INTJ (Introverted INtuitive Thinking Judging) is one of the 16 personality types of the Myers-Briggs personality test.
INTJs are the “Mastermind” personality: intellectual, logical, driven, and confident in their own abilities, but also sometimes cold and unsympathetic, with a tendency to prefer theory over reality. This can cause others to perceive them as arrogant, especially since INTJs frequently lack the patience and communications skills to explain themselves.
Only about 2% of the population is INTJ, but their forceful nature tends to make them influential, so it’s not surprising that many celebrities are INTJ. Here are some examples.
INTJ politicians tend to be “policy wonks” rather than inspirational leaders.
At least seven US Presidents were INTJs.
- Chester A. Arthur source
- Woodrow Wilson source
- Dwight D. Eisenhower source
- John F. Kennedy source
- Thomas Jefferson source
- James K. Polk source
- Calvin Coolidge source
Other current and historical political INTJs:
- Al Gore, US Senator and Vice President. source
- Colin Powell, US general and secretary of state. source
- Hillary Clinton, US Senator and secretary of state. source
- Donald Rumsfeld, US secretary of defense. source
- Julia Gillard, Australian prime minister. source
- Abigail Adams, US First Lady. source
- Susan B. Anthony, early feminist leader. source
- C. Everett Koop, US surgeon general. source
- Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate. source:
- Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary. source
- Augustus Caesar, Emperor of Rome. source
- Hannibal Barca, Carthinagian general. source
INTJs aren’t team players but they can excel in individual sports like tennis and golf. They also do well in positions that allow them to use their mental gifts, such as pitching in baseball, and can be successful coaches.
- Lance Armstrong, US cyclist. source:
- Arthur Ashe, US tennis player. source:
- Martina Navratilova, Czech/US tennis player. source
- Ivan Lendl, Czech/US tennis player. source
- Orel Hershisher, US pitcher. source
- Bill Belichick, NFL coach. source
- Nick Saban, US coach, University of Alabama. source
- Tom Kite, US golfer. source
- Bobby Fischer, US chess grandmaster. source
Naturally, the scientific field attracts many INTJs, especially to hard sciences like math and physics.
- Isaac Newton, English physicist. source
- Stephen Hawking, English astrophysicist. source
- Nikola Tesla, Serbian physicist and inventor. source
- Charles Darwin, English biologist. source
- John Nash, US mathematician. source
- John Maynard Keynes, US economist. source
- Lise Meitner, Austrian physicist. source:
- Norbert Wiener, US mathematician. source:
Writing is a solitary and intellectual pursuit, so it also attracts many INTJs.
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, English mathematician and author of the Alice in Wonderland books. source:
- C. S. Lewis, English author of the Chronicles of Narnia. source:
- Ayn Rand, US author of Atlas Shrugged and other books. source
- Isaac Asimov, US biochemist and science fiction author. source
- Jane Austen, English author. source
- Sylvia Plath, US poet. source
- H. L. Mencken, US journalist. source
- Emily Bronte, English author. source
- Sun Tzu, Chinese military strategist and author. source
- William F. Buckley, US journalist and author. source
- Friedrich Nietzsche, German author and philosopher. source
- G. W. F. Hegel, German philosopher. source
- Jean-Paul Sartre, French author and philosopher. source
- Heraclitus, ancient Greek philosopher. source
- Martin Luther, German theologian. source
INTJs prefer to pursue their own styles and passions, rather than be crowd-pleasers.
- Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer. source
- Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist. source:
- Erik Satie, French composer and pianist. source:
- Jay-Z, US rapper, producer, and entrepreneur. source
- Elvis Costello, Irish musician. source
- Roger Waters, English rocker. source
INTJs don’t do well in a traditional corporate environment, but they can be successful innovators and entrepreneurs.
- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. source
- Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Space-X, and Tesla Motors. source
Lack of empathy and communication skills means that few INTJs become actors. Some are more comfortable behind the camera.
- Jodie Foster, US actor, producer, and director. source
- Stanley Kubrick, US director. source
- Dan Aykroyd, Canadian and US actor. source
- Russell Crowe, New Zealand actor. source
- James Cameron, Canadian director. source
INTJs are rational enough to know the risks of a criminal life, but some of them end up on the wrong side of the law nevertheless.
- Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. source:
- Meyer Lansky, US gambler and gangster. source
- Adam Worth, German-American art thief, the “Napoleon of Crime.” source
- Anders Breivik, Norwegian Mass Murderer. source
Fictional INTJs are frequently villains, but they can also be potent heroes as well.
- Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective. source
- Professor Moriarty, Holmes’s opposite, is an INTJ as well. source
- Hannibal Lecter, serial killer. source
- He, too, is opposed by an INTJ, Clarice Starling. source
- Walter White, chemist turned drug dealer. source
- Gus Fring, Walter’s nemesis, is also an example of an INTJ. source
- Dr. Gregory House, pathologist. source
- Light Yagami, high school student and mass murderer. source
- Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. source
- Victor von Frankenstein, scientist. source