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The Best Words to Describe the INTJ

Learn about the best words to describe the INTJ personality type

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How do other people see and describe INTJs?

The wordcloud below shows over 100 words used to describe people with similar Big Five personality dimensions as a typical INTJ. Larger words describe the more prominent aspects of INTJs.

Adjectives describing the INTJ
Adjectives used to describe INTJs

Because INTJs tend to have a relatively high level of introversion, with the occasional need for social withdrawal and relatively low levels of social enthusiasm, others sometimes describe them as introspective, tranquil, reserved, shy, or somber.

Because INTJs tend to be lower in agreeableness, they can sometimes be seen as stern, aloof, serious, strict, or cynical.

20 adjectives for describing the INTJ personality type

Below are the definitions (credit: wiktionary.org) of 20 adjectives that are usually good descriptions of the INTJ personality type.

  • introspective: Examining one’s own perceptions and sensory experiences; contemplative or thoughtful about oneself
  • skeptical: Having, or expressing doubt; questioning
  • circumspect: Carefully aware of all circumstances; considerate of all that is pertinent
  • deliberate: Weighing facts and arguments with a view to a choice or decision; carefully considering the probable consequences of a step; slow in determining
  • refined: Subtle, scrupulous, carefully thought out
  • aloof: Reserved and remote; either physically or emotionally distant; standoffish
  • contemplative: Inclined to contemplate; introspective and thoughtful; meditative
  • articulate: Speaking in a clear and effective manner
  • analytical: Favoring the use of analytic reasoning, often resolving issues into elements or constituent parts
  • informative: Providing information; especially, providing useful or interesting information
  • serious: Without humor or expression of happiness; grave in manner or disposition
  • cynical: Skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others
  • discreet: Respectful of privacy or secrecy; exercising caution in order to avoid causing embarrassment; quiet; diplomatic
  • cautious: Using or exercising caution; careful; tentative
  • perceptive: Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
  • stern: Having a hardness and severity of nature or manner
  • individualistic: More interested in individual people than in society as a whole; Having idiosyncratic behaviour or ideas
  • detached: Having or showing no bias or emotional involvement; disinterested; not influenced by anyone else characterized by an impersonal objectivity; impartial
  • principled: Strongly adhering to, or heedful of, guiding beliefs or moral rules
  • fastidious: Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness
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