My personality type – INTJ

People who know me tell me that personality tests are very accurate for me.  One of the most common tests is the Myers Briggs test which you can do here.  Using this test I am an INTJ.  Which is described variously as the Mastermind, Scientist, Innovator, and Free-thinker, which actually sum me up pretty well.  You can learn more from the links above, however if you want a summary then these quotes are pretty good:

INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings. They are insightful and mentally quick; however, this mental quickness may not always be outwardly apparent to others since they keep a great deal to themselves. They are very determined people who trust their vision of the possibilities, regardless of what others think. They may even be considered the most independent of all of the sixteen personality types. INTJs are at their best in quietly and firmly developing their ideas, theories, and principles.

as is this:

Masterminds will adopt ideas only if they are useful, which is to say if they work efficiently toward accomplishing the Mastermind’s well-defined goals. Natural leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command of projects or groups, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once in charge, however …

and finally this:

To the Mastermind, organizational structure and operational procedures are never arbitrary, never set in concrete, but are quite malleable and can be changed, improved, streamlined. In their drive for efficient action, Masterminds are the most open-minded of all the types. No idea is too far-fetched to be entertained-if it is useful. Masterminds are natural brainstormers, always open to new concepts and, in fact, aggressively seeking them

That’s me then, so if you employ me you know what you are getting!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I did the test, too, and came up with ….[I’ll let you guess].

    Pretty accurate; it recommended that I do the job that I am actually doing, so it made me none the wiser. I think that people who are midlle-of-the-road in almost everything [I call them ‘acrophobic’; the avoid extreme positions] are more difficult to classify. They belong in the class of ‘people who are difficult to classify’; a very big class. On the contrary, people with crystal clear views and convistions [I call them ‘extremists’] are few and easy to place in the fringes. From that I conclude that these tests are devised by ‘extremists’. The ‘acrophobics’ could neither devise such tests or dare to classify others, in case they are wrong…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well I would guess you are IN, at work you are probably INT like me. Forced to guess I would say you are INTP.

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