“You’ve typed a lot more INTJs than any other type”
I believe you submitted this comment under the questions section?
Either way, a question was implied, and I will honour your request.
Reason #1 I am an INTJ.
I don’t know your type, but based on the content of your comment, I know you’re not an INTJ. Try to imagine what it would be like if you had only ever met two or three other people who shared your personality type (discounting the internet).
I’ve had one INTJ professor (last year), and that was a glorious ride. Halfway through the year, there was a brilliant moment in which I discounted another student’s incorrect interpretation of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the professor set me on a pedestal with words.
Then, my ESFP brother has a friend who claims to be an INTJ, but whom I haven’t interacted with enough to actually tell. Also, this same kid’s dad is supposedly an INTJ, but then, I haven’t talked to him much either.
Regardless, I have interacted in person with only a few other (confirmed) INTJs. (I admit part of this is that I’m a self-professed hermit –and a lot of the other INTJs are too, thus we rarely bump into each other).
As human beings, we all need someone to relate to, and for types that are less rare, relating to other people is far easier. People need to feel that they are understood, and when they don’t have that – they make friends with fictional characters. INxJs have it the worst when it comes to this because there. is. no. one.
I had an INFJ room-mate last year, and after the first time we sat down and talked, she said this, “I’ve never met anyone who understood me before.”
That said, INxJs are particularly good at being better friends with fictional characters than real life people because they have something in common with INxJ characters.
Naturally, I look for INTJ characters when I watch film or read books, so of course there are more of them on this site. I also tend to spot INTJs pretty much instantaneously because…well obviously, it’s easier to spot bits of yourself reflected back at you than it is to spot bits of other people (that is, if you’re an Fi user).
So, this is my answer:
Reason #2 INTJs are the most Abused Types in Fiction.
Chances are, the majority of your favourite characters are INTJs (regardless of your personality type). People fetishize INTJs to no end, and writers take advantage of that fact when creating fiction.
Sherlock is fetishized to no end. Friedhelm Winter is the favourite character of nearly everyone who’s seen Generation War. People walk around wearing Batman shirts.
They try to convince themselves they have something in common with these characters (yet, if they’re not INTJs themselves, the most they can have in common is circumstance –never thought process).
In fact, there are a lot of people (in real life and on the internet) that pose as INTJs. They’ve taken the test and let their wishes skew the way that they answer so that they can call themselves an INTJ, and then they pathologically convince themselves that they are one (without taking so much as a second to objectively analyze themselves as they are rather than how they wish to be).
Regardless, writers understand that people are drawn to INTJs in a Byronic sense, and they use that as a marketing tool. They see the INTJ as a puzzle that is to be admired and “figured out.”
Writers who aren’t INTJs themselves frequently misunderstand the INTJ and write them merely as their stereotype (which is unfortunate for all us real INTJs). You can spot a real INTJ writer by how accurately they’re able to portray the INTJ personality type.
Usually, the thing to do (for a non-INTJ writer), is to create a character that is cold and unfeeling, but give the audience just enough pathetic reason to love them that they will root for the character no matter what they do.
Make him a Thomas Barrow a jerk, but also give him a deep internal struggle that makes his cruelty justified.
Make Sherlock a cold, semi-sociopathic antisocial, but give him an intelligence that wows the socks off of every girl in the neighborhood.
You get the idea.
Whenever I do anything that seems questionable or know something intuitively that should be impossible to know, my ESFP brother is always there to mutter…”You INTJ.”