10 Interesting Facts About INTJ Inventor Nikola Tesla
1. Nikola Tesla had a talent for visualizing his inventions
Tesla was a perfect example of what INTJ vision is capable for. He was able to visualize every tiny detail of inventions he was building and unlike other inventors, he rarely created any sketches or drawings. That made many of his inventions still undiscovered until this day.
2. He was prone to strange visions
Beginning in early childhood, Tesla experienced flashes of light, which were sometimes followed by inspiration or solutions to problems (source). However, Tesla was a man of science and denied any spiritual existence. These flashes look like the ones caused by introverted intuition. Maybe Tesla was able to unconsciously train and increase his introverted intuition power?
3. Tesla wanted to illuminate the entire Earth
He believed that gas in Earth’s atmosphere is capable of transmitting power, so he wanted to banish darkness and light up entire Earth’s atmosphere. Well, he didn’t succeed – that was too grandiose even for an INTJ.
4. He envisioned the modern day smartphone – in 1909
It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument not bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles. (source)
5. Nikola rarely slept
Nikola Tesla claimed to only sleep two hours per night and sometimes spent two days or more in his laboratory without sleeping at all. Sleep is just a waste of time, isn’t it? (source)
6. He had better relationships with pigeons than humans
INTJ relationships with other people are always difficult and Nikola wasn’t an exception. Nikola Tesla was unable to foster feelings for humans and has been described as asocial. His lack of human friends can be easily explained – no other such a powerful mind existed at that time, who could really understand what was going on inside Tesla’s head. Instead, he chosen to have strange relationships with pigeons – he fed them at the park and even nursed injured or ill birds. (source)
7. Death ray
One of the main inventions Tesla was working on until his death was directed-energy weapon “Teleforce” that was meant to be used during World War to wipe out whole armies. But once again, he didn’t succeed. (source)
8. He shook the poop out of Mark Twain
INTJs love experiments and unusual solutions to the problem! Mark Twain was known for his digestive problems (constipation) and Nikola Tesla found an awesome way to give his friend a relief. He instructed Twain to stand on the high frequency oscillator platform, which is better known as Tesla earthquake machine and turned it on. After about 90 seconds, Twain jumped off the platform and ran for the facilities. (source)
9. He was quite funny
Nikola Tesla spent most of his life in labaratory and only few people could notice his sarcastic side. This is one of Nikola Tesla letters to his close friend:
April 1, 1901
My dear Mrs. Johnson,
What is the matter with inkspiller Kipling? He actually dared to invite me to dine in an obscure hotel where I would be sure to get hair and cockroaches in the soup.
10. Tesla died broke and alone
He died in 1943, at the age of 87, broke and alone. Tesla was quite a good pool (billiard) player and was often seen at the bar playing for some daily cash. He valued knowledge more than money and even though he sold many patents, he compensated all of his experiments by himself and their costs highly exceeded profits. Many of Tesla’s inventions and ideas were hidden inside his head and died together with him. However, some of his personal documents still remain classified to this day by the U.S. Government.
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