The INTJ

Temperament: Rational.

INTJ

INTJ s are fiercely independent people who will answer to no rule but reason. Naturally curious they have an undying thirst for knowledge and usually continue to educate themselves throughout their lives. Because of their inventive nature, ambition and drive for execution, INTJ s naturally migrate to the scientific fields and even work as a scientist under different occupations, constantly trying to improve their work processes, strategies and working tools. They are long term thinkers, who live in the world of “what could be “rather than” what is, dislike fads, are loyal and intelligent. The INTJ is the showcase type for our ideal of the Scientist, without whom innovation, reason and development would vanish from society.

Communication Style

INTJ s converse only when necessary or as a recreational challenge in debate. Naturally calm and collected they have an extraordinarily wide range of vocabulary, which they use to expert precision, forming intellectually challenging and meticulously defined sentences. They place so much importance on the correct usage of words and consistency of thought that failure to do so is noted instantaneously, often leading to slight annoyance on the part of the INTJ . Because of this INTJ s dislike talking to strangers or about gossip, fashion and drama and prefer to talk to people of similar intellect about models and theories that have real life implications. In appreciation of their perfectly chosen words and sentences, INTJ s also try to minimize body language and facial expression, leaving only the occasional two fingertips to the thumb gesture in humble regard of an especially well formed argument.

What goes on in your head

INTJ s spend a lot of time in their heads where ideas come to them naturally and without effort. They love to devise strategies, models and theories that have an effect on the real world and make things more efficient. They are also very apt, determined and focused in implementing their inventions, but don’t always see the need of communicating them to others. Being more concerned with outcomes rather than relationships in the outside world, INTJ s deal with their emotions in private, where they also compare their ideas to their value system and determine their benefits to society. In their heads, INTJ s can visualize and predict fairly well how their models will apply in the real world, which in the rare case of the INTJ being wrong, may throw this type slightly off balance in sheer disbelief of reality’s betrayal.

In Relationships

As most things in life, INTJ s also approach relationships with a decent amount of planning and expectations and usually have quite a good idea of the qualities their potential partner is to have. These preferences are aligned with the INTJ s greater life mission and will be relaxed only hesitantly. Naturally, INTJ s are drawn to Extraverted Types who complement their communication with the outer world and make the INTJ s life more sociable. They are also drawn to the explorative Percepters who enrich the INTJ s wealth of experiences and Intuitives with whom they can easily discuss the state of the worlds, making both the ENFP and ENTP natural matches. The INTJ is a selfless type and can be very generous with their partners and family as long as they can morally justify their spoils. Naturally strategic however, the INTJ can also at times be too stubborn with how they think things are supposed to be and only hesitantly accept the deviating behavior or interests of their loved ones, and even less, supporting such activities.

Growing up

Growing up, INTJ s very early display extraordinary skills in reasoning and debate and greatly dislike rules and regulations. This is especially true if they don’t understand the reasoning behind the rules, but rather than rebelling against them the INTJ child will be more likely to discredit such rules through argument. This may lead to much frustration for some parents and pride to others. Even at an early age, many parents will find themselves outsmarted by their INTJ children and simply have to accept their independence. This should not be seen as a problem however, since the INTJ child is chiefly interested in the accumulation of knowledge and will be most happy spending their time growing up reading books, achieving the highest marks in tests and speeding all the way to doctorate in flying colors.

Strengths

 Highly Intelligent and Ambitious

 Dedicated, Consistent and Thorough

 Loves to Learn

 Benevolent and Generous

 Modest and Open to Criticism

Weaknesses

 May treat everything as a model

 May value their own logic over reality

 May be Incapable of enjoying mundane things

 May have difficulties to communicate with other types

 May neglect their loved ones in pursuit of their goals

How others should deal with this type

Dealing with an INTJ may be difficult as they often set similar standards in logic and reason for others as they do for themselves. This is somewhat neglecting the different strengths of different types and people and can serve as a barrier in communication. However INTJ s more so than other types have the capacity to acknowledge when they have been wrong about something, so one way of breaching this barrier is to state clearly what your concerns are and simultaneously acknowledge the INTJ s need for logic justification.

When INTJ s are down it is best to give this person space andtime to recover. INTJ s don’t like to display their emotions or difficulties publicly and it is more likely that they can work through such times when noone is pressuring them. They are very creative types and it usually doesn’t take long for them to digest emotional issues and return their usual self. INTJ s cannot easily be pursued to do something other than out of self motivation, so it is not advisable to set arbitrary rules for them. Given the extraordinary mental strengths of the INTJ it is therefore wiser to give these types creative freedom and merely support them with facts and details that they may have overlooked. This tactic should also be employed in relationships.

How you should deal with others

As an INTJ you should realize that not all types focus their lives on the effective reaching of goals nor value reason and knowledge as much as you do. Prudence is not the only virtue of men and even though people can sometimes not express themselves as clearly as you do, doesn’t mean that their arguments are void. When a person becomes emotional around you, ask them how they feel and what they want, so you can consider these inputs in your decision. Secondly, the people around you cannot read your mind. Even though some things may seem crystal clear to you, they might not be so to others. If you put more energy into explaining your reasons and thoughts you may find much wider support for your strategies.