Apparently, I’m an INTJ

Personality tests are scattered all over the internet – from the silly to the scientific. I’ve tried very few because most of the time I feel like it’s not very useful, or I’m just too lazy to read all those questions and options. Anyway, backed with research I tried this one based on the writings of Carl Jung, David Keirsey and Isabel Briggs-Myers, and this is who I am apparently –

The INTJ personality type is one of the rarest and most interesting types – comprising only about 2% of the U.S. population (INTJ females are especially rare – just 0.8%), INTJs are often seen as highly intelligent and perplexingly mysterious. INTJ personalities radiate self-confidence, relying on their huge archive of knowledge spanning many different topics and areas. INTJs usually begin to develop that knowledge in early childhood (the “bookworm” nickname is quite common among INTJs) and keep on doing that later on in life. 

Though I cannot claim I have as much self-confidence nor intelligence as those famous INTJs (and these INTJ characters below) have, I found myself agreeing on the things noted about this personality – introverted, prefer being by myself; private, lives inside my head; rational, always finding the logic and reason in things; try to make things work as I hate things that don’t work; I’m a bookworm and I like knowing things even beyond what I can actually use in real life which makes me restless and just plain bored when I had to deal with the same things over and over; I do feel I get misunderstood a lot of times because my bluntness can be taken as harshness or arrogance, and there are times I don’t realize I was being blunt already; I am not a people person but I do have a small circle of friends that I appreciate a lot. Yup.

…and then there’s these four INTJ characters that  happen to be some of my absolute faves. Boom. Go figure. I can’t say I am not amused. Further INTJ amusement over here.

When I was younger, I used to apologize a lot for these quirks. Being different was not a very popular thing to be when you”re a kid. Then I got tired of it. A grew out of it I suppose and now I just think I’m kinda too old to care.  Not that I don’t totally care what people think but I just choose whose thoughts I would actually consider.

I suppose some famous INTJs thought the same and I’d like to learn more about them. Perhaps their life story would help me figure myself out better.

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Augustus Caesar, Roman emperor
Paul Krugman, a famous American economist
Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor
Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense
Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
Lance Armstrong
Richard Gere, actor
Hannibal, military leader of Carthage
Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and California governor
Thomas Jefferson, a former U.S. president
John F. Kennedy, a former U.S. president
Woodrow Wilson, the former U.S. president
Walter White (“Heisenberg”) from “Breaking Bad”
Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings
Hannibal and Clarice Starling from “Silence of the Lambs”
Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ enemy
Gregory House from “House, M.D.”