I am an INTJ suffering more disappointment.
I saw this link to a Flavorwire story naming a classic novel that would suit each Myers-Briggs personality type. Ah, I thought. I’ll get Machiavelli’s The Prince, feel bad about being a villain (again) and then write a blog post about it
Only the results were worse (much worse) than I could have expected.
Flavorwire picked “Pride and Prejudice” as the INTJ book.
Sorry. Wait. What?
The INTJ is fiercely independent, like a true Austen heroine, and skeptical like the novel’s creator.
I am not disputing these things. We are independent and skeptical. But “Pride and Prejudice?”
And here’s why. Pride and Prejudice is a social book. INTJs do not do social. Most of the time, we avoid social.
So, Flavorwire, the Word Nerds offer up alternative choices that “suit” INTJs.
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
INTJs are often described as being cold and aloof. We don’t necessarily get a lot of emotions and aren’t emotionally expressive. But, to function in society better, it does help when we understand them.
TFioS is a good pick because it’s sharp and insightful (the teenage characters are so grown-up) and the emotions are real and raw. It’s a book that makes you feel something. This kind of read is good for an INTJ because (unless you’re in the DSM IV), you’ll cry. It’s cathartic. Get all those feelings out. Acknowledge you have them. Then go back to your Pinky-and-the-Brain world domination plan plotting.
Daemon, Daniel Suarez
Sometimes, an INTJ just needs a good read that shows the mastermind winning. In this techno-thriller, a Steve Jobs-esque computer mogul programs the world’s technology to take over after he’s dead. If you want to see how the idea of self-driving cars could back-fire, this is the book for you.
The Son of Laughter, Frederick Buechner
Sometimes, an INTJ needs to be reminded that all the scheming may not work out. Buechner is a Presbyterian minister but his fictional account of the Jacob is plenty salty. This version of Jacob is quite the schemer/mastermind but he has to come to grips with the fact that there is a power bigger than himself directing his life.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
This is a book to remind an INTJ that they aren’t as much of an INTJ as they could be. What is masterminded in this plot is crazy and brilliant. And, it’s a good reality check that you aren’t that person, aren’t really a supervillain, even if you find yourself smilingly knowingly at how you see it all unfold. If you aren’t an INTJ, but are married to one/dating one, word to the wise: Don’t read this book or watch the movie. If you do, you may be freaked out by just what they could be planning.