What was Adolf Hitler's Personality Type
Many have claimed Adolf Hitler INFJ - Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Judging personality type. But is he really? Let's talk about Adolf Hitlers personality type.
Adolf Hitlers MBTI has been claimed to be an INFJ in several blogs, including MBTI Fiction, IDRLabs and Personality Database. Today I will show why this is incorrect and why Adolf Hitler is not an INFJ. In order to do so, we will revisit some quotes by Adolf Hitler that manifest his personality and worldview perfectly.
“He who would live must fight. He who doesn't wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.”
Adolf Hitler regarded life as a battle rather than as a desire to make peace with life and humanity. This view of life as a battle or conflict is typical for the Thinking Judging type. It is not common for the Feeling Judging type. The goal of the Feeling Judging type is to build bridges. The goal of the Thinking Judging type is to excel in one's goal or ambition. Adolf Hitler's personality type connects strongly to machiavellian traits. These relate to dominion, aggression, and a belief that the strong shall prevail over the weak.
“Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.”
― Adolf Hitler
INFJs are known to be great lovers of humanity and rarely fall into belittling humans or kindness. The glorification of the strong and the belittling of the weak was a common thread of thought for Adolf Hitler. It is not something I have seen in INFJs. While INFJs can have many negative traits, such as that of enabling neediness. INFJs can be easily manipulated by other people, but INFJs are not generally known to be machiavellian.
“I know that fewer people are won over by the written word than by the spoken word and that every great movement on this earth owes its growth to great speakers and not to great writers.”
― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
It looks here like Hitler is more concerned with present reality and history. Hitler was less concerned with the future and he builds his observations on what has been the case rather than what will be the case. INFJs seek to plot an original route forward and tend to reject traditional paths. Adolf Hitlers MBTI is definitely Sensing.
"It’s a matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization will say about me. I have issued the command—and I’ll have anybody who utters but one word of criticism executed by a firing squad"
INFJs care about how they are regarded by other people, inevitably so. Most INFJs are sensitive to criticism. And while you can say that Hitler is too, INFJs rarely respond with direct aggression when given criticism. It is more likely that they will choose to retreat from a negative situation to lick their wounds and to process the situation. The INFJ strategy is far more passive. This is also why ghosting is such a thing for INFJs. INFJs tend to retreat when a situation goes hostile. Learn more in this video.
"He who does not possess the force to secure his Lebensraum in this world, and, if necessary, to enlarge it, does not deserve to possess the necessities of life. He must step aside and allow stronger peoples to pass him by.”
INFJs do not think about life in hierarchical terms of who does better and who does worse. More often, they will seek out those who struggle and take the role of guides and support figures. A more negative INFJ trait is that INFJs want to be needed by other people. INFJs may encourage weakness and a sense of victimhood in other people.
"My generals should be like bull terriers on chains, and they should want war, war, war ..."
INFJs do not show high initiative and tend to take a more cautious, strategic role in discussions. Rather than dominate through speed and force, the INFJ will seek to more softly pull on the strings of other people to get what they want. The communication style of the INFJ is generally indirect and relying more on soft methods of persuasion. Adolf Hitlers MBTI is definitely Thinking.
"German youth, do not forget that you are a German," and "Remember, little girl, that one day you must be a German mother.”
INFJs like most intuitives, tend to reject their history and their roots in favour of creating their own identity. I see INFJs as people that often have unique forms of self-expression and identity. INFJs may show a loyalty to other people and to their tribe and the people around them. They can axle the role of a leader or support figure for other people, but they often feel that they don't really fit in - and that it's all just an act. This is different from Adolf Hitlers personality type because Hitler was able to consistently wield a persona with confidence and without any self-doubt.
“When people attempt to rebel against the iron logic of Nature, they come into conflict with the very same principles to which they owe their existence as human beings. Their actions against Nature must lead to their own downfall.”
Introverted iNtuitives, due to their inferior Extroverted Sensing represent a battle against Nature. Often, they spend their life trying to take control over. They will either directly oppose natural order, or seek to at least redirect it. Knowledge of the future and what will be leads to a natural desire to want to reimagine the world in a different way. The desire to change the world and to transcend nature is a key INFJ theme. Adolf Hitler INFJ? He seemed very pragmatic and results oriented. I just don't see it.
“The man who has lost his instincts and does not recognise the obligation Nature has given him cannot hope for any corrective action on Nature’s part until he restores his lost instincts by clear intellectual awareness. "
The average INFJ wants to stand above natural human instincts, like jealousy, greed, or natural human urges. I see a natural movement in INFJs and INTJs to try to overcome negative human instincts and to try to stand above it. It's also more than common for these types to intellectualise bodily sensations. I also see a strong sense of determinism in Adolf Hitlers reasoning in which the world follows an unchangeable, natural law and we must follow this law.
So is Adolf Hitler INFJ? I would say no. Based on these insights, I would argue that Adolf Hitlers personality type is NOT an INFJ.
Adolf Hitler sought to become a person remembered and written about in the history books, but he did not care about whether he was written of fondly or not. I believe in his eyes, might makes right, and the only thing that mattered to him was if he would be victorious or not.
Ultimately, if I would give him a personality type, I would say ENTJ, INTJ or ISTJ makes more sense. The Extroverted Judging types tend to show more initiative and a more direct approach. They value speed and action. ENTJs see life as a battle and are less sensitive to conflict. They show stronger Sensation than INFJs, but are still fairly iNtuitive. However, there should be no doubt that Adolf Hitler is an unusually unhealthy ENTJ.
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