Four Possible INTJ Subtypes
EMBTI (Enneagram and MBTI Correlation)
As you all know, I have the utmost confidence in the MBTI. Cognitive functions are fascinating and revealing to the way we operate socially, personally, professionally, and intimately. However, I notice quite often how differently my fellow INTJs are from one another. No, I’m not talking about the fiasco about the cognitive function test the other day when most people were pissed about cognitive priority equating to INTP. It just seems that we may have different flavors.
Subtypes seemed like an option when I was reading about narcissist categories. I connected that thought to the Enneagram and the different wing types. This describes a standard type to take on some of the attributes either before or after the number. I have taken a few different Enneagram tests with the results: 1w9, 5w6, and mostly 5w4. While looking for actual data, I found the following chart from a recent study:
John Fudjack and Patricia Dinkelaker - Source (These are the results of empirical research that measures what the most common Enneagram types correspond with the MB types, in order of highest concentration to lower. This could possibly be the most reliable, accurate information for correlation.)
If you don’t know your Enneagram type, here is a reasonable test:
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m tired of reading repetitious information about INTJs. It’s time for new and creative ideas derived from everything we know about personality and behavior. I will now present the Four INTJ Subtypes.
The most perfectionistic of the INTJs. Of the four subtypes, they are the most practical and disciplined. Purists’ standards are high of themselves and strive for excellence. Although not as introverted as other INTJs, they only want to be surrounded with people of a similar caliber. Unfortunately, this mode of thinking may leave a shortage of people to socially interact with. Others may see them as cold and driven. In fact, they have the ability to use failure towards evolution.
Because INTJs are known for future planning and finding connections, this type creates a system within the self to reach higher goals of a superior life. At their worst, they can be too critical of themselves and judgmental of others.
While maintaining the general idea of how an INTJ operates, this subtype is more of a caring and nurturing variety. Diplomats want to extend or advocate created systems from obtained knowledge made through connections. This type may have a family or a cause which they apply their ability to realize patterns or teach knowledge.
This type is heavily motivated and extensive to whatever they have dedicated themselves to. Although they may be reserved in nature, they have a powerful voice that they activate through other resources. Spiritual growth highlights thoughts and insights to the world around them.
Diplomats may be afraid that they won’t be able to contribute something important or be appreciated. They have a passion for something ideal that comes from within and it drives them intensely.
A cerebral INTJ that is more engrossed in the realm of thought. Seemly more eccentric that the other INTJ subtypes, they couldn't care less about conventions. This overall attitude conflicts with an ability to fit in whereas the Purist (1w9) and Diplomat (1w2) may blend into their surroundings due to their more practical appearance.
This type is less concerned with appearances because many of them have a focal point where the mind is absorbed with abstract theory or thought. Possibly, they have more of an artistic flair, these INTJs may write (fiction or nonfiction), have musical ability, or something that may set them apart with more of a strangeness than the other subtypes. They tend to be imaginative, aloof, and quiet.
Arcanist need time and quiet to reflect. This allows them to fully process while using intuition. At times, they may fluctuate from being disconnected from internal emotions and being overwhelmed by them.
This INTJ is automatically perceived as an intellectual. The Genius has at least one area of study in which they are experts but they usually are well versed in other fields. Time and personal space is important to all INTJs but it is a theme and constantly on the mind of this subtype. They are clearly objective and unhindered by emotions. These traits allow them to conceive data and use it efficiently. They may fear being engulfed by crowds and are very sensitive to noise. Recharging is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Geniuses are the most introverted of the INTJ subtypes and would prefer conversations that are deep and engaging to their intellect. Being cynical and dry-witted often leaves them misunderstood unless they associate with others of the same mind-set. The Genius is mostly withdrawn and hides vulnerability. They stand back and observe. This allows them to see far more than what the five senses provide. A world-view is a primary mode of perception and details are consciously and subconsciously gathered for its construction.
So which type are you?
I love this! I've always known that I'm an INTJ and I have never questioned that, but there are some times that I don't relate to some of the ways other INTJs act. I just started looking into enneagram types and I wasn't sure how well my 1w9 type fit in to the INTJ sense. I completely agree with this Purist definition at least and find these subtypes interesting!!ReplyDelete
Im INTJ 1w9 tooDelete
I'm a female INTJ,which I have never doubted & am a 1w9 tooDelete
I am INTJ 5w6ReplyDelete
This is 100% Correct Amazing
intj 5w4w6.. have you also seen that the wings of 4 and 6 are close in score?Delete
The accuracy of INTJ 5w6 is astounding. Quite literally a verbal mirror.ReplyDelete
As an INTJ, 5w6 i totally relate. Love thisReplyDelete
I'm a female INTJ, and a 5w6. I relate totally!! I have at some point traits of the other sub-types but 5w6 is totally me!!ReplyDelete
This is spot on, I am also a female INTJ and a 5w6.ReplyDelete
In an INTJ who is definitely an enneagram type 3... don't I feel special :-/ReplyDelete
This is very accurate! I'm also a female INTJ and enneagram type 5w6 by the way.ReplyDelete
I'm a 5 with balanced wings; I see quite a bit of myself in both the Arcanist and Genius descriptions. Great article.ReplyDelete
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Female intj-A 5w6. Seems legitReplyDelete
As an INTJ 5w4, the Arcanist sums my personality up perfectly!ReplyDelete
I actually predicted that I am an INTJ 5w4 and I was right!ReplyDelete
Female INTJ 5w6 impossibility accurate wowReplyDelete
I recently figured out that Enneagram type plays a big role in making us INTJs different when I found the site personality-database.com and saw all these INTJs who seem different from me with Enneagram types 1 and 8 (I'm a 5). I realized what was written here about the other INTJ types being more social/less introverted. Seems to me like the other INTJ types are more critical of us 5s, especially if you go on sites like Quora. The 5s are the ones, if you're paying attention, that seem to be considered "unhealthy" or who need to "grow" by other INTJs. Very irritating. It's just yet another way we're criticized and alienated for being different.ReplyDelete
Female, INTJ, 5w6 here! I remember thinking I was so strange, then I found out I was an INTJ. Everything seemed to click. I recently took the Enneagram test and type 5 really just hits it home for me. The "Genius" profile above is very true to who I am. I've always been a loner, relishing in knowledge and its pursuit rather than being overly social.ReplyDelete
Wow. I resulted as 5w6 in enneagram and INTJ in MBTI. This helps me in understanding myself a lot.ReplyDelete
I'm an anomaly. I'm INTJ-T enneagram 684, 6w5-8w7-4w5. I think that life experiences have a definite and firm impact on sub-types. Just my opinion.ReplyDelete
Hi i am an INTJ - 5w6 , Are there any Medical Doctors here that can recomend a specialty in tune with this personality ? I am thinking of going into radiology ��. sorry for my bad English , it is not my first language.ReplyDelete
I also am a INTJ 5w6. I have been a Radiologic Technologst for 15 years.Delete
I'm an INTJ 4w5 does that make me rare?ReplyDelete
Maybe you are actually an INFJ with strong TeDelete
I'm an INTJ 4w5 as well, I think we are rareDelete
I'm INTJ 5w4 (female), writer and relentless perfectionist, applying a "scientific method" to humanistic subjects. The description fits me very well.ReplyDelete
INTJ 5w4 and I always felt more like INTP, but with Ni dom, than stereotypical INTJ. To eccentric to be the classic robot. When I was younger, I thought that my logic is what represents me. However, I didn't know others don't have galaxies in their minds and that imagination is much more rare than it looked. Thank you, because INTJs may have some writing skills.ReplyDelete
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I'm a female INTJ 5w4. I also scored quite high on type 8 and type 3, and come across as alot more extroverted than other people of my type perhaps do and sometimes come across alot more like an entp or maybe an entj, but am definitely an intj because of my strong dominant NiReplyDelete
Actually, I’m an enneagram 641 tritype with double 5 wings and an INTJ so there are other possibilities. Your hypothesis is flawed.ReplyDelete
I'm sx 5w4 548 ;) In original MBTI (first dissemination) I'm INXX and if preferences had to be pushed on Xs marginal T and slight J preferences.ReplyDelete