The Meyers-Briggs system is criticized as largely unscientific, and for good reason, it’s been called “the fad that won’t die.” As an INTJ, I find it difficult not to notice the theory’s frailties, yet, I continue to endorse it. “Hypocrite,” you might be thinking. Why would I bother becoming an expert in MBTI if I don’t fully agree with it?
To this question, I give you the most stereotypically INTJ answer of all time:
IT IS USEFUL.
When I was 11, I had a sign on my bedroom door that read, “Knowledge is of no worth unless we put it into practice,” a principle that I have upheld my entire life.
I was introduced to Meyers-Briggs as a 17-year-old sophomore in college, when I was asked Continue reading
ISTJs are frequently stereotyped as whining, OCD, rule-obsessed intellectuals with no social skills. Either that, or they’re portrayed as evil, emotionless cyborgs with no sense of humour. As someone with a close ISTJ friend, I understand exactly how terrible those stereotypes can be on a person. Unfortunately, such stereotypes are ever present in the media, and have found their way needlessly into the recent film, The Imitation Game. Continue reading
Surely, you’ve looked at the personality description for your Meyers-Briggs type at one point and thought, “that’s not me. I don’t do those things.”
Well, guess what? You’re not alone. I can’t tell you how many times I look at the INTJ stereotypes and think to myself, “How can anyone assume that you must be exactly the same as all other people who share your type?” Continue reading