INTJ - Mastermind

All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.

Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.

In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner", Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.

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2 Responses Feb 12, 2009

Been tested twice, professionally, and find alot of the desc<x>riptions of an INTJ fit my personality very well. I have never seemed fit into any group and actually enjoy being alone most of the time. I have few friend, but we are very close, and they seem to understand me. Alot of people don't understand me with some stating that the first time they met me they thought that I was a bit arrogant and aloof. The few that I get close to say that I am the exact opposite in some ways. This sounds callous, but I am not terribly interested in what all of the rest really think of me, and find these people to be boring. I love outre, and am attracted to "odd" people as they are much more interesting. Strangly enough I work in a service industry and am in close contact with people quite often, I think it keeps me sane.

Interesting article. although I would like to know what distinguishes a regular INTJ from a Mastermind. I have been privy to some of the more colorful personality tests, like Jung's, and in my query found that I am also an INTJ. My stats revealed through Jung's test were: 68% I, 75% N, 100% T, and 78% J with a 78% High risk factor in Imaginative and secondary Adventurist respectively. If you would consider pointing me in the direction of a Mastermind test, I would bring me closure to my query's