The INTJ MBTI® Personality Type and Learning Styles

Geeta AnejaINTJ, Learning Styles, MBTI

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Your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Personality Type (MBTI®) can provide valuable insights that allow you to improve so many aspects of your life – from your leadership style and decision making to how to stay motivated, even in stressful situations. It can even help you improve how you learn – freeing up hours that would otherwise be spent poring over training manuals or staring blankly at a computer screen. Remember more information faster and more accurately with these insights from The MBTI®!

According to Hirsh and Hirsh (2007), INTJs are visionaries, thriving on broad, abstract ideas that can change their visions of the future. They often synthesize information, even unconsciously, to develop cohesive mental images and models that integrate information from different sources to affect change in the real world.

Because of their affinity for abstract thinking, INTJs often thrive in structured, “traditional” learning environments, like university lecture halls or teacher-centered training sessions. They are comfortable with complexity, and enjoy “big picture” concepts, though they can get bogged down in details and rote memorization. If you are an INTJ, try using analogies, acronyms, or visualizations to remember details, and try to connect those details to an overall concept. Having the time to process information independently is also important for INTJs. While there is rarely the time to do this at length in a lecture setting, INTJs may wish to set aside time outside of the classroom to process information. At times, they may also find it helpful to arrange small-group study sessions, in which they can bounce ideas off of like-minded, focused individuals.


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INTJs benefit most from conceptually-oriented instructors who give them the overall picture before examining it in detail from various perspectives. INTJs do not necessarily organize information linearly, and so spatial metaphors that capture the nuance and dynamism of reality are often more helpful to them than outlines or flow charts. Instructors may also find that INTJs are quiet and may even seem aloof, especially before they have the time to adequately reflect on or process the information with which they are presented. Giving INTJs information in advance, for instance in the form of an optional review before class, can help them become more comfortable interacting in larger group settings.

When it comes to interacting with their peers, INTJs enjoy exploring alternative viewpoints in a precise yet robust manner. They benefit from intellectual critique, and pushing their ideas and frameworks to their absolute limit.  While they may at times come across as being stubborn or unyielding, INTJs often believe that precision is of the utmost importance in intellectual exploration. As a result, they have a dispreference for “objective” testing or evaluations in which they are expected to choose a single correct answer. Instead, they prefer essays and written reports in which the nuance of the real world can be captured.

As INTJs continue to progress in their careers, they should make an effort to integrate these insights and considerations as they structure their own learning environments and strategies. Keep in mind that different individuals learn in different ways, and that the key is to develop strategies that work for you.


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Introduction To Type and Learning. (Dunning, D, 2008. CPP)