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A Glimpse Into the Nature of the INTJ Personality

introverted people prefer to spend time alone and are energized by their own thoughts/ Photo By Borysevychcom via Shutterstock

 

The INTJ, which is short for Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging, is one of the 16 personality types of the MBTI which was invented by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers. Truity.com says that INTJs are known for their great problem-solving skills and are very passionate about making systems and processes better. They are able to come up with creative ideas and have the ability to see areas which can potentially be improved. They are also called the “Mastermind” or the “Architect” because of this.

They are said to the third rarest personality type, comprising only 2% of the world’s population. It is also noted that there are more INTJ males than females.

 

Their Functions

Their functions as described by 123test.com are:

Introverted

As introverted people, they prefer to spend time alone and are energized by their own thoughts. They are thoughtful and private individuals. They also tend to be reserved, but this does not necessarily mean they are shy. They just do not need to be always surrounded by people.

Intuitive

Intuitive individuals concentrate more on ideas that are novel and imaginative. They are also future-oriented.

Thinking

Having this function means that a person makes choices based on logic and objective assessment. Thinkers are more rational than emotional.

Judging

Being judgers, they want to live a life that is structured, planned and controlled. They are decisive people who value organization.

Strengths

The pros of being an INTJ as stated by 16personalities.com are:

They are able to think quickly, strategically and creatively. They use every chance they have to increase their knowledge. They are able to view things from different angles. Their creative imagination is utilized more for thinking about possible solutions to problems and actions to take in case of emergency rather than for artistic pursuits.

INTJs are also very self-confident. They rely on their logical thinking so when they reach a decision, they do not waver. They communicate in a blunt and frank manner which is not restrained by social conventions. When they believe they are right, they are very certain that they are right and nothing will make them think otherwise.

Independence and decisiveness are also part of their main strengths. They are not easily influenced by authority figures and they do not conform to ideas, social conventions despite their popularity. If they believe that there is a better way of doing things, they will challenge anyone who opposes their belief. A concept that is not logical is immediately seen as wrong. Even during emotionally intense arguments, they are able to remain composed and aloof.

INTJs are also inclined to invest a lot of effort and time into anything that sparks their interested. They value efficiency so if they find that doing a task will lead them to reach their objective, they will do everything within their power to complete them.

Being open-minded is another one of their positive traits. If a person presents them with a new concept that is backed up with a rational explanation, they will receptive to it even if it proves their ideas wrong.

Due to the combination of their positive qualities, such as their perseverance, confidence, independence and their open-mindedness, they are able to excel in the fields they want to focus on. They are skilled at being able to break down the basic methodology of most systems and they will use them when the situation demands it.

Intuitive individuals concentrate more on ideas that are novel and imaginative/ Photo By fizkes via Shutterstock

 

Weaknesses

On the other hand, the weaknesses of INTJs are:

INTJs tend to be overconfident and may think they have already addressed all the major issues. They will also refuse to listen to the opinions of anyone whom they perceive as intellectually inferior to them. Since they are also prone to disregarding social etiquette, this may cause them to appear insensitive.

They also have the tendency to be judgemental. They trust their way of thinking since their logical assertions are mostly correct. However, that is only in theory. In reality, emotional factors and a person’s background can also have a tremendous impact. They view those who take feelings into consideration as people who have a more basic way of thinking.

INTJs may struggle with forming interpersonal connections since they are inclined to overanalyze things. Their critical manner of thinking combined with their extreme perfectionism may push even their closest of friends away.

They also hate people who obey rules and regulations even though they do not fully comprehend them. They especially loathe authority figures who promote laws without knowing the purpose of those laws. It does not matter whether those rules pertain to state laws or social contracts, they hate individuals who follow them simply because they exist.

Romance is also not something they consider as their forte. Since they are arrogant, judgemental always attempt to analyze everything, they also tend to be clueless when it comes to dating. A potential partner’s actions and way of thinking will be tough for them and trying the methods they know best may actually strain the relationship more. Usually, INTJs just give up on dating. Strangely enough, it is when they are not trying too hard that they are found to be more attractive.

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