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The INTJ Personality and Being Creative

Jodie Foster

“My psyche’s fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart.”

According to, a website “about Psychological Type, created by the view from the shoulders of Carl G. Jung, and the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)”, the INTJ type is “Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging (Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking).”

Jodie Foster is among many people on lists of the various Myers-Briggs personality types, such as the page Famous INTJs.

She has commented, “I can basically put my emotions aside and go headfirst, but it’s something I have to watch, because sometimes I don’t know how I feel about things… Until years later,” she says, and laughs.

“I am someone who experiences the world through my head, so my psyche’s fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart. That’s what all my movies are about, too.”

[From interview article: “Jodie’s Choice” by Sean M. Smith, Premiere, March 2002.]

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Isaac AsimovAnother famous INTJ: Isaac Asimov.

He has commented: “[People think] a scientist is cold… and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong… The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly.”

From his book The Roving Mind.

[That was first published in 1983, which may help explain his gendered reference to scientists as “he” – women and transgender people can, of course, participate and excel in pretty much any career that men do.]

Also see his article What Is Intelligence, Anyway?

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One of the potential values in using personality tests is to understand ourselves better.

In his post on the topic, Phillip Richard notes, “I am a highly creative person, and a highly technical person. When I was younger, I would go through phases in my life where I would try to eliminate one of these traits in a vain attempt to boost the other one (and vice-versa).”

He adds that “As one of the rarest of the 16 Myers-Briggs types, the INTJ personality provides a fascinating glimpse into the beauties and pitfalls of the creative, yet analytical mind.

“As an intuitive and judging person, an INTJ (especially in their younger years) may feel like they are constantly contradicting themselves, being passionate in their ideals and constantly thirsty for new ideas. At the same time they often feel a deep-seeded [sic] desire to convert their own internal chaos into order.”

From The Creative Strategist: INTJ Type Decoded.

This is a guest post on the site Introvert Spring by Michaela Chung, who declares “It’s time for introverts to stop trying to be extroverts and start embracing the virtues of introversion. The mission of Introvert Spring is to help introverts quietly revolutionize the way they see themselves.” Follow the link to see more articles, ebooks and programs especially for us introverts.

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Concluded in The INTJ Personality and Being Creative Part 2.


The INTJ Personality and Being Creative

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2015). The INTJ Personality and Being Creative. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from


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