THE INTJ PERSONALITY TYPE IS ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST INTERESTING TYPES – COMPRISING only about 2% of the U.S. population (INTJ females are especially rare – just 0.8%), INTJs are often seen as highly intelligent and perplexingly mysterious. INTJ personalities radiate the aura of intuition and self-confidence. this self-confidence, sometimes confused with simple arrogance by less insightful personalities, has a very specific nature – it stems from a huge archive of knowledge spanning many different topics and areas. INTJs usually begin to develop that knowledge in early childhood (the “bookworm” nickname is quite common among INTJs) and keep on doing that later on in life.
INTJ strengths mostly revolve around their intelligence, determination and confidence. however, it is also important to note that each strength can easily become a weakness if the INTJ is not careful.
- » immune to conflict, criticism and emotional manipulation.
- » confident in their abilities and knowledge.
- » very strong drive and determination.
- » serious attitude towards relationships and responsibilities.
- » excellent ability to listen.
- » usually very talented and insightful.
- » able to swiftly terminate the relationship when necessary (INTJ will devote a lot of time to analysing the situation before and after).
- » desire to constantly improve relations.
INTJ weaknesses, on the other hand, mostly focus on their lower emotional sensitivity and a sense of intellectual superiority. if you are an INTJ, you are probably thinking that there is nothing negative about these “weaknesses” – however, they should be recognised and addressed because the INTJ personality tends to be quite “black and white”, which is not always beneficial.
- » poor understanding of emotions – INTJ can sometimes be insensitive.
- » preferred reaction to any conflict – cold logic and rationality rather than the emotional support, which may be more desirable.
- » tendency to believe that they are always right.
- » unwillingness or inability to accept blame.
- » constant urge to improve everything could complicate relations.
- » tendency to be fixated about the privacy and personal space.
when someone with the INTJ personality has mastered their chosen area of knowledge (INTJs can find their strengths in several fields), they can quickly and honestly say whether they know the answer to a specific question. INTJs know what they know and more importantly – they are confident in that knowledge. unsurprisingly, this personality type can be labelled as the most independent of all types. INTJs are very decisive, original and insightful – these traits push other people to accept the INTJ’s ideas simply because of that sheer willpower and self-confidence. however, INTJ personalities do not seek nor enjoy the spotlight and may often decide to keep their opinions to themselves if the topic of discussion does not interest them that much.
INTJ personalities are perfectionists and they enjoy improving ideas and systems they come in contact with. as INTJs are naturally curious, this tends to happen quite frequently. however, they always try to remain in the rational territory no matter how attractive the end goal is – every idea that is generated by the INTJ’s mind or reaches it from the outside needs to pass the cold-blooded filter called, “is this going to work?” this is the INTJ’s coping mechanism and they are notorious for applying it everywhere. INTJ personalities question everything, from their own conclusions to social rules and behaviours. this results in an unusual independence of mind, liberating INTJ personalities from social expectations, sentiments and psychological restrictions.
INTJ personalities also have an unusual combination of both decisiveness and vivid imagination. what this means in practice is that they can both design a brilliant plan and execute it. imagine a giant chess board where the pieces are constantly moving, trying out new tactics, always directed by an unseen hand – this is what the INTJ’s imagination is like. an INTJ would assess all possible situations, calculate strategic and tactical moves, and more often than not develop a contingency plan or two as well. if someone with the INTJ personality type starts working with a new system, they will regard the task as a moral obligation, merging their perfectionism and drive into one formidable force. in the name of the project, an INTJ will spare neither himself nor others. anyone who does not have enough talent, including the higher ranks of management, will immediately and likely permanently lose their respect.
INTJ personalities are also prone to shoulder the burden of making important decisions without consulting their peers. on the other hand, INTJs are scrupulously honest, when it comes to assessing each person’s contribution to the project and they have the gift of seeing various opportunities where others cannot.
people with the INTJ personality type are naturally great leaders and excellent strategists, but they willingly give way to others vying for a leadership position, usually people with extravert personalities (E personality type). however, such action can be deceptive and maybe even calculated. an INTJ will retreat into the shadows behind the curtain, maintaining their grip on the most important decisions – but as soon as the leader fails and there is a need to take the steering wheel, the INTJ will not hesitate to act, maybe even while staying in the background. the INTJ personality is the ultimate “man behind the curtain”.
INTJs dislike rules and artificial limitations – everything should be questionable and open to re-evaluation. they may be idealists (impossible is nothing) and cynics (everybody lies) at the same time. whatever the circumstances, you can always rely on the INTJ to “fill in” the gaps in the idea – they are most likely to come up with an unorthodox solution. INTJ personalities take pleasure in devising unique solutions to difficult problems.
generally speaking, INTJs usually prefer to work in the area they know very well. their typical career is related to science or engineering, but they can be found anywhere where there is a need of intelligence, restless mind and insight (law, investigations, some academic fields). INTJ personalities rarely seek managerial positions – if they do, this is probably because they need more power and freedom of action, not because they enjoy managing people.
every personality type has many weak spots and INTJs are not an exception. there is one area where their brilliant mind often becomes completely useless and may even hinder their efforts – INTJs find it very difficult to handle romantic relationships, especially in their earliest stages. people with this personality type are more than capable of loving and taking care of the people close to them, but they are likely to be completely clueless when it comes to attracting a partner.
the main reason behind this is that INTJ personalities are both private and incredibly rational – they find it very difficult to understand the complex social rituals that are considered part of the dating game, especially in Western societies. things like flirting or small talk are unnatural to them; furthermore, INTJs (especially females) tend to see typical attraction tactics (such as feigning disinterest) as incredibly stupid and irrational. ironically, INTJs are most likely to attract a partner when they stop looking for them – this is when their self-confidence starts shining again. there are few things that are more attractive than the unrelenting self-confidence that INTJs are known for.
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