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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence INTJ careers.

Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth”


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for INTJs?
  • Introducing the INTJ subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four INTJ subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – how these INTJs react quickly to situations
    • Creative subtype – how these INTJs apply their creativity in a broader way
    • Normalizing subtype – how these INTJs apply their future-oriented vision to more traditional paths
    • Harmonizing subtype – how these value-driven INTJs work according to their philosophies and ideas
  • How our subtypes can shift over time.
  • How we can use our understanding of subtypes to achieve the characteristics we desire.

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  • Jeremy
    • Jeremy
    • June 5, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    All in all a great episode. You mention that we change subtypes often, and I definitely see that as a mostly-creative INTJ. That I switch to one mode at work, another in hobbies, another in social situations, another when parenting etc. INTJ’s tend to be very compartmentalized both with themselves and with others, and we may be surprising when others see us in different elements of our lives and often behave vastly differently. Keeping people or activities in discreet columns (like a spreadsheet) for those that are not to be trusted, competent, childlike, loved etc. and it’s not always easy to move things between columns when the world isn’t just black/white.

    One brief point I’d offer some clarification is that from my experience INTJ’s don’t like being in charge 100%, though they will accept this (dominant might be an exception) they tend to prefer instead to be the “right hand man” or the trusted advisor, (working from a platform) since being in charge (especially of the mundane) is exhausting/distracting for us, so we prefer to have influence, but trust/delegate many things we don’t care about to other trusted peers to handle.

  • Catlyn
    • Catlyn
    • June 2, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this podcast since this miniseries began!
    And it confirmed my suspicions that I am indeed the Normalizing INTJ subtype.

    Anyone could be forgiven for mistaking me as an ISTJ or even ISFJ if they only saw the external picture of my life. I’m a stay-at-home mom, have a more conservative bent generally speaking, and don’t tend to share my weirdo side until I’ve gauged the other person’s receptivity. The highly visual description is very fitting — most of my thoughts come in pictures or movies, giving my internal life an almost dreamlike quality. Because I’m so visual and struggle with auditory processing, it usually takes me 2 or 3 repeat-listening sessions to fully marinate myself in your podcasts and allow my slower and more methodical though processes to absorb everything.

    While I feel called to this more typical lifestyle while my children are young, my daydreams reveal that I’m drawn at times to the Dominant subtype, imagining myself at the head of a boardroom, and at other times to the Harmonizing subtype as I picture myself in all sorts of one-on-one therapeutic jobs, particularly with children. This again confirms my Normalizing subtype since it’s “in the middle” between Dominant and Harmonizing and I could stretch in either direction. When this season of “young kids at home” ends, I’ll look forward to branching out!

  • Seanna Mondino
    • Seanna Mondino
    • May 29, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    I laughed when you said you would get a lot of dominate subtypes since this was a podcast. I am a dominate subtype for sure at work but when I come home to my harmonizing ISFP husband I have learned to dial it back and learn to defer so his voice is heard. We have ISTP harmonizing son and ENTJ dominate daughter. I find this very interesting to help each of them grow to independent understanding adults and learn how to work best with my husband so we can remain best friends. Thank you for all that you do.


  • Tim
    • Tim
    • May 31, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this one, in part because the career suggestions for INTJs have typically not been my kind of thing. I can relate to all four subtypes, though I think I’m mostly between Creative and Harmonizing (and I’m trying to be an independent filmmaker, so that fits). It’s also clear that I need to work on developing the more Analytical Extraverted Thinking.

    Regarding the Neurotransmitters piece, I’ve often wondered if the expression of my type has been influenced by the fact that I have a condition called Kallmann Syndrome, which prevented me from going through puberty until I started getting medicated for it. I’ve often thought that if I’d had a more “normal” adolescence, I’d be a bit more arrogant, less open-minded, but maybe more assertive.

    Anyway, thanks for another illuminating podcast. I look forward to hearing more.

  • John Trible
    • John Trible
    • May 29, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Kudos to you both!! Highly illuminating and explains much regarding why my situation has at times been a bit confused regarding the career path and “idiosyncrasies” that fit the INTJ type, but then again again don’t. At times I have briefly considered INFJ for these reasons but the type clearly does not fit me. I just do not have strong Fe, to the chagrin of those around me, including my long time wife. I am, and have always been Te. The bridge of understanding that solves the equation for me is the Harmonizer subtype. It squared the circle of understanding finally. Joel’s comment regarding this subtypes potential benefit from a partner/collaborator resonates strongly and could be a game changer for this types ability to contribute. And Antonia, you are right that this type may like very long periods of isolation. It is how “we do the work”, which is of course really play.

    One comment I will make is that this subtype can also strongly want to combine work with our passions, like the creative. In fact I recently left a longtime, otherwise gratifying career to meld these. So I would add Harmonizer to Creative in that regard. I am clearly not a creative, given motivation and drive have never lacked and no single Creative career fit at all, whereas nearly all of the Harmonizers options sounded great.

    Thank you both. You are the best in the field IMO and your obvious devotion to the knowing the truth, regardless the cost comes through. I like how you allow your intellectual curiosity to lead you on adventures you are willing to share so that we might benefit. “Practical selflessness in the pursuit of truth” is how I might describe my impression of your combined modus operandi. Keep up the good work! You make a difference beyond what you realize.

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