This is a follow-up to my earlier post about the MBTI personality type — iNTj Rational Mastermind.
I want to move further and explore how MBTI contrasts with InQ, the Inquiry Mode Questionnaire, more popularly known as “Styles of Thinking”. The InQ was developed by Allen Harrison and Robert Bramson, who wrote a book on it: “The Art of Thinking”.
The fountainhead of the InQ is the premise that most people tend to think, most of the time, in only one way. And it has been proven empirically:
- 50% prefer a single Style of Thinking
- 35% prefer two Styles of Thinking
- 2% prefer three Styles
- 13% show no preference
The Five Styles of Thinking
Synthesists are integrators. They delight in finding relationships in things which, to others, have no apparent connection. In a group discussion, they are likely to champion an opposite point of view, and are therefore valuable in avoiding “group think.” Synthesists tend to be highly creative people, very interested in change and highly speculative.
Idealists take a holistic view of things, are typically future-oriented and concerned about goals. They care about social values. They are the “big picture” people. Correspondingly, they tend to dislike detail.
Pragmatists’ motto is, “whatever works”. They are action-oriented. They like to get things done and their approach is often flexible and adaptive. Unlike idealists, their solutions do not have to be the most elegant.
Analysts see the world as logical, rational, and predictable. Their thought process is prescriptive — look for a method, a formula, or procedure to solve any problem. Analysts like to find the “one best way” to solve any problem.
Realists take an empirical view. Their world consists of what can be felt, smelled, touched, seen, heard, and personally observed or experienced. Their motto is “Facts are facts”. They are interested in concrete results. The realist resembles the analyst. Both are factual and focused on concrete facts, but unlike the analyst, the realist will grow impatient with the deductive, drawn-out procedures and endless search for data of the analyst.
Rational Mastermind and Styles of Thinking
Given the above, which InQ Style of Thinking do you think is best represented by the MBTI iNTj Rational Mastermind?
As far as I know, no such correlation has been drawn before. The fact that there are 16 MBTI personality types, compared with 5 InQ Thinking Styles may compound the problem. (This is not an aberration, simply a logical result of the fact that “personality” has many additional dimensions apart from just “Style of Thinking”).
I venture to say that the Analyst Style of Thinking would most closely correspond with the introvert, intuitive, thinking types (ISTJ Inspector, INTP Architect, and INTJ Mastermind). This is most certainly true in my case — I am an iNTj, and have a very strong preference for the Analyst Style of Thinking.
I wonder what the others out there think — the Composers, Teachers, Champions, and so on?
Some More Good Stuff on iNTj
If you want to know more about the typical daily life of an iNTj — see this blog post. Let me warn you, it’s quite long, but the fact that it has more than 600 comments, should tell you how it resonates with a lot of iNTjs!