Monday, September 09, 2013

the personality traits of an introvert (INTJ)

Today is day 5 of the Blogtember Challenge on Story of My Life!  Today's prompt ask that you, take this short personality test and respond to your results. 

Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging (INTJ)

My personality test results were mostly accurate.  Some of the results I didn't quite understand, so my eyes glossed over those.  I've known my whole life I lean more towards the introvert side (75%) rather than extrovert (25%).  I like quiet spaces, I sit in the car with no music on, I enjoy sitting outside with only the sound of the birds.  Work is my people time and after work I'd rather read a book than go to a party.  i enjoy solitude.

The intuitive, thinking and judging were all in the moderate levels, but none the less makeup part of my personality.  

Blurbs from the results that were mostly accurate:

-project an aura of 'definiteness', or self-confidence.  When it comes to their own areas of expertise - and INTJs can have several - they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how
-perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest  
-they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability
-what we 'do' tends to be what we 'know'
-intuitive abilities and their willingness to 'work at' a relationship, although they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many of the 'Feeling' personalities do
- best jobs were science and engineering

I thought that the career choice was one of the most interesting results.  I had taken a few aptitude tests growing up to try and figure out, "What do I want to be when I grow up?".  The answer was never science or engineering.  Now that I know more about myself, my personality, this answer does make a lot of sense.  My science and math aptitudes have always been very high.  A career in science did cross my mind at one point, but never engineering.

what did i want to do?

When I was nearing the end of high school I wanted to go to art school, however my parents didn't want to see me as a struggling artist.  Instead, I went to college and had an undeclared major.  I dabbled in the art classes as my 'free' classes.  My junior year I declared Business Management as my major and decided to also tackle pre-med (sciences).  I loved sports medicine and thought that Physical Therapy would be a good career choice.  Then the thought of hospitals, looking at peoples surgical wounds and injuries freaked me out so I decided to drop the pre-med option and re-declared my major as Business Finance.

Today, I am an internal auditor, which has nothing to do with math or science.  You think audit is accounting and numbers, but internal audit hardly deals with numbers.  However, I will say it is mostly logic based.  I still have the opportunity to work on my art (and extrovert-ness) through my Amanda English | Photography.  Who knows maybe photography will turn into a full-time career...  Both of these career choices push on my 25% extrovert-ness which can put forth challenges on my anxiety.  I don't believe any career is 100% compatible, it will always require something to work.


  1. We relate! (Although my test results were different - I don't think they were accurate at all, ha) ; ) But I am definitely an introvert, I'm a perfectionist, and I would say I'm intuitive. Although I don't think I'm at all cut out for engineering or science. And I too have had a hard time figuring out what to do with my life. I hope your photography business takes off for you!

  2. I keep my finger crossed for your career as a photographer!
    I think the same about hospitals and injuries...
    that's why I studied statistical!

  3. You're definitely right about the personality test helping make sense of career choices! I wish we would have taken this test in school :) Looking back on my previous jobs, I can certainly see how my personality traits came into play... where they were showcased, and where weren't. So interesting!

  4. Interesting! I'm also an introvert but I am more of the "feeling" kind (IFSJ). Ironically I'm also a musician which would make people thing you're an automatic extrovert.

    I, too, like driving in the car without music on...I always thought I was crazy (since I'm a musician) but this test explains a lot.

  5. I love how you boldly proclaimed that you love solitude. So many people are afraid of it and I think I used to be, but now I really enjoy time to myself. I'm not an introvert (I'm an ENFP), but I love my own company and oftentimes prefer it, haha! :)

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. I'm an ESTJ, and I'm 89% extroverted! Good grief, right? But I love reading, and sometimes I sit in the car with no music on. So maybe that's where my 11% is :)


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