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Smartest MBTI Type Based on your Experience

  • INTP

    Votes: 9 33.3%
  • ENTP

    Votes: 3 11.1%
  • INTJ

    Votes: 6 22.2%
  • ENTJ

    Votes: 3 11.1%
  • INFP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ENFP

    Votes: 2 7.4%
  • INFJ

    Votes: 1 3.7%
  • ENFJ

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ISTP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ESTP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ISTJ

    Votes: 2 7.4%
  • ESTJ

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ISFP

    Votes: 1 3.7%
  • ESFP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ISFJ

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • ESFJ

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    27
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INTPs. The combination of Si without strong Fi or Fe allows them to focus on a subject without bias in a way that the other INxx types cannot. They might pay for that in other areas, but the potential for brilliance is strong in them.
 

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Are we just going by book smarts here or do we mean all forms of intelligence in general? What about tactile intelligence?
 

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To be honest, it's impossible to answer this question without defining intelligence and our values regarding intelligence. I do think it is self evident that intuition and thinking are the two functions that correlate most closely with what we call intelligence. It's important to note that because all people use thinking and intuition, any person could be smartest; it's just that introverted NT types have a clear advantage (read below for clarification).

In western societies, intelligence tends to be measured in terms of logical prowess--in particular, logical prowess as it relates to abstract concepts. If we are to accept that definition, it's hard to deny that INTP are the most intelligent because they are powerhouses of logic and deftly navigate abstract matters.

Eastern societies, on the contrary, tend to value intuitive intelligence as a higher level of intellect than logic. That would seem to favor INTJ--INTP being a close second. Jung believed the people of the east are more sophisticated psychologically than those of us in the west. And because Jung wrote "It is a general truth that one can only understand anything in as much as one understands oneself," a higher degree of psychological sophistication might very well indicate a higher level of intellectual capacity.

If we take Newton's axiom--"To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction"--one could reasonably conclude that both INTJ and INTP are most intelligent, the type having the greatest advantage depending on the context or task at hand.

To the extent that overall intelligence is measured by IQ testing (as we tend to believe in the west), INTP are likely to have the advantage--no type can discard incorrect answers as quickly or as accurately (think, multiple choice test). INTJ would be a close second.

If, however, we believe that the ability to create answers, place information in the proper context or change the context is most important, INTJ would be the right pick (think answering open-ended questions).

Neither point of view is right or wrong, merely indicative of each person's (or society's) values. What we call intelligence depends more on our values than any clear definition of intelligence--a definition for which we are unlikely to find substantial agreement.

To that end, INFJ often display significant degrees of logical intelligence, but display the deepest intellect in regards to social dynamics and how to manipulate those dynamics. INFP not only tend to perform well in school and IQ testing, but have a remarkable level of intelligence about their personal values and how to uphold those values.

In addition to often-substantial intellects, ENTP, ENTJ, ENFP and ENFJ typically have a degree of ease in the outer world (though I believe these types are at a disadvantage, on average, because they're not as prone to reflection as introverts). However, it's hard to dismiss the fact that an ability to navigate the outer world with ease requires a kind of intelligence--a kind of intelligence that tends to be valued more in the west than the east.
 
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