Personality Profile

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Just find it in the top of the page.  The following is my personality type according to the Myers-Briggs personality profile.  If you don’t know your type, click here and take the test!

This is my profile:

Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
by Marina Margaret Heiss

Profile: INTJ
Revision: 3.0
Date of Revision: 27 Feb 2005

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.

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?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be “slacking,” including superiors, will lose their respect — and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

In the broadest terms, what INTJs “do” tends to be what they “know”. 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 can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. 🙂 This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete’, paralleling that of many Fs — only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to “work at” a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

[ed. note -Hey!  You can all stop laughing at that last part — good communications!  HA!  Actually, writing is a form of communication so it might be a stretch.]

Famous INTJs:

Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers)
Susan B. Anthony
Arthur Ashe, tennis champion
Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
William J. Bennett, “drug czar”
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironsides)
Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane) (Fletch)
Phil Donahue
Michael Dukakis, governor of Mass., 1988 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate
Greg Gumbel, television sportscaster
Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader
Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues)
Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote)
Orel Leonard Hershiser, IV
Peter Jennings
Charles Everett Koop
Ivan Lendl
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Joan Lunden
Edwin Moses, U.S. olympian (hurdles)
Martina Navratilova
Charles Rangel, U. S. Representative, D-N.Y.
Pernell Roberts (Bonanza)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), mystery writer (Brat Farrar)
Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor
Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense
General Colin Powell, US Secretary of State
Lance Armstrong
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman)
Katie Couric

U.S. Presidents:
Chester A. Arthur
Calvin Coolidge
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
James K. Polk
Woodrow Wilson


Cassius (Julius Caesar)
Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth books)
Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis
Ensign Ro (Star Trek–the Next Generation)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Hamlet)
George Smiley, John le Carre’s master spy
Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs)

Here’s another similar link to my profile that I quite like…maybe it’s because I like being a Mastermind!LOL!

I’ll see if i can get arwyn to take this and see what hers is.  I’m guessing INFJ based on my feeble memory, but we’ll see.  I used to be more of an ENTJ, but the extroversion has almost totally disappeared.  I wonder what’s up with that.


11 Responses to Personality Profile

  1. Therese says:

    What do Ross Perot, Michael Jordon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Saget and myself all have in common? Why, we’re ENFJ’s!

  2. Val says:

    This is too weird… I’m a Mastermind too 😉

  3. XianHusband says:

    I’m an INTJ as well.

  4. Desmond Jones says:

    INTP here; along with Socrates, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Tiger Woods, James Madison, and my fellow Michiganian, Gerald Ford

  5. Trueself says:

    I am an ISTJ. I find it quite interesting that the list of famous ISTJs is very short. Perhaps it is just part of our inate personalities not to become famous.

    Famous ISTJs:
    Thomas (Christ’s disciple)

    U.S. Presidents:
    George Washington
    Andrew Johnson
    Benjamin Harrison
    Herbert Hoover
    George H. W. Bush

    Paul Coverdale (U.S. Senator, R-GA)
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee (U.S. Olympic athlete)
    Evander Holyfield, heavyweight boxing champion

    Fictional ISTJs:
    Joe Friday
    Mr. Martin (hero of James Thurber’s Sitting in the Catbird Seat)
    Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)
    Fred Mertz (I Love Lucy)
    Puddleglum, the marshwiggle (Chronicles of Narnia)
    Cliff (Cheers)

  6. Hazel says:

    I’m an ISFJ. God, what a downer. I’m a blinkin’ SLAVE by the sounds of it lol. About time I stopped serving and staring BEING served? lmao.

    All said with a light sprinkling of sarcasm.

  7. diggerjones says:

    Therese, you left out Oprah, Rev. Billy Graham and Pope John Paul II! I somehow get a feeling that being you might be easier than living with you in some ways. Being around such expectations and energy can be intimidating, sometimes.

    Val and XH welcome to the Mastermind club!

    Desmond, I can see that ‘P’ coming through a lot in your responses to various posts, along with the intuition.

    One of the challenges, Trueseflf, is trying to type people who haven’t actually taken the test. But queen Elizabeht II and Warren Buffet is not shabby company!

    Ah, Hazel! I work with an ISFJ and she is SO good to have around because she’s so dependable! She also suffers endlessly from every guy in the building hitting on her because she feels she has to be so friendly to everyone. But I’ve seen the darker exterior hidden from others and it’s a little…um…scary. Ever feel like killing anyone in their sleep? Don’t answer that.

    There are validity problems with this particular temperment instrument. It’s interesting and all, and it might be helpful but treat it with caution.

    Try an adaption of Eysenck’s EPQ here:

    for something with a bit more validity around it. It’s MUCH longer but you’ll get a ton more information from it.


  8. Satan says:

    I tried the ‘more valid’ quiz:

    “Extroversion results were moderately low which suggests you are reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and private.

    Neuroticism results were medium which suggests you are moderately worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.

    Psychoticism results were moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly selfish, uncooperative, and difficult at the expense of the well being of others.”

    Except for being unassertive, I think this is spot on! I don’t know if I’ll post the results on my own blog, though. Does everyone really need to know that I’m difficult at the expense of the well being of others? I thought I’d kept that kind of quiet so far.

  9. Therese says:

    Hmm. Somehow I missed John Paul II and Billy Graham.

    I have never thought it was especially easy being me, particularly because of this: “ [ENFJs] are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear.” Our expectations of ourselves are usually much higher than our expectations of others.

    But you might be right that I am difficult to live with. Who knows? That may have contributed to my husband cheating on me.

  10. elise says:

    Interesting that so many bloggers are ‘I’s. I took it yesterday and for the first time in my life I came out as an ‘E’.

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