What are common INTJ hobbies or leisure activities? Do INTJs even know how to have fun? That’s a great question. All INTJs are different, but INTJs do tend to enjoy similar hobbies and leisure activities. In this article and video, I’ll share how I prefer to spend my leisure time as an INTJ. I’ll also list some hobbies that other INTJs may enjoy based on my observations.
First, it’s interesting to note that INTJs do have some peculiar hobbies. According the MBTI Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, INTJs were “overrepresented in ‘Taking classes, going to school,’ ‘Appreciating art,’ ‘Playing computers or video games,’ ‘Working out/exercising;’ underrepresented in ‘Watching TV three hours or more per day.”
As an INTJ, I’d have to agree with those survey results. Most INTJs do enjoy taking classes or learning information. A huge number of INTJs are gamers, and I love to work out.
The list below contains some common INTJ hobbies, interests, or leisure activities.
- Listening to music: Music styles vary among INTJs, but most enjoy listening to music. Some even enjoy playing instruments. I love singing, but I have zero talent for it. My voice cracks, and I sound like a dying cat.
- Reading: I’ll open up 10 tabs at a time while surfing the web and read articles for hours. I also like to read books that inform me about something o f interest. I only read nonfiction, but many INTJs also like to read fiction (novels, etc.).
- Learning in any format: I made lists of everything I wanted to learn when I was 13 years old. I love to learn useful information that I can apply to life. I’m taking a Bible diploma course right now, simply because I’m a Christian and find the topic interesting.
- Working out: I enjoy working out because it boosts my self-esteem and improves my health.
- Writing: Many INTJs enjoy writing as a hobby or passion. INTJs may start blogs, write in journals, write books, and more.
- Video games: My nephew used to love playing World of Warcraft. Then he got hooked on Minecraft. I’m more old school–I grew up on Mario, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat. I don’t consider myself a “gamer,” but many INTJs do.
- Other games: checkers, chess, monopoly, strategy games, etc. are always a fun hobby for an INTJ.
- Solitary sports: INTJs are often drawn to solitary sports such as golf, hiking, running, fishing, swimming etc.
- Photography: Some INTJs enjoy photography as a hobby.
- Web Design or programming: INTJs are sometimes drawn to playing with code, creating apps, and other similar activities.
- Drawing or art: I’m not very artistic, but some INTJs possess this talent.
- Watching movies (Netflix, Amazon Instant, YouTube): I prefer to watch inspirational movies, psychological thrillers, mysteries, biopics, documentaries.
- Building models: I used to love to build model cars when I was younger. INTJs may enjoy the process of creating elaborate models. It can help us to escape our brains.
- Home improvement projects: I’m an extreme do-it-yourselfer (probably the INTJ independence quest). I enjoy remodeling my home, and taking part in the planning and construction of various home projects.
- Plotting ways to take over the world: Duh! This is on every INTJs to-do list.
In conclusion, INTJs often gravitate to similar hobbies. INTJs like leisure activity that helps them learn information, express creativity, or plan or construct something. The list above is by no means exhaustive, but many INTJs would enjoy those leisure activities.
Isabel Briggs Myers, et al. MBTI Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, 3rd ed. 1998, Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc.