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NTs, or Rationals, as defined by David Keirsey, tend to share these traits:
  • Rationals tend to be pragmatic, skeptical, self-contained, and focused on problem-solving and systems analysis.
  • Rationals pride themselves on being ingenious, independent, and strong willed.
  • Rationals make reasonable mates, individualizing parents, and strategic leaders.
  • Rationals are even-tempered, they trust logic, yearn for achievement, seek knowledge, prize technology, and dream of understanding how the world works.

Rationals are the problem solving temperament, particularly if the problem has to do with the many complex systems that make up the world around us. Rationals might tackle problems in organic systems such as plants and animals, or in mechanical systems such as railroads and computers, or in social systems such as families and companies and governments. But whatever systems fire their curiosity, Rationals will analyze them to understand how they work, so they can figure out how to make them work better.

Rationals are very scarce, comprising as little as 5 to 7 percent of the population. But because of their drive to unlock the secrets of nature, and to develop new technologies, they have done much to shape our world.

Excerpted from Please Understand Me II. Copyrighted © 1998-2001.

The four types of Rationals are:
Field marshals (ENTJ)
Masterminds (INTJ)
Architects (INTP)
Inventors (ENTP)

The Myers-Briggs is a personality test administered by psychologists around the world. Based on Jungian analysis, it categorizes human personalities into sixteen different types. In recent years, Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen have conducted and published extensive research on the types. Their book, Type Talk, is an excellent introduction to the study of these types.

If you haven't taken the MBTI, it is published by Consulting Psychologists Press. However, it is generally only available through a licensed MSW, psychologist, psychiatrist, or other professional counselor. While there is a free version of a similar test, the Keirsey, many regard it as a less specific instrument than the MBTI. For example, if a personality is close to the borderline for a specific axis (say N vs. S), then the MBTI is often more accurate in determining the closer type.

Many NT types feel alone in the world at times. Given their relatively small numbers in the population, this is not surprising. NT females have a particularly difficult time in many instances: INTJ women are estimated at 1-2% of the population in some studies, while ENTJ women have it only slightly better at 2 - 4%. (Source: Charles Martin) While Martin's numbers vary slightly from Kiersey's, by either calculation, it's a small group.

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