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10 Interesting Facts About INTJ Inventor Nikola Tesla

By on October 6, 2016

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.

Nikola Tesla with his equipment

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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.

Yours truly,

N. Tesla


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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  • Maria Cristina McDonald

    I’ve read that Tesla was obsessed with the number 3, I haven’t found a legitimate source of this and I have searched here and there for one. I read that his hotel rooms had to be divisible by 3, that he circled a building 3 times before going inside and lately I’ve seen a quote floating around claiming to be Teslas about the numbers 3,6,9. Curious if you have also read this and have found any credible sources or if it is inaccurate info floating around the web.

    • INTJ vision

      Yup, you’re right. He did have many more strange habits. We might just need to get back to this article in the future and update it further or launch part 2.

  • Rafael de Carvalho

    Tesla was ENTP. He is the classic irrational inventor that seeks the “NEW” all the time. As appealing as all his ideas are to an INTJ, #MirrorRelationship, to my mind any INTJ will preffer to be healthy and finatially stable to risk everything in a new invention.