Which MBTI type is most likely to be autistic?

Autism: Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.”

Autism is a personality disorder that is becoming increasingly common in our world. One of the main arguments that exists on MBTI type websites is which MBTI type is most likely to be autistic. After doing my research, I found a bunch of MBTI type professionals who typed autism as an MBTI type. However, this wasn’t enough. What better way then to find out from people who are diagnosed autistic? I looked at some polls and posts, and after much reading I found which type autistic people are most likely to be. Why are they the type they are? Read on to find out.

People who are autistic are undoubtedly introverted. People who suffer from autism spend almost all their time in their heads. All signs point to their high level of introversion- they are quite, prefer to focus on something by themselves, deep, spend the majority of their time thinking and not responding to extroverted stimulation appropriately. This makes it clear that introverts are most likely to be autistic.

Secondly, autistic people are thinkers. One of the most common traits of autism is a lack of understanding of others- they are not good with people and they find it hard to relate to others. They do not read body language well, one of the reasons it is hard for them to sense sarcasm. However, they are extremely logical, which is one of the reasons they have such high IQ’s, hence it can be concluded that they are thinkers.

Thirdly, autistic people are definitely judgers. They are not comfortable with following a new routine, and if something is different to what they are used to, it can often lead to an emotional response. They are extremely devoted to what they are interested in, and they do not behave in a spontaneous way. This makes it clear they are judgers rather than perceivers.

Finally, autistic people are more likely to be intuitive than sensors. This is evident in their ability to find patterns in things that others don’t (such as counting cars to determine things), their amazing ability to focus on one thing (which is a common trait of an enneagram type 5, which is what an INTJ is), their high level of imagination and creativity and their deep and logical understanding of the world.

Autistic people are likely to be extremely intelligent

After the typing above, it is clear that autistic people are most likely to be INTJ’s.

Which MBTI type do you think is most likely to be autistic? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!!

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Hello, my name is Tim! I am an INFJ interested in psychology currently residing in Australia. My aim is to provide you with information on MBTI and how it can be related to real life situations. Enjoy :)
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66 Responses to Which MBTI type is most likely to be autistic?

  1. Father Tan says:

    Hmmmm gooooooddd article mate, I enjoyed reading it and may have jizzed a few times. Not trying to be autistic or anything, buttttttt…. There was a spelling mistake where you said ‘quite’ instead of quiet or something like that😛 I strongly suggest you change it because I am being as critical as possible here and can’t find anything else to change! Great articles mate, you have got yourself a loyal and devoted fan!!😀

  2. Brandon says:

    Yes I agree too, but I would have to say that INFJs are more likely to have Asperger’s.
    Just some backup info.. http://personalitycafe.com/infj-forum-protectors/83639-can-infj-have-bad-people-skills-even-aspergers-syndrome.html

  3. Brandon says:

    and another… I am deeply introverted, in mentality and anatomically, my temporal lobe region is very pronounced. The point I’m getting at is my Fe and Ti are quite balanced.

    • Brandon says:

      …as (without going into too much scientific detail) from what I can tell Ni seems to corespond to the left temporal lobe, Fe to the left prefrontal cortex, Ti to the right temporal lobe, and Se to the right prefrontal cortex (This is only for INFJ, ENFJ, ISTP, ESTP); hell I’ll go ahead and add the rest: (Left temporal lobe Ni, Left PFC Te, Right TL Fi, Right PFC Ne – INTJ, ENTJ, ISFP, ESFP); (LTL Si, LPFC Fe, RTL Ti, RPFC Ne – ISFJ, ESFJ, INTP, ENTP); (LTL Si, LPFC Te, RTL Fi, RPFC Ne – ISTJ, ESTJ, INFP, ENFP)

  4. Aimee says:

    I am an Aspergers INTJ (, but I can say that this article is quite biast. You cannot give autism as an mbti type. I find it ridiculous to dismiss a genuine disorder as being a mere personality type. Anyone who knows anyone with a form of ASD will tell you that it is a genuine disorder, not a personality type. I have been a part of an autism group a few years ago and can tell you that autistic people differ in personality just like normal people do. Also, it is important to know that not all autistic people are smart – in fact, most have normal intelligence. The idea of a socially inept nerd as the typical aspergian is a stereotype that is true to an extent.

    This in mind however, I haven’t met too many Autistic people that were extroverts. Perhaps they may start as extroverts but social failure causes them to become more introverted. Autistic people don’t all show the same symptoms either. They are not always good academically and some may have learning difficulties. Not all of them are creative or imaginative (N), some are down to earth despite having poor social skills (S). Some can be rigid in their routine (J), while others can be utterly disorganised (P)- this trait tends to be either/or. Not all of them are thinkers either or are particularly logical in their thinking. Just because someone prefer feeling over think does not automatically give that person a social skills advantage.

    I know that is is just a /more/ likely prediction as with the rest of this site but I just had to put that autism is a genuine disorder NOT merely a personality type. However, I smile at this because I am a typical Aspergers INTJ, although my interests are more towards the biological sciences (what I am studying at uni) rather than physics or math. The autistic people that I know (besides me) that know their mbti type are INTP, ISTP, ISFP, ENTP, ESTP, ISTJ and ISFJ.

    • tatl33 says:

      I’m sorry if I offended you. As you said yourself, your right, this is just a prediction site, and I do understand what you mean when you said that it is a genuine disorder not merely a personality disorder. The intention of this site is to create MBTI judgements out of different types of backgrounds, and I have done extensive research by visiting a forum for those with autism where the majority were INTJ, INTP or ISTJ (which I should have mentioned.) I am interested to hear your opinion on this. As you can see, I am labelling various groups, not directly attacking autism, I have also kept in mind that this is more than just a personality disorder (which was also done when blogging about psychopaths and other disorders), and I have done the research that there is definitely a trend between autism and MBTI. http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt185828.html

      • Gemma says:

        I do like the link you have provided. I understand what you mean, INTJs are definately most /likely/ to display aspergers characteristics. It just annoys the hell out of me when people try to dismiss people with aspergers or autism as mere special people, little professors or unique people. Our autistic traits do actually interfer with our lives, I’ve known people who have been admitted to mental institutions because of Aspergers. I dislike people self diagnosing themselves because they are quirky or eccentric. From what I know about myers briggs, Introverted thinkers often do not have people skills as their innate talents. INTJs and ISTJs not naturally expressive with their emotions or seek out emotionality with others (introverts with Te and Fi functions). INTPs come across as eccentric with their Ne, their repressed Fe function can make them oblivious to social conventions. Similar must be true for ISTPs to a degree, I’ve come across some sites that say that ISTP/INTP personalities are more likely to have aspergers.

        • tatl33 says:

          Actually, that’s a really good point about the introverted thinking and repressed Fe function. Do you think that people with a strong Fe would be less oblivious to social conventions in any case, or is it mostly Fi (in your opinion?) I also understand what you mean about dismissing people with autism as “special.” That wasn’t my intention at all, sorry if that’s how it came across! If you have a part of this article that you disagree with, lemme know and I’ll edit it!

        • jdempcy says:

          I know way more autistic INTPs than INTJs. INTJs tend to be schizotypal which can be misrecognized as autism but INTPs seem more schizoid. Which can also be confused with autism, but may in fact have more correlation… Compare schizoid and schizotypal to see the difference in INTP and INTJ. Also INTJs tend to be self confident/narcissistic. INTPs are listed as schizotypal in some resources like celebrity types but I have yet to meet a schizotypal INTP–one who is really into synchronicity, ideas of reference, astrology, I Ching or any other “schizotypal themed” stuff… INTPs are actually far more similar to ISTP than INTJ.

    • Malachi Poe says:

      I have to agree with Aimee. Different MBTI types exist among ASD. I am introverted INTJ but my son, who is diagnosed, is extroverted ESTJ. The social circumstances, akin to all on ASD, he has to deal with forces him into an introverted box where he has to learn some introvert skills for self worth. It’s the same as an introvert learning some extrovert skills for social relevance. So autism IMHO, is functionally introverted but it can contain individuals with a muted extrovert personality.

      • tatl33 says:

        Hmm interesting… Many people that I talked to in my research said that introversion was one of the defining traits in people with autism
        The “muted extrovert” theory may be what it is, I’ll research it some more🙂

        • excuse me but says:

          Well, Jung typed Isaac Newton as ExTJ. What we can see mainly in his case is strong Te and lots of Ni. Maybe just maybe he was an extravert and many people think that he was an autistic and introverted but he could be an ENTJ. An apple falling from the three moments are common in ENTJs while INTJs just percieve.

          An extravert can be socially introverted.

    • Kuroinfp says:

      I like you intj person😀 completely agree with you

  5. Erika says:

    I am INFP [female] and have asperger’s. If it weren’t for intensive therapy from ages 5-17 I truly believe I would NOT be INFP. Some say that what type you are is what you will always be but I was “shown the light” and was at the right time and place within myself at a young age. Hope that makes sense.

  6. Patrick says:

    Feelers still think… Feeling is as well a form of thought. In fact, many autistic people tend to use feeling to think, which is why they are more inclined to do so. This is known as intuition and makes autistic people seem often odd to others (i.e. others on or off the spectrum).
    I am an INFP (male) and high-functioning autistic adult (20). From a young age I wrote stories, I preferred this over making friends, I’d live in my own world and use patterns I’d see in everyday life for a way of creating my own vision of life that I’d put what I thought was the best of into my stories. I could also very easily find passion to learn anything. At the age of 18 I picked up drawing/painting for the very first time and became able to recreate what I could see exactly on paper/canvas (both traditionally and digitally) better than even people who’d been doing the same thing from a very young age, even though I find it so hard prior to even handwrite accurately (I made my own methods) – I became the top of my class and am now a professional concept artist/writer and musical composer. I’m not so much like a savant or anything, though, autism has made me a unique and very intellectual person but this demonstrates an autistic person is socially introverted and can benefit from this. I’d think autistic people are most often INTJ (thinkers, nerds) or INFP (idealists, dreamers), INTJ are known for unusual interests that orient logic, and INFPs are the sort who became so reliant on their internal way that they mastered a way to communicate this to the external world around them such as via the arts. As far as interests/behavior are concerned, it’s all to do with what the autistic person orients on, as generally autistic persons latch on specific things and put all their effort to put their own tangent on it. Yet while I’d say these types of personalities are stereotypical persons, it depends how autistic they are, their interests and circumstances – so not all would have the aforementioned personalities, furthermore, personality (like some forms of autism) can be fluid. To understand the MBTI/Jungian type indicator better, google “MBTI and Jungian Functional Notation”.

    • Erika says:

      You said it perfectly.

    • tatl33 says:

      I’m referring to rational, logical thought which corresponds more to thinking types.
      And interesting what you posted about the INFP’s, definitely true about personalities and stereotypical persons, read what I wrote to Aimee and Gemma in the above comments.🙂

      And will do, I’m always interested in learning MBTI knowledge, thanks for your feedback and useful information

    • Simon says:

      This certainly seems to be untrue based on my own personal experiences. Because everyone I have met who is autistic bases their decisions on logic, almost as if they don’t have feelings at all! In addition to this autistic people have a lack of empathy towards others, not unlike psychopaths. This would further indicate that autistic people are f’s

      In terms of P v J, it’s quite obvious that autistic people are NOT perceivers as you describe. One of the defining characteristics of autistic people is that they can’t adapt to change, which is something perceives are quite competent at. For you to suggest otherwise is just, I’m sorry to say, plain wrong and flies in the face of all MBTI research. But thanks for your input I needed a good laugh😉

      • WKP says:

        Autstic people do NOT lack empathy, and they are completely different to psychopaths. Austicti people experience empathy but do not express it in the ways that neutrotypical people do. It’s also inaccurate to say that ALL autstic people are unable to cope wth change. Like someone commented above, many autistic people are disorganised and do not show ‘J’ characteristics. Please don’t post things with so many inaccurate generalisations and stereotypes.

      • CM says:

        Another person has adequately responded to your factual mistakes. Myself? I’m more disgusted by the inflated holier-than-thou ego and extremely condescending and dismissive attitude. You generalize an entire group of people as having no empathy and yet don’t seem to show any concern for the effect your words may have on others. You hypocrite. Learn how to communicate with people in a respectful manner. Until then, please stay out of these conversations.

        • Kuroinfp says:

          Not trying to insult anyway. Just stating a fact. People are not interesting in learning about others unless they have too. It seems the same with caring from when i am watching people.
          I am pretty sure i have aspergers. Half way through testing. My mindset is “why should i bother learning to communicate to others if they will not try to understand my social problems?”

  7. kat1800 says:

    Interesting post and comments! I’ve known my youngest was not neurotypical since about second grade, but because he was so high functioning in school, he was not diagnosed ASD until 5th grade. His temperment came up as ESFJ – he craves socialization more than almost anyone else in the family and is extremely artistic (we have several artists and quite a few introverts). My oldest is INTJ, but not at all autistic?! As a teacher, I find that it is very useful to look at these kinds of evaluations ( I also use the Strengthsfinder and Learning Style tests) to help me gain clues into how my students (and my kids) function and think, but none can be labelled and categorized so easily. I’m INFJ btw, which might influence my perception😉

  8. Dana says:

    I am an INFJ / Autistic and I concur

  9. Interesting article here, thank you for sharing. I’m a female INTJ (evidently perceived by some as a mythical creature) and I definitely have a sense of “kindred” with high functioning autism, although I haven’t been formally diagnosed (at the time of this writing, at least). I know that others perceive me as being quite inflexible, despite my best efforts to find a workable “give and take” with those around me.

    Part of me wants to tell the people who have made disparaging comments at you to put their “feels” away, but experience tells me this might not go well for me. I suppose that’s fair; it would be rather difficult for me to put my “thinks” away.

    • tatl33 says:

      Thank you, I appreciate your rational and constructive feedback and contribution to the discussion!
      That’s the thing about writing blog entries though; I have to face criticism on controversial entries, so I’m fine. In writing this article, I just hope I helped some clueless people on traits often associated with autism- introversion and intuition- even if MBTI isn’t the best way to do so, because that’s the only tool some people will understand through. I hope you’ve enjoyed the article and if you have any further feedback for me it would be great🙂

  10. Charity says:

    My brother has Aspergers and he’s ISTJ. I will add, however, that I think a sideline diagnosis of aspergers or autism can make it difficult for a person to find out their real personality type, since a lot of the aspie traits are enhanced versions of Si/Fi. ISTJ is the only thing that really fits my brother, but he also shows a lot of Ti in constantly asking questions about everything (which may be his aspie side taking over).

  11. My three kids all have Asperger’s diagnoses, my daughter is ISTJ, my elder son is more of an ENFP and my youngest defies classification🙂
    Excellent article though, thank you.

  12. anna says:

    Autism is NOT a personality disorder. This is stigmatising, incorrect and ignorant.

  13. Spencer says:

    Hey there! I was wondering about Myers Briggs and autism. I have mild Asperger’s and I’ve gotten INTJ 2 or 3 times on those darn tests. But other times I’ve gotten ISTJ and maybe ISFJ (can’t remember exactly), and so it just seems weird. I think it was because the “N” part I had was marginal, like 1% or something. So I was barely an N, and not that much of a T or J, either. The introversion is most certainly an “autistic” trait, but you don’t have to be on the spectrum to be introverted. Nor does introversion guarantee that you ALWAYS HATE being around people. Sometimes I’m in the mood for conversation and company, and sometimes I’m not.

    I get that you have this whole blog on MBTI types and such, but you do realize that it doesn’t define you or your personality, right? It may be a good indicator of how you as a person handle situations and interactions with other people, but it doesn’t guarantee much about your life and such.

    I don’t really like these sorts of tests since, as you’ve indicated, the only reason I get INTJ is almost solely because of Asperger’s. It makes me feel uncomfortable because it just perpetuates that stereotype that every person with Asperger’s or any sort of autism just has this set personality. That’s not true at all. Having Asperger’s doesn’t define my personality, just my mannerisms and some of my behavior–but only to a certain degree. I have numerous other personality traits, good and bad, that are defined by other things in my life, like my personal views, life experiences, etc. Furthermore, people change a lot, and that’s probably why my MBTI changes sometimes, too. When you make a bunch of people on the spectrum take this test and they all get the same thing, then it just looks like you have a bunch of clones. I’m not part of a mass, I’m a unique individual.

    So I can understand if you love doing stuff with this information and figuring out how people tick, but don’t forget that people are more than just a set of capital letters.

    Although I will admit I do point out spelling errors sometimes😛

    And like others have been saying, autism isn’t exactly a personality disorder or a mental disorder. Maybe in some technical sense, yes, but only in the sense that it is an “unusual alignment” of one’s personality and mental capabilities. Be sure to clarify by your usage of the term “disorder” that you’re not trying to link “us” with, say, an “insane” person. We have a tendency to take your words very literally, so either clarification via restatement or careful diction is necessary. (In other words, say what you want to then say it again to hit home your explanation, or just be careful what words you say).

    Just my two cents, and BTW I’m not “offended” by this or anything you said. Good luck with all of your MBTI stuff🙂

    • Kuroinfp says:

      Me having aspergers kind of explains to me why at times i seem different than other infp. (I read a lot that they tend to emotionally over think things. I do this but not as badly as they do O.o if that makes sense).

  14. Laura Brouwers says:

    Hi! I’d like to add that this small.. article? Isn’t very accurate at all.
    I have aspergers syndrome, the test gave me the “enfj” result, and from my own experiences I can tell you autism isn’t directly a match with being introverted.
    I am a very extroverted socially-motivated person and professional, my non-autistic partner on the other hand, is a very introverted, calm person.
    The world would improve tons if these harmful stereotypes about autism would be toned down a bit, I think.

    • tatl33 says:

      As I said, I’m not saying all autistic people are introverted- I never said that there is a direct match between the two. Instead, I believe there is at least a small correlation between introversion and autism. I’m sorry if I have offended, I have more tried to provide an understanding of autism from an MBTI perspective rather than stereotype. Remember, these typings are not applied for everyone- they are just in general, introverted thinking types are more likely to be autistic. If you have any other issues with it, I understand and I’ll try to rewrite certain sections of the article that you find offensive.

  15. Anonymous says:

    ENTP; I work with research and education to raise awareness for autism. I scrolled through comments and didnt see a comment shredding this theory so felt obliged. First off, if you have a theory, dont write it as a fact; as you are wrong it is misleading and adds to the tripe the internet provides. The difference between fact and theory is great; i.e This is an incorrect observation vs I believe this could be an incorrect statement.
    I can promise that this is incorrect although I can see the mental process taken and it is understandable. Truth is you cannot type a neurological disorder with the MBTI, however the cognitive function used by the quiet autistics is Si relating to the past ect and the function used for the hyper ADHD types would be Se. There is an equal amount of people with ASD that dont understand peoples emotions as there are neurotypical people. Many Autists have the emotional preference, that doesnt mean they are all feely feely but that they feel emotions very raw. They are as different from each other as a neurotypical person. Si and Se seem to be the only reoccurring factor and it is believed that autism is defined by lacking the ability to access intuition (which is where people predict future acts and emotional relevance).

    Study people and study autism, what you are looking for is ISFJ’s and ISTJ’s for the type of autism you are focusing on. It has to be noted though that these personality types are for neurotypical people not for neurological disorders.

  16. Alouette says:

    Vaccines are the cause of the increase in autism worldwide, a trend that follows the pushing of vaccines globally. For that reason, you should see more and more autistic people in developing countries, as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation foists deadly vaccines on them.

    • Sarah says:

      So … why am I autistic while both my sisters (vaccinated the same as me) are archetypal neurotypical social butterflies?

      For the record, when I first did the Myers Briggs test the result was INFJ; three years later it was ISTJ.

  17. Malaki says:

    For years I was INFP until I decided to retake the test (again) and it says I am now ENFP. I have Asperger’s and have been spending a lot of time watching people and learning how to interact socially. Since I started doing that 2 years ago I have noticed a huge change not only in my personality but also in the way I present myself. Things are just as hard, if not harder, to be “normal” and like “everyone else” but the hard work has paid off so much that people no longer believe me when I say I have Asperger’s. Is this a common occurrence? I am a 27 year old trans* male. (If you scroll up I posted years ago under the name of Erika- talking about how years of therapy helped me.)

  18. Kuro says:

    I dont consider it a personality disorder honestly. Its like claiming other cultures have personality disorder because they have different culture.

    It just means you’re different and there is not anything wrong with that. I dislike the terms “professionals” use. It makes it seem like you’re calling the aspergers child and adult dumb for not conforming to “normal” social standards.

  19. I have high-functioning autism and I often come up as being an INFP. This time I retook the test and it said I have marginal preference between S and N. Both are very artistic, sensitive, and emotional which sounds a lot like me.

  20. daum korea says:

    자폐아는 외부자극에 무반응 ip가 관망 관조한다 ep가 호기심을 행동화한다. ej가 하고싶은말이나 행동을 거리낌 없이 한다.. ij가 신중히한다??

    ip가 자폐아

  21. Dirk Horsten says:

    You are so wrong !!!
    As an autistic father who has raised four autistic children and as leader of a discussion group of autistic people, I assure you people with autism are as diverse as other people.

    I know very extravert people with autism, including my oldest son. Probably there is a small majority of introvert people, because being different, not meeting people’s expectations; we receive a lot of negative feedback.

    Most of us indeed spend a lot time thinking and reconsidering. In my case that is part of my personality, but for many people it is just a way to survive in a world that does not share their own gut feeling. Some even quit and give up thinking about social relationships.

    Some of us might be judging, I am clearly not. Like many autistic people, knowing how easy it is to misunderstand people, especially if they don’t have autism, I post pone my judgements so long that people often don’t know whether I share their opinions.

    Finally, though I have a tendency to be intuitive, this is not typical for autistic people. The reason why some companies specifically hire autistic software testers is that we can easily operate in an extreme sensing mode, scanning every detail.

  22. flutistpride says:

    Autistic ESTP here. This post doesn’t even take into account cognitive functions, just descriptions of the four letters. Neurological disorder and temperament are NOT the same.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Well I must say I have to confirm this. I’m autistic and also INTJ. The analysis of why also seems highly accurate.

  24. Luckylilac says:

    I am a femail with a diagnoise of Aspergers syndrome and My personality type is ISFJ

  25. Silas says:

    It’s not a personality disorder, actually. Personality disorders are generally psychological rather than neurological, and, although there are exceptions, autism is not one of them. Just thought I’d point that out. Also, a large amount of autistic people ARE sensors; personally, I think ISTJs are slightly more common than other personalities on the spectrum, although there are definitely many examples of varied personalities in autistic people.

  26. Anonymous says:

    This is a connection that I made last year based on evidence that introverts have a higher level of neurotransmitter chemicals in their brains and actually have to “cool down” because they become over-stimulated. This is why they need so much alone time. According to findings recently discovered in horses, this appears to be occurring during the birth process itself and has lifelong consequences. See the attached link-.


  27. Un simple ENTJ says:

    No estoy de acuerdo. A mi parecer una persona con Asperger se aproxima más a un intp, ya que son los menos apegados a la realidad y menos sociables.

  28. Anonymous says:

    No, Autistics are more S than N. One important trait is “Impairment of imagination”.

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