One of the rarest personality types identified by the mother and daughter team, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, using the MBTI (Myers Briggs Test Indicator) personality assessment tool is INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment). In the United States, only 2% of the population falls under this category while there are more men said to have this personality type than women. These are regarded as individuals possessing strong character, are intelligent and insightful. Also called “Strategists and Architects”, INTJs are innovative thinkers and analytical problem-solvers.
They are also visionaries who see opportunities for improvement in all aspects of their lives and are intellectuals. They are also serious people and reserved individuals who want their privacies respected and prefer to work alone than alongside team members. Creativity and individualism are also two words that can be attributed to INTJs. Other traits of INTJs include, but are not limited to, independence, being discreet, methodical, self-confident, productive and efficient. With all these characteristics, careers that fit INTJs are in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, Business, Health Care, Politics and Education, to name a few.
Despite the rarity of the INTJ as personality type, famous individuals in the past and present had been assessed as INTJs. Here is a list of these renowned celebrities from different sectors of society.
1. Friedrich Nietzche
For this philosopher, it is imperative to acquire knowledge to improve one’s life so as to live it fully and make his life better. Regarded as an archetypal INTJ, Nietzsche was said to have spent hours thinking and analyzing things, a trait that is typical of INTJs. They are thinkers to the point that it can seem useless for some people. He and Isaac Newton have the same take on the importance of acquiring knowledge but in the case of Newton, it was the importance of having a principle in life.
2. Karl Marx
Also a philosopher, Marx firmly believes in the importance of changing the world. He was also regarded by writer, Ayn Rand, as a practical individual and a translator of altruist morality. Like other INTJs, he is also not tolerant when it comes to menial tasks and doing simple things. Also, despite his self-confidence and intelligence, he does not want to be in the limelight.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
He started as a body builder when he migrated to the United States in the 1970s and became known for his role in the film, The Terminator. He is a driven individual who have a relentless drive, methodical and self-confident. These are some of the traits he has that made him an INTJ. From being a body builder and a movie actor, Schwarzenegger not only became the ex-husband of Maria Shriver, a relative of the Kennedys and an INTJ herself. He also rose to become the governor of California. He considers himself not a normal person, saying that normal people live regular lives. For him, simply existing is not enough. He is also a go-getter that when he has a goal and wants to achieve something, he will really go for it and focus on it.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
Being the CEO of Facebook, said he would change the world and he did. He was considered an introvert by the people around him and this is also evident with how he handled his popularity at the height of Facebook’s success. He was not good at communicating to his employees and during the time when many companies were interested to buy Facebook, no one really knew what his plans were. He also has the habit if being quiet with strangers and only gives his opinion once everybody have stated theirs, a typical trait of an INTJ.
5. Martina Navratilova
Navratilova is a retired Czech-American tennis player and coach who was also the greatest rival of Chris Evert in the tennis court. Despite her prowess as an athlete and her popularity as an ace player, she has been criticized and at the same time loved by her being outspoken, her political views, and a fighter for rights and a woman of strength and character. She also had delved into the literary world, writing three novels with Liz Nickles.
6. John Nash
Mathematician Nash idolized other INTJs like Nietzsche and Newton. Being an introvert, he was reluctant to express what was on his mind and did not care about other people’s opinion of him. Rather, he would even defy authority and go against the norm when he felt he was doing it for the right reasons. When he was under stress, he lost his interests on things that used to be of value to him.
7. Elon Musk
He founded Tesla, SpaceX and co-founded Paypal. Musk was quoted as saying that he was not interested in media attention. His accomplishments clearly show that he is a Mastermind, as what INTJs are called. He also did not like going to school but like Zuckerberg, he also wanted to change the world, according to his brother. He is also praised for being a determined entrepreneur who focuses on finding solutions to problems in practical and effective ways
8. Bobby Fischer
Boris Spassky once spoke about this chess champion as not being a sociable person. He said that Fischer was not willing to adapt to the standards of other people. He was a school dropout by the age of 16. When asked why he quit school, he said that he did not want to be with stupid students and that teachers are even more stupid than their students.
9. Jodie Foster
Miss Foster has been in the entertainment industry for decades and had received numerous awards for her acting talent. She is also considered to be a strong woman who believes in individuality and at the same time privacy. Seldom to grant interviews, Foster’s sexuality has been a secret for so many years despite a book written about her. However, years ago, she indirectly came out during her speech in one of the award-giving bodies she was recognized in. She, herself, says that most of her roles have strong personalities. She also doesn’t care much about failures, saying that at least she does so her way. This simply shows that she does not give attention on what other people will say. She also prefers going against the norm. Mel Gibson finds her strong, honest yet complex.
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