What personality type is the most independent?
4 Myers-Briggs Personality Types To Date If You’re Very Independent
For some people, the ideal relationship involves lots of quality time with their significant other, constant communication, and approaching every activity as a joint unit. While that might sound cozy to some, that feels claustrophobic to others. If your ideal relationship involves a lot more personal space and freedom to do your own thing, then dating one of these independent Myers-Briggs personality types is probably the right move. These folks tend to be content with their own company. They enjoy having a lot of time and room to pursue their own interests, and they don’t need tons of attention to feel loved and secure.
If your biggest turn-off is clinginess, then these four personality types are just the kindred spirits you’ve been searching for.
ENFJ (The Protagonist)
ENFJs are a highly empathetic bunch. They care deeply about others, have a generally optimistic view of mankind, and like to support and motivate their loved ones to be their best selves. In relationships, they’re thoughtful and caring partners, but they also value solo time apart. Considering how much energy they expend on others, it’s only natural that they occasionally need some down time just to be alone and recharge.
ISTP (The Virtuoso)
ISTPs are natural problem-solvers. They tend to sit back and observe, then spring into action when they can offer a solution. This makes them great at giving advice and a good partner to lean on in times of need. However, they don’t do well in relationships with very needy people. They’re highly independent, prefer to have a lot of alone time, and thrive when partnered with people who feel the same way. While they appreciate kindness and quality time, too much attention from their partner can make them uncomfortable.
INFJ (The Advocate)
For INFJs, a strong mental and emotional connection to their partner is essential, but being physically together is not. In fact, they appreciate having plenty of personal time and space to pursue their own passions. (This is why they’re particularly well-suited for long-distance relationships.) Whether together or apart, this highly intellectual sign considers thoughtful or challenging discussions a form of romance that keeps their emotional bond strong. Small gestures like texts and notes that reinforce that heart connection go a long way with INFJs.
INTJ (The Architect)
INTJs place a high value on their independence and enjoy their own company. In relationships, they like some one-on-one time with their partner, but need lots of personal space to truly thrive. During their alone time, this highly organized, motivated sign can work on achieving the many goals they’ve set for themselves. But even when they’re physically apart from their partner, romance is never far from their mind. They have a huge heart and feel deeply connected to the people they love.
Every personality type brings its own strengths and weaknesses to relationships and, at the end of the day, it’s about finding the person who clicks best with you. If for that means being with someone who shares your independent spirit and need for personal time, then these personality types may just be what your heart’s craving.
Here’s How Self-Reliant You Are, According to Your Personality Type
While some people don’t mind depending on others, others are extremely self-reliant. Here is how self-reliant you are, according to your personality type.
INFJs are definitely self-reliant and independent people, who strive to take care of themselves. INFJs also have a tendency to put other people’s needs onto their list of priorities. They care for others and are want to see people happy. INFJs don’t often rely on others for their own care, and try hard to maintain a sense of independence. They don’t want to be a burden on others, so INFJs often work hard to rely only on themselves for most things. Occasionally they will find someone they can depend on, but they still try hard not to burden them.
ENFJs are extremely self-reliant people, who prefer to get things done themselves. They do not like relying on others, and often feel like a burden when they need help. ENFJs are often seen tending to their own needs, as well as the needs of everyone around them. They want people to feel comfortable relying on them for things and care deeply for their loved ones. ENFJs are hardworking people, who rarely rely on others for much in their lives. They simply prefer to have a sense of independence and are always pushing themselves above and beyond.
INFPs definitely enjoy having a sense of independence, but they don’t mind relying on other people for things. When the INFP trusts someone they enjoy being able to connect with them. They like the idea of having people in their lives they can rely on, and who can rely on them in return. INFPs don’t want to depend on people for everything though, and try to be capable of tending to their own needs. They might have times where their mind is so filled with imagination and thoughts that they forget to care for their needs. When this happens it is helpful for them to have supportive loved ones to ensure that they remember to care for themselves.
ENFPs are very independent people, who enjoy being able to rely on themselves for things. They definitely strive to be self-reliant people, who value being able to do their own thing. They enjoy having their freedom in life, especially since ENFPs love being able to explore the possibilities around them. They dislike feeling like they are a burden to others, and don’t want to be pampered. ENFPs do have moments where they trust someone, which helps them rely on those people for things. There are times when ENFPs feel safe relying on others, but they do strive to be self-reliant.
INTJs are extremely independent and self-reliant people, who strive to do things themselves. They don’t enjoy having to depend on others for things, and prefer to take care of their own needs. INTJs sometimes struggle to trust other people, and have a mentality of wanting to do things themselves. They put a lot of time and thought into their actions, which is why INTJs prefer to rely on themselves. They don’t want to depend on other people because they realize that can be unreliable and unproductive. That doesn’t mean they don’t trust a few special people, they simply don’t want to start to depend on them for things.
ENTJs are hardworking people who value efficiency above most other things. They are very self-reliant, and dislike having to depend on others most of the time. ENTJs enjoy having things done a certain way and realize that in order to do this they need to take care of things themselves. They can become frustrated when they have to rely on others, since oftentimes people will fail to live up to their expectations. ENTJs definitely prefer to be independent, and don’t want to have to enlist others to do things for them.
INTPs are definitely independent people, who don’t enjoy the idea of relying on others. While INTPs desire to be self-reliant, they do have moments where they find themselves depending on others. This usually only happens when the INTP is focused on their own inner thoughts, and fails to tend to their own needs. They might not even fully recognize the people around them who tend to these needs, because they are often so distracted by their own thoughts. INTPs prefer to be self-reliant, but there are times when they depend on others.
ENTPs are definitely self-reliant people, who dislike having to depend on others. ENTPs simply enjoy their freedom, and having to rely on other people can strip that away from them. They want to be able to explore their possibilities and hate feeling stuck in one place. ENTPs don’t enjoy having other people control them, and might feel overwhelmed if they have to depend on someone else. They prefer to keep a sense of freedom and don’t mind doing most things themselves.
ISTJs are definitely self-reliant people, and work hard to get things done themselves. They are very capable of taking care of themselves, and don’t want to have to rely on others for most things. ISTJs are the type of people who will provide for the needs of their loved ones. They don’t want to feel like a burden on others, so they will often rely on themselves for things. ISTJs are hardworking and intelligent people, who have a strong sense of responsibility.
ESTJs are hardworking and driven people, who rarely rely on others. They have a strong sense of independence and work hard to provide for their loved ones. ESTJs are often very self-reliant people, especially since they enjoy having things done a certain way. They value efficiency and dislike when people don’t follow their instructions properly. ESTJs strive to be self-reliant and dependable people, and don’t enjoy being a burden on others.
ISFJs are self-reliant people in most situations, since they tend to provide for others. They work hard to care for their loved ones, and don’t want to be a burden on them. While ISFJs do enjoy enlisting the help of their loved ones in order to get certain things done, they don’t want to put too much pressure on them. ISFJs are often very capable people, who know how to handle themselves. They can sometimes take on too much work for themselves, since they don’t want to stress others out.
ESFJs are definitely self-reliant when it comes to most things in life, and even take on the needs of others. They care deeply about their loved ones and want to be sure that they are happy. Their desire to provide for others makes ESFJs strive to be self-reliant people. They dislike feeling like a burden, which can make it difficult for them to depend on others for things. ESFJs do have times where they depend on others for certain decisions in their lives, since they want to be sure they don’t affect others negatively. While they are self-reliant for certain things, ESFJs do have a tendency to depend on their loved ones for certain choices.
ISTPs are definitely self-reliant people, with a strong sense of independence. They enjoy having their own freedom and space in life, and don’t want to depend on others for most things. ISTPs want to be able to make their own choices in life, and don’t want to feel burdened to anyone else. Because of this strong sense of independence, ISTPs are often very self-reliant people.
ESTPs are self-reliant when it comes to taking care of the important tasks in life. They work hard to be successful people, and enjoy having a sense of independence. While ESTPs do try to be self-reliant, they do depend on others for some things. They understand that they cannot do everything themselves, and will depend on their loved ones when they must. ESTPs don’t want to feel like a burden, but they also want to feel like they can rely on the people close to them.
ISFPs do enjoy having a sense of independence, but they often rely on others for things. They enjoy having their loved ones there when they need them, and don’t mind feeling dependent on those people. They will be there for their loved ones as well, and enjoy feeling connected to them. ISFPs don’t mind having to depend on others, since they enjoy being someone their loved ones can lean on as well. ISFPs want to share their hearts and their lives with people, and strive to have deep connections.
ESFPs are strong-willed people, who enjoy living in the present moment. While they do like having a sense of independence, they tend to rely on others for things. ESFPs can be self-reliant when it truly matters, but for most things they like to have the help and support of their loved ones. They don’t mind relying on others for things, especially when it is someone they love and trust. ESFPS enjoy feeling connected to people, and will entangle their lives with the people they truly care for.
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INTJs are analytical problem-solvers, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas. They have a talent for seeing possibilities for improvement, whether at work, at home, or in themselves.
Often intellectual, INTJs enjoy logical reasoning and complex problem-solving. They approach life by analyzing the theory behind what they see, and are typically focused inward, on their own thoughtful study of the world around them. INTJs are drawn to logical systems and are much less comfortable with the unpredictable nature of other people and their emotions. They are typically independent and selective about their relationships, preferring to associate with people who they find intellectually stimulating.
What does INTJ stand for?
INTJ is one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, creators of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). INTJ stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging, which are four core personality traits based on the work of psychologist C.G. Jung.
Each of the four letters of the INTJ code signifies a key personality trait of this type. INTJs are energized by time alone (Introverted), focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), make decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and prefer to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging).
INTJs are sometimes referred to as Mastermind personalities because of their strategic, logical way of thinking. Other nicknames for the INTJ include:
- The Conceptual Planner (MBTI)
- The Architect (16Personalities)
INTJ Values and Motivations
INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals.
INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.
How Others See the INTJ
INTJs are typically reserved and serious, and seem to spend a lot of time thinking. They are curious about the world around them and often want to know the principle behind what they see. They thoroughly examine the information they receive, and if asked a question, will typically consider it at length before presenting a careful, complex answer. INTJs think critically and clearly, and often have an idea about how to do something more efficiently. They can be blunt in their presentation, and often communicate in terms of the larger strategy, leaving out the details.
Although INTJs aren’t usually warm or particularly gregarious, they tend to have a self-assured manner with people based on their own security in their intelligence. They relate their ideas with confidence, and once they have arrived at a conclusion they fully expect others to see the wisdom in their perceptions. They are typically perfectionists and appreciate an environment of intellectual challenge. They enjoy discussing interesting ideas, and may get themselves into trouble because of their take-no-prisoners attitude: if someone’s beliefs don’t make logical sense, the Mastermind typically has no qualms about pointing that out.
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How rare is the INTJ personality type?
INTJ is the third rarest type in the population, and the rarest type among women (with ENTJ). INTJs make up:
- 2% of the general population
- 3% of men
- 1% of women
Famous INTJs include Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Jane Austen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Gates, Dwight Eisenhower, Alan Greenspan, Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Ayn Rand, Isaac Asimov, Lewis Carroll, Cormac McCarthy, and Sir Isaac Newton.
«INTJs are the most independent of all the sixteen types and take more or less conscious pride in that independence.»
Facts about INTJs
Interesting facts about the INTJ:
- On personality trait measures, score as Discreet, Industrious, Logical, Deliberate, Self-Confident, and Methodical
- Among types least likely to suffer heart disease and cardiac problems
- Least likely of all the types to believe in a higher spiritual power
- One of two types with highest college GPA
- Among types with highest income
- Personal values include Achievement
- Of all types, least likely to state that they value Home/family, Financial security, Relationships & friendships, and Community service
- Overrepresented among MBA students and female small business owners
- Commonly found in scientific or technical fields, computer occupations, and legal professions
INTJ Hobbies and Interests
Popular hobbies for the INTJ include reading, cultural events, taking classes, appreciating art, computers and video games, and independent sports such as swimming, backpacking, or running marathons.
About the Author
Molly Owens is the CEO of Truity and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She founded Truity in 2012, with the goal of making quality personality tests more affordable and accessible. She has led the development of assessments based on Myers and Briggs’ personality types, Holland Codes, the Big Five, DISC, and the Enneagram. She is an ENTP, a tireless brainstormer, and a wildly messy chef. Find Molly on Twitter at @mollmown.
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