Which MBTI type is the most intelligent?

Intelligent: “Having good understanding or a high mental capacity.”

Let me start off by saying, I do not believe that personality types has a huge play in deciding how intelligent you are. I believe genetics and environmental factors are the main influences on intelligence, although I do believe your personality type plays a very small part in intelligence also, and due to the high demand for this question, I shall answer it.

Let’s start by figuring out the type via the letters. Introverts are more likely to be intelligent than extroverts, as introverts spend more time figuring things out whilst extroverts don’t have the time or concentration to focus on these things. Introverts prefer to get their energy internally, and hence have far more time to think about serious issues which help to develop a high level of intelligence. Secondly, intuitive types spend more time thinking about deeper issues and analytical things, which is not done by sensors. I mean, would the person who has a deep intuition be better in a game of chess? Yes, and they would also be deemed more intelligent, whether this should be socially accepted or not. Thirdly, thinkers are regarded as more intelligent than feelers, as they keep their feelings out of decisions, and whilst working everything is done in a rational fashion. Finally, judgers are regarded as more intelligent as they spend more time focusing on the future than perceivers, and organization certainly helps when

The legend himself.

trying to learn new things.

This article has proven that INTJ’s are regarded as the most intelligent type. INTJ’s are the type that discover new advancements in science, maths, etc. so it makes a lot of sense that they are regarded as the most intelligent. An example of an INTJ is Sir Isaac Newton, a fundamental influencing person on the field of science. He created three laws of motion for the world of physics, and is often regarded as one of the most intelligent scientists in history.

Well, there’s your answer everyone! Although this is a controversy question about whether intelligence can be influenced by MBTI, I have decided to answer it anyway, as many of you want to know the answer. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned! :D

Which MBTI type do you think? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!!

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48 Responses to Which MBTI type is the most intelligent?

  1. Father Tan says:

    Excellent article, needs to be read by many people!!

  2. Mnov says:

    Lol what…Einstein, please. Completely revolved the entire physics world. Everything, every second of vision in your world obeys Einstein’s law of E = MC(squared). An INTP, btw. Nobody wants this comparison. If you want to do it, do it right or don’t do it at all.

    • Hannibal says:

      I agree to an extent, P’s have the problem of being disorganized though and implementation of their ideas out in the world therefore J’s will usually have more of the credit. J’s usually finish their ideas and move on and are more diciplined about them. Einstein got lucky for being able to implement his Ideas so greatly to be recognized so well. P’s are known as thinkers while J’s are doers meaning that even when a P has more ideas and plans a J will have more of it out in the world. A P’s thoughts just never stop.
      “Finally, judgers are regarded as more intelligent as they spend more time focusing on the future than perceivers, and organization certainly helps when trying to learn new things.” – tatl33

      • tatl33 says:

        Yeah, which sort of sucks for perceivers- I have heard so many assumptions like “He is intelligent but he doesn’t try hard” about some perceivers… which I think is a pretty dumb asusmption.

    • Psolver07 says:

      Einstein also said that the measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Change requires action, J’s take more action than P’s. Just a thought, I’m still undecided on that quote.

  3. jerm says:

    In my opinion, from taking mechanical engineering, calculus, and chemistry/thermodynamics; Newton’s contributions far outweigh Einstein’s Relativity and photoelectric effect. I see it as being analogous to the impact of: the invention of the wheel vs a modern computer. One is a unique vision vs unique vision/innovation built upon existing science.

  4. Jaik says:

    > Having good understanding

    Seems to be more INTP who know the system as a whole, they don’t strive for the answers (INTJ) – they more like to know the whole eg. mathematical system rather than the answer.
    Perhaps only focusing on the answer helps INTJ’s to ace the IQ test.

    I don’t know.

    • Emma Zunz says:

      The irresistible need for answers may very well lead you to know the system in the deepest way possible. But not only that. It then leads to using the system to reach whatever objective you have in mind.

  5. Sarah says:

    F’s have more emotional intelligence than T’s and read people better. Does that not have something to do with intelligence. Also most of the F’s I have met are far more logical than the T’s. The T’s are behind because they have to think it out first. He he.

  6. Aimee says:

    Statistically, INTJs have the highest collective IQ but IQ is only a narrow way to test intelligence and only one type of intelligence. IQ tests tend to be intuitive biast. Does that mean that sensors are less intelligent? Not necessarily. Introverts are not necessarily more intelligent than extroverts. Thinkers and not necessarily more intelligent than feelers.

    IQ has absolutely nothing to do with social skills or practial skills. There are plenty of people with high IQs who have done nothing with their lives and vice versa – people with ‘average intelligence’ who have become successful. Although it is a good relation for intelligence potential. People with IQs higher than 130 are usually undoubtedly gifted.

    Einstein was an INTP. Marilyn Vos Savant, person who score highest IQ score was apparently an ENTP.

    • As an INTJ, I can confirm some ENTPs in having the highest iqs as well as other Rationals (INTP, INTJ and ENTJ). Nonetheless, ANY Rational (NT) will without dispute have the highest iqs. Seeing how scarce NTs are, I will confirm that we (Rationals) will always have the highest intelligence and must expand; our expansion of global dominance resulting from combined and well-strategized efforts.

      Let us reclaim Earth!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Those who disagreed are probably just jealous of INTJs :P

  8. lucy says:

    Hello I want to ask a question Is there a scientific source confirms that are more intelligent personalities please provide me with the source and thank you

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is an extremely closed minded article. It indicates that there is only one type of intelligence, which is not the case. Although it has been mentioned in the comments that this only refers to IQ test results, that distinction should be made from the very beginning.

    Intelligence is highly subjective, and attempting to measure it creates bias. IQ tests measure a very small range of intelligence that does not account for the many other types. This type of intelligence testing completely disregards the ability to read others, to think philosophically, to think morally, etc. It is really upsetting to see that people only believe that one type of intelligence exists.

    • tatl33 says:

      Refer to the first paragraph of the article:
      “Let me start off by saying, I do not believe that personality types has a huge play in deciding how intelligent you are. I believe genetics and environmental factors are the main influences on intelligence, although I do believe your personality type plays a very small part in intelligence also, and due to the high demand for this question, I shall answer it.”

  10. fff says:

    everyone knows estp have the highest IQ, stop being a jealous virgin

  11. Becky says:

    Your “proof” comes from stating stereotypes. Not much genuine research has been done on this, but in a random sampling study INTP’s tended to have the highest IQ’s (which you can’t take to mean whatever you like).

    source: http://research.similarminds.com/intelligence-test-performance-and-myers-briggs-type/28

    • tatl33 says:

      You summed it up when you said not much genuine research has been done :P The article that you cited is pretty invalid- its only a 15 question test
      Then again, I don’t have any scientific proof either… these articles are just for other people’s entertainment/my own :) Don’t take it too seriously

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  13. Sebastian says:

    I agree with the above poster, when it comes to raw intelligence, INTPs rule prime. IQ as currently defined pertains to abstract intelligence, ability to understand concepts and theorize, the main characteristic of the INTPs. NOT the ability to gather information, NOT the ability to use it even, and NOT the ability to achieve in life. If you are talking about street smarts, then it’s probably INTJs.
    Even if the mentioned IQ test is 15 questions only, when the number of people who take it becomes big, correlations with what the test measures emerge. ex. IQ of individuals is weakly correlated with their income, IQ of countries is strongly correlated with GDP. I also see that it’s results are expected and logical, like ESFJs, the opposites of INTPs tail the list.
    I provide Gottfried Leibniz as a counterexample to Isaac Newton, regarding Newton’s most intellectual achievement (calculus), while Newton had a formal education in mathematics from an early age thus had the enormous advantage of brain wiring for mathematics, and was surrounded by the mathematics community, Leibniz who worked in isolation, was introduced to mathematics late in life and took it as hobby, co-discovered calculus, and his is the one taught in universities and schools these days.

  14. an infj says:

    Oops, sorry I meant to post this as a generic response to the original article:

    You may be interested in this empirical study on the traits of gifted adolescents empirical study on the traits of gifted adolescents http://www.sengifted.org/archives/articles/a-synthesis-of-research-on-psychological-types-of-gifted-adolescents

    Assuming the data is robust, it strikes me that INFPs are some of the most overlooked, misunderstood and undervalued individuals in society.

    • tatl33 says:

      Oh, thanks for this article! It is very good to see an actual empirical study on intelligence and MBTI! :) Why do you think INFP’s are most overlooked?

  15. pearl says:

    I don’t agree that thinkers are smarter than feelers because feelers go through twice the analyzing when making a decision, personally I’ve come to the conclusion that feelings are clearly part of us for a reason and therefore should be thoroughly considered when making a decision in order to make the best possible decision. Being a feeler doesn’t mean you don’t make rational decisions it just means you are considerate of others feelings when making a decision as well as using logic, unlike thinkers who tend to go right through the logic and then mafke the decision feelers take an extra step. Personally this is what I do, i’m sure some people are overemotional and unlogical but in general being a thinker doesn’t make you smarter at all- therefore considering feelers have the ability to take decision making to a further analyzed level I beleive that infj are the smartest in a general sense, not in an informational sense but in a skillset sense.

    • tatl33 says:

      I guess it is more like, if you were faced with an IQ test (which is the sort of intelligence I’m talking about here- even though of course, there are many forms of intelligence- I am talking about the traditional type), thinkers prioritise/are naturally adapted at dealing with logic as opposed to us feeling types :P

  16. hmm says:

    This is embarrassing and shows how pathetically narcissistic INTPs are. Just because an INTJ is more organized does not mean they don’t theorize. The INTJs I know are constantly theorizing–many theorize more than they do, What separates them from the average P is that they see things clearly enough that they could stop theorizing and actually do something if they wanted to.This makes them just as intelligent, abstract, and creative as an INTP, but also more efficient. If intelligence measures the ability to learn, then it would behoove the reputation of INTPs and their fragile egos to learn how to apply what they know. I hate to generalize but I have known a lot of INTPS and ever single one of them was an egocentric, wannabe Descartes who had little to say that wasn’t trite, but they were too into themselves to realize how delusional they sound.

    I agree that INFJs are underrated and make up some of the deepest and most intelligent people.
    Another factor people seem to forget is that most people are not 100% I or 100% T. Many people are on the cusp of J and P or S and N. I think people cling to their type as a label too strongly and feel the need to defend it like it’s the best thing since bread. I think if you try so desperately to prove your type is the most intelligent it reflects the insecurity that prompted you to start taking and depending on these Internet personality tests anyway.

    • tatl33 says:

      Haha, I’m actually an INFJ so I’m not trying to prove my type is the most intelligent :P I would agree with a lot of what you are saying, although I think you are making it into a bigger deal than it is- this is just a blog entry after all!

    • Really? says:

      How foolish you are! To generalize like that! Your comment is subjective and seems to based on YOUR personal experiences with the various MBTI personality types. Be objective, dear “hmmm”. Why not be a bit more detached in your analysis of this badly written article (which I may add – states no proof of any Scientific or factual evidence.)

      The author isn’t even an INTP! And even if she/he was, were they not ‘rooting’ in the direction of INTJ?
      ‘Intelligence’ is an incredibly abstract topic and requires careful analysis, depending on the type of ‘Intelligence’ you are referring to, in this case, I am guessing, is aimed generally at the field of academica. There are theories of ‘Multuple types of intelligence’. Did you know?
      Your comment was obviously written in a fit of emotional tumult as you state how you find INTPs: ‘embarrassing and shows how perfectly narcissistic INTPs are’. I really hope you were making use of figurative language, a Hyperbole, and really not let subjective opinions colour your thought process. ALL INTPS must be so vain and think they are intellectually superior, right? Because you think so? Right.

      Have a good day,
      Sincerely, a 13 year old INTP.

      • tatl33 says:

        Hahaha, thank you 13 year old INTP ;) You seem to have an extremely wide knowledge of MBTI and intelligence theories of psychology. Where did you learn all this? :)

  17. Adam Ellison says:

    I’m an INTJ. I’m stressed about being the smartest group, but being the group that is frequently considered as such is pretty cool. Every one is smart in their own way.

    • Vanity says:

      Get off your high horse! Just because one article (with no concrete scientific evidence or statistics) that is based solely off an author’s subjective OPINION states that INTjs are the “smartest” does not mean INTjs are the supposedly that. I suggest you do your research
      before you continue with your self flattery.
      Your comment is very comical, to me. What do you think of INTPs, ENTJs and INFJs?


  18. were says:

    I think the article isn’t off by much. Though I’d argue that both INTJ and INFJ are the most intelligent types out there. They are similar in that they think deeply about things in setting goals or making plans. They process huge amounts of information and analyze every possibility and related concepts before deciding to go forward with anything. They’re different in what they focus and in what naturally interests them. INTJ is interested in stationary objects that can be measured in space. INFJ is interested in moving subjects that can be measured in time. This is my way of putting it, and I understand this isn’t exact science, but I still use it as a way to roughly divide the different interests of the two.

    I’d add that INFJ at a younger age can come across as less intelligent than INTJ. They can sometimes be entangled in irrelevant causes, rely less on facts and more on their intuition, and can easily become hurt, stubborn, and biased in dealing with people whom they understand better than any other type. With time, those INFJ who really mature and develop strong thinking skills and adhere strictly to objective criteria in judging matters can be much more intelligent than INTJ, having the added gift of understanding people and events in which people are involved.

    • Depends on what types of intelligence. If about testing, experiments, scientific, then yes INTJ in general. If about reading people, even controlling people, then INFJ. And if theory, concept, definition, system then INTP

  19. Jamie says:

    Everywhere else says that “P” is favoured over “J” when measuring intelligence in mbti? So it would go:

  20. derek says:

    Judgement kills creativity. P’s are more apt to creativity than J’s, and creativity is that which separates humans from animals. We regularly regard animals with more creative ability such as chimps, dolphins and orcas as more intelligent than other animals. Also Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Franklin, Socrates, Lincoln, Darwin, Emanuel Kant, Descartes, and many more of the greatest thinkers in the world were P’s not J’s. I would say that I holds higher intelligence than E, N higher than S, T higher than F and P higher than J. Thus the most intelligent type of all INTP then ENTP… J’s rule a world created by P’s

  21. Turnip says:

    Why would “keeping your feelings out of decisions” make you more intelligent? Wouldn’t it essentially make you blind?

  22. Luis says:

    Sir isaac newton is an intp

  23. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just recently stumbled upon my personality type, and it was an extremely insightful experience.

    Before I had even read what the results had meant, I was already at google scholars searching for Jung’s original papers :P He pegs me with frightening accuracy…

  24. neshiv says:

    I think people with extremely high intelligence tend to act more like ENTPs (socially).
    Statistically INTP then INTJ score the higher on IQ test.
    Don’t forget that Iq measure 1/7th of intelligence.
    I think INTP and ENTP tend to have a global intelligence more developed than any of the other type despite the fact ENTP score less than INTP , INTJ, INFP and INFJ (statistically)

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