What Is the Difference Between INTJ and ENFP? (+3 Intriguing Similarities)

We see people around us possessing different types of personalities. Some of them are introverted and shy while others are outgoing and the life of a party.

Mix of all the people around us is what makes this world an interesting place. Psychologists are trying their best to find out different types of personalities around them.

In one of the same efforts made by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers, they created sixteen different personality types and tried to classify people according to these sixteen types.

They are successful because a lot of people categorize themselves as one of those personality types. 

INTJ and ENFP are two of those sixteen personality types. Briggs and Myers have explained in detail about these two personalities (INTJ and ENFP). 

This article will be throwing light to INTJ and ENFP as personality types. We shall discuss what INTJ and ENFP are and what the strengths and weaknesses of these personality types are.

INTJ and ENFP are both poles apart personalities but they are both considered as rarest types of personalities. Being two of rare and unique personalities, it will be fun to learn about INTJ and ENFP.

Let’s discuss INTJ and ENFP and start with learning what INTJ is. 

  • INTJ

They are one of the rarest types of personalities and they are known to be architect personalities.

They are the lonely ones because they can’t find people who are similar to them and who are equally stimulating and enjoyable.

They keep on analyzing things around them and other people find it hard to associate with them on an intellectual level.

They are both imaginative as well as decisive and they are also ambitious but they really want to protect their privacy.

They are also curious about almost everything but they can also remain focused and this is the rarest combination to find in people.

They have a great thirst for knowledge and that’s why they are often known as the ‘bookworms’. They are serious in nature and try to spend their time in creative activities rather than wasting it in foolish gossips.

They stand firm on their principles and often make decisions based on logic and reason. 

  • What is INTJ an acronym for?

INTJ is a personality type Briggs and Myers and it is an acronym for introverted, intuitive, thinking and judging personality type.

It means that an INTJ personality has the following traits and they function according to these traits. INTJ stands for

  • I: Introverted (They prefer to be alone because alone time gives them energy while being around people is sometimes draining for them)
  • N: iNtuitive (They pay more attention to concepts and ideas instead of being focused on fact and details)
  • T: Thinking (They think before making a decision and that’s why their most decisions are based on reason and logic)
  • J: Judging (They are not flexible because they like to organized and prepare instead of being spontaneous as it gives them sense of control)

 They are also known as ‘mastermind’ personalities as they are logical and strategic way of thinking. 

  • How much percentage of the INTJ personality type is

They make only 2% of the general population making them the third rarest types of personalities and the even rarest among women.

They make 2% of the total population with 3% of men and only 1% of women in total population.

  • Some of the Famous INTJ Personalities

Some INTJs who make names for themselves and you might also know them.

  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Al Gore
  • Bill Gates
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Ayn Rand
  •  Alan Greenspan
  • John Maynard

The above mentioned people are a few famous personalities who were INTJs.

  • What are the most common characteristics of INTJ personalities?

They are a number of characteristics which make INTJs who they actually are and it is hard to encompass the whole personality in a few words.

However, some of the most commonly found characteristics of people who fall under the category of INTJ personalities are given below. 

  • Introversion is what defines an INTJ because they work alone and do not want to work in a group.
  • They are organized and want to be prepared while working in a carefully planned manner because they are thinking types of personality.
  • They base their decision on logic and try to be as objective in their decisions as possible because they are not emotional and rather rational. 
  • They tend to look at abstract information and to look at a big picture than concrete details of the subject matter. 
  • What are the strengths of INTJ personalities?

We all have our qualities and weaknesses which make us better or weaker beings.

Similarly, INTJ personalities have their own strengths which make them excel at many things in their life.

Some of the strengths of INTJ personalities are given below. 

  • Their exceptionally higher expectations help them achieve higher goals which also make them high achievers.
  • They are good at taking constructive criticism and they try to learn from it.
  • They are good listening to other people.
  • They are confident beings and try to work as hard as possible.
  • Working with theoretical and abstract ideas is their dream. 
  • What are some of the weaknesses of INTJ personalities?

As impressive as INTJ personalities are, they still have some weaknesses which can be problematic at times.

They can sometimes overcome these problems while these can be more problematic if they don’t control these areas of improvements.

  • At times, judgment and over analysis can work against them instead of in their favor.
  • They are not emotional beings and that’s why it can be hard for them to talk about emotions.
  • Being perfectionist comes with its own set of issues and they sometimes face problems due to their perfectionism.
  • Sometimes they can be insensitive towards other people. 
  • How do cognitive functions of INTJ personalities work?

 Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging are four main dimensions of cognitive functions in INTJ personalities.

Therefore, the dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior cognitive functions for INTJ personalities are given below. 

  • Dominant: Introverted Intuition (They are good at understanding people’s motives)
  • Auxiliary: Extraverted Thinking (They tend to be decisive and most of the decision are based on logic)
  • Tertiary: Introverted Feeling (Not much attention to values and feelings)
  • Inferior: Extraverted Sensing (They are not energized by the world around them)
  • ENFPs

The two personality types i.e. INTJ and ENFP are both rare personality types.

ENPs are often known as campaigners and often known to be the life of a party.

They are the ones who are independent, charming and have charisma which make people drawn towards them.

They are also compassionate and that’s why they are liked by most people around them. 

  • What does ENFP stand for?

ENFP is an acronym of one of the sixteen personality types of Briggs and Myers and it  stands for the following. 

  • E: Extraverted (They prefer to be with people because crowd and people give them energy while being alone is sometimes draining for them)
  • N: iNtuitive (They pay more attention to concepts and ideas instead of being focused on fact and details)
  • F: Feeling (Their most decisions are based on values and feelings)
  • P: Perceiving (They like to be flexible and spontaneous instead of being planned and organized)
  • What are the most common characteristics of ENFP personalities?

Some of the most commonly found characteristics of ENFP are given below.

  • Excellent verbal communicators
  • Mostly crave for emotional intensity
  • Drawn to arts with a strong artistic side
  • Attractive toward novelty
  • Value personal freedom and self-expression
  • They are usually witty with a great sense of humor
  • They are sometimes known as champion personalities because they have great enthusiasm for helping people.
  • Pursuit of happiness is of utmost importance
  • What are the strengths of ENFPs?

Let’s take a look at the strengths of ENFPs.

  • They are curious and imaginative.
  • They are highly observant of things happening around them because of their curious nature.
  • They are really good with verbal communication.
  • They are enthusiastic and altruistic.
  • What are the weaknesses of ENFPs?

The campaigners have their own weaknesses and they sometimes have problems when it comes to dealing with people.

  • They are really excited almost all the time and that’s why they have difficulty staying focused on a single thing.
  • They are more about discussing hypothetical and theoretical ideas and not good with execution of plans. 
  • They overthink.
  • They are really emotional and tend to be easily stressed out.
  • What is ENFP personalities’ cognitive functional stack?
Inferior Function:Introverted Sensing (Si)
Tertiary Function:Extraverted Thinking (Te)
Auxiliary Function:Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Dominant Function:Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
  • INTJ and ENFP Relationship

INTJ and ENFP are sometimes known as a match made in heaven because they have some common themes which come along when they get to know each other.

INTJ and ENFP are neither thinking nor perceiving type, they take each other’s way of approaching a relationship well.

Communication can be challenging for INTJ and ENFP but it can occur to any couple and INTJ and ENFP can overcome this problem easily.

INTJ and ENFP can both find common grounds when it comes to values. 

If you’ve enjoyed the ”INTJ and ENFP” mentioned above, I would recommend you to take a look at ”INTJ and INFJ” too.

FAQ about INTJ and ENFP

Are INTJ and ENFP similar to each other?

Yes, to an extent INTJ and ENFP can be considered similar to each other because their thinking style is extraverted which focuses on effectiveness and they are both empathy driven. 

Who is the best match for an INTJ?

ENFPs are considered as natural partners of INTJs because the dominant functions of both are highly compatible with the other (an introvert and other is extroverted). 

How much is ENFP prevalent as a personality?

ENFP is moderately common and is the fifth most common among women.

ENFPs make up 8% of the general population, 10% of women and 6% of men.




Was this helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!