Nine INTJ subtypes form the INTJ Enneagram, which offers a more nuanced understanding of The Mastermind personality archetype. Every Mastermind has the same fundamental Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging traits. However, each INTJ subtype has unique attitudes, fears, and desires. The INTJ Enneagram categorizes these individualized attributes through the Enneagram of Personality, a human psyche model with nine personality types (also referred to as archetypes or enneatypes).
The nine INTJ subtypes are as follows.
- The INTJ Perfectionist (Type 1)
- The INTJ Giver (Type 2)
- The INTJ Achiever (Type 3)
- The INTJ Individualist (Type 4)
- The INTJ Investigator (Type 5)
- The INTJ Skeptic (Type 6)
- The INTJ Enthusiast (Type 7)
- The INTJ Challenger (Type 8)
- The INTJ Peacemaker (Type 9)
The Enneagram further divides personality types into subgroups known as Heart, Head, and Body Types according to their shared motivations. Each INTJ subtype and its subgroup are explored in detail below.
1. The INTJ Perfectionist
The INTJ Perfectionist (Type 1) is self-disciplined, pragmatic, righteous, and self-critical. INTJ Perfectionists fall under the Body Enneagram subtype. Perfectionists’ behavior adheres to instinctual intelligence and a rigid moral code. The Perfectionist’s self-righteous attitude compels INTJs to stand up to injustice, fixate on perfectionism, and deeply fear any form of failure. The INTJ Perfectionist utilizes their pragmatic thinking and innate intuition to develop idealistic yet realistic ideas. INTJ Perfectionists desire to live a good life with integrity and purpose. One example of an INTJ perfectionist is Susan B. Anthony, an early American feminist and a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement.
2. The INTJ Giver
The INTJ Giver (Type 2) is kind, nurturing, and altruistic. The Giver’s behavior is largely characterized by the empathy of the Heart enneatype and emotional intelligence of the INTJ’s tertiary Introverted Feeling (Fi) function. INTJ Giver like to put others’ needs first and utilize their intuition to help those in need. INTJ Giver fear being unloved and unwanted, so they’re well-known for their overly courteous attitude and altruistic thinking. Giver personalities are always looking for logical solutions to others’ problems. INTJ Giver desire love and appreciation from others. A famous example of an INTJ Giver is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late Supreme Court Justice who advocated for gender equality.
3. The INTJ Achiever
INTJ Achievers (Type 3) are ambitious, shrewd, and determined. The Achiever sub-type is the third Heart enneatype, but they do not focus their emotions inward or prioritize others’ feelings. Instead, INTJ Achievers derive emotional value from how others perceive them. The INTJ’s inferior Se function pushes the Achiever subtype to plan for success, set high-reaching goals, and think strategically. INTJs with an Achiever enneatype have an action-oriented attitude and behave according to an ambitious life plan. INTJ Achievers desire validation and fear they’re worthless without achievements. A famous example of an INTJ Achiever is Augustus Caesar, a highly ambitious Roman emperor and military general.
4. The INTJ Individualist
The INTJ Individualist (Type 4) is introspective, reserved, passionate, and creative. Like other Heart enneatypes, INTJ Individualists have a stronger sense of empathy than most other INTJ subtypes. The Individualist’s behavior and way of thinking reflect their overly sentimental side. INTJ Individualists are deeply introspective, constantly looking within to discover their identity and connect with their emotions. Individualists spend so much time lost in their thoughts that they often feel like the odd one out. The Individualist INTJ subtype fears that they’re intrinsically flawed. Individualists desire to be unique and express themselves, oftentimes through art. American actress Jodie Foster exemplifies the INTJ Individualist’s innate creativity.
5. The INTJ Investigator
The INTJ Investigator (Type 5) is perceptive, inquisitive, curious, and private. INTJ Investigators are Head enneatypes who defer to logic, their behavior being ruled by rational thought and cold hard facts. The Investigator archetype embodies the INTJs’ introverted attitude and analytical way of thinking. Investigators prefer spending time alone, contemplating philosophy and analyzing the intricacies of the world. INTJ Investigators fear incompetency and desire to be knowledgeable in their pursuits, whatever they may be. One example of an INTJ Investigator is Friedrich Nietzsche, a German pioneer of Western philosophy and intellectualism.
6. The INTJ Skeptic
The INTJ Skeptic (Type 6) is strategic, vigilant, dependable, and risk-averse. The INTJ Skeptic is (as the name implies) also the most skeptical of the INTJ subtypes, though they share other Head enneatypes’ preference for logical thinking. Skeptic’ behavior is generalized by hyper vigilance and self-perseverance. Skeptic INTJs prepare for the worst, regardless of the situation, and often crave an authority figure to guide them. Without anyone to rely on, Skeptics tend to develop a highly independent attitude. INTJ Skeptics consequently fear abandonment, their logical mindset sometimes clouded by anxiety. As a result, this INTJ subtype desires security and support. A famous historical example of the INTJ Skeptic is Hannibal Barca, a Carthaginian general whose strategic thinking repelled Roman forces during the Second Punic War.
7. The INTJ Enthusiast
The INTJ Enthusiast (Type 7) has an optimistic, imaginative, and carefree attitude. INTJ Enthusiasts are a Head enneatype and value logic. However, INTJ Enthusiasts are more attuned to their inferior Extraverted Sensing (Se) function than other INTJ subtypes. INTJ Enthusiasts have an optimistic way of thinking as a result of their Se function. Mastermind enthusiasts cherish life’s small moments and seek out new adventures. INTJ Enthusiasts like staying busy, and often suppress emotions due to their fear of feeling stuck. INTJ Enthusiasts ultimately desire a satisfying, exciting lifestyle where all their needs are met. A famous example of an INTJ Enthusiast is Amy Poehler, an American actress known for her bubbly and carefree persona.
8. The INTJ Challenger
The INTJ Challenger (Type 8) has an independent spirit and a bold attitude. Challengers are one of the Body enneatypes, demonstrating strong instincts and the most self-confidence of all the INTJ subtypes. High self-confidence drives INTJs to complete tasks and meet commitments as efficiently as possible. The INTJ Challenger’s fierce independence contributes to a deep fear of vulnerability and giving up control, and often become jaded as a result. People with this INTJ subtype are uncompromising towards authority and often feel they can only rely on themselves. Thus, INTJ Challengers desire complete control over their lives. James Cameron, a famous American director, exemplifies the INTJ Challenger due to his bold film projects and uncompromising directorial style.
9. The INTJ Peacemaker
The INTJ Peacemaker (Type 9) is calm, spiritual, agreeable, and modest. INTJ Peacemakers are one of the three Body enneatypes, meaning they often trust their instincts. The Peacemaker’s gentle instincts motivate INTJs to behave in a passive, overly-agreeable manner. INTJ Peacemakers fear loss and ostracism, desiring stability and harmony instead. INTJ Peacemakers are open-minded thinkers, who like to analyze topics from many different perspectives and respect conflicting beliefs. A famous example of an INTJ Peacemaker is Al Gore, the 45th US Vice President, and environmentalist who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his activism.
What is an INTJ personality type?
An INTJ personality type is one of the sixteen personality types under the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Each MBTI personality type has a propensity for one of two psychological traits from a set of four dichotomies. The INTJ’s traits are Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, and Judging. INTJs are highly analytical, innovative individuals due to this unique combination of characteristics, which fits The Mastermind archetype.
The MBTI focuses on psychological traits and cannot accurately account for an individual’s core motivations, fears, and desires, whereas the Enneagram does this more accurately. As a result, we can group the INTJ personality type into subtypes derived from the Enneagram.
What is the Enneagram of Personality?
The Enneagram of Personality is a typology that categorizes personality into nine archetypes (also called enneatypes). A nine-pointed geometric symbol represents Enneagram’s nine personality types. The Enneagram has three further subgroups. First, Heart Types who live according to their emotions. Second, Head Types who value logic. And third, Body Types who trust their instincts.
The INTJ Enneagram connects the INTJ’s psychological traits (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, and Judging) with the core motivations of the nine Enneagram personalities. The result is nine INTJ subtypes, each defined by unique motivations, fears, and desires.
What is the best growth part of each INTJ subtype?
The best growth aspect of each INTJ subtype varies. Each of the nine Enneagram points is interconnected by two lines. These lines represent the traits enneatypes will develop during periods of growth or stress. INTJs gain traits that highlight the way human personalities fluctuate, taking on healthy (growth) and unhealthy (stress) qualities depending on life circumstances. INTJs do not develop a new personality as a result of stress or growth.
The list below details the best growth parts of each of the nine INTJ Enneagram subtypes.
- INTJ Perfectionist: INTJs with a Perfectionist subtype grow into the healthy characteristics of INTJ Enthusiasts. INTJ Perfectionists learn how to cope with their fear of failure, developing a more optimistic way of thinking in the process. Perfectionists also tend to develop a sense of self-acceptance and spontaneity.
- INTJ Giver: INTJs with a Giver personality develop characteristics of the Individualist subtype during periods of self-growth. INTJ Giver grow out of some of the unhealthy aspects of their self-sacrificing personality, finally putting their needs first. INTJ Givers also take on the Individualist’s introspective qualities regarding identity and self-awareness.
- INTJ Achiever: INTJ Achievers take on the healthy qualities of the Skeptic subtype. The INTJ Achiever’s ambition and fear of worthlessness balance out with the Skeptic’s logical thinking. INTJ Achievers in growth become more self-discerning, readily acting on concrete facts over sentimental notions.
- INTJ Individualist: INTJ Individualists in periods of growth develop qualities of the Perfectionists subtype. INTJ Individualists become more disciplined. Individualists also worry less over their flaws and embrace a more righteous, principled way of thinking.
- INTJ Investigator: INTJs with an Investigator personality grow into the healthy qualities of the Challenger subtype. The Investigator’s private nature takes on the Challenger’s more confident, independent personality. Investigators also gain aspects of the Challenger’s proactive decision-making skills.
- INTJ Skeptic: Skeptic INTJs develop the healthy traits of the Peacemaker subtype. INTJ Skeptics’ hyper vigilance and need for an authority figure diminish during periods of growth. Skeptics trust themselves better, feeling more relaxed and calm. INTJ Skeptics in growth also tend to be less skeptical and anxious.
- INTJ Enthusiast: The INTJ Enthusiast’s carefree attitude takes on the healthy qualities of the Investigator. INTJ Enthusiasts begin to take life a little more seriously, developing a stronger sense of self-control. INTJ Enthusiasts also learn how to process their negative emotions and create a more stable lifestyle.
- INTJ Challenger: INTJ Challengers develop the healthy traits of INTJ Givers during periods of growth. The Challenger’s independent spirit becomes more compassionate and less self-assertive. The Challenger’s fear of vulnerability also lessens as they develop the Giver’s more sentimental, nurturing characteristics and learn how to open up to loved ones.
- INTJ Peacemaker: INTJs with a Peacemaker personality grow into the healthy qualities of the Achiever subtype. INTJ Peacemakers in growth become more ambitious and action-oriented, taking realistic measures to create the stability and harmony Peacemakers desire.
How do INTJ Subtypes deal with their fears?
The INTJ subtypes deal with their fears in the following ways.
- INTJ Perfectionist: INTJ Perfectionists deal with their fear of failure through strict self-discipline and high expectations. INTJ Perfectionists also follow their rigid moral code to guard against failure.
- INTJ Giver: INTJ Givers deal with their fear of being unloved and unwanted through self-sacrifice. INTJ Givers will put others’ needs first and provide unconditional support to loved ones.
- INTJ Achiever: INTJ Achievers deal with their fear of worthlessness through success. INTJ Achievers feel emotionally validated by their successes and find self-value through ambition.
- INTJ Individualist: INTJ Individualists deal with the fear of being intrinsically flawed by looking for a life’s purpose. Individualists introspective thinking pushes them to explore their identity and find what makes them unique.
- INTJ Investigator: INTJ Investigators deal with their fear of incompetency by fixating on their intellectual pursuits. INTJ Investigators try to learn as much as they can, often becoming experts on their passions or careers.
- INTJ Skeptic: INTJ Skeptics deal with their fear of abandonment by preparing for the worst. INTJ Skeptics try to anticipate every outcome to better protect themselves from situational risks and emotional pain.
- INTJ Enthusiast: INTJ Enthusiasts deal with their fear of pain and feeling stuck by seeking out adventure. Enthusiasts use new experiences and exciting lifestyles to distract them from their emotional fears.
- INTJ Peacemaker: INTJ Peacemakers deal with their fear of loss and ostracization by being agreeable. Peacemakers submit to others’ agendas, avoid confrontations, and adhere to the status quo.
- INTJ Challenger: INTJ Challengers deal with their fear of vulnerability by exercising control over every aspect of their lives. INTJ Challengers tend to avoid any situation where they have to give up control or open up about their emotions.