The Investigator (NT) Personality Types
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
– Marie Curie, an INTP
The Investigator is driven by a strong need to understand the complexities of the universe and to explore new theories, concepts, and ideas. They are conceptual, abstract, and logical. They long to understand the very truth about everything, and aim to be objective in all their decisions. They are innovative, progressive, and are often ambitious and independent. They may be driven entrepreneurs, deep-thinking scientists, acclaimed inventors, philosophers, and politicians. They notice patterns and trends faster than many other types, and can easily gather insights into the future of organizations, systems, and complex plans.
Which Personality Types are the Investigators?
Investigators are identified by the NT in the middle of their four-letter personality type. They include ENTJs, INTJs, ENTPs, and INTPs. They absorb information through intuition; looking beyond sensory details to find meanings, patterns, and concepts. They have a strong sense of logic, and focus on being objective and truthful in all their interactions and decisions. Napolean Bonaparte (ENTJ), Nikola Tesla (INTJ), Benjamin Franklin (ENTP), and Albert Einstein (INTP) are all examples of Investigators throughout history.
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Investigator Strengths and Positive Core Traits
Investigators have an intense desire to uncover the truths of the universe. This makes them some of the most distinguished thought-leaders around when it comes to discovering new theories and revelations that may have gone unnoticed by other types. You only have to look at names like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking to realize that NT types have made some drastic improvements in our understanding of science and the universe. The Investigator is a natural learner and teacher, always expanding his mind and looking for new ways to experiment and apply what he’s learned.
Investigators have quick-thinking, logical minds and are excellent strategists. They make extremely competitive chess partners, unstoppable entrepreneurs (especially ENTJs!) and they can provide insights to organizations and schools that can set them apart from their peers. In fact, many university professors are NT types.
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success…such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”
– Nikola Tesla, INTJ
Investigators are excellent at solving problems and understanding how systems work. They can improve nearly any program, no matter how complex. They not only like real-world application of their problem solving abilities, they like to learn merely for the sake of learning. They will give anyone a listening ear who has something useful to teach them, and in turn, they will ignore anyone, no matter their rank or authority, who seems incompetent or unable to discuss things logically.
Investigators are skeptics who won’t accept anything at face value. They scrutinize and think critically about every decision and belief they allow into their lives. They are endlessly curious and believe avidly in the complex nature of things. On one hand they are skilled debaters, and on the other hand they are completely open to being shown a new way of viewing a problem if their challenger is logical and knowledgeable on the subject.
“The world is not something in which certainty is possible…and therefore you must learn to act on things which you still very much doubt.”
– Bertrand Russell, an ENTP
Investigators are independent and strong-willed individuals, who will rarely cave to peer pressure or outside influence. They take their independence very seriously, which to onlookers can make them seem cold and pragmatic. However, the NT Investigator is often loyal and open-minded towards interacting with new people who seem to have a similar curiosity or a love of learning. Many Investigators have deep emotions and feelings that they will share with only a select few. They adamantly refuse to be swayed by these emotions, however, and pride themselves on keeping a level head and remaining objective at all times, as much as possible.