What does INTJ stand for? (A Review)

What does INTJ stand for? This article will give a highlight of what INTJ stand for, as well as the explanation of what it is like to be an INTJ for the individuals themselves and for the people around them.

What does INTJ stand for? (Brief)

INTJ stands for Introverted – iNtuition  – Thinking – Judging.

What are MBTI Dimensions & Personality Types?

The theory of personality types by Myers and Briggs teaches us that apparently unpredictable changes in the behavior of people are simply very predictable, because they are due to fundamental distinctions in the way people approach key aspects of thought, behavior, and interaction

Personality

The word personality is rooted in a Latin word ‘persona.’ The word persona refers to a theatrical mask work by performers in order to either look a definite way or disguise their characters. Carl Jung highlights the idea of “collective unconscious.”

This notion refers to the innate psychological dispositions of all human beings.  According to the American Psychological Association, “Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.

The study of personality focuses on two broad areas:

  • One understanding is the individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability.
  • The other understanding is how the various parts of a person come together as a whole.”

What is MBTI?

The Myers-Briggs Style Indicator is a powerful instrument for personality evaluation and is currently the best-selling method of its kind. It is useful as a tool for learning styles and as a testing tool for assessing classrooms.

It allows us to understand the teaching/learning process, and according to their personality style, their preferences, and their values, it helps us advise students. It is, however, a highly technical tool, and we need to be professional in its use.

Carl G. Jung’s writings and an overwhelming number of writings on its legitimacy, durability, construction, and implementation support it. Those of us intrigued in such a method that lets us learn about individual differences in the classroom of engineering and technology are encouraged to explore it.

Among the most common ways to quantify the psychological or personality types of Carl Jung is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  It is a standardized self-report inventory which is used to determine the personality type of an individual, preferences and judgment.

The MBTI is more of a preliminary step instead of a finishing line for self-discovery. At the very least, the test suggests that people mostly behave differently because they perceive and communicate differently with the environment. If the MBTI allows people to recognize that these different worldviews will arise from their disputes, then that alone could make this process valuable.

Four Key Dichotomies

There are four dichotomies including 2 opposing styles each, which makes a total of 8 different styles. The 8 styles are Extraversion (E), Introversion (I), Sensing (S), iNtuition (N), Judging (J), Perceiving (P), Thinking (T) and Feeling (F). Once it is determined what an individual style for the four dichotomies is, a four letter code is obtained. These four letters are the initials of each of the preferred styles.

MBTI Dichotomy – Introversion vs. Extraversion (I/E)

Function: How individuals get their energy?

Description: By spending quiet time alone or with a small group, introverts are energized. They seem to be more thoughtful and reserved. By spending time with individuals and in busy, productive surroundings, extraverts are energized. They seem to be outspoken and more verbal.

MBTI Dichotomy – Sensing vs. iNtuition (S/I)

Function: How individuals take in the information?

Description: Sensors rely on their five senses and are interested in data that they can see, hear, and so on directly. They prefer to be hands-on students and are frequently characterized as “practical.” A more abstract level of thought focuses on iNtuitive; they are creative and more interested in ideas, patterns, and explanations. 

MBTI Dichotomy- Judging vs. Perceiving (J/P)

Function: How individuals make decisions?

Description: Judgers enjoy structure and order; they like organized stuff, and they hate last-minute revisions. Flexibility and spontaneity are valued by perceivers; they want to leave open things so they can change their minds.

MBTI Dichotomy –Thinking vs. Feeling (T/F)

Function: How individuals organize their world?

Description: Thinkers, in their heads, prefer to make decisions; they are interested in making the most rational, fair option. Feelers prefer to make choices in their hearts; they are interested in how people will be influenced by a decision, and whether it suits their beliefs.

List of MBTI Types

The above mentioned method of obtaining combination can yield 16 possible personality types:

MBTI TypesAbbreviations of MBTI Types
ISTJIntroverted – Sensing – Thinking – Judging 
ESTJExtraverted – Sensing – Thinking – Judging
ISTPIntroverted – Sensing – Thinking – Perceiving
ESTPExtraverted – Sensing – Thinking – Perceiving
ISFJIntroverted – Sensing – Feeling – Judging 
ESFJExtraverted – Sensing – Feeling – Judging
ISFPIntroverted – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving 
ESFPExtraverted – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving
INFJIntroverted – iNtuition – Feeling – Judging
ENFJExtraverted – iNtuition – Feeling – Judging
INFPIntroverted – iNtuition – Feeling – Perceiving
ENFPExtraverted – iNtuition – Feeling – Perceiving
INTJIntroverted – iNtuition  – Thinking – Judging
ENTJExtraverted – iNtuition – Thinking – Judging
INTPIntroverted – iNtuition – Thinking – Perceiving
ENTPExtraverted – iNtuition – Thinking – Perceiving

What does INTJ stand for? (Details)

The MBTI’s founders, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, developed sixteen personality styles. INTJ is one of them. INTJ refers to Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging, four main personality characteristics based on psychologist C.G. Jung’s research. Because of their strategic, rational way of thought, INTJs are often referred to as Mastermind personalities.

Each of the four letters in the INTJ code represents a key personality trait associated with this personality type.

  • INTJs thrive on solitude (introverted)
  • Concentrate on thoughts and principles rather than facts and information (intuitive)
  • Make decisions based on reasoning and reason (Thinking)
  • Tend to be prepared and structured rather than spontaneous and versatile (Judging)

Motivation/Values of INTJ

INTJs have a keen understanding of systems and strategy, and they often see the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to know how processes function and how events unfold: the INTJ is known for having an uncanny ability to predict logical outcomes. They enjoy devoting a significant amount of time and effort to a project or concept in order to achieve their objectives.

INTJs have a thirst for knowledge and aspire to improve their skills on a regular basis; they are also perfectionists who hold themselves and others to exceptionally high standards of success. They have a strong desire to develop them and are lifelong learners who are always looking to expand their knowledge and understanding.

How do others see them?

To the stranger’s eye, INTJs can tend to exude a sense of “certainty” and self-assurance. This self-assurance, which the less decisive may mistake for simple arrogance, is of a very particular rather than a general nature; its source lies in the advanced information systems that most people of this sort begin building at a young age.

INTJs are quiet and serious by nature, and they seem to spend a lot of time thinking. They are fascinated by the world around them and often seek to understand the principles that underpin what they see. They carefully review the information they receive and, if asked a question, will usually think about it for a long time before providing a thoughtful, nuanced response.

INTJs think objectively and simply, and they frequently have a suggestion for a better way to do things. They can be direct in their delivery, and they often speak in terms of the overall approach, leaving out the specifics. While INTJs aren’t typically warm or gregarious, they do have a confident demeanor with others that stems from their own confidence in their intelligence.

They confidently communicate their thoughts, and once they’ve reached a decision, they fully expect others to recognize their insight. They are perfectionists who thrive in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. They enjoy sharing ideas and can become irritated if someone’s views do not align with their own.

FAQs: What does INTJ stand for?

What is the standard way of taking an MBTI test?

There are four standard ways of taking the MBTI test:

  • Personal feedback
  • MBTI Certified professional in your area
  • Online
  • For children through CAPT

How do others look at INTJs?

To the stranger’s eye, INTJs can tend to exude a sense of “certainty” and self-assurance. This self-assurance, which the less decisive may mistake for simple arrogance, is of a very particular rather than a general nature; its source lies in the advanced information systems that most people of this sort begin building at a young age.

How can the results of MBTI be used in daily life?

Following is how MBTI can be used in daily life:

  • It can be used in marketing
  • It can be used professional development
  • It can be used leadership skills training
  • It can be used team mentoring and group dynamics
  • It can be used executive coaching
  • It can be used pedagogy
  • It can be used life coaching
  • It can be used personal development
  • It can be used career counseling
  • It can be used couple counseling
  • It can be used for family counseling and family business etc.

How to interpret the MBTI test?

There are four dichotomies including 2 opposing styles each, which makes a total of 8 different styles. The 8 styles are Extraversion (E), Introversion (I), Sensing (S), iNtuition (N), Judging (J), Perceiving (P), Thinking (T) and Feeling (F). Once it is determined what an individual style for the four dichotomies is, a four letter code is obtained. These four letters are the initials of each of the preferred styles.

How many personality types in MBTI?

There are a total of 16 MBTI personality types.

What is personality?

The word personality is rooted in a Latin word ‘persona.’ The word persona refers to a theatrical mask work by performers in order to either look a definite way or disguise their characters. Carl Jung highlights the idea of “collective unconscious.”

This notion refers to the innate psychological dispositions of all human beings.  According to the American Psychological Association, “Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.

The study of personality focuses on two broad areas:

  • One understanding is the individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability.
  • The other understanding is how the various parts of a person come together as a whole.”

What is the official platform of MBTI, where the instrument is available for purchase?

MBTI assessment materials are available at Myers Briggs Foundation for purchase from the publisher, The Myers-Briggs Company.

What does MBTI stand for?

MBTI is an abbreviation for “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.” It is a standardized inventory which is used to determine the personality type of an individual, preferences and judgment. There are four key dichotomies of preferences in MBTI. 

The 16 MBTI personality types are identified as a result of interaction between these four dichotomies of preferences. The theoretical foundation of MBTI is based on Carl Jung’s theory.

References

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/INTJ

https://www.16personalities.com/intj-personality

http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/intj

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.