Many people who get started with personality typing wonder what the 4 letter abbreviations mean. So let's take a look at what INTJ stands for and if this might be you.
You are a very private individual. You prefer spending time alone in your inner world rather than connecting with other people because you get your energy more from your personal reflections than from social interactions. You are more likely to engage in solitary activities such as reading, playing computer games, writing a journal, and swimming. Your preference for a quiet and less stimulating environment may sometimes be deemed by other people as indifference or apathy. In this regard, most INTJs find it difficult to associate with people. Being in a large group could overwhelm and exhaust you so much that you shun social gatherings. You are picky about who you call friends, and you would intentionally narrow down your network to a circle of close friends whom you can trust and keep for the rest of your life.
You are keen at observing how events would unfold through the interplay of different factors. You use these observations to form patterns in your head to understand the current reality and to find meaning about what has just occurred. You treat different possibilities with a “Why Not?” attitude because you have a vision about the future and a strong drive to achieve whatever is imaginable.
You are an analytical and highly intelligent person who is constantly yearning for knowledge. You enjoy learning new concepts and theories, and find satisfaction in applying them to real life. You tend to be critical of your surroundings and will always look for better ways to do things. Your intellectual capacities influence your decision preferences such that every decision you make must be based on logic and rational thinking. You do not let your emotions run loose and cloud your judgment.
You like to have control over your life through careful planning and organization. Since you have the tendency to recognize and consider different possibilities or scenarios, you always formulate a contingency plan in case the first one backfires. You are most comfortable when things have been decided so planning ahead would seem to be the standard operating procedure in everything that you do. You are task-oriented and are willing to put extra effort and time to get things done. You like to list down your tasks and to plan how you would execute each item to avoid missing the deadline.