Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

About the MBTI:

The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality inventory is to make the theory of type-preference understandable and useful in people’s lives. Much of the seemingly random variations in behavior are actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception (information gathering) and judgment (decision making).


What is Preference?
Our brains are all hard wired for preference. Like handedness, preference is the method that is most natural, dominant, and requires the least amount of effort. Preference is what you would choose if two alternatives were equally rewarded.

Identifying your preference does not remove the option of using your non-preference, but can give you insight into what may be automatic – your default mode.

Preferences are independent of skill or ability. If you are right handed and you write something with your right hand, there is no guarantee that it will be neat and legible.

Likewise, if you are right handed and write something with your left hand, it’s not a given that it will be sloppy or illegible – with practice and focus on the desired skill of left-handed writing, you could actually get quite good at it!


The Dichotomies

There are 4 pairs of dichotomies that create 16 unique "Types"... your energy flow is described as either Introversion or Extraversion, your perceiving process is described as either Sensory or iNtuitive, your decision making process as either Thinking or Feeling and your outer-world orientation as option oriented (Perceiving) or closure oriented (Judging).
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About INTJs:
Introvert, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging are the four preferences that represent my MBTI Type. INTJs are one of the rarest Type profiles, making up 1.8 - 2% of the US population. Female INTJs are even rarer, reported as low as  0.005% but no higher than 0.08%.
INTJ frequently have to work deliberately to overcome the unflattering characteristics that are natural to their type and female INTJs often feel like they are "swimming up stream" against societies norms and expectations of what women "should" be.
The INTJ is typically characterized as the Strategists, the Rationals, the Free Thinkers, the Masterminds as well as being analytical and highly independent.
Some well known INTJ's are C.S. Lewis, General Colin Powell, Michelle Obama, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson and Sir Isaac Newton. On the fictional front, the INTJ type has been assigned to such characters as Mr. Spock, Dr. Gregory House and Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper.
Interestingly, INTJ's are the least likely of all 16 types to believe in a higher power of any kind - nice to know I've beaten the odds!
As described by The Myers & Briggs Foundation, INTJ's have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
INTJs are introspective, analytical, determined persons with natural leadership ability. Being reserved, they prefer to stay in the background while leading. Strategic, knowledgable and adaptable, INTJs are talented in bringing ideas from conception to reality. They expect perfection from themselves as well as others and are comfortable with the leadership of another so long as they are competent. INTJs can also be described as decisive, open-minded, self-confident, attentive, theoretical and pragmatic.
For more information on INTJ's, here are some of the better links:
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