“Ok so I sometimes try to type characters but I always think the smart ones have to be Ts instead of Fs. Could you give examples of what each type would look like as geniuses? Also, are some types more likely to be clever than others?”
First of all, personality type doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with intelligence. It has to do with how the brain functions, not how well it functions. That said, I do think that the way the brain functions does play into what a person’s interests they are (for instance, how interested they are in learning). So yes, I would say that certain types are more likely, although not universally set to be more intellectual.
NTs typically show up in statistics as having the highest IQs. I was tested at one point with an IQ of 146, but in my opinion, IQ isn’t really an accurate measure of intelligence, and here’s why.
The definition of intelligence is highly subjective. One might be intelligent in the area of mathematics, or one might also be incredibly intelligent as to the art of baking. But, since I’ve assumed that you’re talking about the vile patriarchal values that dictate my education (aka book-smarts), I’ve comprised a list of examples for you.
However, do keep in mind that MBTI personality types have loads of stereotypes hooked on them. For instance, the stereotype that all INTxs are geniuses.
Wrong. Remember, there are people like Billy Pilgrim.
Furthermore, the media has an overwhelming tendency to present each personality type according to stereotypes. Most of the uber-intelligent characters that come up in fiction tend to be rationals. There far fewer NTs that pop up in fiction presented as stupid, and very few SFs that are presented as smart. Ultimately, that leads to further stereotyping of all NTs as smart and all SFs as stupid. Poor children of this earth…
Consider also, that there are varying degrees of intelligence. In one place, a person may be the smartest person in the room, but step into the next room and they may feel like a blundering idiot in pannyhoes.
Here are some examples, and like I said –yes, there seem to be more of them in certain categories than others. I’ve included both fictionals and real people. Obviously, not all of these are going to be geniuses, but I’ve tried to put in what a fairly intelligent person should look like for each type.
INTP: Charles Augustus Magnussen, Peter Parker, Charles Darwin, Rene Descartes
ENTP: the 11th and 5th Doctors, Jim Moriarty, Petra Arkanian, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison
INTJ: Ender Wiggin, the 12th Doctor, the 4th Doctor, Sherlock, Steven Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Steve Jobs, John Nash
ENTJ: Peter Wiggin, Tony Stark, Bill Gates, Carl Sagen, Loki (Thor)
INFP: the 9th Doctor, Albert Einstein, Brian Cox, Tom Hiddleston, John Green
ENFP: Jonathan Strange, the 10th Doctor, Michio Kaku
INFJ: the 8th Doctor, Neils Bohr, Bruce Banner (the Hulk – sometimes INTP depending on the actor playing him)
ENFJ: Charles Xavier, Gwen Stacy
ISTP: Indiana Jones, Natasha Romanov (Black Widow)
ISTJ: Mr. Norrell, Spock, Sigmund Frued, Allan Turing
ESTJ: Hermione Granger, Mycroft Holmes, Bryan Mills (Taken)
ISFP: Jane (Ender’s Game)
ESFP: Benedict Cumberbatch…is unfortunately the smartest one I can think of…
ISFJ: Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
ESFJ: Danielle de Barbarac (Ever After)
Sorry, but I couldn’t think of any for the blank ones. Comments gladly welcome if you think of any.
It appears that NTs are in the lead (actually, to be completely honest, I deliberately cut the INTx lists down to just to be nice to the ENTx groups). NFs and STs appear next in line and sorry for all of you SFs, but you’re last. Results are inconclusive. Judge as you see fit.