The INTJ Personality Type

The strategic visionaries who tend to approach life as if it were a giant chess board…

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INTJs are always subconsciously absorbing information and are able to visualize the future possibilities in great detail using their dominant function: Introverted Intuition (Ni). They can see the future possibilities so clearly in their head and can be unforgiving to those who interfere in the actualization of their plans. INTJs observe, analyze, and plan with their Ni before they make the optimal move of choice. The choice that the INTJ finds optimal is often off the beaten path and may not make sense to outsiders. They may take a path that no one else knew existed and still end up with better results at the end. These people are as original as it gets and can be stubborn when it comes to realizing their plans.

INTJs are problem solvers to the highest degree. A place where there is logic, order, and a problem that needs to be solved is where they really shine. Engineering, technical fields, or even on a chess board are the places where INTJs really shine. The chess board metaphor is synonymous with one of the greatest chess players who ever lived:

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Bobby Fischer (INTJ) on the right. credit: google images

They are fiercely independent and innovative by nature. They tend to view the world in a way that is completely unique to them, and everything they subconsciously absorb using their Ni is in a secret code that only they can understand. If they choose to decipher that code in order to explain to outsiders then they may choose to do so. However, it can be very difficult for them to explain what goes on in their head to others. The information and the plans they formulate in their minds are not always able to be fully explained verbally. These people often report feeling misunderstood at times for similar reasons.

It is not surprising for an INTJ to have an amazing plan brewing in their head and even execute it in it’s entirety before anyone was aware that such a plan existed. More often than not, this plan ends up solving numerous problems all at once and may even utilize the people around them like chess pieces on a board. This is a prime example of their ultimate combination of  Ni + Te at work.

These people tend to take a similar approach to just about everything they do. They are patient and analytical by nature and like to make sure that they get things done right the first time. Not the second time, and not the fourth. Their need for perfection and stubborn determination makes them relentless when it comes to getting the job done.

Their auxiliary function is Extraverted Thinking (Te) and it is the source of what urges them to solve problems in the external world. This is also what makes them so logical and organized. Te urges them to take control of the external world and make sense of it logically, and they may even take control of a project in the workplace in order to improve an already established system. They may even be so inclined to undermine authority in order to realize their plans and improve on what was already built. There is nothing wrong with doing such a thing in their head because they are making improvements, but this may rub some people the wrong way if it happens too often. These people work best on their own anyway, no one to get in the way and slow them down.

Personal relations for INTJs can be difficult. They are not very in tune with the feelings of other people, especially when they are trying to execute one of their ingenious plans. Their tertiary function: Introverted Feeling (Fi) makes them a lot more in tune with themselves then they are with others. As a result, these people are often guilty of ignoring the opinions and contributions of others. They see how things will work out in their head so clearly that the input of other people are unneeded in their eyes. This is what makes them so fiercely independent; they definitely work better alone than in the group setting.

INTJs are actually natural born leaders with the tools necessary to call the shots and make big plays. However, they are also introverted in every sense of the word and may prefer a less people orientated role. They need ample down time in order to sort through their thoughts and feelings on their own, as well as recharge their internal batteries so they can function. They often come out feeling much better than they did before. Social anxiety or awkwardness are common problems that these people face. This is another reason why INTJs often report feeling misunderstood by others. Their inferior function: Extraverted Sensing (Se) can occasionally turn these people into spontaneous thrill seekers. Se is also what may cause them to overindulge in sensual pleasures and overeating. With proper development, Se can be the key that breaks them out of their shell and gets them to take a few risks in life.


The functions:

Dominant function: Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Auxiliary function: Extraverted Thinking (Ti)

Tertiary function: Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Inferior function: Extraverted Sensing (Se)


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5 thoughts on “The INTJ Personality Type

  1. Gosh, I am an INTJ and it is a small group, like .0001 of the population. I agree about being put into a category type, when there is so much more substance to a person and we get to grow and change. Great post.

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