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INTJ stands for Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment. This abbreviation was used by Myers Brigg in her ‘Myers Brig Type Indicator’ (MBTI). Isabel Briggs Myers (October 18, 1897-May 5, 1980) was an American Psychology theorist. She read Carl Jung’s book’ Psychological types’ and devised a qualitative test to identify the personality type out of the sixteen personality types. She devised this method in coordination with her mother; Katherine Cook Briggs and called it ‘Myers Briggs Type Indicator; (MBTI.). INTJ are the rarest of all the sixteen personality types and they hardly constitute over 1 % of the population. The unique style of INTJ women often distracts people who feel uneasy in their company on account of their unusual behavior, for example the INTJ women do not like short talk which helps as a cohesive for smooth social communication. It is meaningless from INTJ’s point of view.
1. Ayn Rand
Ayan Rand’s birth name was Alisa Zinovevna Rosenbaum. She was born in the Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire on February 2, 1905. She died in New York City on March 6, 1982 at the age of 77. She was a Russian American Novelist best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atla Shtuggedand. She devised a system called objectivism. Rand was educated in Russia and moved to US in 1926. She became famous after hr 1943 novel The Fountainhead. She believed in that reason was the only means to receive knowledge. Ayan Rand rejected all faiths and religions. She considered laissez –faire- (an environment in which transactions between private parties are free from state intervention), as the only system that could protect the rights of individual. She was critical of most of the other philosophers and the philosophical traditions. She rejected knowledge through instinct, intuition and revelation.
2. Ann Coulter
Ann Hart Coulter was born in New York City on December 8, 1961. She was educated at Cornell University (B.A.) and University of Michigan Law School (J.D). She is an author, columnist and political commentator. Describing herself, Anne said that she liked to stir up the pot and didn’t pretend to be impartial or balanced as the other broadcasters did. At times she expressed some unique and valuable thoughts particularly about politics. She said, “I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote. She also stated that “It would be a much better country if women did not vote”.
3. Esther Greenwood
Esther Greenwood is the protagonist of the novel The Bell Jar written by Sylvia Plath. There are people who consider her an INTJ woman. All her identity is focused upon her academic achievements but she is not sure of her future. She thinks of motherhood as an imposition rather than a choice. After her mother tells that she was not accepted for the scholarship, she becomes progressively depressed to the extent that her mother seeks the help of the psychiatrist. She was advised that Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) might improved her condition. However the ECT is administered improperly and she feels as if she is being electrocuted like the Rosenberg’s. Esther describes her depression as’ “a feeling of being under a bell jar, struggling for breath’.
4. Sylvia Path
Sylvia Plath, who wrote the novel The Bell Jar, is considered by many as an INTJ woman. She is famous for the novel, which reflects her own biography with the changed names of persons and places. The novel was first written under pseudonym Victoria Lucas and published later with her real name Sylvia Plath. Plath committed suicide after one month of its publication in UK in 1967. It was however not published in US until 1971, as desired by her parents. The novel has been translated in more than a dozen languages and has drawn attention of psychology theorists and students of literature worldwide.
5. Jane Austin
Considered as a famous INTJ woman, Jane Austin was born in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire on December 16, 1775 and died in Winchester, Hampshire on July 8th, 1817 at the age of 41. She was a romantic novelist and is best known for her novel Pride and Prejudice. In a letter to her sister she wrote, “You are very kind in (suggesting) presents for me (to give) but as I do not choose to have generosity dictated to me, I shall not (give) anything till the first thought of it has been my own”. This reflects her personality type.
6. Abigail Adams
The famous INTJ woman Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, the second President of United States. She was born in Weymouth, Province of Massachusetts Bay on November 22, 1744 and died in Quincy, Massachusetts on October 28, 1818 at the age of 73. She was the second First Lady of the United States. She is best remembered for her letters she wrote to her husband in response to her husband’s desire, while he was in Philadelphia. She extended advice on matters relating to government and politics. Their correspondence is a record of intellectual discussions and has been preserved. In one of her letters she wrote, “Knowledge is a fine thing and mother Eve thought so, but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since”.
7. Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster, better known as Jodie Foster was born to Evelyn Ella and Lucius Fisher Foster II in Los Angeles, California on November 19, 1962.She is a famous actress, producer and director. At the age of thirteen she played a preteen prostitute named Iris in the 1976 film Taxi Driver and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won an Academy Award in 1989 for playing the role of a rape survivor in the film ‘The Accused’. In addition to a Screen Actors Guild Award, Jodie Foster has won two Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Wards and many other honors. Staunch believers in self ( a typical INTJ trait)- Jody Foster was quoted saying, “If I fail, at least I will have failed my way”.
8. Elyse Sewell
Elyse Sewell was born Elyse Marie Sewell in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US on June 10, 1982. She graduated from the University of New Mexico receiving Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Bachelor of Science in Biology. Elyse Sewell is a fashion model and started her career from reality television modeling competition securing third position. On that show she was known as ‘edgy pre-med student’. In one TV of 2005, she became suddenly outrageous using profane language against the audience .This earned her 16th position in El’s Most Outrageous TV Moments. She attributed the outburst to the unusual requirement of the show to voice one’s private thoughts in a ‘Confessional booth’.
9. Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina was born in Austin, Texas, US on September 6, 1954. She was educated at Stanford University (B.A.), University of Maryland College (MBA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS). Fiorina served Hewlett-Packard as CEO from 1999 to 2005.In 2005 she was asked to resign as CEO of Hewlett-Packard after ‘differences about how to execute HP’s strategy”. During this tenure she was considered the most powerful woman in business. She served as advisor to Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008.
10. Samantha Power
Samantha Power was born in Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 1970. She received her education at Yale University and Harvard Law School (J.D). She is presently special assistant to President Obama and heads the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as senior director. She is Founding Executive Director and professor of Practice of Global Leadership and public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She won Pulitzer Prize for her book A problem from hell’.
According to MBTI, the sixteen personality types are identified by their symbols. INTJ is the rarest type and these individuals make up less than 1% of the population. Some online methods to test your type are available online. The system does not identify the types with scientific precision because it is subject to the influence of the assessor.