5 Reasons INTJ Personality Type Is so Rare and Misunderstood

///5 Reasons INTJ Personality Type Is so Rare and Misunderstood

INTJ personality type

INTJ personality type is one of the rarest in the Myers-Briggs classification. These contradictory traits may explain why this type is so misunderstood.

The Myers-Briggs personality test is where you find out what kind of characteristics you have depending on different preferences. There are 16 different types, one of the rarest is INTJ personality type, with INTJ’s forming just 2% of the population. Even rarer are women in this group, who make up only 0.8%.

The main qualities of INTJ personality are:

At the heart of the INTJ personality type, however, is a set of contradictions, which is why this type is so rare. Here are five of them:

1. INTJ’s are natural leaders but are intensely private

Taking the role at the top is natural for an INTJ, as they are effective leaders and are capable of inspiring others. They can see a situation in an objective manner and work out the best way to tackle it, not being afraid of changing tactics if necessary. They love to strategize and are always looking at new ideas and concepts to see whether they can benefit them.

However, because they live their lives internally and rely on intuition, this makes them very private individuals and they find it hard to express themselves. Because an INTJ is always thinking and developing highly internalised ideas and concepts, they find it difficult to translate these into an external form that others can understand.

2. INTJ’s are open-minded but appear aloof

As INTJ’s are typically private people they can often appear to be aloof, but this could not be further than the truth.

It can be said that they are not overly demonstrative in their affections or go over the top when it comes to displays of affection. But the truth is that INTJ’s do feel intense emotions for those they care about, they just don’t see the point in declaring it in a public fashion.

Another misconception about INTJ personality is that they are rigid and prone to being close-minded to new ways of thinking. This is also incorrect, as INTJ’s are renowned for being curious and are most amenable to changing their way of doing things.

3. INTJ’s are imaginative yet decisive

INTJ’s are one of the most curious of all the Myers-Briggs personalities, they are committed to questioning and gathering knowledge. They live mostly in their heads, in their own imagination and find it hard to express these ideas to others.

However, once they have settled on a course of action, they are surprisingly decisive. INTJ’s take a long time to come to this decision, but once they do, there is no turning back.

4. INTJ’S are intelligent people but useless at social interaction

INTJs love exploring theories and are renowned for gathering information. They are knowledgeable and intelligent, especially in fields where they have an interest. They are, however, quite poor when it comes to interacting socially.

This is down to the fact that they find small talk tedious and prefer one-on-one conversations where they can get deep and meaningful. INTJ’s shine when they are in smaller groups who share their interests but definitely out of the spotlight.

5. INTJ’s are confident and logical except when it comes to relationships

INTJ’s are supremely confident beings and are defined by their logic and sensible decisions. They do have a tendency to over-analyse, however, and it is this that keeps them from forming close relationships. They can seem to be judgemental and aloof, but it is their failure to deal with any emotional feelings that lets them down.

They approach feelings of the heart in the same way as they do any other decision or problem, they analyse and calculate their way to the best solution.

This does not work with emotions and when an INTJ fails using this method, they become irritable and they might turn their back on a meaningful relationship because they cannot deal with their feelings.

Closing thoughts

People with INTJ personality are renowned for logical thinking and intellectual decision-making. In areas of emotion and feelings, however, they are not as confident. An INTJ that wants to manage their emotions in a better way should try not to use logical thinking but think with the heart and not the head.

They already have great qualities where it comes to intelligence and strategic thinking, but working on their weaker characteristics, such as developing their feelings, will give them a much more rounded personality.

  1. References:
  2. https://www.16personalities.com
  3. http://www.personalitypage.com
  4. http://www.humanmetrics.com
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Janey D.

Janey Davies has been published online for over 8 years. She is the head writer for Shoppersbase.com, she also writes for AvecAgnes.co.uk, Ewawigs.com and has contributed to inside3DP.com. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and her passions include learning about the mind, popular science and politics. When she is relaxing she likes to walk her dog, read science fiction and listen to Muse.

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  1. Kelton King August 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Who honestly cares about this stuff

    • Stephen Perry August 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Any person who has to interact with other people should care about this stuff. Carry on.

    • Go Paolo August 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      There’s a pretty dedicated community online who are personality geeks

    • Pamela McCarthy Crosby August 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Deep thinkers. People who engage in self reflection. People interested in behavioral psychology. Lots of people.

    • Alexandre Da Silva August 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      narcissists that want to feel good about themselves. “wow I am so unique. I am very cool. I am special. I am a genius. I feel superior to many people”. but in reality they are just normal people like the majority.

    • Fhj August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Why even bother to reply if u don’t care

  2. Vivian Lee August 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    We are all born original, unique, the system trains us to follow the masses, don’t die a copy. Rare doesn’t make you special or smart either, you are just being yourself.

  3. Kay Finlayson August 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    “4. INTJ’S are intelligent people but useless at social interaction”. Yes, that fits.

  4. Lion August 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    This is basically true, you got the jist of the INTJ personality. The part you left out is perhaps the most important part in this type. The INTJ lives inside their protective shell. Once they outgrow this shell they have the ability to shed it and become highly social. If they do not shed this protective shell they will become cut off from growth, which is especially important to us. We strive to see growth and progression both in our lives and in our environment. Great post, I enjoyed the read.

  5. Tejinder Dhillon August 12, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Then i m among the 2% of ths world..exciting#

  6. Jim Pastore August 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    This is my personality type.

  7. Thomas Camden Edmison August 12, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Ummm You know who invented the Myer’s Briggs and how it’s a parlor game?

  8. Matt Friend August 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    This is my personality type. It’s not about being special, it’s about understanding normal.

    • JX Faith August 13, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

      Share the same sentiment. Just it so happens I’m intj minority doesn’t make me non human. Nothing special, but just always being misunderstood.

  9. Elizabeth Hoendervoogt August 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply


  10. Maria Maratos August 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Theses types change as you progess through your career, have more life experience and mature. It is also important people don’t pigeon hole themselves or others. Some perceived strengths can actually be challenges. Overall this test is only an indicator, don’t hang your hat on it.

  11. vid August 13, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I am an INTJ and I think I’m gonna die lonely

  12. Gail Balcaen August 13, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    YUP. Thats me.

  13. David Pristupa August 13, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    I’m INTJ. I study read paint and compose music in a noisy world that can’t stop talking. My ideal place is a small town with a good internet connection.

  14. JX Faith August 13, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Someone understands INTJ this much. There is much more but I think even each individual has his own unique personality. So it’s pointless to elaborate.

  15. Angelique Alejandro August 13, 2017 at 1:55 am - Reply

    ISTJ here

  16. Pamela Clark Stapleton August 13, 2017 at 2:48 am - Reply

    INTJ – it has not changed with age.

  17. Diana Jaden-Catori August 13, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply


  18. Sherard August 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    But why tho? I’m an INTJ and I do not fully agree with this article or the way we are portrayed. ( My opinion only) Some points are valid but others only sets the premise of what the core personality of a introvert is and doesn’t represent our reasoning behind our decision to be confined or rather be alone than in a group. Meaning, don’t just take the core of our personality and convince us that we aren’t in tune with the world base on our reasoning not to socialize, regain energy or just being introverted. Some extrovert react the same way.

  19. Bryan November 2, 2017 at 2:14 am - Reply

    This post only tells us why INTJs are so misunderstood, not why they are so rare. Add to that, there’s nothing mind blowing in this either. All MBTI geeks and INTJs especially are well aware of the stereotype.

  20. Franklin February 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Don’t know how the author of this article can be considered “competent” when one of the words in the headline is mis-spelled. It’s skeptical, not sceptical.

    • Anna LeMind February 23, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      It seems that you also don’t know that English has two types of spelling – American and British. “Sceptical” is British English.

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