Any other INTPs in finance?

I'm an undergraduate in college going into a buy-side investing role next summer. I got into Myers-Briggs recently and it's been absolutely eye-opening in terms of describing mosts of my behaviors and thoughts. As an INTP, I find that learning new things and finding novel solutions for problems comes easy to me, but a lot of other tasks you are expected to do/know in finance, such as doing rote work and picking up on office etiquette/social dynamics are difficult. I also find networking fake and tiring.

Are there any other INTPs (or other xNTx) on this forum and how did you use your strengths and manage your weaknesses to build a successful career on Wall Street? Thanks in advance.

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:


"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think that's what I am too, I had to do it for a job actually and everyone's scores were posted around the office but no one actually every referred to them.

Quant (ˈkwÀnt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

traderguy123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hmm, inspired me to take the test again. I remember taking this in 7th grade and being an INTJ. Just retook it for the first time and got ESTJ. I know all those websites just say general things about your personality just like astrology to get you to say "Oh wow that sounds exactly like me!" but it kind of does the more I read it haha. To be honest, I'm not sure what the strengths and weaknesses are of your four letters, and I'm sure you know those better than myself.

I went on that website and it has strengths and weaknesses. The strengths I agree with but like on a 6/10 level. The weaknesses such as difficulty relaxing, difficulty expressing emotions, too focused on social status sound pretty accurate though. Don't really know how I'd alter my career to accommodate those weaknesses though.

Noah-Zoe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Those are fair points. My main MBTI weaknesses (at least for me) seem to match my own weaknesses 9/10 so I was wondering if anyone had any similar experiences overcoming them.

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GTV, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The big flaw with a test like MB is that you answer the questions, so you naturally answer the way you see yourself, and there's no objective or independent assessment.

So if you think something is a strength of yours, you'll answer the questions in a way that makes the test think you're good at it.Β  And vice versa for weaknesses.

eloquence, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Also ESTJ. I don't necessarily read too much into these, but think some of the traits generally attract people more to finance than other careers - there's a high value on facts, objectiveness, and the way things have been done before. less preference for creative or feeling traits.Β 


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GeorgSorosFinanceMaster, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Those personality tests are nothing but the male version of horoscopes.Β Β 

I remember I took one in a class in an all boys school and almost everyone either got "ENTJ" or "INTJ".Β  Aka the super smart super logical ones that are supposed to be rare

MrPermaBear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've always scored as an INTJ. Not sure how much weighting to put on it though. It always seems describe me perfectly, but I wonder if there would be a ton of other personality types that would make the think the same thing.

Being in research seems to fit the type though

trying_my_best, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Got INTJ few years back, took it again recently and got INTP. A reason for that (and smtg I've come to adopt as a conscious decision) is that my personality has become more 'blended' and 'rounded' after a couple years of kicking on the street. I no longer stubbornly stick to my INTJ (or INTP for that matter) guns, i don't be an asshole 'just cuz i'm INTJ/ INTP' and I learn to coalesce with people with different views on how finance shld be done. INTP is probs a softer version of INTJ, certainly makes life a whole lot easier. At the end of the day, finance isn't rocket science (yes, even quant, HF, research), we aren't NASA scientists tryna reach Mars or cryptographers tryna decipher some alien codes, being a dickhead over your perceived 'intelligence' is pointless and is a joke honestly

Mr Incredible, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've taken several of those tests and get ENTP about 2/3 of the time and INTP 1/3 of the time. Reading the descriptions of them tough, I'd say I more align with ENTP. The E/I thing really just depends on my energy level. I can be super extraverted or super introverted just depending on the day.Β 

I think it did explain a lot of my behaviors and can be generally accurate, but it's certainly not a catch-all.Β 

Infini73J3st, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've always scored and INFJ and to be honest I'm not sure how much credence I would give it. Certainly some things align but it just feels to me like these descriptions are always broad enough that anyone who doesn't know any better would read into them just as they would a horoscope.

Chucks Feed n Seed, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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