My personality results were eerily accurate, illuminating, and ultimately comforting.
In business school I took the traditional MBTI and received INFJ but after 5 years I’ve morphed into…INTJ-T! I’ve always identified more with being a “thinker” than a “feeler” given my focus on rationality and logic so I already felt like this was going somewhere.
Learning about “introversion” on my first test was eye-opening. Understanding and embracing that I don’t need to force myself to be as “extroverted” as others gave me strength.
Intuitive vs. Observant:
Individuals with the Intuitive trait prefer to rely on their imagination, ideas and possibilities. They dream, fantasize and question why things happen the way they do, always feeling slightly detached from the actual, concrete world. One could even say that these individuals never actually feel as if they truly belong to this world. They may observe other people and events, but their mind remains directed both inwards and somewhere beyond — always questioning, wondering and making connections. When all is said and done, Intuitive types believe in novelty, in the open mind, and in never-ending improvement.
Assertive vs. Turbulent:
Individuals with Turbulent (-T) identity are self-conscious and sensitive to stress. They experience a wide range of emotions and tend to be success-driven, perfectionistic and eager to improve.
Broad, intelligent vision gives Analysts an ingenious air, but they can become overwhelmed and scattered if they don’t learn to hone these abilities and use them to advance a worthwhile cause or project.
These types prefer their own processes and pace, and are energized by exercising their minds on their own time.
They tend to prefer the world of ideas to the sober reality of follow-through, and by assuming the role of critic instead of participant, Analysts sometimes risk being functionally outpaced by those who simply sit down and do the work. They can earn themselves the unsavory title of “armchair analysts” while those with more real-world experience continue to create real results.
“Constant Improver” Highlights
Constant Improvers are sensitive and contemplative individuals who enjoy having their own space and freedom. They are often deep and creative individuals, though often tense and more comfortable on their own than mixed up in the judgment of the real world.
These personalities’ caution in the face of unfamiliar challenges can sometimes look like a lack of motivation, but this is usually just self-doubt — Constant Improvers have a strong drive, but it comes paired with a strong fear of failure. They invest a great deal of their identity in their successes, and even a minor misstep or embarrassment can be crushing.
Since they aren’t always comfortable with energetic exchanges with other people, Constant Improvers often direct their attention elsewhere, striving to master hobbies, careers, bodies of knowledge, or new means of self-expression. Their restless drive, self-doubt, and solitary mentality can combine to create impressive, beautiful results.
High-achieving and perfectionistic, Constant Improvers generally try to do their best in their endeavors, dedicating tremendous time and energy. These personalities can put so much pressure on themselves that they diminish their own impressive accomplishments by fixating on the slightest flaws or dismissing successes as luck rather than skill or dedication.
Taken too far, this perfectionism can also drive endless rumination — an unhealthy obsession with perfection will reveal flaws in the best plans, and Constant Improvers often feel forced to abandon a course of action because something doesn’t line up right. Whether working feverishly or picking at the threads of an idea though, Constant Improvers can be intense about their goals, and progress towards internal balance can lead them to amazing personal accomplishments.
Sometimes it takes peer approval and active encouragement for this Strategy group to recognize their own virtues. These personalities often benefit from friends and colleagues patient enough to get to know them and who give them a chance to speak their minds. When treated considerately, these types become devoted partners and begin to reveal their kindness, insights, heartfelt support, and the complexities of their approach to the world, from sometimes (oddly specific) plans for obscure situations to starry-eyed ambitions.
Glancing at the comments section on the site you’ll see people saying things like “I’m glad someone understands me” and “I could cry!”. It makes one feel less lonely and misunderstood to learn others see the world the same way they do and that their flaws can be strengths. The feeling reminds me of a beautiful Buddhist concept called “oneness” which purports that the world and all its inhabitants are one: connected.
No personality type is “better”, we are all different and need to learn about ourselves in order to harness our unique potential. I already knew that I’m a perfectionist and my fear of failure is my biggest obstacle but this test paints a clear picture of what I need to be aware of and work on.
In my next post I’ll explain “why I’m learning to code”, but I think this post begins to answer that question. I like honing my skills in solitude, I’m curious to a fault (my passion happens to be technology), and I thrive on logic.
Analysts embrace rationality, excelling in intellectual and technological pursuits.
Am I truly an “INTJ”? Can we really put people into buckets? Well if Elon Musk is an INTJ, I’ll take it!!
Try it for yourself, I enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too.
Analysts’ forceful, imaginative vision, when trained and focused, enables these personalities to conceive and accomplish things most thought impossible.