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INTJ vs ESTJ – Your Super-Simple Guide

Are you an ESTJ or an INTJ? While these types may seem vastly different at first, they actually mistype as each other very frequently. This is especially true when it comes to ESTJs mistyping as INTJs.

This quick and easy guide will help you to understand which type best fits you. But before you begin

GET RID OF THE STEREOTYPES:

  • Extroverts aren’t all loud, noisy, attention-seekers. Introverts don’t always hate people or lack social skills.
  • Sensors aren’t boring, dull, or shallow. Intuitives aren’t airheads and/or flighty.

Anyone can be anything. A sensor can be flighty, an intuitive can be shallow. But that’s not related to personality type. That’s simply related to maturity. I say this because waaaay too many people get tied to a specific type because they’ve heard stereotypes about the other type. Lots of extroverts don’t identify as extroverts because they hear them described as loud, vapid party-animals. Sensors don’t identify as sensors because they heard somewhere on the internet that sensors are dull or shallow.

So pause, breathe, and get rid of the stereotypes.

Ready now? Alright.

Keep in mind, you will at times relate to both statements listed here. The question is which statement is most natural to you? Which option (INTJ or ESTJ) is your most intrinsic/innate urge?

The INTJ vs. ESTJ Personality Guide – Which One Are You?

INTJs

You feel happiest when you can ponder the deeper meaning of something. Your mind is happy when it’s mulling over a concept or theory.

ESTJs

You feel happiest when you’re working towards one of your objectives. You’re a “doer” more than an analyzer, always trying to make advances on your task list.

INTJs

You focus primarily on the future and what will happen in the distant years ahead. The world around you in the present is only interesting insofar as it can point to a future reality or possibility.

ESTJs

You focus primarily on what you know through experience. This means you reference your past  in order to anticipate the future or handle the present. You highly value verifiable, “lived” proof in order to anticipate something.

INTJs

You often struggle to start a project because you want to make sure everything you’re doing lines up with your vision of the future. Getting the timing right is crucial to you. Having a clear vision is essential. Until you’ve charted your course you feel hesitant to begin something.

ESTJs

You are decisive and action-oriented. You want to get started on something as soon as possible, and you figure you can adjust your goals if needed further down the road. Waiting or mulling things over tends to make you stressed or irritable.

INTJs

When people are speaking to you, you need time to reflect on what they’re saying before you respond. You don’t tend to have an immediate answer right away unless their question is very simplistic.

ESTJs

You tend to think “off the cuff” and give your opinions and thoughts very directly. You don’t typically need a lot of time to absorb what’s being said.

INTJs

You consider yourself a “visionary.” Your drive is to anticipate, predict, and foresee what will happen.

ESTJs

You consider yourself a “doer.” You aim to be practical, down-to-earth, and to work resourcefully with what you know.

INTJs

You tend to be out of touch with the physical details around you. You are mostly focused on the world inside your mind, thus paying attention to objects in your vicinity can be difficult. You may trip over things regularly, misplace objects, or forget to eat or drink properly because you’re always conceptualizing or analyzing something.

(Keep in mind, any type can be out of touch with the physical world when they’re overtired or stressed).

ESTJs

You are typically very in touch with the physical world around you. You are more focused on what “is” than what “could be” in the distant future. You may spend so much time taking action and getting things done that you forget to tap into what’s personally significant to you as an individual. You may de-prioritize your individual values and needs because you’re so focused on “staying on task.”

INTJs

When you’re extremely stressed, you tend to get impulsive and focused on the sensory world. This could mean binge eating, spending a lot of money, over-exercising, or hyperactively cleaning every surface in sight. It’s different for every INTJ. You can find out more about this in my article about INTJs and stress.

ESTJs

When you’re extremely stressed, you tend to withdraw, introspect, and focus on your feelings. Normally a sociable, logical type, when you’re depressed you feel hypersensitive and alone.

To sum it up:

INTJs are visionaries before they are doers. They conceptualize, predict, and anticipate before they put action to their predictions. The knowing is the important thing to the INTJ, moreso than the doing.

ESTJs are action-oriented types. They don’t like deliberating for long because they don’t want to waste time. They feel an urgent need to accomplish and they have a commanding, straightforward presence.

Still not sure?

These articles can help you to clarify which type fits you best:

24 Signs That You’re an INTJ, the Strategist Personality Type

24 Signs That You’re an ESTJ, the Captain Personality Type

An in-depth eBook about the #INTJ personality type.

INTJs and ESTJs mistype as each other regularly. Find out what really sets these two types apart and find out which one fits you best. #INTJ #ESTJ #MBTI #Personality

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Susan Storm is a certified MBTI® practitioner and lover of all things psychology-related. She is the mom of five beautiful children and loves using her knowledge of personality type to understand them and others better! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to learn more about type!
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