreshing my energy among people]Intuition (N) [perceiving information primarily from within my own mind and imagination] over Sensing (S) [perceiving information primarily from the external world]Thinking (T) [making decisions based on consciously weighing pros and cons] vs. Names for the INTJ Various authors have assigned different names to the INTJ type in the Myers-Briggs scheme. Characteristics of the INTJ INTJ Strengths
15 graphic design interview tips | David Airey : Graphic Design : Logo Design The following interview advice for graphic designers was written by Lee Newham of Good People, former design director at London-based Davies Hall. 15 graphic design interview tips When you arrive in the interview give us your business card. It should be well designed, memorable, simple and hopefully have a great idea. Update: 08 June 2010 Lee left a comment to expand upon his last tip. Further resources: Image via Thinkstock
Which Is The Smartest MBTI Type? | Slayerment We've all thought about it. Which MBTI is the smartest? Which one is the dumbest? Hopefully this article will provide some insight. We first need to define what we mean by smart. Smart can mean a lot of different things to different people. But for the purposes of this article we are going to measure smart as the influence one has over others and society. Also, of course there are going to be exceptions. The 4 Basic Dichotomies Let's start by breaking things into categories. Of these 4 dichotomies we should figure out which of these is more influential before breaking it down further. I would weigh whether or not somebody is an S or an N as being the most important part of influence. Digging deeper into each dichotomy We first start with S/N. As stated earlier, this probably is about 85% of which MBTI is smarter. Are E's or I's more intelligent? Moreover, I's seem to have a better attention span and are able to focus more and for longer. Okay, now what about T's and F's? Breaking it down
INTJ Mastermind | Oddly Developed Types Most type guides only present nice, vague, boring facts... But they won't tell you that INTJs plan their lives further into the future than any other type. Or that INTJs have the least satisfying friendships of all types. Or that INTJs rated "taking classes" as a leisure activity. Or that INTJs tend to get the best grades of all types. I love those warm fuzzy affirmations as much as the next guy, but if we don't know our true strengths and weaknesses, how can we chart our lives? Which is why I've compiled some of the fascinating research that other webpages either don't know about, don't care about, or just choose not to mention. A Few Small But Significant Caveats As you read on, please bear in mind that none of this has to be a stereotype that rules your life. General INTJ Masterminds are estimated at: *Be chary about comparing the UK estimate with the others. INTJs spend a lot of time "in their head," thinking of ideas and plans.
7 secrets about dating an INTJ personality type If you’re an INTJ personality type like me, you’ve always struggled to find a partner who understands you. Many INTJs eschew short-term flings and hit the brakes at the first sign of infatuation — because we’re already wondering if it will work long-term. The INTJ is a rare personality type, and not many people “get” us. As a result, we are careful about committing and wait a long time to let you in. When we do find that special person, we can still be an enigma. We will be a dedicated partner who supports you in achieving your goals. So what should you know when you’re dating an INTJ? Not sure what your personality type is? 1. To us, honesty is not just ethical, but practical. (Plus, many of us have been burned in the past. Loyalty doesn’t mean just fidelity. When we feel that you provide this, there will be no question of our loyalty in return. 2. Reciprocation is appreciated, but we’re also self-sufficient. 3. We know this can be off-putting. 4. This is not a self-defense mechanism.
The Ultimate Code Kata As I was paging through Steve Yegge's voluminous body of work recently, I was struck by a 2005 entry on practicing programming: Contrary to what you might believe, merely doing your job every day doesn't qualify as real practice. Going to meetings isn't practicing your people skills, and replying to mail isn't practicing your typing. It's an important distinction. The answer lies in the Scientific American article The Expert Mind: Ericsson argues that what matters is not experience per se but "effortful study," which entails continually tackling challenges that lie just beyond one's competence. Effortful study means constantly tackling problems at the very edge of your ability. Those challenges can sometimes be found on the job, but they don't have to be. If you're looking for some examples of code kata -- ways to practice effortful study and hone your programming skills -- Steve's article has some excellent starting points. Write your resume. Talk to other programmers. Write a blog.
INTJ personality It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, INTJs know this all too well. INTJs form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy. Nothing Can Stop the Right Attitude From Achieving Its Goal With a natural thirst for knowledge that shows itself early in life, INTJs are often given the title of “bookworm” as children. “You are not entitled to your opinion. A paradox to most observers, INTJs are able to live by glaring contradictions that nonetheless make perfect sense – at least from a purely rational perspective.
Portrait of an INTJ As an INTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically. INTJs live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. With Introverted Intuition dominating their personality, INTJs focus their energy on observing the world, and generating ideas and possibilities. INTJ's tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. INTJs are natural leaders, although they usually choose to remain in the background until they see a real need to take over the lead. INTJs spend a lot of time inside their own minds, and may have little interest in the other people's thoughts or feelings. The INTJ's interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions, express judgments, and put everything that they encounter into an understandable and rational system.
6 ways to succeed in your career as an INTJ personality type Last week I wrote about what holds INTJs back from achieving our goals. But to an INTJ personality type, the biggest goal is often career success. INTJs value this kind of success because it offers measurable proof of our competence. Unfortunately, we also face roadblocks in the workplace that other personality types don’t. So how can you tap into your INTJ strengths to succeed? For the past year I’ve studied ways to be more successful as an INTJ. I’ve become convinced that INTJs are wired to succeed—if we can just get recognized. What’s your personality type? 1. INTJs aren’t good at small repetitive tasks. The answer is to delegate. Managers If you’re a manager, you should already be delegating. Self-employed If you’re self-employed, get an employee. Traditional job If you have a traditional job with no staff under you, you cannot directly delegate. Actively seek out larger, more challenging projects. 2. I don’t know what personality type your boss is. They may or may not use your idea.