What type of intelligence does each MBTI type have?

The personality types of Myers Briggs are not a direct reflection of intelligence, but it happens that some types statistically perform better than others in standardized intelligence tests (e.g. INTP).

What type of intelligence does each MBTI type have

Although people of any type can be truly intelligent, there may be some types of intelligence in which each MBTI type specializes more than others due to their functional preferences. Here's a look at the type of intellectual strength that each MBTI type is likely to exhibit.


INFJs exhibit perceptive powers that allow them to understand human behavior at a deep and comprehensive level. They tend to read people well and make acute observations about them that can be surprisingly accurate and insightful. Since they are able to analyze the behavior of others the way they do, this might be very well-suited to them for professions in psychology and behavioral sciences.


INFPs exhibit a strong emotional intelligence which, along with their imagination and verbal fluency, can allow them to become powerful and moving writers of poetry and fiction. They have a strong creative intelligence with the ability to express mental images that others may vaguely imagine. INFPs can be very intelligent and skilled wordsmiths and sometimes surprise people with the beauty, depth, and humor of their writing or other forms of creation.


INTJs exhibit a strong engineering mind and the ability to devise effective solutions to real-world problems. They are good at taking data and concepts and compiling them into useful applications. Creating efficient systems and strengthening weak points in their structure is their forte. Independent and self-driven, INTJs don't really need most of their education to be spoon-fed to them. They are able to learn almost exclusively through independent study and copious amounts of reading.


INTPs exhibit a conceptually creative intelligence. They have a deeply abstract and analytical thinking ability focused on a question, problem, or puzzle. INTPs are acute critical thinkers whose logical minds can easily detect inconsistencies, errors, and flaws in a given statement or logic. They are more theoretical than practical and are good at making sense of things that may seem too opaque for many to understand.


ENTPs possess a strong inclination as shrewd linguists and verbal acrobats. That's why they are considered excellent orators and intellectuals. As Ne-doms, they are skillful in making intuitive leaps, connecting dots, and identifying patterns that others won't notice. As problem-solvers, they excel at thinking outside the box, brainstorming, and generating a host of interesting potential solutions and experiments to try.


The type of intelligence ENTJs exhibit is the ability to visualize opportunities and understand how to make them succeed. ENTJs are masters at transforming what seems like a piece of coal into a pot of gold. They have a special understanding of what it takes to be successful and a willingness and ability to put all the right pieces together in service of their goal or objective. Their success may seem like magic, but it is more likely due to their tireless work ethic and relentless obsession with improvement.


ENFPs display a creative intelligence very similar to that of INFPs, but also an interpersonal intuition that is sharp. They are excellent communicators who have the ability to use all the right words to fascinate, motivate, and sometimes manipulate. Although their vocabularies are concise and academic, they know how to speak in the most effective terms that allow them to be well-received and understood. They learn a lot about people through self-analysis and keen observations of others.


ENFJs display a strong intellect in the realm of people and their way of working and devising balanced and right solutions. They know how to skillfully use diplomacy to get the response they desire. This can be used to unite or divide depending on the ENFJ's purposes, but their level of perception and understanding of the human condition makes them very capable as leaders. They are well-equipped to organize, inspire, and galvanize groups around a cause or goal that is beneficial and meaningful for all involved.


ISTJs have the type of mind that stores information that is perfect for competing in game shows like Jeopardy. Their learning style allows them to excel and thrive academically in the traditional public education system. They are good at memorizing and absorbing facts and procedures. Taken to the extreme, ISTJs can become extraordinary savants who can recite 500 digits of pi or remember the dates of obscure historical events.


ISFJs are good at working smart and employing all the efficiency techniques and tricks that have been taught over the years. ISFPs are not very interested in high intellectuality and philosophical concepts. However, they may possess an interest in and aptitude for the behavioral sciences and counseling. They themselves are less likely to possess the INFJ's natural intuitive insight, but ISFJs are good at absorbing and learning rhetoric and becoming skilled at doing things by the book.


ESFJs display a brand of intelligence that is socially adept. They tend to be up-to-date and in tune with people and events around them. In general, ESFJs can show good relational skills and the ability to identify each person's strengths and the best way to use them as part of the team. They can also be good at anticipating the needs of others and in the process of orchestrating arrangements to ensure compliance with professional standards.


ESTJs are often brilliant and able to excel in the academic realm. They are likely to be scholars and serious about their future in part for the desire for status within society. ESTJs are skilled in learning standards and procedures and in working their way up from within the system. Their strengths lie in their significant logistical ability and their ability to harness data in service of the organization and strategy in a competitive environment.

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