Are INTJs creative? INTJs are definitely creative types, but creativity can take different forms. In this article and video, I’ll discuss some of the ways in which INTJs are creative.
First, it’s interesting to note that the MBTI manual talks about creativity being linked primarily with intuition, and the perceiving function secondarily. Isabella Briggs Myers in particular felt very strongly that creativity was linked with the perceiving preference. However, that isn’t absolute. INFJs, for example, are known to be quite artistic. ISFPs are also very artistic, as are INFPs.
I’m going to give you a few ways in which INTJs are creative.
1. INTJs are creative in the sense of being strategic. We see possibilities of how things may unfold, and we can create strategies and contingencies based on those possibilities. We have a creative type of foresight. 16personalities.com put it this way: “INTJs use their creativity and imagination not so much for artistry, but for planning contingencies and courses of action for all possible scenarios.”
INTJs have the ability to see relationships between things, such as how A may lead to B, which could lead to C, and then they take action to manipulate those future possibilities.
2. INTJs also excel at improving existing processes. We can go in, look at something, and find ways to make it more efficient. So, in that sense, we’re outside-the-box thinkers. INTJs cut through emotions and traditions and examine problems with fresh, logical, and analytical minds.
3. INTJs are creative in writing. I’ve said this before, but many INTJs are natural writers. We have an appreciation for the written word, which leads us to both write and read often. For nonfiction writing, INTJs can be creative by synthesizing complex information and then putting it in a written format that’s easy to read and understand. INTJs are also creative essayists, and they can construct powerful arguments that are very authoritative and persuasive. INTJs can also be very creative in fiction because they can develop unique stories. Consider C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia, or even Stephen King and his many horror novels. Some INTJs even write poetry.
4. INTJs can be resourceful. INTJs can find creative ways to save money or make money. For example, I buy a new computer every 3-5 years, and what I will typically do is take apart my old one and sell each part individually on eBay. I’ll sell the motherboard, the CPU, DVD drive, frame, etc. Often, I’ll get much of what I originally paid for it because the parts are often worth more than the whole. I put that money towards my new computer.
5. INTJs can be innovative and inventive. INTJs are conceptual thinkers who will agonize over problems and theories and ideas. INTJs can sometimes isolate themselves or shun social interaction to complete some project, improve some idea, or perfect some theory, which can lead to innovative breakthroughs. For example, Nikola Tesla’s creative genius was so unique that he wasn’t even challenged for some of his most important patents.
Here’s what Career-IQ.com wrote about INTJs: “They are logical, critical and reliable, but also creative, imaginative and innovative. This provides excellent pattern recognition abilities to enable long-range planning, trend analysis, and system building capability. There is also a strong pragmatic drive that asks “does it work?” and “how is this useful?”
I find that I often think of new ideas, but my very next thought is, “Is this practical? Will it really work?”
6. INTJs can be artsy. INTJs tend to enjoy aesthetics and art. In fact, “appreciating art” was mentioned as one of the top leisure activities for INTJs in the MBTI Manual. I find that I not only enjoy looking at paintings and works of art, but I also very much enjoy watching the process of a person creating a piece of art. I love watching Bob Ross painting his “happy little trees.” He’s on YouTube now, by the way.
Regarding art, I wouldn’t say that INTJ types are particularly known for having an artistic flare. In fact, most of the INTJs that I know are not creative in the artistic sense at all. Other types such as INFJs, INFPs, and ISFPs are known for their artistic nature. However, there are always exceptions, and many INTJs can be very artsy.
Some of the viewers on my YouTube channel, for example, have talked about painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, music, dance, acting, and things like that. James Cameron is a film director, and some people consider him to be INTJ. Stephen King also likes to play in a band for fun.
I’m not talented whatsoever in the artistic realm, and I find that I have little interest in learning it. I couldn’t dance my way out of a wet paper bag (unless I do the robot). I can’t draw or paint well. I can’t play musical instruments, and when I sing, it kinda sounds as if an animal is being tortured. However, I deeply admire people who do possess those talents.
What Helps My Creativity
- I’m most creative when I have silence, no stressful events happening, and plenty of sleep.
- Pacing back and forth or walking helps my creativity flow. I like to move. I will sometimes get up from my computer chair, walk around, and then come back and type.
- I like to focus on one thing at a time because it allows me to devote more time to thinking of ideas and solutions.
- Talking about my ideas and bouncing ideas off other trusted people helps spark creativity.
- I like to see what other people are doing or how they’ve done it, because then I can ask, “How could I do this in a better or more efficient way?” I even like to look for patterns or design from nature and so forth.